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Joseph Patrick Waters

Family Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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If you need an attorney, chances are, something bad has happened to you or someone you love.  I do my absolute best not only to empathize with your situation, but provide you the best legal representation possible.  Whether you have a civil litigation matter or are considering bankruptcy, you are going to need a lawyer who will share your concerns.  I will do everything I can to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome.  

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Goldberg Jones
3111 Camino Del Rio North
Suite 950
San Diego, CA, 92108

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  29 customer reviews
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Posted by Lynn | May 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great thinker
I called Joe regarding a messy divorce decree that was agreed upon during my being harassed and threatened and the implementation of it, led to increased harassment and threats. Joe listened, didn't try to talk over me; he paid attention to the intricate and crazy details, and he cut through all the nonsense with clarity. I was impressed by his honesty regarding my situation and his take on how the courts would see it. He impressed me immediately and I'm not easily impressed. Thank you Joe.
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Posted by Brian | March 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Joseph was clear, helpful, and friendly. He answered all my questions in an easily understandable way. He made a stressful thing very stress-free, which I'm quite thankful for. Best wishes!
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job
Mr. Waters did a great job. He was always available to me and answered all of my questions at the moment or in a timely manner. If anyone needs a good lawyer they need to contact Mr. waters. I will be recommanding him to everyone i know.
Posted by Dawn | August 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic representation
I would highly recommend Mr. Waters to anyone in need of legal representation. He was very professional, efficient and compassionate when assisting me with my Custody case. I was a single mother who was preparing to separate from the military at the time I was served, so I already had a tremendous amount of stress in my life. Mr. Waters made it very easy to be able to focus on the things I needed to with my separation, my daughter and life in general without having to worry as much about my legal battle knowing he was taking care of things. I would gladly hire him again in the future.
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Posted by Desirea | January 15, 2015
I had just received paperwork saying my next check would be garnished. I called Mr. Waters and was able to get an appointment immediately. He took care of everything and was able to stop the garnishment before it even started.
Posted by Christine | October 9, 2014
Waters is amazing! He's thorough, honest and has follow through. His rates are affordable and he offers so much value to his service. He remained honest and provided me knowledgeable options. I think the thing that touched me was when he would check in with me and see how I was doing. That's what he does, he remain professional and straight forward and has a heart. I am happy that I was referred to him and feel blessed to have him guide me through this trying time without bankrupting me. Thank you, Mr.Waters!
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Posted by Sharon | January 21, 2014
Review for Joseph Waters, Attorney
Joseph Waters is an amazing attorney. I was apprehensive, full of anxiety, and needed to know what was happening at every stage of my case. He showed up with professionalism and accurately, explaining in detail, what the next step would be. He has the ability to listen, strategize, and take action when needed.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2013
J.P. Waters the Attorney you need.
Mr. Waters was very professional, precise, and achieved the results he promised in a timely manner. I recommend him for any legal matter.
Posted by S.T. Parker | October 23, 2013
Professional and Caring Attorney
Joseph is a very caring and hard working attorney. I would definitely recommend his services everyone. He handled my bankruptcy case with professionalism and diligence; and I never had any issues with getting in contact with him. He kept me very informed of my case and got my bankruptcy discharged in a timely fashion. Also, he's very friendly and a retired Marine. Thus, he understood my demanding schedule and therefore, I would highly recommend him to all service members.
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Posted by jennifer | September 8, 2013
Very Helpful
We were so happy to find a lawyer that cared about us and our situation. He was very knowledgeable and explained the process in detail to us. He guided us through a very difficult situation and made it almost stress free. Thank You!!
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2013
Excellent Attorney!!
Mr. Waters is a great attorney. I got into a car accident and was injured. Mr. Waters took my case, made me feel comfortable and informed me about the process for getting a settlement. He was extremely professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Mr. Waters explained everything to me thoroughly. He took the time to answer all of my questions and helped me get a settlement in a very timely matter. I will definitely go back to him for any legal issue in his field of work.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2012
Thank you Mr Waters!
Thank you Mr Waters for handling my BK case! Mr Waters made me feel at ease with his professionalism, ethics and kindness.
Posted by Sharon | August 2, 2012
Sharon Miller
Mr. Waters was my attorney for the bankruptcy case he filed for me in March of 2012. I originally started my case in Oct. of 2011 but I didn't have enough cash to file until March. He allowed me to make payments until I could file. He was extremely helpful in our consultation as to what type of bankruptcy I should file and that he would allow me to make monthly payments until I had his fees paid before he could file my claim. I understood this as he explained this too me in our first meeting. Once we filed it went fast and he took care of everything. If I had questions or when I had to add additional creditors he explained the process before we followed through with it. He also wrote letters to creditors that kept calling me at work hassasing me for payment. He made this transition extremely painless.
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Posted by Ashlee & Charles | July 18, 2012
Great Attorney!
Attorney Waters was very helpful and professional every step of the way through our chapter 7 bankruptcy. As a young couple we had no idea what to expect in the process of filing, from the very first visit we felt like a weight was lifted. He even stayed at the office past the time they closed to meet with us due to our hectic schedules! Awesome guy! Great attorney! Would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Joseph!
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Posted by DeeAnn | July 18, 2012
Easy to Work With, Informed
My husband and I hired Mr. Waters to handle our Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Deciding to file Chapter 7 is a difficult choice, so it was fortunate that Mr. Waters made the process efficient and straightforward. He is very personable, knowledgeable, responsive and we liked that we could communicate by either email or phone. While we do not plan to ever need his bankruptcy services again, we would recommend him to others unhesitatingly as a worthy advocate, and contact him again, on any other matters where he has expertise.
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Posted by Lisa | March 13, 2012
Thank you!
Joe Waters was very professional and took the time to listen which made my overall experience with my bankruptcy very painless and a positive. Thank you.
Posted by Brian | January 9, 2012
Excellent experience
Mr Waters provided an excellent service to me and walked be through the entire process step by step. All my questions were answered in a timely manner and everything was explained to me completed from beginning to end.
Posted by Tony | January 2, 2012
Detail Oriented and Professional
Very friendly and great attention to detail. Explained the whole bankruptcy process to us very well. At the hearing you could really see the difference between a good lawyer vs a bad one and Mr. Waters is definitely one of the good ones. Our case was fast and error free. I would definitely recommend Mr. Waters to friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2011
Bankruptcy case
I would definitely recommend Attorney Joseph Patrick Waters to represent them in any legal matter. He made me feel very comfortable with my decision to file for bankruptcy. He is very efficient , and keeps you informed of all legal matters regarding your case.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2011
Excellent, patient and professional!
I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone. He provided legal services to me for a divorce. He was flexible and willing to make time to meet with me whenever I had open time in my busy schedule. He was also patient, understanding and professional. What I really liked was that this attorney explained the court and legal process in a way that was understandable. All of the sudden, it wasn't a huge mystery. He was very fair and respectful as well. I know this attorney was recognized in the past for doing Pro Bono work for those less fortunate...very respectable. In the end, I knew what to expect in court and got what I wanted.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Chief Legal Officer
  • Sherri's Project: Wounded Warrior Pack
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Edmunds Law Firm
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Associate
  • The McMillan Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2009


