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Jivaka A R Candappa

Employment and labor Attorney at San Diego, CA

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also known as Jivaka Candappa

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About Jivaka

Learn Jivaka’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and whistleblower cases.

    20 years

  2. Civil rights
    Police misconduct, race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability discrimination cases.

    20 years

  3. Health care
    Hospital privilege matters, retaliation cases, hospital medical staff hearings, and disciplinary actions before licensing boards.

    8 years

  4. Government
    State, local and municipal litigation.

    20 years

  5. Personal injury
    Catastrophic Injury and wrongful death.

    20 years

Jivaka Candappa is the principal of the Candappa Law Firm. He is an aggressive and passionate trial lawyer with 18 years of experience in civil rights, employment, health care, personal injury, criminal defense, and public entity litigation. He has tried over 50 cases to verdict in federal and state courts. In 2012 and 2013, he was named a Rising Star by the Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor that recognizes only 2.5% of attorneys in California for attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Mr. Candappa has served as lead counsel in many employment, civil rights, personal injury and criminal defense cases. Through hard work and creative trial lawyering, Mr. Candappa secured a number of seven-figure settlements on behalf of his clients in civil cases. Mr. Candappa successfully represented Janice Dickinson in her defamation case against Bill Cosby. His representation of Ms. Dickinson in the California Court of Appeal resulted in a published opinion in Ms. Dickinson’s favor and paved the way for Ms. Dickinson’s highly publicized settlement of her case.

Mr. Candappa was formerly a Deputy Public Defender with the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office in Northern California, where he maintained an excellent track record as a trial attorney. In cases that he tried before juries, Mr. Candappa obtained better results for his clients than the plea bargains offered by prosecutors and the courts.

Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Candappa Law Firm
3268 Governor Drive #213
San Diego, CA, 92122


5.0 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my son’s future
A young woman falsely accused my son of assault on Twitter. You can imagine the pain and anguish this caused our entire family. Through Jivaka’s intelligent approach we were able to rectify the situation without a lengthy and costly trial. I will forever be grateful that Mr. Candappa took my son’s case and handed my son back his future that he had worked so hard to prepare for. My only regret is that we didn’t contact Jivaka sooner.
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Posted by Tom | July 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional experience, exceptional results
Having Mr. Candappa work on my behalf was an extremely positive experience. He took a complicated and daunting case against a powerhouse company, formulated a strategy, and then broke it down into tangible and "explainable" steps. Throughout the process, he was communicative, letting me know what happened in a timely manner and letting me know what would come next. Throughout, he encountered many obstacles and was thrown many "curve balls," but he always had a plan, always had a pivot, and always had an answer. It was immensely satisfying to watch him out-duel the "big guys" at every turn. All this, and he was always kind, compassionate and respectful. More quickly than I expected he delivered a result that also exceeded my expectations. I would refer (and have referred) Mr. Candappa to anyone who needs a top attorney to represent them.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Track record of success!
I retained Jivaka twice for two separate and unrelated lawsuits, in medical malpractice and wrongful termination. He is meticulous, strategic, resourceful, and will push all the way through to the end while being very receptive and open with communication along the way. We won both lawsuits and I would hire him again!
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied Customer!!
To be very specific, my life changed in April 2016 when my Employer wrongly terminated me. I felt so lost, afraid and unsure of what my rights were. I only knew that the employers actions were wrong on so many levels!! THEN I met with Mr. Jivaka Candappa with The Bloom Firm. Jivaka listened to my concerns and immediately began working on my case. His words of wisdom and his no nonsense approach with my "former" employer was felt by all. Jivaka set up conf calls, sent emails and letters creating a strong legal presence on my behalf and kept me informed every step of the way.... His passion for justice with my case allowed me to move on successfully with my life. IN THE END.... , I brought a new (convertible) paid off bills and "Opened My Own Business". Now, This is how you win!! You don't get even, you get better!! Thank you Mr. Jivaka and The Bloom Firm for believing in me. Mrs. Lauren
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Posted by Nathalie | November 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant litigation attorney
Jivaka Candappa, Esq. has been a brilliant and passionate attorney representing me in an arbitration case against one of the largest employers of the Los Angeles. With Lisa Bloom, Esq., and Jordan Oslin, they form a formidable team and I have witnessed their unconditional support to seeking justice for me. They are representing me in a case of alleged sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Jivaka Candappa sees and understands it all with limpid clarity and is a powerful litigation attorney that I am most impressed to see standing next to me. Lisa Bloom's interest is vibrant and her fearless stand for justice makes her a powerful attorney. Jordan Oslin has patiently explained to me things step by step. With an immense memory for information, great attention to details and superb organization skills, Jordan thinks strategically and keeps me grounded by explaining what matters the most. Everyone is very prompt with emails or calls. The Bloom Firm experience is a lot more than the legal representation. There is a very human and warm presence with everyone at the Bloom Firm. Braden Pollock, the firm manager, a phenomenal media expert, cares deeply about the clients and cases. He always warmly greets me and checks on how things are going although I would anticipate that he is managing a million of things all in parallel. Steve Colon, paralegal, makes complicated things happen in no time with a smile, Marcelino Valencap, assistant to Lisa Bloom and media coordinator, lines up meetings with superb efficiency.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Principal
  • Candappa Law Firm
  • 2019 - Present
  • Managing Attorney/Senior Attorney
  • The Bloom Firm
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Jivaka Candappa
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender, Contra Costa County, CA
  • 2004 - 2007
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  • University of California, Hastings College of The Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Janice Dickinson v. William H. Cosby, Case No. BC580909
  • The case ultimately settled in 2019 for a very large confidential amount.
  • Helen Langley et al. v. City of Los Angeles et al, Case No. 2:17-cv-05490 FMO (2019)
  • Case settled for $1.35 million
  • Isiah Washington v. Sierra Aluminum Co. et al, Case No. 5:16-cv-00298 DMG
  • Confidential settlement
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys Rising Stars
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Verdict Search Settlements
  • The Recorder
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys Rising Stars
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Civil rights Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jivaka and I have worked together at the Bloom Firm where I have witnessed firsthand the vigor with which he advocates on behalf of his clients. He is an extremely talented litigator who goes above and beyond basic representation to express levels of finesse and skill to procure exceptional outcomes for his clients time and time again. I highly recommend him for anyone looking for legal representation."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jivaka is a relentless and passionate attorney. He is intelligent and profoundly experienced and brings a dedicated approach to representing his clients aggressively and creatively. He has my wholehearted endorsement."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jivaka fights hard for his clients and is very smart. He's built a reputation for being tough and not stopping until he gets the result he wants."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I am the managing attorney at The Bloom Firm. I have worked with Jivaka for several years. He is hardworking, aggressive and intent on winning. He is an excellent writer who understands the importance of good briefs. He enjoys being in the courtroom and is a top litigator."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Candappa. We worked together on a very difficult civil rights case, and I was impressed by his approach to the case. As a result of his hard work we were able to obtain a very successful outcome for our clients. He is a talented legal research and writing attorney, and has vast trial experience that allows for him to be a zealous advocate for his clients."
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