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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.
• 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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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
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer 2013||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top San Diego Attorney||San Diego Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer 2012||Super Lawyers Of Southern California||2012|
|Outstanding Trial Lawyer 2012||Consumer Attorneys of San Diego||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyer Of Southern California||2011|
|Certified To Practice Before The Department Of Veteran's Affairs||Department Of Veteran's Affairs||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Of Southern California||2008|
|Editor Law Review||UC Davis School Of Law||1986|
|Martindale - Hubbell AV Rated||Martinedale - Hubbell||N/A|
|Trial Attorney Accomplishment||Consumer Attorneys of San Diego||N/A|
|Principal||Lavelle Law Group||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Wertz McDade & Wallace||2001 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Consumer Attorneys Of San Diego||Member||1998 - Present|
|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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|University of California at Davis School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|San Diego State University||N/A||Other - Bachelors||N/A|