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Firm Overview

Last & Faoro is a highly-regarded San Mateo construction law firm serving general contractors, sub-contractors, developers, and lenders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the State of California. Our construction law attorneys have more than twenty-seven years of experience providing comprehensive legal representation to clients with interests in the California construction industry.

Example cases

I have represented developers, lenders, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in a wide range of matters relating to mechanics' liens, stop notices, construction failures, latent defects, general contract and bidding disputes, and professional liability, as well as in disputes concerning delays, acceleration, disruption, and payment. I have drafted and reviewed numerous construction contracts. I have been successful as lead defense counsel in numerous latent defect cases, including one in which plaintiff's claim exceeded $19.5 million. In a recent matter, a client I represented in a construction delay claim won an award of damages in excess of $1.8 million, including $50,000 in punitive damages.

Main Office

Main
520 S. El Camino Real
Suite 430
San Mateo  CA  94402

Phone
  • (650) 696-8350
Fax
  • (650) 696-8365

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Depending on the circumstances, I give a 1/2 hour free initial consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Simple Incorporations: $750 - $1,500
Review of Construction Contracts: $200 - $700

Hourly Rates

$285

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Pola Fiorito

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

I will work with professional interpreters when necessary.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

As I was going through college and law school, a number of my friends were involved in the construction industry. As a result, I became interested in the issues and problems that confronted contractors.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that it is great when a client is educated and proactive towards their case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Generally, yes.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Under certain circumstances I will help coach clients.

William C. Last, Jr.

I started as a solo practitioner, and then worked as a partner in several law firms in San Francisco. I am now a main partner in Last & Faoro.

My ongoing desire to present seminars to members of the construction community as well as writing articles for them has helped me become more efficient and familiar with the unique aspects of construction law.

I am a licensed contractor who holds a California AB Contractors License, which has given me the knowledge of the intricacies of the construction industry. As a result I am also familiar with the problems that members of the construction industry are confronted with in trying to maintain their business.

I am a firm believer in trying to resolve cases through Alternative Dispute Resolution at the earliest stage possible, with the goal of decreasing the amount of money my clients spend on attorney's fees.

Personal interests:

Golf, skiing, outdoors.

License
  • Bar Number: 83588
    California , 1978
Education
  • San Francisco Law School
    J.D. , 1978
    San Francisco, CA
  • Golden Gate University
    M.B.A. , 1982
    San Francisco, CA
    Taxation
  • University of Nevada
    B.A. , 1972
    Reno, NV
    Pre-law, History

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