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Joseph Mark Lovretovich

Car accident Attorney at Woodland Hills, CA

4.1   33 reviews

also known as Joe

  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
    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. Car accident

  2. Employment and labor
    I have represented employees in all types of employment cases and was the principle attorney on Colmanares vs. Braemar Country Club which expended the rights of the disabled in employment. I was also principle attorney in Dee vs. Vintage Petroleum which expanded the rights of those subject to ethnic discrimination

    45 years, 600 cases

  3. Personal injury
    We handle personal injury matters and have added an experienced personal injury attorney Aaron Brock to handle our personal injury practice.

    12 years, 100 cases

  4. Animal and dog bites

  5. Birth injury

  6. Brain injury

  7. Discrimination

  8. Motorcycle accident

  9. Nursing home abuse and neglect

  10. Sexual harassment

  11. Slip and fall accident

  12. Social Security & Disability

  13. Spinal cord injury

  14. Trucking accident

  15. Workers compensation
    Because many of our clients need help with workplace injury we have expanded the practice to include workers compensation law. We have five employees dedicated to representing injured workers.

    14 years, 300 cases

  16. Wrongful death

  17. Wrongful termination

Joseph M. Lovretovich founded JML Law to carry out his commitment to the representation of the rights of the individual.  Mr. Lovretovich was first admitted to practice law in the state of California in December 1976, and in his more than 30-year legal career, he has tried numerous cases, involving almost every type of legal claim.  He has greatly expanded the rights of all California citizens by winning important court cases and has secured millions of dollars in verdicts in settlements on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Lovretovich is widely regarded as one of California’s top trial lawyers.  He was principal counsel on Colmenares v. Braemar Country Club, which substantially expanded the definition of disability in California; he successfully argued the case of Dee v. Vintage Petroleum, which added substantial protections for the victims of racial prejudice; and he won in O’Hare v. MBIA, which further defined the rights of employees as parties to pre- employment mandatory arbitration agreements.  Mr. Lovretovich is a frequently lecturer at legal conferences, and he mentors numerous beginning attorneys throughout California.

Joseph “Joe” Lovretovich was born in Los Angeles.  His father was a LAPD officer for 35 years.  Joe is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Southwestern University School of Law.

