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Joel William Baruch

Employment and labor Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joel

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Mr. Baruch is experienced in representing and advising business clients who are or might become involved in a lawsuit as a result of a dispute, including prevention and settlement, in employment related matters as well as general business matters.

    32 years

  2. Civil rights
    My initial experience in law was as a criminal defense attorney. During the first 13 years as a practicing lawyer, I handled numerous criminal trials. I tried over 120 criminal cases to jury verdict, some of which were homicide and death penalty trials. There are many good officers out there patrolling the streets, but there are some “bad apples” too. It is my duty as a lawyer to vindicate the civil rights of every citizen who suffers an injury in violation of their constitutional rights.

    45 years

  3. Personal injury
    Our firm has extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured or harmed, such as injuries from automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents, workplace violence, slips and falls, and physical/sexual assault, product liability, and all other accidents. We assure that our clients receive the maximum compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and other damages. In fact, we have helped many of our clients obtain verdicts or settlements in excess of $1,000,000.

    32 years

  4. Business
    My firm is a small firm which is a good thing in that we do not charge the exorbitant hourly fees of a large law firm in representing business litigation clients. Recently, my law firm has successfully represented a number of small companies (20 employees or less) in all types of situations — e.g., being sued for violations of employment and labor law, vindication of rights against vendors, customers, and competitors, and just plain and simple legal advice on a regular and retained basis.

    32 years

  5. Medical malpractice
    The Law Office of Joel W. Baruch is one of the few in the Orange County area that will take the risk in good medical malpractice cases. We provide legal services in the medical malpractice area on a contingent fee basis. In most cases that we accept, we also advance the legal costs of pursuing the case. Legal costs include such matters as advancing the payment for your medical expert testimony, your filing fees, your jury fees, and your costs of taking depositions.

    32 years

  • 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

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Law Offices of Joel W. Baruch, PC
9900 Research Drive
Irvine, CA, 92618

