Judge Joel Pressman served the legal community as a civil trial attorney and judge for over 45 years and is now available to serve as mediator, arbitrator, and private judge. As an attorney, he represented plaintiffs and defendants in diverse civil litigation matters, including international matters in the state and federal courts, and is a longtime member of ABOTA. As a judge, he earned himself a reputation as being a practical and knowledgeable settlement judge and mediator in hundreds of cases, including complex cases statewide. As an independent civil trial calendar judge, he was responsible for managing a caseload of over 1,000 diverse civil cases. Judge Pressman also served as a leader in the court as Supervising Judge of the Vista Superior Court and also spent many of those years on the Court Executive Committee. He is regarded as a judge with common sense, practical experiences and a genuine understanding of the dynamics of difficult cases and clients as well as the related costs (financial and otherwise) of litigation. As both a trial lawyer and as a judge, he presided over the trials of catastrophic personal injury cases, business and commercial disputes, medical and legal malpractice matters, employment wage and hour, harassment, ADA, and civil rights. Judge Pressman has extensive experience in insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and real estate litigation and class actions, including antitrust actions.
According to Judge Pressman, "I see private dispute mediation as a continuation of those aspects of my judicial career which I found most satisfying and in which I was most successful. To resolve a dispute without the emotional and monetary cost of trial is a wonderful thing."
All Types of Personal Injury
Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
Notable case Judge Pressman oversaw as a superior court judge
In his spare time, Judge Pressman has a passion for traveling to exotic places, music, theatre, opera, and exploring natural parks and beaches.
"He was very well prepared and treated all parties and counsel professionally. He tried and stuck with us throughout a very difficult and sensitive effort to resolve things."
- Attorney on a Business Fraud & Misrepresentation Matter
"Educating opposing counsel and party regarding unrealistic expectations."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Construction Dispute
"Judge Pressman was well prepared, having read the briefs in advance of the mediation. He understood the issues and was insightful in coming up with ways to best approach a difficult situation."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto Dispute
"The mediator was very knowledgeable, provided several options on the potential outcomes, and was of assistance in coming up with creative resolutions."
- Attorney on a Landlord/Tenant Dispute
"While [his] experience as a trial lawyer and judge was obviously instrumental in bringing the parties together to arrive at a compromise, I was most impressed with the kindness, compassion, patience, and respect that you showed to our client. I am glad that I never have to go against [him] as a lawyer. I am disappointed that I never had the opportunity to try a case in [his] courtroom. But, I look forward to mediating many cases with [him] in the future."
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination Dispute
"You picked up a really good jurist here. I had the pleasure of having several large exposure business cases the Judge and I was an out of towner. He demeanor was firm but friendly. He worked the cases hard and tried his best to grapple with all of the obtuse concepts we threw at him. I only wish the Judge Pressman would clone himself and have his clones continue to try cases. He is at the top of my list for Southern California mediators and arbitrators. Congratulations on snagging him!"
- Orange County Attorney
"Judge Pressman was thoroughly prepared, and extremely forthright in his evaluations of the parties' positions, and of the practical considerations the parties needed to factor into their decision-making. This was a difficult case, which I thought had no chance of settling. I am deeply impressed with the job Judge Pressman did."
- Attorney on a Civil Rights Matter
“This was our first time using Judge Pressman as a mediator, and we were all very impressed. He knew the case before we started and worked hard all day. A huge success.”
- Attorney on a Professional Malpractice-Legal Dispute