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Joel William Baruch

Joel William Baruch

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice, Business

About Me

  • Long and distinguished career devoted to standing up for victims in both the criminal and civil arenas.

  • Over 180 trials to verdict with an impressive number of awards of $1 million or more.

  • Highly respected and A.V. rated by Martindale-Hubbell for quality representation and ethical values.

  • Personal injury, employment law, business litigation and medical malpractice.

  • J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA. 1976.

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, CA 1972. - Summa Cum Laude

  • Served in the U.S. Army, 1965 - 1968.

  • Wounded in service in the Vietnam War, 1966.

  • Selected for Super Lawyers recognition

  • Member of the National Trial Lawyers Association

  • Member of the Class Action Trial Lawyers Association


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Employment & Labor: 60%
    23 years
  2. Civil Rights: 15%
    36 years
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
    23 years
  4. Business: 5%
    23 years
  5. Medical Malpractice: 5%
    23 years


Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Kristine S Karila

    Joel Baruch is an excellent trial attorney - one of the best! He is very knowledgeable, ethical and a great guy. Juries find Joel very convincing and likeable.


    Kristine Karila Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of Joel W. Baruch, PC

2020 Main St Ste 900
Irvine, CA, 92614



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Orange County Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Summa Cum LaudeUniversity of California1972

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner/PresidentLaw Office of Joel W. Baruch, P.C.1992 - Present
PartnerEarley & Baruch1986 - 1992
Public DefenderState Of California Public Defender1979 - 1986

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Harbor Bar AssociationFormer PresidentN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Appellate Court in Jaramillo v. County of Orange (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 811.On appeal, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's judgment. The Court found that the waivers that Jaramillo had signed in 1998 and 2000 did not effectively waive his rights under the POBRA.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
UC Irvine CampusWhat it Takes to Make it in this Industry2013