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Posted by Kimberly | October 23, 2019
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Thank you Joel!!
Joel is a very professional, knowledgeable, personable and ethical attorney! He helped me navigate a very convoluted case. He was patient, detailed-oriented and took the time to explain legal terms and complicated situations, even making himself available to talk at length on weekends. I felt in good hands the whole time during our several year case which came to a successful close!! Thank you Joel and everyone else in the office! You all were great!! Gratefully, Kimberly
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Posted by Rebecca | March 21, 2019
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You will never find a better attorney
First, I would like to say that I am an attorney myself. A former colleague of mine recommended Mr. Baruch. From the first consultation up through the end of the case I could not have wished for better representation. Mr. Baruch is sharp, a creative thinker, and knows the law inside and out. He is a fighter, and was an excellent advocate for me. He was also compassionate and attuned to my specific needs and issues. He is a straight shooter. I did not think it was possible to find all of these characteristics rolled into one attorney. I hope I am never embroiled in litigation again but if I am I would retain Mr. Baruch every time. To say he is an excellent litigator is an understatement.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2019
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Excellent Law Firm- Employment Plaintiff
Joel and his team are seasoned professionals. They are easy to communicate with and handled all correspondence with the defense team. I did not have to get involved with all the filings and court hearings. A settlement was reached easily and mutually aceptable terms. Hire them!
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2018
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Great experience!
Mr. Joel Baruch, his associates, and staff proved to be exceptional in all areas. Collectively, they all were very supportive and knowledgeable. Mr. Baruch expressed such enthusiasm to do whatever it took to provide me with the best possible outcome. Overall, it was a great experience, especially considering the pain and turmoil I was facing due to the nature of my case. I felt I was in good hands and he was an exceptional advocate when I felt I couldn’t speak for myself. I’d highly recommend Joel Baruch and Associates.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2017
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A Powerful, Honest and Aggressive Super Lawyer!
After consulting several law firms, I decided to retain Joel and his team to handle my somewhat complicated, employment related whistleblower case. I could not have been happier with my decision. Everyone in this firm is thorough, honest, pleasant, kind and have fought for me at every turn. Joel is a powerhouse! He is driven, diligent, detailed and kind. He does not shy away from a challenge, or a get bullied by opposing counsel. He cares for his clients as though they are family and works harder in studying your case than anyone you will find. He knows the laws, how to use them and is relentless, swift, compassionate, and thoughtful. His commitment to my case left me feeling as though I could never have found better representation. Mr. Baruch's team admires him, and it shows in how they go above and beyond to learn the facts of your case, how best to represent you and they keep you informed and every step of the way. They understand that their clients have been harmed and create a pleasant environment so as to reduce the stress of having lived through a difficult incident. Thank you Mr. Baruch and the entire team. You set the bar high for other law firms to follow.
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Posted by Robert | September 4, 2015
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Joel is the best attorney I have had contact with in 46 years of dealing with them on a regular basis. His memory and way of presenting evidence makes the opposing attorneys look like a bunch of morons. I have recommended Joel to others and intend to continue doing so in the future. In addition, his manner is such that you feel like you are friends with him and that he has a personal interest in your case beyond money.
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Posted by Jack | August 31, 2015
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Sharpest Attorney
Following a wrongful termination, I reached out to Mr. Baruch who had a reputation and track record of success in employment law. During my initial consultation it readily became apparent that he knew the law and had vast experience to draw from when assessing the merits of my case. Mr. Baruch laid out and explained a proposed strategy on how my case would proceed, the timeline, and any potential costs. After the initial consultation meeting I felt confident in my understanding of the merits of the case and what to expect as we proceeded through the judicial system. Over the course of depositions, court briefs, an appeal, and the later trial I learned the true extent of Mr. Baruch's talents. His knowledge of the relevant law was immense, his verbal skills in presenting facts and arguments were superior, his recall of even the smallest details is remarkable, and his tenacity is reassuring as it becomes evident that your attorney is truly fighting on your behalf. I could not have been anymore satisfied with Mr. Baruch. He is a true professional. While I have met and worked with many attorneys over the years under many different circumstances, I can say Mr. Baruch is the sharpest attorney I have ever have the privilege to meet and I was happy to be one of those litigants lucky enough to call him my attorney.
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Posted by JB | November 29, 2014
Knowledge & Experience
Joel is a very knowledgeable and highly experienced attorney who has maintained the passion and drive necessary to give his all for his clients. Our case is still in progress and has not been without its obstacles and challenges. Mr. Baruch has conquered each with confidence, expertise, and sheer will. Our adversary is a large well staffed firm, but Joel has ultimately prevailed over Goliath at every turn thus far. I believe that we will continue to do so and that the representation provided by Mr. Baruch will be key to our victory.
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2014
Experienced Civil Litigator
Joel has done excellent work for my case thus far. He is knowledgeable, greatly experienced and reliable. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney who will get you the results you want.
Posted by Brian | November 14, 2014
Known professionally for over 30 years, never expected to be a client...
I have known Joel since he was a Public Defender, and have observed him in trials and hearings over most of my career in Law Enforcement and the Court System. I am glad to have the opportunity to recommend him, and do so willingly and gratefully - Joel is the person I turned to when I needed assistance, legal advice and representation. I never expected to find myself in a position where I needed to file a lawsuit, or to even contemplate the process or the potential outcome. Although the outcome of my case is still pending, I have confidence that Joel has done everything that is necessary to help me reach a successful conclusion. He has done so professionally, competently, and with care and concern for me and each of the other plaintiffs in our case.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/President
  • Law Office of Joel W. Baruch, P.C.
  • 1992 - Present
  • Partner
  • Earley & Baruch
  • 1986 - 1992
  • Public Defender
  • State Of California Public Defender
  • 1979 - 1986


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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.


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • N/A
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Harbor Bar Association
  • Former President
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Orange County Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • University of California
  • 1972
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Speaking Engagements

  • UC Irvine Campus
  • What it Takes to Make it in this Industry
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Joel
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the honor and privilege of knowing and working with Joel W. Baruch, Esq., for the past 10 years. Mr. Baruch’s knowledge of law, his skills and expertise are well known to the legal community and I have had the opportunity to observe Mr. Baruch in negotiations, depositions and trials, and I continue to be impressed by Mr. Baruch every time I work with him. Mr. Baruch is very diligent, sincere, and cares deeply about his clients. I endorse Mr. Baruch."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Baruch is passionate about what he does. He cares about his clients and the outcome of his cases and never hesitates to take on what appear to be formidable adversaries. Unlike many attorneys, he is not afraid to go to trial. I endorse and highly recommend Joel Baruch."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joel Baruch is an excellent trial attorney - one of the best! He is very knowledgeable, ethical and a great guy. Juries find Joel very convincing and likeable."
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Irvine Employment and labor Lawyer Joel William Baruch
Joel William Baruch
Employment and labor Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 44 years