Joe the Mediator


Lifetime in the Law

With over 30 years of practice before the Federal and California trial and appellate courts, Joe has handled many complex business jury trials and is acknowledged as one of the foremost business trial lawyers in the state. His practice has focused on commercial lending, real estate transactions, intellectual property and business dissolutions. Joe has successfully represented financial institutions in lender liability cases, commercial lending and related matters and handled shareholder derivative suits, copyright infringement matters, real estate litigation, partnership and corporate dissolutions, accounting malpractice, contract disputes and fraud claims, to name a few.

Recognitions and Awards

Joe has been a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1986 and was the tenth lawyer in California elected to its State Bar Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was named the Distinguished Lawyer of the Year by the Sacramento County Bar Association and in 2002 was the Alumnus of the Year for the Sacramento Chapter of the Hastings Alumni Association. Joe has been included in Best Lawyers of America since its inception, and in 2010 was named Best Lawyer of the Year for Commercial Litigation in Sacramento and in 2012 is named in four categories: Bet the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking and Finance and Litigation-Real Estate. He has also been included in the Northern California Super Lawyers since its inception. Joe also finished 5411th in the 83rd running of the Boston AA Marathon.

Expert Witness

From time to time over the years, Joe has been asked to act as an expert based upon his in-depth experience in the litigation process. There are various aspects of professional liability where Joe is a very effective expert witness.

Discovery Disputes

Joe has witnessed the enormous expansion of discovery during the course of his career and the concomitant expansion of the cost of discovery. He has dealt with lawsuits large and small representing plaintiffs and defendants in all types of cases and is effective in discovery disputes, getting litigants through the process efficiently.

Joe has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in an extraordinarily wide range of disputes:

  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Anti-trust
  • Banking
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial and Agricultural Lending
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Employment
  • FPPC Actions
  • Fraud
  • Government Contracts
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Intellectual Property (copyright infringement, trademark and trade secrets)
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate (environmental, development, lending)
  • Securities
  • Toxic Mold

For more about Joe see About and Case History.