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Joseph Michael Smith Caballe

Litigation Attorney at Alexandria, VA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Jose Caballe

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 6 years
    Virginia - VA 11 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2017
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation

    11 years

  2. Insurance
    Personal Injury & ERISA Long Term Disability

    11 years

  3. Workers compensation

    9 years

My name is Jose Caballe and I am a Bilingual (Spanish & English) Attorney at The Barrera Law Firm.  My practice is devoted to litigation matters ranging from auto accident cases, workplace accidents, medical malpractice litigation, and catastrophic injury litigation.  Please dont hesitate to contact me should the need arise. 


The Barrera Law Firm
5854 Richmond Highway
Suite 620
Alexandria, VA, 22303

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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very honest and self-less in helping me
I contacted Jose when he worked for another firm a couple years ago. He understood the dire and time sensitive situation I was in. He was honest and up front with me that taking my case on such short notice, while he would do his best, he cannot commit as many resources as he would like given the short turn around time and the other cases on his plate. Having said that, he said he would take my case, but just wanted me to be aware that he might not be able to do the job 100% like he would normally do. But he also referred me to another disability lawyer in case I wanted someone who could dedicate more time to my case. Ultimately, I chose to go with the other lawyer he referred me to because I wanted a lawyer who could dedicate his full attention to my case. And I successfully won my disability appeal. So it is clear that Jose had no ego in referring me to another very good lawyer. I really appreciated Jose's honesty and up front nature. And the amount of time he spent helping me even though he got nothing out of it. If Jose says he can take your case, you can be assured he will dedicate the proper amount of attention unless he tells you otherwise.
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Response from Joseph Caballe September 1, 2016
Based on the outcome, I would make the same referral again! Im very glad things worked out so well for you, and was happy to help. The most important thing is that the client wins!
Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Help at a Difficult Time!
Reviewing policies these days is too difficult and could be really costly, so we were referred to Joe-- and he was great. It really helped to understand where we are and what we need to do.
Posted by Steve | August 6, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Impressed With Disability Consult
I am 53 and have suffered back issues and surgeries for 24 years. I am at the point in life where I can't take much more day to day pain. In researching about long term disability I realized this is not a "game" the average person should play alone. Honestly I did not want to spend money as I have spent thousands on medical bills this year alone. Mr. Caballe made me feel comfortable from the start of the conversation. It was encouraged that my wife participate and he included her throughout the conversation. He pointed out so many areas that I never would have thought about or considered regarding the process of filing and collection LTD. How Social Security most likely will become part of the process and the fact that I do not have to totally stop living to be considered disabled, and ways to handle that. He also told me that I most likely will have additional questions after our meeting and to feel free to call or email him and he will respond. This single outreach says to me that it is about the client and not just the money. He treated us the way both my wife and I treat people. If I need to move forward with a disability claim, I only have one phone call to make and that is comforting.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2015
Recent review of a disability claim
Jose spent time with me recently going over details of a DI claim with the insurance company sponsored by my employer. Very thorough with the review and offered candid advice about how to structure conversations and correspondence with the insurance company. Would definitely recommend Jose for clients in search of ideas to navigate a DI claim.
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Posted by Mike | April 28, 2015
Request for information from Jose Caballe on Aetna-LTD claim
Mr Caballe has provided valuable assistance and insights to me on a long-term disability claim I have with Aetna Insurance. I have discussed with him on two occasions (Mar'14 & Apr'15) some issues I faced with the insurance benefits manager and my physician. Mr Caballe gave me excellent information on the process and was very generous with his time and expertise. I would strongly recommend him for counsel on disability matters. He is very personable and knowledgable.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2015
Honest and Knowledgeable
I highly recommend Mr. Caballe if you need help with a disability claim. Do not apply for disability without speaking to a lawyer. ERISA law which governs disability claims is difficult to navigate and favors insurance companies. Not only is Mr. Caballe extremely knowledgeable, but he takes the time to explain things in terms anyone can understand. I do not think you will find a more respectful, compassionate, and thorough disability lawyer. Mr. Caballe patiently walked me through every step of the process and answered all my questions no matter how much time it took. I respect his honest and straightforward approach; and more importantly, his desire to help. He is a very capable lawyer and could have chosen a more profitable area of the law to practice, but instead decided to help those in need. He is a one of a kind lawyer! I am forever thankful to him.
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Posted by Michael | April 14, 2015
Comments re: J. Caballe
I was directed to the law firm of Ben Glass by a respected professional colleague who was aware of my physical disability and the increasingly adverse impact it was having on my life. After a brief interview with someone on Mr. Glass’s staff, I was put into contact with Mr. Caballe, an attorney whose specialty matched my particular situation and needs. From our initial phone conversation through successful resolution of my long term disability claim, Mr. Caballe was markedly different from an attorney from a different firm whom I had contacted at the onset of the disability. While she was abrupt, dismissive, and condescending, Mr. Caballe was continually empathetic, straight-forward, and respectful. His candor and honesty were particularly welcome. Rather than trying to persuade me to become a client, he assumed the role of “devil’s advocate”, challenging me as to whether I genuinely wished to begin what he knew from experience would be a difficult journey, and one in which the empirically calculated odds would be against me. I responded positively to a request from the firm for feedback on Mr. Caballe relatively early in the process. I offer these comment today, however, without solicitation. It is rare that I am sufficiently impressed by another’s professional knowledge and ethos that I initiate comment. Mr. Caballe, however, merits acknowledgement. Had the outcome for me been different, and were I compelled to make one or more appeals, I do not believe that my reaction would be different. It was a pleasure to work with someone whom can be trusted to conduct himself consistently with both integrity and professional distinction.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
Honesty upfront
