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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.


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Practice areas


  1. Construction: 100%
    36 years



Hourly ($350-375/hour)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robin Mashal

    Ms. Curl has made a substantial number of contributions on I have read several of her contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work.


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  • Frank Wei-Hong Chen

    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.


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Contact info

Manos & Curl LLP

700 El Camino Real Suite 200
Millbrae, CA, 94030


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerS.F. Magazine & Thompson Reuters2014
Super LawyerS.F. Magazine & Thompson Reuters2013
Super LawyerS.F. Magazine & Thompson Reuters2012
Super LawyerS.F. Magazine & Thompson Reuters2011
Super Lawyers 2010 - Construction LawS.F. Magazine & Thomson Reuters2010
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerManos & Curl LLP1987 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Cathleen M. Curl1986 - 1987
AttorneyWilhelm, Thompson, Wentholt & Gibbs1980 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
San Mateo County Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Women Lawyers of San Mateo Countypast presidentN/A
National Assoc. of Women in ConstructionPast Director - SF BranchN/A
California Women LawyersMemberN/A
Women Construction Owners & ExecutivesMemberN/A
San Mateo County Bar AssociationPast DirectorN/A
Peninsula Builders ExchangepresidentN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Calif. Mechanic's Liens & Related Remedies (co-author)N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara UniversityLawN/A1978
Stanford UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Small Claims Court SeminarSmall Claims Court2015
Mechanic's Lien SeminarMechanic's Liens2015
Construction Contracts SeminarConstruction Contracts2015
Mechanic's Liens & Other Related RemediesMechanic's Liens2014
Mechanic's Lien SeminarMechanic's Liens2013