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Jose Isaia Ybanez Utzurrum

Libel and slander Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.9   41 reviews

also known as Joe Utzurrum


Licensed for 28 years

About Jose

Learn Jose’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Libel and slander
    40%
    Prosecution and defense of cases involving false accusations, false statements of fact, false reviews, civil rights violations, etc., that destroy personal and business reputations, including those issues that involve the Anti-SLAPP statute.

    28 years

  2. Litigation
    40%
    Lawsuits involving defamation, breach of contract, trade secrets violations, civil rights violations, disability and racial discrimination, harassment, threats of violence, annoyances, nuisances, including cases requiring restraining orders.

    28 years

  3. Civil rights
    20%
    Prosecution and defense of civil rights lawsuits including, but not limited to, race, sexual, age and gender discrimination, and the protection of the rights of the disabled, involving public entities, law enforcement, employment and private business

    28 years

Licensed for 28 years
State HI
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/22/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 08/08/2022

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

Contact Jose

Utzurrum Law Offices, A.P.C.
12121 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
5/5 Stars - Best Lawyer in LA, hands down.
I decided to consult Jose after reading his reviews on avvo, and am really glad that I did. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable, genuine, caring, and attentive. I didn't end up going through with his services after having an extensive discussion with him on the pros and cons of pursuing my particular case, but I really appreciate him being so sincere and generous with his time. The consultation was free, and I honestly wish I could give him more than 5 stars; he really deserves it. Very grateful for his help. Would HIGHLY recommend without any hesitation.
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Posted by Mark | August 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great and passionate attorney
This lawyer has been great!! He is attentive, compassionate,and will fight hard for your case. I would recommend him highly.
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me greatly and expediently in a very contentious matter
My experience with Joe was an incredibly positive one. It was my first time foraying into legal territory in a particularly contentious situation, and Joe was incredibly empathetic with his communication and selflessly generous with his time. He advised me almost as though he was a distant relative, something I imagine is not terribly common in attorney and client relationships. I am deeply appreciative of Joe helping me in one of my most difficult times.
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Posted by Catherine | November 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Knowledgable Lawyer, Highly Recommended
Jose guided me through one of the most difficult ordeals that I have experienced with patience and skill. He walked me through the legal process every step of the way and was always there for me during the ups and downs of the case. He is an excellent communicator and kept in the loop with every update. His incredible knowledge and preparedness allowed us to win the case and I am so grateful to him! I absolutely recommend hiring him for your legal needs, he will go above and beyond for you.
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Posted by Don | November 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helped me with my small legal matter
After calling multiple legal aid offices and lawyers around town, nobody wanted to help me with my situation. Joe was different. He was recommended to me via LACBA's SmartLaw website. I told him about my issue (I was accused of being at-fault in a car accident), and was simply needing legal advice and help reading some paperwork I was served. I said I would pay him for an of hour of legal advice, however he then explained to me over the phone, free of charge for 15min, on what I should do. He explained thoroughly and was really nice to me about some of the legal questions I had. Not only that, he then *emailed* me on what we talked about it and gave me a link to where to fill out certain forms -- which I thought was extremely kind of him. I think the mark of a good lawyer is one that is nice. I should know... I work with lawyers in the corporate sector. In the future, if someone needs a lawyer, I would absolutely check with Joe first. No doubt. Thanks Joe.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice , honest, helpful
I called this attorney for advice on a hippa case. He was super nice, helpful, and forthcoming with information to assist me in the case. Couldn’t recommend more.
Posted by Jeff | April 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough and helpful
Joe is the best. I was referred to Joe by the L.A. County Bar Association as their lawyer referral service's ONLY libel defense lawyer (I own a community newspaper). He was thorough and helpful, he obviously knows both the law and strategy, he reviewed my matter and talked about it in probably half an hour, and ended by telling me I don't need a lawyer (at least at this point) and that the other side doesn't have a case. As good as any lawyer I've ever known -- and my kid brother has been a lawyer for 50 years AND my first public relations client in the 1980s was the San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service. I had many lawyers as public relations clients as well. His clients are in good hands. Thanks again, Joe. Hope to be able to refer you some business.
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Posted by Joseph | April 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard worker
Was very thorough in detailing the work he did and very honest about his opinion on the chances of winning. Explained everything to me so I could follow closely and understand.
Posted by Linda | February 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer for the job
Jose is one of the most transparent, genuine, and articulate lawyers I've ever had the pleasure of speaking with. I work with lawyers for a living so I know what I'm talking about and Jose tells it like it is, no BS. He was kind and extremely understanding of the situation I was going through. I am going to recommend him to anyone I can as he is the best. He is incredibly informative, real and helpful. Thank you Jose.
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Posted by Eric | February 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Jose is patient and knowledgable!
I sent an email to Jose yesterday and he called me back within a couple of hours. He talked to me for an hour, listening to my story and giving me very sound advice free of charge! I wish that I could afford him, hopefully I will be able to work with him at some point in the future!
Posted by Elin | September 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Spoke with integrity and honest options.
I consulted with Jose after being forwarded to him via a referal. He took the time to consult with me several times over the phone regarding a very emotonal situation regarding my son. Jose tokk the time to listen. He provided heartfelt personal advice in responce, that helped tremendously in naviagting a very difficult and emotionally charged situation. I deeply appriciated his perspective and empowering information. He could have easily taken the money I offered to pay for his time consulting me, or asked me for a retainer, he did not. To me this level of honesty and respect for his profession speaks volumes to his dedication and respect for the law. I feel he is truly in the field of law to be of assitance and helping people not just logging cases to make money. If I had moved in the direction of legal action, would have hired Jose without question.
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Posted by Mark | September 2, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Needed some info
Jose listened and asked great questions in order to really understand my case. He was very professional and very proficient in explaining all of the pros and cons of filing my lawsuit. He answered every question that I had and if I did not understand something he make sure to clarify it for me. I would definitely recommend
Posted by Amber | August 28, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest & Knowledgeable Lawyer
I highly recommend Joe, after speaking with 10+ local attorneys, I went back to him even though he was out of my area as I felt his genuine presence and he offered an honest consultation. He took to time to listen to my sensitive situation and was very throughout in explaining all possible outcomes in detail. So grateful for his honesty and intellectual legal advice!
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Posted by Holly | July 8, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sage Advice and a Solid Plan
I consulted Joe on a very complex and senitive issue involving slander/defamation. He spent time asking great questions and unpacking the details. He was patient and explained in detail the law surrounding the topic and also gave me his personal advice based on the senario. His insight gave me some peace for now and a plan should things escalate. I'm very grateful.
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Posted by Nathan | May 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly intelligent and compassionate
Joe is not a run of the mill attorney. I consulted with him regarding a case I felt strongly about but he pointed out practical pitfalls that I had been blind to. He is a straight shooter, but incredibly diplomatic. I know if I ever have to move forward on such a matter, he would handle it with efficiency and excellent client care, no problem. Attorneys like this are one in a million. I should know, I am an attorney as well.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
One of the BEST Attorneys out there!
We were so fortunate to find Joe! We were seeking someone that was highly qualified and experienced and Joe is clearly an expert. Joe is extremely knowledgeable and we appreciate how genuine and thorough he is. We appreciate his responsiveness and would not hesitate to recommend Joe - particularly for those who are looking for the BEST!
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Posted by Navjot | July 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney out there
Joe is such an honest and caring attorney! He genuinely cared for my case and supported me every step of the way. What more can you ask from a lawyer?! Also he was so straight forward and educated me on the law (which I had little to no idea about before my case). I would recommend him a thousand times to anyone. Mahalo for everything Joe!
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Posted by Danielle | March 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So knowledgable and gave me great advice!
What a fun conversation. He is very inspirational. He advised me to do what is best for me and running my business. Much Mahalos! I'm calling you again now lol.
Posted by Adam | March 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt response; very helpful consult
Joe responded to my inquiry within 15 minutes and then spent 30 minutes discussing my situation. He provided sage advice on my options and had insightful analysis on the case, despite just getting up to speed on my business. If I decide to move forward with the case I'll be hiring Joe.
Posted by Willie | January 31, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable
When I first consulted with Joe about a civil lawsuit against me regarding copyright infringement, I was confused and frankly scared. He explained to me clearly and definitively what my Legal options were moving forward. He really helped to relieve a lot of anxiety personally and financially. On my second consultation with Joe, it was clear to me he is knowledgeable and a great listener, able to see through my anxiety and direct me to a happy outcome that I certainly didn't expect. Couldn't have wished for a better legal consultation. Joe is awesome.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-550 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • UTZURRUM LAW OFFICES A.P.C.
  • 1996 - Present
  • Law Clerk then Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Don H. Zell
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1991

Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Californa at Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • United States District Court
  • Defense verdict
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Jury Verdict - Defendant held twenty percent liable
  • United States District Court
  • Case Dismissed prior to empanelling a jury
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Associations

  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Solicitors Regulatory Authority (England and Wales)
  • Practicing Solicitor
  • 2010 - Present
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Practicing Solicitor in England and Wales
  • Solicitors Regulatory Authority
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Civil Rights Luncheon with Los Angeles County Bar Association Staff
  • Civil Rights
  • 2016
  • Orange County Bar LRIS Staff Luncheon
  • Civil Rights
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (31)
Endorse Jose
Libel and slander Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clear legal thinking. Level headed. Common sense focused. Experienced. Jose has these qualities in spades. I would not hesitate to recommend Attorney Utzurrum to any family member of mine for any issue. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a wealth of knowledge and provides practical and useful advice that people can understand."
Litigation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, his skill and experience speak volumes and furthermore the number and variety of jurisdictions where he is licensed show his vast knowledge is recognized internationally."
Libel and slander Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having read several answers provided here on Avvo, I can see this attorney is knowledgeable and for that reason I endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Whether you need help with a business issue or real estate matter, Jose is the man to contact in LA!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jose is a very sharp and competent attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Utzurrum is a very talented and skilled attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a seasoned litigator who is passionate for his clients' causes. I highly recommend him ."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jose's contributions and advice are always on point. He is an asset to this website and the legal profession."
Business Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Utzurrum is a great asset for the Avvo askers. His answers are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jose. He has a very good reputation in Los Angeles with his peers. Read his reviews and endorsements and than you will want to schedule a consultation. If you are in or near Los angeles give him a call."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Attorney Utzurrum. He is a credit to the profession."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's outstanding trial work. Mr. Utzurrum is one of the most feared trial lawyers in the Southland. I have seen him try cases and have observed first-hand Mr. Utzurrum persuasive effect on juries and him standing up to judges when appropriate to advance his client's interests in high stakes litigation."
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