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4.1 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Posted by Ted | October 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent firm. Skillful attorneys. Wonderful staff. Highly recommended. Strongly recommended.
An excellent and trusted attorney in a different area of practice, whom I’ve known for years, referred me to Mr. Lovretovich when I found myself in need of an attorney who specializes in employment law. I spoke with Joe Lovretovich numerous times regarding my increasingly difficult circumstances. Without fail, in addition to providing sage advice, Joe was supportive, generous, patient, and kind. From initial consultation through favorable resolution of my case, each member of the JML firm with whom I interacted -- reception; legal assistant; paralegal; the attorneys managing my case (Christina and Jared are extraordinary); and, of course, Joe Lovretovich -- was professional, respectful, courteous and friendly, responsive (!), and always inspired trust and confidence. Even for the most stoic, a legal dispute is a challenging undertaking, so these qualities are enormously important and valued. Frankly, Joe Lovretovich is ‘one of the good guys’, and I’m quite certain that his firm’s culture and the people who comprise the JML Law team are not coincidences; which are the reasons I have recommended JML Law in the past and would do so again, without hesitation.
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Posted by Negar | December 19, 2017
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Best lawyer
Mr Lovrstovich is an awesome lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and he has the best team. Great service. Very satisfied
Posted by Dean | November 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Not sure about this....
I originally called, just to see if I had a case. After explaining my situation, I was told that I did. With no understanding of what was going on, my team helped me get through all the "Lawyer speak", and talked to me like a friend, not just another client. I was given answers to my questions and assured that I would be alright, as my nervousness would rise. I am happy with my results, and my team. Thank you.
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Posted by Jessica | July 21, 2015
Joe Lovretovich is the best!
Joe is kind, patient, and classy. In a town of sleazy money grubbing lawyers, he's a pearl is a sea of stinky oysters. He dealt with some slick, smarmy, characters, and came out on top and schooled them on how the law is (and should be) practiced in this town. His whole team and staff are to be commended for their professionalism and work ethic.
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Posted by Jeff | January 26, 2015
HIGHLY recommended - Wrongful Termination - Thank you JML
JML is an honest, knowledgeable, ethical and highly experienced law firm. I was wrongfully terminated and a friend referred to me JML - this friend also had a great experience with JML. My case, as many do, took more than year. We had several depositions and three rounds of mediation. JML was always on time, prepared and on point with every meeting. In the end, we we settled the case in the mediation #3 and received 20x more then their first original offer - a great outcome. JML was so good in fact, my previous employer ended up hiring them for some of their other work. Also worth noting, JML took my case on 100% contingency and I have since referred two friends who also had very successful settlement outcomes. Thank you JML. I HIGHlY recommend your firm.
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Posted by Megan | December 15, 2014
Straightforward, Honest, and Knowledgeable
I have had the pleasure of having Mr. Lovretovich represent me. I appreciated and respected his hands-on representation along with his candor coupled with his depth of knowledge. Joe is always responsive and I always knew where we were in the proceedings, the potential outcomes, as well as the obstacles that may be forthcoming. I respect and trust him completely and he is always my first recommendation for anyone needing legal representation in his areas of expertise.
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Posted by Richard | September 28, 2014
Excellent and experienced representation
Mr. Lovretovich accepted my wrongful termination case in July 2012 on contingency. I worked primarily with Bradley Benham who is patient and competent beyond words. Mr. Lovretovich is a highly experienced attorney who really understands how to effectively settle a dispute. He and Mr. Benham walked me through every step of the legal and mediation process. In the end, Mr. Lovretovich was able to achieve an absolutely stunning result that is going to allow me to put my life back together after years of hardship. This firm has overwhelming integrity, very prudent spending greatly minimized expenses and helped maximize my recovery. I strongly recommend Mr. Lovretovich and his firm for legal representation.!
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2014
Great Service
Very prompt and thorough service. Reviewed an employment contract and I needed it on a strict deadline; returned it with great feedback, questions for my organization and amendments related to areas of concerns. I was armed with a great deal of insight for my negotiations.
Posted by Judy | June 3, 2014
Great attorney
Joe is the best. He stuck with us through 3 years of legal jarnegan. His staff is warm and friendly especially his investigator. A knowledgeable attorney with abilities that exceed and surpass the average attorney. Would use again and again if ever needed. A fair man with integrity.
Posted by Jessica | June 2, 2014
Joseph Lovretovich
Joseph Lovretovich and his team were great. They really helped me alot and gave me peace with my situation. They made me feel comfortable And apart of the family. I would recommend this law firm to everyone I know.
Posted by Tom | March 13, 2014
Joseph Lovretovich; A True Gentleman and Honest Professional.
I had the good pleasure of meeting with Mr. Lovretovich. He is a true gentleman, he greeted me promptly at our appointed time. I had numerous questions pertaining to labor law. He succinctly provided me with the information I required in order to assist me in making sound decisions. What I found most refreshing is that the direction he steered me was is what is in my best interest and not necessarily the most lucrative for him. I will gladly navigate the Los Angeles traffic to seek his counsel in the future. He is well worth the drive.
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Posted by Roger | February 26, 2013
Great attorney
I was fired from a job which I knew was due to age discrimination and Mr Lovretovich spoke to me and took my case.Atty Ellen Cohen handled the case for me and was extremely understanding and kept me informed of everything that was going on with the case.Thanks to her and the whole firm the defendants settled for more than I thought and I owe big thanks to all at the firm who contributed to me winning.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2013
Excellent Labor Lawyer
I was very satisfied. He was very attentive to my case and resolved it with little discomfort on my part. I have recommended Joseph M. Lovretovich law firm to a friend and to an acquaintance and would not hesitate to refer him to other employees who need an experienced, knowledgeable attorney.
Posted by Marlene | January 25, 2013
Thanks for everything!
I am very happy with the job the LOVRETOVICH team did for me! Karen Cho was so thorough in her preparation and helping me to prepare. I want to thank Joe and Dave for their hard work as well. Thanks again, you are a fantastic team and I would definitely recommend you.
Posted by Linda | January 19, 2013
JML Law is an outstanding law firm. I first hired them in 2009 for an arbitration case. The firm is now representing me in a Workman's Compensation issue. I recommend Mr. Lovretovich and his outstanding team of expert attorneys.
Posted by Michael | December 23, 2012
Wrongful Termination Issue
Mr. Lovretovich and his staff did an excellent job handling my case. Although there is one name on the firm's letterhead, there was actually a team of skilled attorneys that worked on my case. They were all responsive to any e-mails and phone calls that I had. They had a great amount of experience in cases similar to my situation, and they were able to handle all twists and turns in my case with confidence. There does appear to be established protocol and financial parameters to cases in California involving wrongful termination, and I felt it would be important to engage someone who has a lot of experience in this area. I believe the experience factor was very important to the positive settlement of my case, and the firm's systems and procedures for processing these cases worked for me. I believe the fee and cost structure were fair, and there were no surpises in that area. I have a side business that allows me to work with a number of attorneys involved in securities litigation--often times involving millions of dollars of claims. (That is why I show that I have worked with "more than 10 lawyers"--I have never had a personal legal issue prior to this case). I felt that the professionalistm of the attorneys at the Lovretich firm was equivalent to that of the other legal contacts I work with for business purposes.
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Posted by Federico | December 20, 2012
Joseph and his team were gentile, sharp and very efficacious.
Joseph, his wife and Karen Cho, were exceptional lawyers, they resolved my case in a very professional manner but with friendly, sincere and warmth attributes. I would not hesitate to re hire them in the future, therefore i highly recommend them.
Posted by Dale | December 2, 2012
Kaiser Permanente vs DPlueger
The workmans Compensation department kept me informed as to each step in the process of getting my case settled. The Attorney in charge of my case responded to e-mails and questions that I had concerning current and future compensation as well as work situations. They listened to my concerns and tried to get my employer to respond to my medical needs. Even now after my financial part of my case is closed they repond to my concerns when my checks do not come when scheduled plus concerns about a speedy reponse from Kaiser for my medical treatment.
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Posted by Eric | November 18, 2011
Expert advise when you need it most
My experience with this law firm was very good. I was always told truthful information about my case. I was never mislead or had any unrealistic expectations for the outcome of my case. Mr. Lovretovich and his staff are very good to have work for you.
Posted by Douglas B. Hayes | November 16, 2011
I give Joe my highest endorsement!
Joe is the most knowledgeable and experienced plaintiff side employment attorney that I know. He's done more to advance the rights of employees in California than any other attorney. He also spends more time mentoring younger attorneys than anyone I can think of.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Law Offices of Joseph M. Lovretovich APC
  • 1997 - Present


