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Joel William Baruch

About me

  • Long and distinguished career devoted to standing up for victims in both the criminal and civil arenas.

  • Over 180 trials to verdict with an impressive number of awards of $1 million or more.

  • Highly respected and A.V. rated by Martindale-Hubbell for quality representation and ethical values.

  • Personal injury, employment law, business litigation and medical malpractice.

  • J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA. 1976.

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, CA 1972. - Summa Cum Laude

  • Served in the U.S. Army, 1965 - 1968.

  • Wounded in service in the Vietnam War, 1966.

  • Selected for Super Lawyers recognition

  • Member of the National Trial Lawyers Association

  • Member of the Class Action Trial Lawyers Association


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 60%
    24 years
  2. Civil Rights: 15%
    37 years
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
    24 years
  4. Business: 5%
    24 years
  5. Medical Malpractice: 5%
    24 years


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Alan Jay Jackson

    I endorse Joel without any reservations at all. Joel is an outstanding attorney in his field, and I would certainly recommend Joel to anyone needing his services.


    Alan Jackson Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Corey Alexander Hall

    It is rare that I meet an attorney that I would want to represent me; Joel Baruch is, without doubt, the first attorney I would come to if I needed legal representation. Joel not only has over a quarter century of experience and expertise, he is passionate, methodical, and an extremely hard-working attorney. Joel truly believes in his clients, and will fight to get the best results for them. He is an asset to our profession.


    Corey Hall Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Joel W. Baruch, PC

2020 Main St Ste 900
Irvine, CA, 92614


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Orange County Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Summa Cum LaudeUniversity of California1972
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/PresidentLaw Office of Joel W. Baruch, P.C.1992 - Present
PartnerEarley & Baruch1986 - 1992
Public DefenderState Of California Public Defender1979 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Harbor Bar AssociationFormer PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Appellate Court in Jaramillo v. County of Orange (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 811.On appeal, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's judgment. The Court found that the waivers that Jaramillo had signed in 1998 and 2000 did not effectively waive his rights under the POBRA.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UC Irvine CampusWhat it Takes to Make it in this Industry2013