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Joseph Crane Lavelle

Joseph Crane Lavelle

also known as Joseph C. Lavelle

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Mr. Lavelle has extensive jury trial experience and has been responsible for more than $20 million in jury verdicts and settlements.  His practice focuses primarily on the representation of plaintiffs throughout California in personal injury and wrongful death cases.  Lavelle Law Group also represent clients in business and general civil litigation matters.

His career highlights include a $10.6 million personal injury verdict on behalf of a family injured by a pizza deivery driver, a $1.7 million insurance bad faith case, a $1.75 million injury case in Old Town, a $1.3 million design defect premises case, a $1.4 million semi-tractor trailer injury, a $1.25 million taxi cab injury, a $1.6 million elderly auto accident victim, $775,000 for a family injured on the I-405 freeway in Los Angeles, $300,000.00 for a couple who suffered food poisoning in a fast food restaurant, in excess of $200,000.00 each for two customers who were injured while receiving pedicures, and numerous additional six and seven figure verdicts and settlements. 


Mr. Lavelle is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Attorney (the highest level of professional experience & integrity) who prides himself on a personal hands on approach.  Mr. Lavelle was awarded the distinction of "Outstanding Trial Lawyer 2012", "San Diego Top Attorney 2013" and has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” (top 5% of San Diego lawyers) on multiple occasions.  Mr. Lavelle is a longstanding member of The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.  Mr. Lavelle is also accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Lavelle also has extensive experience in business and real estate litigation, including construction defect suits.


 In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Lavelle has served as an adjunct professor in the Physical Education Department of San Diego State University, his alma mater, and is an avid runner and triathlete.


Previous Affiliations

•  Higgs, Fletcher & Mack
•  Duckor & Spradling
•  Morris, Polich & Purdy

Community Service & Memberships

•  Multiple Sclerosis Society - Former Trustee
•  Aztec Athletic Foundation - Former Director
•  American Heart Association - Former Member, Lawyers Have a Heart
•  Pro bono Legal Counsel for victims of San Diego's October 2003 wild fires
   (in association with the San Diego County Bar)
•  Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
•  State Bar of California
•  San Diego County Bar Association


•  University of California, Davis School of Law (J.D., 1987)
•  San Diego State University (B.A., with honors, 1984)

Honors & Media

•  San Diego Consumer Attorneys Accomplsihment Honoree
•  UC Davis School of Law - Law Review Editor; Moot Court Competition;
   Dean's Merit Scholar


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 75%
    27 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    27 years

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  • James Nelson Dicks

    I endorse this lawyer. The attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney.


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  • Bryan Ralph Snyder

    Joe is hardworking, compassionate, and dedicated to the welfare of his clients. He is recognized in the San Diego legal community for his professionalism, as well as his success and legal skill. I gladly endorse Joe and recommend him as a top lawyer in San Diego.


    Bryan Snyder Personal Injury Attorney
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Contact info

Lavelle Law Group

1350 Columbia Street, Suite 500
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer 2013Super Lawyers2013
Top San Diego AttorneySan Diego Magazine2013
Super Lawyer 2012Super Lawyers Of Southern California2012
Outstanding Trial Lawyer 2012Consumer Attorneys of San Diego2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer Of Southern California2011
Certified To Practice Before The Department Of Veteran's AffairsDepartment Of Veteran's Affairs2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Of Southern California2008
Editor Law ReviewUC Davis School Of Law1986
Martindale - Hubbell AV RatedMartinedale - HubbellN/A
Trial Attorney AccomplishmentConsumer Attorneys of San DiegoN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLavelle Law Group2011 - Present
PartnerWertz McDade & Wallace2001 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys Of San DiegoMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Novak v. Pizza Hut$10 million+ jury verdict for our clients. One of the largest personal injury jury verdicts ever in San Diego.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
San Diego State UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A