  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Lieberman v Wellpoint
  • The arbitrator found that they should have considered her for any position within the company that she was qualified for by training and experience. He awarded her $71,822.05 in damages and $212,188.82 in attorneys fees and court costs


  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Co-chair of the Listserv Committee
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Farsi
  • Russian
  • Polish
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Honors and Awards

  • Los Angeles SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyer
  • 2018


Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts Program
  • Intersection of Disability Law and Workers Compensation
  • 2011
  • Annual California Employment Lawyers Seminar
  • Representing the Doomed Employee
  • 2011
  • Representing Employees in Hard Times
  • How to Effectively Interview Employment Law Clients
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (24)
Endorse Joseph
Wrongful termination Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"For years now, I have been impressed with the employment law practice of JML Law. Unlike many other firms in the employment law area, this firm is not afraid of proceeding to trial when the situation merits such. There offices in Anaheim and Woodland Hills are first class and there attorneys and paralegals are responsive."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lovretovich is a well respected expert in the industry with decades of substantive litigation experience. Mr. Lovretovich is known as an efficient and zealous advocate for each client that he represents. His reputation will carry a favorable outcome for your case."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to mediate cases for Joe and his clients, and found him and his Associates to be well prepared, very professional, knowledgeable and possessing the respect of their clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a very smart lawyer. He is also patient and caring. He fights hard for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joe Lovretovich for many years through our mutual membership in the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). He enjoys an excellent reputation within CELA as a strong fighter with a lot of experience, compassion, knowledge, and practical skills. He deserves his good reputation!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joe is compassionate, smart and does what he needs to do in order to vindicate his clients' rights."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is knowledgeable, creative, innovative, caring and compassionate, something that many, many attorneys lack. He places the client's interests first, even where the client(s) themselves don't understand what is in their best interest."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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