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Joshua Tobias Hershon

Criminal defense Attorney at Carlsbad, CA

4.3   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joshua

Learn Joshua’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody

  2. Criminal defense
    California criminal defense of misdemeanors, felonies and the occasional infraction when new Constitutional law needs to be made. I will fight for you!

    17 years

  3. Divorce and separation

  4. Domestic violence

  5. Family
    California divorce, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, adoption, mediation - global solutions to family law problems. If a soft landing is possible I can help you make it happen, but if the situation is high conflict I will fight for your rights!

    17 years


I fight for all of my clients as if they were family, and I am proud to say that other lawyers from all over San Diego County have hired me for themselves and for their family members.  


One of the things that I believe sets our firm apart is that we go through a cost/benefit analysis of each case, and even major case turning point decisions - with the client, and involve the client in that key strategic bird's-eye analysis.  We feel some attorneys can lose that "big picture" perspective, and while they pursue a set of theoretical ethical standards, their clients are ultimately harmed by their cognitive inflexibility.


Another aspect of our firm that we strive to keep is our small firm/fast paced culture.  Our team is close-knit - a family if you will.  We know each other's families and we push one another to achieve top honors in every aspect of our lives.  Inside the firm we put 100% into staying current with legal issues, determining our clients' objectives and achieveing them, and developing a personal connection with our clients as we are trusted with their children, their savings, sometimes even their freedom.  Outside the firm we pursue martial arts, surfing, and hot yoga among other activities.  Our lives are balanced and our work product is premium.


While I could wax proflific about our firm's character for pages, I will spare you the diatribe and invite you to...come check us out!  We look forward to meeting you.



