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San Francisco Civil Litigation Lawyer

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
— Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

At The Law Office of Barry K. Tagawa, every case is handled personally by principal lawyer Barry Tagawa, from beginning to end. Mr. Tagawa has more than 28 years of experience in civil litigation in Hawaii and California, and he has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of legal areas. He also takes pride in working to develop a professional relationship with each client.

Primary Practice Areas

The following alphabetical list details the primary legal areas handled through this practice. If you have an issue or question related to an area of law listed below, contact the firm at 415-951-8600 to arrange a free initial consultation. For detailed examples of cases previously handled by Mr. Tagawa, visit the notable cases page.

Attorney Misconduct

  • Attorney-client fee disputes
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Ethical issues
  • Legal malpractice
  • Unauthorized practice of law

Business Disputes

  • Breach of agreements for sales of businesses
  • Breach of agreements for sales of real property
  • Breach of agreements between manufacturers and suppliers
  • Breach of agreements between vendors and their customers
  • Breach of agreements between employee and employer
  • Breach of partnership agreements
  • Breach of merger and acquisition agreements
  • Breach of agreements between agents/brokers and their principals
  • Breach of agreements between customers and their shipper/freight company
  • Breach of insurance agreements
  • Breach of construction agreements
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Trademark and trade secret disputes
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Fraud and deceit
  • Negligence
  • Shareholder disputes, including officer and director liability
  • Requests for injunctions, including cease and desist orders and restraining orders
  • Securities fraud
  • Unfair competition and unfair and deceptive business practices

Construction Defect Litigation

  • Disputes between homeowners, contractors and design professionals
  • Breach of contract/negligence
  • Defective work, such as water intrusion, poor workmanship and untimely performance
  • Habitability issues
  • Mechanic's lien
  • Negligence
  • Fraud or negligent misrepresentation
  • Unfair business practices
  • Contractor licensing issues
  • Contractor's bond issues
  • Contractor's insurance issues

Employment Litigation

  • Breach of employment agreements
  • Wrongful and/or constructive termination
  • Civil rights violations
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Whistleblower actions

Insurance Disputes

  • Bad faith insurance claims
  • Coverage claims under home, life, auto and comprehensive general liability policies
  • Litigation involving insurance brokers and/or agents

Mediation and Arbitration

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation

Personal Injury

  • Automobile, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Assault and battery
  • Premises liability
  • Products liability
  • Medical malpractice

Real Estate Litigation

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Broker/agent liability
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • City Planning and Department of Building Inspection issues
  • Lease negotiation and disputes
  • Property boundary disputes
  • Property maintenance disputes, such as encroachment, water runoff and nuisance
  • Partitions
  • Quiet title
  • Real estate fraud

Experienced Bay Area Business and Insurance Attorney

The Law Office of Barry K. Tagawa represents clients throughout San Francisco, California, and the Bay Area. For detailed examples of cases previously handled by Mr. Tagawa, visit the notable cases page. Call (415) 951-8600 to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced San Francisco commercial real estate attorney.

Areas of Practice

Office Location

The Law Office of Barry K. Tagawa

Barry K. Tagawa
870 Market Street, Suite 1215
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-951-8600
Fax: 415-951-8626
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