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My office focuses on representing business entities in commercial/business related collection matters, creditor rights cases (including creditor bankruptcy representation), and general business related matters.  We also represent new and existing businesses in transactional matters such as contract formation and amendments, business formation and provide general business related legal advice.  The office has represented both large and small business entitles. 


We currently represent, or previously have represented, a large vehicle leasing company, a large franchisor of retail automotive services/sales franchises, a California local agricultural milk cooperative, a walnut plant/distributor, agricultural based trucking businesses and feed sales entities.    


This office provides as a secondary area family law legal services.   This includes, but is not limited to, dissolution of marriage cases, child custody  disputes, child and spousal support cases, paternity cases and collection of overdue child and spousal support.


We stress actual ongoing contact between the attorney and the client for all matters.  


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Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 30%
    28 years
  2. Family: 25%
    28 years
  3. Business: 25%
    28 years
  4. Corporate: 10%
    28 years
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Hourly ($300/hour), contingent (25-35%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (20 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Vita Palazuelos

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    Vita Palazuelos Family Attorney
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  • William Louis Porter

    I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Curtis for a number of years and found him to extremely intelligent, hard working, efficient and a complete gentleman. A credit to his profession.


    William Porter Construction and development Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Curtis D. Colaw

717 16th Street Suite 3
Modesto, CA, 95354


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
A + Accredited BusinessBetter Business Bureau2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Cerficate of Appreciation Pro Tem AssistanceStanislaus County Superior Court2000
American Jurisprudence Award SalesBankroft-Whitney Company1987
American Jurisprudence Award Estate and Gift TaxBankroft-Whitney Company1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Curtis D. Colaw2012 - Present
OwnerColaw & Augustine1992 - Present
Judge and AdvocateStanislaus County Youth Court2004 - 2009
Judge Pro TemStanislaus County Superior Court2000 - 2002
ProfessorHumphreys School Of Law1992 - 1993
AssociateMartin, Crabtree, Schmidt & Zeff1987 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Stanislaus County Arbitration PanelPanel Member2012 - Present
Business Law SectionMember1992 - Present
Stanislaus County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Alpha Kappa PsiMember1983 - 1984
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Central Valley Dairymen v. Sorrento Cheese3.1 Million Dollar Jury Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificN/AMediation Certification2011
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
California State University, FresnoBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Merced CollegeGeneral EducationAA1982