  • Concord Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Park University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Allred v. Arby's restaurant
  • Negotiated settlement
  • IRMO Proa
  • Judgment entered
  • IRMO Hopkins
  • Judgement entered
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  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Diego Mensa
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Volunteer
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Services Award
  • California Bar Association
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Sherri's Project client brief
  • ADA \ disability discrimination
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (17)
Endorse Joseph
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"Hardworking and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. Highly respected in the legal community. Strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Waters is a skilled and respected member of the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Other
"I am very impressed with Joseph Waters and his credentials. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"His client endorsements and his giving of services to many note worthy organizations demonstrate an attorney of quality and compassion"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"My summary description of Joseph Waters is that he is a very principled person, a devoted parent and spouse, a conscientious lawyer, and someone who has a genuine desire to serve his fellow human being. He is very self-disciplined. We worked on bankruptcy creditor litigation and he did well. He understands what it takes to put together quality work product and is able to do so. I trusted him with the keys to my office and the files of my clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph Waters is a skilled, knowledgeable, diligent, honorable, and compassionate attorney who clearly loves his work. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph Patrick Waters answers the hard questions that many other lawyers avoid. He typically backs up his answers with citations to the specific law, which I find to be amazing. I am proud to have the opportunity to endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Detail oriented and client focused, Mr. Waters represents his clients' best interests in a straightforward and professional manner. I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Bankruptcy and debt
Bankruptcy and debt
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