Attorney Profiles

John G. Dooling


Partner — Redwood City, San Francisco


Mr. Dooling is a shareholder and chairs the RMKB Real Estate/Construction Practice Group.  His practice consists of general trial work and outside general counsel work for business entities, individuals and insured’s.  His trial practice includes experience in construction and construction defect litigation, professional liability (architects & engineers, attorneys, and real estate and insurance brokers), real estate, commercial disputes and general liability matters in the California State Courts and the Northern District of California.

Mr. Dooling also represents and advises privately held and publicly traded companies in the capacity as outside general counsel; which includes the representation of general contractors, sub-contractors, engineering and architecture, construction management firms, and real estate brokers and developers.  The representation includes all aspects of the clients business, including, but not limited to, risk management, contract drafting and review, licensing, employment agreements and handling litigation matters.

Mr. Dooling is a native San Franciscan who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco, where he was the recipient of a four-year Harney Foundation Scholarship. While at USF, John earned varsity letters in baseball, golf and crew. Subsequent to his graduation from USF, John obtained a Real Estate Broker’s License and represented sellers and buyers in real estate transactions for Merrill Lynch Real Estate. He also owned and operated a popular sports restaurant and bar in San Francisco from 1990 to 1996. During this time John attended evening law school and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence and was admitted to practice in 1991.

Outside the firm, John lives in Burlingame with his wife Eileen (a Jersey girl), their daughter Elizabeth (Lily), and their dog, Skipper. He is an avid Giants (ex-bat boy) and 49ers’ (ex-ball boy) fan and enjoys the occasional round of golf.

John previously served as a Director and Officer (Vice President) for The Olympic Club and currently serves as a Director (Chair) for the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco and The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos.  He is a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and past director of several non-profit organizations; including the Hibernian Newman Club, University of San Francisco Inn of Court, and the San Mateo Legal Aid Society.  John also volunteers at St. Anne’s Home in San Francisco and the Maple Street Shelter in Redwood City.