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Steven M. Cvitanovic

Steven M. Cvitanovic

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San Francisco
Three Embarcadero Center
Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Steve is a recognized leader in construction law with more than 20 years of experience. Steve’s expertise comes from handling hundreds of matters, years of cultivating relationships, and by immersing himself in industry news and events. Clients retain Steve because of his expertise, legal abilities, and his total devotion to client satisfaction. Whether helping with a contract, guiding a client through a difficult situation, or complex litigation, Steve’s knowledge and know-how allow him to better understand the needs of his clients, be a more effective and confident advocate, and deliver consistent results. Steve shares his expertise and insights with others by routinely speaking at conferences, seminars or webinars, and he is constantly writing about legal issues faced by owners, builders and contractors. Steve also serves as leader of Haight’s Construction Law Practice Group.

Over the years, Steve has helped clients with matters and claims involving residential, commercial and public projects. Steve has been involved in construction litigation or claims involving public facilities and infrastructure such as hospitals, airports, schools, railways, highways, and a multi-billion dollar government laser. He has vast experience in claims for private works of improvement ranging from high rise condominiums and single family homes to affordable housing projects, movie theaters, casinos, solar farms and shopping centers. Steve routinely works on matters involving:

  • construction defect
  • contractor licensing
  • contracts – advice and counsel
  • delays
  • mechanics liens
  • payment, performance and license bonds
  • prevailing wages
  • prompt payment
  • risk management
  • stop payment notices
  • surety law

Community Involvement

On a personal level, Steve is known for his charitable nature and has volunteered hundreds of hours at the following organizations, among others:

  • Alameda Youth Basketball – Board of Directors and Coach
  • The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Board of Directors and Volunteer
  • American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project, Volunteer
  • Alameda County Bar Association “Lawyers in the Library” Program, Volunteer
  • Housing Negotiation Project – Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Community Organization Representation Project – Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Columbia Homeowners Association Board President

On January 29, 2016, Steve received the ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Service Award. In 2013 and again in 2014, the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco selected Steve to receive an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service certificate. In 2004, Steve received a Certificate of Recognition from the California Senate as an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service.

Steve was born and raised in the Bay Area. He loves spending time with his daughters, whether it be at home, on some adventure, or just at the movies. Steve is enthusiastic about life and has competed in half-marathons, triathlons, mud-runs, Alcatraz swims, 200 mile relay races, rowing events, and has run the Bay-to-Breakers over twenty times. Steve has safely guided hundreds of swimmers, including blind swimmers, firefighters, police officers, EMT’s and disabled veterans, across the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay in many open water swim competitions from Alcatraz.

Mr. Cvitanovic has significant experience in the area of employment law, including claims involving wrongful termination, reasonable accommodation, unpaid wages, whistle blower, and discrimination based on age, gender, race and sexual orientation. He has also counseled clients on confidentiality and non-compete agreements and employment policies and procedures.

Representative clients have included public entities, medical centers, contractors, law firms, and Fortune 500 companies.

April 20, 2017
November 7, 2016
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
September 29, 2016
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
March 10, 2016
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
November 18, 2015
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
October 13, 2015
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
May 1-4, 2014
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
May 1, 2014
December 1, 2013
October 24, 2013
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
June 19, 2013
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
March 19, 2013
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
Winter 2013
January 7, 2013
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
September 21, 2012
February 12, 2012
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
Jan. 2010, Nov. 2011
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
December 1, 2009
Presentation by Steven M. Cvitanovic
April 1, 2003
March 15, 2017
April 14, 2017
April 28, 2017
May 5, 2017
June 15, 2017
June 19, 2017
July 10, 2017
October 10, 2016
November 15, 2016
December 15, 2016
January 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
October 28, 2015
November 3, 2015
January 21, 2016
May 4, 2016
June 7, 2016
July 12, 2016
July 1, 2015
May 15, 2015
June 7, 2013
March 5, 2013
April 18, 2013
May 31, 2013
September 3, 2012

Insights

Golden Gate University School of Law (JD, 1993)

University of Arizona (BA, 1990)

California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
California State Courts

State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section; Labor and Employment Law Section

Vice Chair (Eff. Nov. 2017), Real Property Law Section Executive Committee, Real Property Law Section of State Bar

Bar Association of San Francisco

Board of Directors, Justice and Diversity Center (formerly the Volunteer Legal Services Program) of the Bar Association of San Francisco

Member, Leadership Council of The Justice and Diversity Center

Associated General Contractors of California (AGC)

California Building Industry Association, Member, Legal Action Committee; Member, Bay Area Chapter

ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, member of the Dispute Avoidance & Resolution and Insurance, Surety & Liens Divisions

ABA Labor & Employment Law Section

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) – member Construction Committee

Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated: 2008-2017

Pro Bono Certificate of Recognition Awarded by the California Senate, 2005

Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service – 2013, 2014

Super Lawyers – Construction – 2016-2018