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Brigid Joyce has been practicing law for over eight years. She was employed as an associate at the law firm Trutanich-Michel, LLP from 2002 through 2008, where she specialized in environmental litigation and general civil litigation. Ms. Joyce moved from there to the law firm Caufield & James, LLP from 2009 through 2011, where she gained additional extensive experience in these legal areas. Ms. Joyce has also worked on a number of employment and labor, business, appellate, and criminal matters. She was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2007 and 2008 Editions, which include the recognition of less than 2.5% of attorneys in California.

Ms. Joyce is accomplished in all aspects of litigation, including case management, research, discovery, law and motion, court appearances, trial preparation, and trial. While at Trutanich-Michel, LLP, Ms. Joyce worked on the wrongful death case Patel et. al. v. Govin et. al., LASC Case No. BC288577, which resulted in a $148,000,000.00 judgment. Ms. Joyce is also experienced in all phases of civil and criminal appeals, including research, preparation of the record, drafting briefs (including party and amici curiae briefs), and oral argument. She obtained a published appellate opinion in the case Michel v. Moore and Associates Inc., Case No. B183165, addressing disclosures in the real estate context. While at Caufield & James, LLP, Ms. Joyce was successful in obtaining the involuntary dismissal of two separate matters seeking over a million dollars in damages for eight individual clients.

Brigid Joyce graduated summa cum laude from Whittier Law School in May 2002 where she attended on a full academic scholarship. She was a member of Whittier Law Review and a Contracts I and II Teaching Assistant. While in law school, Ms. Joyce externed at the California Court of Appeals for the Fourth District for Justice William W. Bedsworth, where she drafted court opinions on both civil and criminal appeals. Ms. Joyce graduated with honors from the University of San Diego in 1998, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Economics, where she attended on a full athletic tennis scholarship.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    14 years
  2. Environmental: 25%
    14 years
  3. Employment: 25%



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-45%)

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  • Ryan Thomas Darby

    Ms. Joyce is an outstanding lawyer, and I learned a great deal from her while I worked for her. She is intelligent, hard working, and legitimately cares about her clients. I fully endorse her.


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  • Michael Paul Ruttle

    I've had the pleasure of working for Brigid since I first started practicing law. She is a highly skilled attorney who aggressively advocates for her clients' rights and their interests. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Otten & Joyce LLP

3620 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 100
Torrance, CA, 90505


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor of Legal WritingWhittier Law School2012 - Present
PartnerOtten & Joyce, LLP2011 - Present
AttorneyCaufield James, LLP2009 - 2011
AttorneyTrutanich - Michel, LLP2002 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Whittiler Law School Alumni BoardSecretary2013 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Carl Michel vs. Palos Verdes Network Group, Inc., et al. (2007) 156 Cal.App.4th 756.Won on appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
WestCarl Michel vs. Palos Verdes Network Group, Inc., et al. (2007) 156 Cal.App.4th 756.2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of San DiegoN/AOther - BachelorsN/A