During his 30 years as a mediator and arbitrator, Jeff Joseph has handled over 3,000 cases and his ADR and legal experience spans over 40 years. Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Jeff was a trial lawyer for 25 years. For 15 of those years Jeff served as a Deputy Chief Counsel for the State Department of Transportation supervising 17 lawyers and making all the trial/settlement decisions for every tort case in the office. Additionally, he served as Associate Dean and General Counsel at Thomas Jefferson School of Law for 6 years and was an Adjunct Professor for 20 years teaching 8 different law school courses.
While in practice, Jeff tried million dollar tort and real property cases. He wrote, negotiated or reviewed business, real estate and employment contracts. Jeff was responsible for compliance with Employment Law for over 2,000 state employees in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Imperial Counties and, later, law school employees and students. He sat on Boards of Review in highway construction cases and litigated construction contract claims. He was responsible for compliance with Environmental Law including CEQA and NEPA. Due to his time at Caltrans and the Law School, Jeff is also an expert on Government Law and Education Law.
As a neutral, Jeff uses his broad range of experience to successfully resolve a wide variety of disputes. "I help people engage in risk management. I identify the risks and key elements to help each party evaluate how best to settle their case," states Jeff. He is known for getting to the heart of complex matters and has an empathetic approach with each party, thereby ensuring each party knows he genuinely understands their position and concerns.
"I found the mediator excellent and the mediation productive. I give the highest evaluation to Mr. Jeffrey Joseph. His interaction with my clients gave them a sense of competence, participation and contribution to achieving the settlement."
- Attorney on a premises liability dispute
"He was very effective. We started so far apart. He never gave up, great job encouraging everyone to continue."
- Attorney on a personal injury dispute
"I have been participating in mediation hearings in my cases for over 25 years. Mr. Joseph is consistently a top-notch and "go-to" mediator, in my opinion, for several reasons: 1) He has the background and experience to gain the trust of the parties; 2) He is respectful, courteous and insightful; 3) He makes the process efficient without rushing it; and 4) He has the perfect demeanor which allows the parties to be forthcoming and feel hear, while gaining an understanding of how it is in their best interest to consider reasonable compromise."
- Attorney, San Diego, CA
"He was excellent in understanding case and explaining issues to client."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Dog Bite Dispute
“I thought Mr. Joseph was fantastic. He has an impeccable background, which he used to understand my client’s concerns while also providing an unbiased opinion.”
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour Dispute
"I appreciate your insight and empathetic handling of my clients. Great Job! Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you on matters in the future."
- San Diego Plaintiff's Attorney
"Mr. Joseph was particularly well versed regarding the facts, and persuasive in his analysis of how a jury might view the case, including the strengths and weaknesses of the parties' positions."
- Attorney on an employment wrongful termination dispute
"I appreciate his knowledge of the law with respect to government entities. Given his background, his opinions carry a lot of weight."
- Attorney on a personal injury auto dispute
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