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Joseph C. McGowan


Executive Summary

Mr. McGowan is a member of the firm's Construction Law, Environmental 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 major transportation 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.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Organizational conflicts of interest, ARTBA, Law and regulatory forum, June 11, 2014

Co-authored, “California Supreme Court Restricts Application of Prevailing Wage Law in City of Vista Decision,” RJO Newsletter: Case Law Alert, July 2012

“$50.6 million Dollar Judgment Upheld Against Government Contractor For Fraud In Calculation of Claim,” Client Alert, February 2009

“Caltrans Redefines Definition of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise to Exclude Hispanic Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans,” Client Alert 2008

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

Co-authored, “HR & Employee Issues – The Independent Contractor: When is a Worker Truly Independent?” United Contractors, Issue 3, Vol. 218, March 2012


J.D., McGeorge School of Law

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Bar Admissions


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