Mr. Caballe was very forthcoming with potential costs vs. value of monetary objective of my case, and I really appreciate that honesty. He also took the time via phone to tell me the pros and cons of pursuing my case and other alternatives I could check into prior to resorting to the expense of an attorney.
Posted by Chris | February 16, 2015
The 1 st time that I spoke with Jose, I could tell that I was speaking with someone who was very intelligent as well as compassionate about their job. Jose took the time to explain to me how Ben Glass Law could help me with my case. I then met Jose in person and my thoughts of him were confirmed, this was the person that I wanted to help me win my workers comp. case.
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Posted by Michael | December 9, 2014
J.Caballe, Esq. - Contracting
I was referred to Mr. Caballe, BenGlassLaw, by a colleague who was familiar with my mounting frustration associated with applying for short and long term disability benefits. While the outcome of the case remains uncertain, I have been genuinely impressed with the multiple interactions I have had with Mr. Caballe to date. During our initial meeting, for example, he was not only immediately responsive to my queries, but demonstrated his knowledge by accurately anticipating many of my concerns, and satisfactorily responding to them. He avoided trying to persuade me to seek his legal representation; rather, he assumed the role of "devil's advocate", encouraging me to consider the relative costs and benefits of securing his assistance or not. I have been immensely impressed by Mr. Caballe, for his knowledge, candor, insights, and integrity.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2014
Cabelle - Thorough, Clear, Empathetic, Encouraging
I wasn't sure how to answer certain questions on my LTD Insurance claim. Mr Caballe called me, personally, and provided assistance? His answers were clear, thorough, empathetic and encouraging. While he did not sell me on the need for an attorney at this time, I will certainly request his services if it becomes necessary in the future.
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Posted by Camilo | June 4, 2014
Honest Man, Excellent Consultation
I consulted with Mr. Caballe in regard to a medical malpractice claim and he was straight forward and honest with me, not eager to just take my money. As a private investigator in a past life I understood from the onset that there is a difference in how a potential client, in this case me, feels wronged emotionally, and what has a fighting chance in court. It's easy for an attorney to take a clients money when a client feels wronged on principal, but an honest attorney will give an honest assessment of your case and not take advantage of your emotional state taking money for a case they don't believe meets the criteria for a successful outcome. Mr. Caballe was understanding and sympathetic of my situation, and took the time to explain why he felt I should not pursue my case at the moment. His thoughts were rational and made good sense to me. It was definitely worth my time to consult with him and I would recommend others seek his guidance as well if they are interested in an honest assessment of their case and not just a pep talk motivating them to write a check.
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Posted by Adam | April 30, 2014
I highly commend Mr. Joseph Caballe for his impressive work, ethics and first class service.
I consulted Mr. Caballe regarding long-term disability insurance benefits. He is extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly. With clear and precise communication he patiently addressed all my concerns and took away my anxiety. After considering all issues he explained the best strategy and well exceeded my expectation. The value for the money was also excellent. Overall a treasured experience - the kind one usually gets from family and dear friends.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Barrera Law Firm
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Ben Glass Law
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Legal Intern
  • Hamilton Altman Canale & Dillon
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Department Of Justice
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • Hamilton Altman Canale & Dillon
  • 2010 - 2010
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  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (20)
Endorse Joseph
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and recommend Mr. Caballe."
Insurance Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Caballe is an excellent advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a client in need. He is also an asset to the Avvo Community, providing invaluable resources to those seeking help."
Insurance Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jose Caballe is a hard working attorney who understands the intricacies of personal injury cases. He serves his clients well with his strong work ethic and advocacy skills."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.Jose Caballe provides solid programmatic advice and common-sense solutions to legal issues."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jose is a very knowledgeable, responsive, professional, and hard-working workers compensation attorney. He is also a good, likeable guy who is great to work with. I would have no problem recommending a family member or friend to him."
Insurance Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He really knows his craft."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Other
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Employee benefits Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Caballe gives good, accurate, and detailed answers to employee benefits questions here on Avvo, and I would recommend him to anyone in his area seeking an attorney on those matters."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Fantastic advice to individuals with medical malpractice cases and insurance questions. Very well respected among the Avvo community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney and highly recommended as an asset to this community."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Caballe is generous enough to share his legal knowledge on sites like Avvo. Apart from being kind, he is also intelligent and skilled. I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph has focused extensively and exclusively on insurance and medical malpractice to hone his skills. He will work tirelessly on your case and always keep you informed of every aspect. I recommend him to family, friends, and anyone who finds themselves in need of a good attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Caballe is a respected member of the legal community."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Caballe is a bright, young attorney with the right credentials to handle a medical malpractice case. His mastery of legal principles and passionate advocacy have earned the respect of clients and colleagues alike. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. His work ethic and his knowledge of Medical Malpractice and ERISA claims are excellent. He will do his utmost for his clients, and I am confident that you will have a great experience if you hire Jose."
Insurance Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph is a qualified, knowledgeable attorney with a great work ethic, and service with a smile for every one of his clients."
Insurance Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jose is extremely knowledgeable in an area of the law that can be very challenging. Successfully handling long-term disability claims under ERISA takes dedication and willingness to stay constantly updated. If I were in need of an ERISA attorney in Virginia, I would look no further than Jose Caballe."
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