Tyson Arbuthnot
Gayle M. Athanacio
Merri A. Baldwin
Ann M. Blessing
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Alecia E. Cotton
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
Sharon L. Larkin
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Robert M. Osier
Dean D. Paik
Katherine L. Pohl
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
Aaron P. Silberman
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Virginia K. Young
Oliya S. Zamaray
Paul M. Zieff

Joseph C. McGowan
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Areas of Practice

Mr. McGowan is a member of the firm's Construction Law and Government Contracts Practice Groups.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. McGowan has represented prime contractors, owners, subcontractors, surety companies and banks in all forms of construction and commercial disputes. He has extensive trial experience and has tried cases before both state and federal judges, private arbitrators and juries. Mr. McGowan has litigated major cases involving mass transit projects, roads and highways, bridges, improvements to a river, a major outdoor amphitheater, fiber optic cable networks, a pump station and pipeline, personal residences, and a contract to manufacture buses for the San Francisco Municipal Railway. He has handled numerous state and federal bid protests. He also regularly handles foreclosure, receivership and real property issues.

Mr. McGowan formerly served as general counsel for Kajima Engineering and Construction, Inc., where he drafted and negotiated all forms of construction and lending documents, and handled disputes arising from a variety of projects including construction of tunnels, bridges, subway stations, roads, a federal court house and a prison.

Mr. McGowan has lived in Japan and Mexico, and is conversant in both Japanese and Spanish.


J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 1993

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Bar Admissions
California - 1993

Government Contracts

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

"California Supreme Court Restricts Application of Prevailing Wage Law in City of Vista Decision,"
RJO Newsletter: Case Law Alert (PDF) July 2012

California Supreme Court Rules Charter Cities Not Required to Pay Prevailing Wage, Government Relations Update, United Contractors, July 12, 2012 (PDF)

HR & Employee Issues - The Independent Contractor: When is a Worker Truly Independent? United Contractors, Issue 3, Vol. 218, March 2012 (PDF) co-authored


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311 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.956.2828
Fax: 415.956.6457
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