Personal Injury | Employment | Real Estate | Construction
Business / Commercial / Consumer | Education | Environmental | Agriculture

Personal Injury

In the over 3000 mediation and arbitration matters heard by Mr. Joseph, over 1500 have been in the area of personal injury from catastrophic injuries and death to low-impact soft tissue cases. For 25 years, Mr. Joseph served as a trial attorney with the State Department of Transportation where he tried million dollar and six-figure personal injury cases against the best lawyers in California. These cases involved complex issues requiring experts in highway design, accident reconstruction, human factors, medicine, economic loss and life care planning. For 15 years Mr. Joseph ran the San Diego Office of Caltrans where he supervised 17 lawyers and made the trial/settlement decisions in hundreds of personal injury cases. Mr. Joseph has also served as Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in personal injury jury and non-jury trials and settlement panels. Finally, as a law professor teaching Civil Procedure and Trial Practice at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Mr. Joseph adds academic and scholarly analysis to personal injury issues, where needed.

Thus, Mr. Joseph brings a wealth of experience in personal injury cases as a mediator, arbitrator, trial attorney, Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in jury and non-jury trials and law professor. 

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Employment

Mr. Joseph has mediated countless employment matters involving gender, age and religious discrimination, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and all matters of wrongful termination.  For 15 years, Mr. Joseph served as Deputy Chief Counsel at Caltrans and advised the District Directors and supervised the litigation in San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Imperial Counties regarding employment claims and compliance with state and federal laws.  While at Caltrans, Mr. Joseph tried over 50 personnel matters involving state employees.  While serving as Associate Dean and General Counsel at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Mr. Joseph handled employment claims among faculty and staff.  Dean Joseph was also responsible for compliance with state and federal laws including wage and hour laws. 

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Real Estate

Mr. Joseph has handled numerous real estate disputes including contract interpretation, title disputes, easements, prescriptive rights, land subsidence, inverse condemnation, eminent domain, business goodwill  and landlord-tenant.  For 25 years, Mr. Joseph was a trial attorney with Caltrans where approximately 1/3 of the cases involved eminent domain and acquisition of property rights for state highways.  Mr. Joseph has personally tried million dollar and six-figure eminent domain cases.  While serving as Deputy Chief Counsel in charge of the San Diego Office, Mr. Joseph advised Caltrans right of way personnel and supervised the litigation in San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Imperial counties regarding acquisition of rights of way.  As Caltrans was the largest landlord in these counties, Mr. Joseph also advised the District Directors and supervised the litigation involving landlord-tenant issues.  Finally, Mr. Joseph has written a Guide to Eminent Domain and lectured on eminent domain to lawyers, appraisers and right of way agents.

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Construction

Mr. Joseph has mediated construction matters involving construction defect and construction contract claims.  While serving as Deputy Chief Counsel at Caltrans, Mr. Joseph advised Caltrans District Directors and supervised the litigation in San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Imperial Counties regarding construction issues on major state highway projects involving millions of dollars.  Mr. Joseph has also served on Caltrans Boards of Review evaluating contractor claims for additional payment.

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Business/Commercial/Consumer

Mr. Joseph has mediated countless business disputes involving contract interpretation, quasi-contract claims and collection matters (Rosenthal Act).  Mr. Joseph has also mediated Lemon Law (Song Beverly, Magnuson-Moss) and unfair business practice cases.

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Education

Mr. Joseph has mediated many matters relating to schools including claims involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), employment discrimination and governmental tort liability.  As Associate Dean and General Counsel at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Mr. Joseph was responsible for compliance for state and federal laws relating to education including the Higher Education Opportunity Act, FERPA, Clery Act and employment laws including wage and hour laws. Dean Joseph has also taught Education Law, one of the few professors in San Diego teaching the course.

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Environmental

Mr. Joseph has served as a mediator in environmental cases.  Mr. Joseph brings extensive experience to this area of practice. For 15 years, Mr. Joseph served as Deputy Chief Counsel for Caltrans where he advised the District Directors and supervised the litigation in San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Imperial Counties on environmental law including NEPA, CEQA, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and Historic Preservation Act. Mr. Joseph was co-trial and appellate counsel in Del Mar Heights Conservancy v. City of San Diego, 10 Cal. App.4th 712, the leading published case in California on project segmentation.  Mr. Joseph has also taught the course in Environmental Law twice at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

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Agriculture

Mr. Joseph has mediated cases involving agriculture issues including crop failures, irrigation and boundary disputes.  While serving as Deputy Chief Counsel at Caltrans, Mr. Joseph was responsible for advising the District Directors and supervising the litigation in San Diego, Riverside Orange and Imperial Counties regarding Caltrans rights of way in agricultural lands.  These issues were particularly complex in Imperial County during the land acquisition for Routes 7 and 111 and involved the coordination of highway construction with the planting and harvesting season in the valley and sensitivity to part-takes on farming in the valley.

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