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For over 27 years, Joseph L. Oliva has has successfully represented a wide range of clients such as general contractors, Fortune 500 companies, HOAs, individual homeowners, and small businesses in matters involving insurance coverage, business and civil litigation. 


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Insurance: 33%
  3. Construction: 33%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Oliva & Associates, ALC

11770 Bernardo Plz Ct #350
San Diego, CA, 92128

Oliva & Associates, ALC San Francisco Office

Citigroup Center
1 Sansome Street, Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA, 94104



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201408/17/2016
AZActive 200407/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2013 Top AttorneyDaily Transcript2013
Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0Martindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderOliva & Associates, ALC2004 - Present
ShareholderOliva & Drenan2003 - 2004
ShareholderOliva & McLeod1999 - 2003
ShareholderPeltzer & Oliva1995 - 1999
PartnerDuckor & Spradling1988 - 1995
AssociateCozen & O'Connor1987 - 1988
AssociateBacalski & Lincoln1985 - 1987
AttorneySuperior Court Of San Diego1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Supreme CourtAdmitted2011 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Diego Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Janopaul + Block Companies, LLC, et al. v. The Superior Court of San Diego CountyRuled in favor of Oliva & Associates
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute“Duty to Defend”2003
National Business Institute“The Right of Independent Counsel"2003
National Business Institute“The Defense Obligation Under a CGL Policy”2003
National Business InstituteCoverage Owed Under a CGL Policy to a General Contractor”2003
San Diego Trial Lawyers & Associates"In Depth Construction Defect Seminar"1995
E & O Prevention Newsletter"Dealing with Intermediaries"1995
Trial Bar News"Controlling the Courtroom"1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Adelphi UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of San Diego School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Insurance and Construction Law Section of the San Diego North County Bar Association“Insurance and Indemnity: Trends in Risk Transfer”2012
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and Construction Defect Claim Managers Association“Coverage Issues Impacting Construction Defect Litigation”2011
Annual West Region Construction Defect Conference“It’s A Wrap – 2011 Market Update”2011
West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar“Construction Defect & Insurance: Policy Holder & Insurer Perspective”2009
MC2 Consultants“New Coverage Issues”2009
MC2 Consultants“Handling Construction Defect Claims: Strategies & Tactics – California Coverage Issues”2007
San Diego Chapter of ASHRAE“OCIP’s and CCIP’s – Design and Construction Liability for Condominium Projects”2005
National Business Institute“Bad Faith Litigation in California”2003
Professional Association of Specialty Contractors“Insurance Crisis”2002
San Diego County Bar Association“SAFECO & PPG: Will Insurers Settle Cases Anymore?”1999
San Diego County Bar Association"Insurance Coverage"1998
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (San Diego chapter)In Depth Construction Defect - "Insurances"1995