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Joel Hand

Joel Hand

Practice areas:

Business, Litigation, Immigration

About Me

Mr. Hand is a California Bar admitted attorney of 25 years.

He is a graduate of Occidental College, and Loyola Law School, where he was selected for the staff of the International and Comparative Law Journal.

Initially trained as a litigator with the San Diego District Attorneys Office, he has tried more than 70 cases to verdict.  In the area of criminal defense, he was selected for the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel in 1990, and since then has has handled all serious feloly matters in state and federal courts, including misdemeanors, DUI with injury or death, robbery, gang allegations,  drug offenses and homicides.


Since 1999, his practice has been primarily transactional work, where he served as in house or General Counsel for 3 public companies and multiple privately held entities.


Mr. Hand has developed a specialty practice in the area of LLC formation and transfers of seagoing Vessels and Aircraft.


Mr. Hand also assists clients in advanced estate planning utilizing trusts, LLCs and partnerships to reduce taxes, faciliate inter-generational transfers and shield assets from liabaility claims.




Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Business: 50%
    26 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    26 years
  3. Immigration: 10%
    26 years



Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Eric Alan Hanscom

    Joel is a great guy and excellent lawyer. I met him while in the law library and he went out of his way to help me find some books I needed. Since then we have worked together on some issues and I've gotten to know him well. Joel is diligent about everything he does, and he genuinely cares about "winning and losing" -- not about collecting a paycheck, but about winning and losing. Joel is also the first to admit when he doesn't have the expertise to handle a case or situation. These things really set him apart from some other lawyers I have dealt with in the past.


    Eric Hanscom Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Scott Robert Rights

    I have known Mr. Hand for more than 20 years. He is an excellent advocate for his clients, and is particularly effective in trial, hearings and negotiating for his clients. I have had the opportunity to watch him in trial, and his knowledge of the law combined with his skill as an eloquent and articulate orator was clear to everyone. We now are partners and I recommend him without reservation.


    Scott Rights Landlord & Tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Law Office of Joel Hand

402 West Broadway
Suite 400
San Diego, CA, 92101



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Joel Hand1990 - 2012
Deputy District AttorneySan Diego County District Attorney1988 - 1990

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Durham Pistol & Rifle ClubN/A2005 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Occidental CollegePhilosophyUndergraduate1983