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Joshua Hershon 2010


Hershon Law
300 Carlsbad Village Drive
Suite 108A-171
Carlsbad, CA, 92008

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4.3 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Ursula | June 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He doesn't give up and fight for what's right
Josh helped my family for over 2 years battling a GC that probably wouldn't have went anywhere if he didn't help us. My family is grateful he didn't give up and made it right. That's all we asked for, he came through for us and was always so professional and honest. I really appreciate everything you did for us. Thank you!
Posted by Brendan | November 5, 2012
Speeding Ticket Dismissed
Josh Hershon got my speeding ticket dismissed, saved me hundreds of dollars in court fees, and helped me avoid car insurance rate increases since I wasn't eligible for traffic school. Many thanks to Josh for his expert assistance!
Posted by Mario | October 19, 2012
Very positive experience!
Joshua Hershon has been a great help to me in legal matters regarding custody issues with my child. He has always been available to offer legal advice and suggestions on legal courses of action. I could expect a quick response to my emails or phone calls and he was very reasonable and accommodating in making a payment plan that worked for my financial situation. I cant stress enough how great it was to be able to go to court and feel that I have a lawyer that genuinely cares about my case and will fight for my rights as a parent. I will definitely use the services of Mr. Hershon's again for family law matters.
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Posted by mandy poind | June 21, 2012
joshua former cliant
joshua has just help me with a comptemd hearing and we won the case he is very honest trustworthey and a very caring attorney with his cilents he will always show up on time and takes his time to listen to his clients..he has helped me so much. and i will never forget what he did for me i wish i still had his help but i couldnt affort to keep him on i would pay him double the money if i had it ..please give him a call he will not let you down thank you joshua for all your help,, m.poindexter
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Posted by Richard | December 2, 2010
Competent and Responsible
Josh is a very passionate and understanding attorney. He has a well rounded knowledge of the law and does not hesitate to consult with his partners and or colleagues if circumstances fall outside his circle or expertise.
Posted by Michele | December 2, 2010
Caring and trustworthy
Josh was always readily available to answer questions and address concerns, even after hours. If he wasn't certain about the answer he was honest, and assured us that he would consult with collegues to find out.
Posted by Richard | December 2, 2010
Concerned and competent
Joshua is a real hands on attorney. Kept me informed on a number of matters that he worked on for me. His billing has been more than fair and he always go above and beyond what I expected. I would most certainly recommend Mr. Hershon on any legal matter that may come up. I plan to seek his advice in the future.
Posted by Tracy | November 15, 2010
Bankruptcy Service was Excellent!!
Joshua and his team gave me a fresh start on my life after I fell into trouble in the downturned economy. Joshua's office really cared for me and was very reponsive to my questions and unique issues. Despite some tough questions from the trustee, Joshua kept after it until I was able to start anew - debt free! I highly recommend this office as they are courteous, professional, and caring.
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Posted by Rashaad | July 20, 2010
Thank You!
I want to say thank you for providing the best legal consulting a client of yours could have. The results in my case showed true justice. I would recommend your legal services to anyone that was in my situation. Thanks again! Judgment in ther mail...
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2009
Perfect Record
I am a US Marine with a number of children by an ex-wife. Josh Hershon has worked for my family for nearly two years. He has won restraining orders for my family, modification of such orders, child support hearings, and custody hearings. We've been to court half a dozen times and Josh has kept us undefeated. He recently won a move-away order for me and the kids and as usual he was efficient and effective.
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Posted by Chang | September 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst lawyer ever
Mr. Hershon was on the list to accept UCSD legal insurance so I contacted him to see if he would be willing to take my stepparent adoption case. Called twice, waited 3 days, called again and finally got him. We were on the phone for about 5 minutes and he said he was in the middle of something and it would be best to email him more information on the case. I emailed everything within 15 minutes and waited for a response acknowledging that the email was received. I waited 2 week days, through the weekend and finally emailed Monday night (labor day) to see if Mr. Hershon decided to take my case thinking he would respond Tuesday morning. Got an email 10 minutes later implying that I was being impatient and it'd been only 2 weekdays and the other three days were "weekend and holiday btw" with nothing else clueing me in on the timeline of things. From there we began exchanging some emails and I am completely struggling to figure out the details. (keeping in mind that we have not discuss my case beyond our initial rushed 5 minute phone call) Without disclosing content one can imagine how much information Mr. Hershon provided to me: Email #1: 1 line Email #2: 7 lines (my longest email from him) Email #3: 2 lines Email #4: 1 line Email #5: 3 lines When I inquired about the timeline, how likely we are to win the case (because it will be contested) and how much court fees may total to Mr. Hershon responded by bringing up how my legal insurance was paying him an "economical flat fee" and he had already "spent hours receiving the facts, conferring via phone and email etc" and "can't afford to take my case if I plan on writing emails with multiple questions everyday." Why was I "conversely inquiring about fees when the larger (by far) expenses - legal fees are already covered." I've written Mr. Hershon 6 emails in total counting the initial contact email! You know what could have solved this? An in person consultation... Mr. Hershon: If my legal insurance pays you a fee that's too "economical" than you should ask to be taken off the provider's list. No client deserves a lecture about how much their services are discounted. Every client deserves to know an estimate timeline, estimated cost and what to expect. You have been very unprofessional and contrary to what you think- you've wasted my time.
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Response from Joshua Hershon June 7, 2019
Sad troll never was a client.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2015
Not a good attorney
I found Josh to be rude, sarcastic and patronizing. He did not keep me informed, giving me declarations and documents at the last minute. Was not informed about my case, and did not fight for me. Choosing Josh as my lawyer was one of the biggest mistakes. Unless you want to take a gamble with the outcome of your case, don't choose Josh to represent you.
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Response from Joshua Hershon June 7, 2019
Thank you
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hershon Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hershon, Dryden & Associates
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Owner
  • Hershon Law, APLC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Founder
  • Res Ipsa Attorney Services, Inc.
  • 2007 - 2007
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  • The State Bar of California
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • 2013
  • North County Lifeline
  • California Mediator Certification (40 hours)
  • 2010
  • Appalachian School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • undergraduate
  • 1998
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • HS
  • 1994
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Possession of Marijuana - Dismissed
  • Dismissal
  • 28 Contempt Counts Not Guilty
  • 28 counts not guilty/dismissed with prejudice.
  • Felony Domestic Violence - Dismissed!
  • Dismissal
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  • American Inns of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Intertribal Court of Southern California Bar Association
  • Bar Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Intertribal Court of Southern California
  • Bar Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Office of Assigned Counsel
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Lawyer Referral and Information Service
  • Member and Modest Means Volunteer
  • 2007 - Present
  • Inns of Court
  • Associate
  • 2009 - 2010
  • North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • California Public Defender's Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • Chapter Founding Member
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Trial Team Coach/Participant
  • 2002 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Family Law Specialist
  • The State Bar of California
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys 2011-Semi-finalist top 25
  • The Daily Transcript
  • 2011
  • President and Trial Team Coach of the Year
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2005
  • National Trial Team Competitor
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2004
  • National Trial Team Competitor
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2003
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  • Independent Press
  • Medical Marijuana - Best Practices 2011
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • The Honorable Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court
  • Legal Marijuana - "Meet the Grass"
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (18)
Endorse Joshua
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A great local attorney that works hard to get results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joshua. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am comfortable sending any clients to Josh."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Josh is very knowledgeable and pays close attention to the facts and law of each case. I wouldn't hesitate to send my friends and family to him for either a family or criminal matter. Not to mention, he's just a likeable guy and don't you want you that in your attorney?"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hershon is one of the most exemplary and extraordinary attorneys that I have encountered in 24 years of practice. Despite being a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and private attorney for nearly two and a half decades, I continue to learn valuable information from his posts every day. I would highly recommend."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. Very intelligent and very thorough when analyzing legal issues! Compassionate with clients and aggressive with legal issues! 5 STARS!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hershon is a clear choice when seeking top quality representation. Mr. Hershon takes zealous advocacy to an entirely new level with his dedication to obtaining solid results for his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Hershon."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hershon is the first attorney I think of for criminal defense in Carlsbad! He is generous with his time, and he has shared his professional knowledge here on Avvo and elsewhere to an admirable extent. I am happy to endorse him!"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is diligent, thorough, honest, and an asset to the legal community at large. He works hard for his clients, knows and understands the law, and is a fine lawyer. Hire him, if you want to WIN."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Herson is an outstanding attorney with an excellent reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession, I highly endorse him."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Hershon on two difficult family law matters. I found him to be professional, smart and reasonable in his approach to the cases. I would welcome the opportunity to work with him on additional cases as I find his pragmatic method of practicing law to be very beneficial to his clients and the family law community in general."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh is an excellent attorney and advocate for his clients. He has experience with the rules of evidence and procedural rules that are often overlooked as family law is such an impacted area. But when he needs to use these rules to protect his clients, he does so very effectively. He also sticks to his guns and while he is the consummate professional, he doesn't get intimidated by other lawyers or judicial officers."
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Josh Hershon is an unbelievably strategic attorney. Josh has an innate ability to see the issues from a bird's eye view which allows him to aggressively utilize strategy to reach favorable outcomes. When Josh takes on a case his main goal is to find the most favorable outcome for a client, from settlement to trying issues that cannot be resolved between the parties. Josh makes himself completely available to clients throughout a case and is determined to meet the client's best interests."
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Josh is a talented attorney in many areas of the law. His trial skills are unparralled in the community. Josh zealously pursues his client's interests, and leaves no stone unturned. It is a pleasure working with Josh, and I learn a lot from how well he works with his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joshua is an aggressive, focused attorney who will never give up on you or your case. I find him to be very motivated and determined and I have been impressed by his desire to do his research and delve into even the most obscure legal issues to pull out a winning argument."
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