William L. Porter Founder & President Specializing in Construction Law, Business Law and Labor Law
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Attorney At Law

Bill Porter, President of Porter Law Group, specializes in Construction and Employment Law. He has been awarded the highest possible ratings of “AV Preeminent” and “AV Preeminent Judicial Edition” (indicating the honor of local judiciary approval) by America’s premiere attorney rating service, Martindale-Hubbell, which has also designated him as a “Top Rated Lawyer” in the field of Construction Law. He has been designated a “Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters, a “Top Rated Lawyer” by AVVO, a “Distinguished Lawyer” by the Expert Network and among “America’s Most Honored Lawyers” by The American Registry.

Relevant Experience

With more than 35 years of experience in the legal profession, Bill’s practice focuses primarily on legal aspects of the building industry, including litigation of construction claims in State and Federal Court as well as through mediation and arbitration.  Bill regularly represents developers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in complex multi-party construction litigation.  He lectures statewide on construction matters and regularly contributes to legislation on behalf of the construction industry, including chairing the Committee of California attorneys who revised all Construction Collection laws, effective 2012 (SB 189). AppliedLegal.com publishes many of Bill’s presentations on various aspects of construction law. Bill also serves as a mediator and arbitrator and was appointed as a Temporary Pro Tem Judge of El Dorado Superior Court in 2004.


Bill earned his Law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where he received American Jurisprudence Awards in Land Use Planning and Administrative Law.  Bill earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Marketing from the University of San Francisco.

Prior to college, Bill attended local Sacramento area schools, including Jesuit High School.


State Bar of California, 1988;

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1988;

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1989;

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1990;

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2003.


Temporary Pro Tem Judge, El Dorado Superior Court 2004;

Applied Legal, Inc., President, 2018 – Present

Region Builders, Inc., founding President, Executive Council, Board of Directors 2012-Present;

Region Builders PAC, founding President & Board of Directors 2009-2018;

Real Estate and Construction Networking (“RECON”) National Board of Directors 2009-2011;

California Government Relations Committee of the American Subcontractors’ Association of California, 2003-Present;

Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee 2009-Present;

Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Board of Directors, 2009-2011.


Sacramento County Bar Association;

State Bar of California (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section);

Member, Associated General Contractors of California (Member, Legal advisory Committee, 2009-Present);

American Subcontractors’ Association Capitol Chapter (Member, Board of Directors and Legal Counsel, Sacramento, 2000-Present);

American Subcontractors’ Association of California (Member, California Government Relations Committee, 2003-Present);

Member, Associated Builders & Contractors of California, Golden Gate Chapter;

Member, Sacramento Builders Exchange;

Member, Construction Law Council for the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange;

Member, California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors;

American Institute of Inspectors, National Board of Directors, 1998-2000.


Author, California Lien Laws and Other Construction Claim Remedies;

Contributing Counsel – 2003 Civil Code Section 3097 and 3259.5 Revisions;

Contributing Counsel – 2009 Civil Code Section 3084 and 3146 Revisions;

Contributing Counsel – 2009 Senate Bill 189 (Lowenthal);

Numerous articles on construction topics in various construction trade publications.

Charitable and Other

Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento (Regional Children’s Shelter), Board of Directors 1996-2005, Board Secretary 1997-2002, Executive Committee 1997-2002, 2004-2005, Program Task Force Chair 2004-2005, Long Range Planning Committee Chair 2001-2003, Finance and Personnel Committee 1996-1997.

Families for Children (Foster Care and Adoption Agency) President and Chairman of the Board 1996-2004, Board Member, 1996 – Present.

Rotary Club of Sacramento (Classification: Construction Law); Rotary Youth Incentive Mentoring Program, Co-Founder and Mentor (1997-2004), Rotary Capitol Links Mentoring Program (1995-1997).

Jesuit High School Alumni Association (Class of 1978), Sacramento.

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