Law Office of  JANET FOGARTY 

Janet Fogarty


Janet Fogarty has been a practicing attorney since 1992, and is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Mrs. Fogarty also has a B.S. in Human Resources from the University of San Francisco. Additionally, she has been a licensed real estate broker since 1981, and a real estate licensee since 1977.


  • Real Property and Real Estate Law
  • Construction and Development
  • Land Use and Entitlements
  • DRE Representation for Licensees
  • HOA Representation
  • Wills and Trust
  • Corporate Formation
  • Commercial Transactions


As a real estate attorney, Ms. Fogarty has represented government entities, individuals, non-profit agencies, small businesses, small and large limited partnerships and general partnerships, and corporations in assisting them in their transactions, resolving disputes, and obtaining permits and approvals from public agencies. She has helped to put together Department of Real Estate documentation for formation of homeowners associations, and negotiated contracts for construction of new and converted planned developments. Recently Ms. Fogarty assisted a developer in obtaining a development agreement for a mixed use transportation oriented development near the mult-modal BART station.  She has also represented the Foster City Redevelopment Agency in obtaining affordable housing. She has handled CEQA litigation, challenging the sufficiency of environmental review of public projects. She has handled condemnation actions on behalf of the condemnee, and inverse condemnation actions against government entities. Ms. Fogarty has acted on behalf of clients to draft legislation, and worked with former Senator Quentin Kopp's office to draft legal questions for review by State Legislative Counsel.

Ms. Fogarty's experience in transactional work has ranged from single-family homes to a $147,000,000 acquisition of commercial property, negotiating commercial leases and other landlord-tenant matters, investor pools of unregistered securities and investor-pool loans secured by real property, commercial loan transactions exceeding $10,000,000, and loan work-outs, trustees sales and judicial foreclosures,  and  easements and utility company licenses. She has reviewed and advised clients on due diligence investigation of investment in development projects from a custom spec home in Hillsborough to a 580 unit apartment complex purchased in Hayward.

Ms. Fogarty, has been involved in matters involving title and legal documentation, has helped to resolve legal disputes involving flooding, mudslides, ocean action erosion, and land slippage of real property, disputes between real property owners as to easements and prescriptive rights, disputes between buyers and sellers of real property, and disputes involving real estate licensee defense and suits against real estate licensees. Ms. Fogarty is known for her ability to negotiate favorable resolutions to difficult real estate, land use, and government matters.

Ms. Fogarty also provides estate planning services, drafting wills and trusts, and providing the appropriate documentation for health care directives and other related family concerns. Helping clients to pass their assets to the next generation upon their death in a manner that provides guidance as to property tax assessments is particularly important to families.

With more than 30 years of experience in real estate and land use issues, Ms. Fogarty also has 18 years of experience serving on public agencies, notably on the Millbrae City Council and Millbrae Redevelopment Agency from 1987 through 1995, including two terms as Mayor, also serving as the Chair of the Millbrae Redevelopment Agency while serving as Mayor.

Ms. Fogarty served for several years as a judge pro tem for the Small Claims Court of San Mateo County.

Ms. Fogarty served as an instructor of Land Use and Environmental Law at San Jose State University in their Urban Planning program.


Present community service includes membership in the Rotary Club of Millbrae. She is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Millbrae, and is Past Rotary District 5150 Secretary, and was Assistant Governor for District 5150 for 2014-16.  Ms. Fogarty is a member of  the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce, and was a Board Member and Past President of that organization.  Ms. Fogarty is presently a Board Member of the Millbrae Community Foundation, and Past President of that non-profit.  Ms. Fogarty also serves on the Board of Governors of the School of Law of the University of San Francisco.

Ms. Fogarty worked with community leaders to raise funds to rehabilitate a 50-year old building to be used for a community Teen Center, providing pro bono services to provide the infrastructure to successfully complete the project, known as the “Millbrae Community Youth Center”.  Recently she negotiated a Designated Fund Agreement between the City of Millbrae and the Millbrae Community Foundation to assist with funding the Millbrae Community Center rebuilding effort to replace the City's Community Center which was destroyed in a fire.

Her past community service includes the Chairmanship of the Visiting Nurses Association Home Hospice Board of San Mateo County, and Past Presidency of Soroptimist International of Millbrae-San Bruno. She served as the elected Secretary to the Foundation Board of the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice of Northern California. She was the Chamber of Commerce representative to the Millbrae Downtown Process Committee, an advisory committee on business issues to the City Council. She also served as a founding member for 10 years with the SamTrans Board, serving on several State and National Committees of the California Association of Publicly Owned Transit Systems and the American Public Transit Association.

Ms. Fogarty also has been involved with policy-making service with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, chairing its Legislative Committee. She was a founding member of San Mateo County's Congestion Management Agency, known as C/CAG, Chair of its Growth Management Policy Committee, and a member of its Congestion Management Air Quality Committee and its Transportation Systems Management Task Force. She was a founding member of the Multi-City Transportation Systems Management Agency (MTSMA), serving as its Chair from 1992 to 1994.

The Millbrae Mayor's Council named Ms. Fogarty as  Millbrae Woman of the Year  for 2013 for her long term service to the community.


Janet Fogarty was named Woman of the Year for 2013 by the Millbrae Mayor's Council for her long and continuous service to the community.
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