Joe the Mediator


The experiences of a lifetime as a trial lawyer have made Joe an accomplished and effective mediator. His cases have been as varied as that of any lawyer in the country. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants with great success. The persona which made Joe connect successfully with judges and juries works just as well in mediation. Joe does not lack for candor. He can be frank and strident without being insulting. He has the credibility to deliver the message without having to bludgeon the parties. His delivery is made with a touch that takes the sting away. His insight, judgment and in-depth experience make him a great closer.

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.  In 2010 Joe was named Best Lawyer of the Year for Commercial Litigation in Sacramento and in 2014 was named Best Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Litigation.  Since 2012 Joe has been named each year, including 2015, 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.

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.