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Cathleen M Curl

Construction and development Attorney at Millbrae, CA

4.8   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Cathleen

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Practice area

I have represented general contractors, owners, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties and others for over 25 years in construction related matters. I am also happy to review and prepare construction contracts, prepare mechanic's liens, stop notices, and bond claims. Although I prefer to keep my clients out of litigation if possible, I also represent my clients in both prosecuting and defending lawsuits involving construction matters, and am a mediator and arbitrator of construction matters.   Named SuperLawyer 2010,2011 and 2012.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2019 2018 2017 + 5 ...

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Location

Law Office Of Cathleen M. Curl
700 El Camino Real Suite 200
Millbrae, CA, 94030

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Angelina | September 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful Attorney
I contacted Cathleen on behalf of my elderly parents who needed the advise of an attorney. Cathleen went out of her way to call them on a Saturday to speak with them about their options. She was kind, considerate and very professional. Her knowledge of the law as it relates to her area is exceptional. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, competent and kind attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Attorney went above and beyond in helping me with my query. She was fantastic and answered all my questions patiently. Highly recommend her.
Posted by Irit | August 29, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A kind and wise lawyer!!
Cathleen was very efficient and professional with her answers. I very much appreciate her precise and helpful answers to my questions and her wiling to spend the time to do so.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional and Knowledgeable
Attorney Cathleen Curl had been helpful on giving me advice. I am pursuing what was suggested and hopeful for an acceptable outcome.
Posted by Christine G. Davis | April 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Responsive re my Mechanic's Lien Dilemma
Ms. Curl was very helpful and responsive to my initial inquiry relating to a Mechanic's Lien placed against me by a sub-contractor. She provided me some essential background on liens and then outlined several steps that would be useful in my situation. She was very knowledgeable and attentive to my situation bringing her years of construction law experience to the forefront. If I have to move forward in hiring an attorney, I would not hesitate to contract her services. Very professional.
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Posted by Russell | February 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Cathleen is Professional and Practical
Those are about the highest praise one lawyer can give about another, that they are Professional and Practical. Anyone can tell you about the lawsuit that they are going to file for you, but Cathleen sees the other way around the case, how to handle the case without involving an attorney if possible and if an attorney is required, the practical way to do that. HIring a lawyer isn't necessarily in expensive, but when you hire a practical lawyer like Cathleen you will likely get a reasonable result with a reasonable fee.
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Posted by promax888 | October 22, 2013
I strongly recommend attorney Cathleen M Curl
Cathleen M Curl is the best attorney I have ever met. She impressed me the most not only she is very knowledgeable, professional, clear what she is doing, but also, which is most important, after you finish your conversation with her, when you walk out her door, you will feel certain, know where you are, what you shall do next and what will be the conclusion for your case. I am an engineer and landlord, I had a case involving construction, contractor, sub-contractors, material suppliers and mechanic lien. It was a complicated case. Before I met Cathleen M Curl, I had communicated with several other attorneys. Those communications made me feel the case was a big mess which made me feel very discourage and worry. However, after I talked Cathleen M Curl only for one hour, I was very clear about case and the direction. When she explained the law, discussed the case and suggested the different solution options for the case to me, I could see she was very professional, knowledgeable, strong, experienced, and very sincere and nice as well. The rate of the attorney fee that Cathleen M Curl charges is the highest among the attorneys I communicated for this case, but it is worth since she works so effectively and she is so helpful. In my case, she save me lot more than what I expect. Can you imagine that, when you try to do something emotionally, an attorney would come you down and guide you not to spend those attorney fee for emotion? Cathleen M Curl will. Therefore, I strongly recommend attorney Cathleen M Curl.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Contractor (decks-waterproofing) vs. HOA/Client (for gross over-charge only after doing extensive DEMO so HOA was stuck.)
Ms. Curl gave no further understanding of relevant ethics, laws, where we stood relative to the contractor, despite 2 attempts to clarify the situation, just advised to consult a local attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 425-425 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Cathleen M. Curl
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Manos & Curl LLP
  • 1987 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Cathleen M. Curl
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Attorney
  • Wilhelm, Thompson, Wentholt & Gibbs
  • 1980 - 1986
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Education

  • Santa Clara University
  • 1978
  • Stanford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Women Lawyers of San Mateo County
  • past president
  • N/A
  • National Assoc. of Women in Construction
  • Past Director - SF Branch
  • N/A
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Women Construction Owners & Executives
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Past Director
  • N/A
  • Peninsula Builders Exchange
  • president
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • S.F. Magazine & Thompson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • S.F. Magazine & Thompson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • S.F. Magazine & Thompson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • S.F. Magazine & Thompson Reuters
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyers 2010 - Construction Law
  • S.F. Magazine & Thomson Reuters
  • 2010
  • AV rated
  • N/A
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Publications

  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Calif. Mechanic's Liens & Related Remedies (co-author)
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Small Claims Court Seminar
  • Small Claims Court
  • 2015
  • Mechanic's Lien Seminar
  • Mechanic's Liens
  • 2015
  • Construction Contracts Seminar
  • Construction Contracts
  • 2015
  • Mechanic's Liens & Other Related Remedies
  • Mechanic's Liens
  • 2014
  • Mechanic's Lien Seminar
  • Mechanic's Liens
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
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Construction and development Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Ms. Curl are consistently accurate, full of analysis, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Construction and development Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Curl has made a substantial number of contributions on Avvo.com. I have read several of her contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Construction and development Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cathleen Curl demonstrates superb knowledge and experience in construction law. I have tremendous respect for her sound legal knowledge and ability to communicate that knowledge. She is a true asset to our legal community. It is my pleasure to endorse her."
Construction and development Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have never retained Cathleen as my attorney, but I have known Cathleen for many years, and believe she is a highly qualified, ethical and knowledgeable attorney on construction law matters. I attended a seminar she presented, and her information was helpful and insightful. We serve on a professional board together, and we have litigated matters were we were opposing counsel. I would believe her professionalism and knowlege helped resolve the matter we had and I highly recommend her."
Construction and development Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Curl's legal analysis and accumen is unparalleled in the complicated area of construction/development law. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Curl often answers many of the same questions that I answer. Her answers are well reasoned and on point. She clearly knows the practical and legal aspects of the topics on which she responds. I endorse this lawyer."
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