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Joseph Easton Richards

Workers compensation Attorney at Orange, CA

4.5   8 reviews
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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    90%
    Applicant, Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund, 132a, Serious & Wilfull, Offers of Regular, Modified, or Alternative Work, Notice of First Temporary Disability Indemnity Payment, Notice of Delay in Any Temporary Disability Indemnity Payment, assignment of a panel of Qualified Medical Evaluators, Notice of Denial of Any Temporary Disability Indemnity Payment, Notice of Resumed Benefit Payments (TD, PD), Notice of Changed Benefit Rate, Payment Amount or Schedule (TD, PD)

    13 years, 750 cases

  2. Car accident
    5%
    Plaintiff, Claimant, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Driver Negligence

    13 years

  3. Employment and labor
    5%
    Wages & Hours

    13 years

INJURY | EMPLOYMENT | COMPENSATION | LAW
  • Workers' Compensation Insurance Litigation
  • Wages & Hours Litigation
  • Employment Law Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation

Mr. Richards is a Certified Legal Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by the State Bar of California, California Board of Legal Specialization.

As an Applicant’s Attorney and later a defense attorney, Mr. Richards has appeared before just about every Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board of Southern California on matters such as liens, AOE/COE, priority conferences, threshold issues, expedited trials on issues of medical treatment and temporary disability, mandatory settlement conferences, and trials of cases-in-chief.

In May 2014, Mr. Richards entered solo practice in Santa Ana, again exclusively representing Applicants in Workers’ Compensation claims, from the filing of the Applications for Adjudication to resolution.

Mr. Richards now spends approximately 90% of his practice time as an Applicant's Attorney in the California Workers’ Compensation system with regular frequency. The other 10% is split between labor & employment law, wages & hours, personal injury tort law, and disability law.

Mr. Richards is a member of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Orange County Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section and a member of the California Lawyers Association Workers’ Compensation Section. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, membership in which is limited to Trial Lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in Advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more.

NOTICE: Any person who makes or causes to be made any knowingly false or fraudulent material representation for the purpose of obtaining or denying workers' compensation benefits or payments is guilty of a felony.  Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

 

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Location

Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C.
1122 E. Lincoln Ave.
Suite 130
Orange, CA, 92865
Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C.
1101 California Ave
Suite 120
Corona, CA, 92881
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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Taletta | August 5, 2016
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Taletha H.
Im glad i choose the Law Office of Joseph E Richards, because they were informative about my case, very professional,and i won my case, i will do business again
Posted by Susan | November 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Law Office of Joseph E. Richards is highly recommended
Mr. Richards was one of three attorneys referred to me. He was the only attorney that took time to really listen to my situation to determine if he could help me. Mr. Richards is highly experienced, personable, and reassuring. The Law Office of Joseph E. Richards is tech savvy. He fights diligently for the best possible outcome for his clients. He handled my case easily. I would, without hesitation, refer my family, friends, and acquaintances to his law office.
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Posted by Teresa | December 14, 2021
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Outstanding Legal Services
My experience with the Law Office of Joseph Richards was very positive. Joseph handled my case with exceptional expertise and in a caring manner. I had many questions about the process, and Joseph was patient enough to answer my questions. He fought for my rights as an injured worker and is extremely knowledgeable in his field of law. He and his staff were always helpful, knowledgeable, and patient. Staff is outstanding and proficient with the paperwork involved in the system, as well as friendly and responsive to my emails, calls, attentive to my health concerns. I received copies of my paperwork always in a timely manner, and he and his staff made the process effortless by utilizing electronic means to finalize my case during the pandemic easing my load. I highly recommend Joseph Richards and his office, and am grateful for his efforts on my behalf. I give him a full five stars!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2019
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Highly Recommend
I would highly recommend Joseph Richards and his team. Joseph's team took the time to thoroughly understand my situation in our consultation prior to signing any paperwork. Their openness and willingness to answer all my questions in our initial consultation set them apart from other offices right away. They handled all the paperwork and took the guesswork out of a complicated situation. Additionally, Joseph worked to resolve my claim quickly. I could not have navigated through this process without his help.
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Posted by Sammy | July 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Accurate
We settled my workers' compensation claim and I got more than I expected, because my lawyer went the extra mile by investigating the issues in a professional manner. Friendly office atmosphere in Santa Ana and Corona. Always get updated with any new matters. Highly educated concerning workers comp. Excellent. I was so happy working with Mr. Richards. It changed my life considering the injury. Highly recommend Mr. Richards for any legal matter. One of the top good negotiators. Very patient.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Sharp, level headed, experienced
Mr. Richards has counseled me multiple times and always gives excellent advice which I have been able to use in real life work situations. He is experienced and knowledgeable ... knows how to handle complex situations and get results in his favor. I've been so impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. His staff is incredible, helpful, supportive. His office runs like a well oiled machine.
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Response from Joseph Richards March 6, 2017
Thank you so much.
Posted by Ken | March 30, 2015
Joseph Easton Richards is highly recommended
I was served with an Unlawful Detainer. As these must be responded to with a short turnaround time, Joseph was able to find time in his schedule on a Friday evening to meet with me. He did a great job of explaining the different parts of the document, documentation I needed to provide for my case, and recommendations for the best outcome. His recommendations were spot on and the outcome was as expected. While one has the option to choose from hundreds of attorneys in their geographical area, what distinguishes Joseph Richards from other attorneys is his exceptionable client focus. He periodically checked in on me to make sure I was comfortable with how the case was proceeding. It was easy to communicate with him with telephone and email as he incorporated the latest digital technology into his workflow and was very prompt in returning calls. I felt like I was in good hands under his legal guidance.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Unprofessional
A disturbingly unprofessional law group. If you want to add stress to your case hire Joseph Richards. I could not imagine a more stressful process. Terrible communication. He did not negotiate anything prior to my trial and left out major evidence in my case. I wasted 3.5 years for absolutely no settlement. He does not want to listen to you and only cares about making the case easier for him. He barred me from attending hearings, he actually sent me home when I attended the first one. I was kept out of the loop the whole time. I had to learn my case closed via email. Not even a follow up phone call from him after trial, mind you not one update during the trial. He made all decisions without me. ***If you are a young female stay far away from this firm.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 9%-45%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Joseph E Richards
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Weitzman & Estes
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Singer & Benjumea
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Riverside County District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Lake Forest College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • ADJ7872295
  • Take Nothing

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2019
  • Certified Specialist - Workers' Compensation Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2018
  • Certified Specialist - Workers' Compensation Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2018
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist - Workers' Compensation Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2017
  • Hagman Scholar
  • Whittier Law
  • 2009
  • Presidential Scholar
  • Lake Forest College
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Careers in the Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (12)
Endorse Joseph
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joseph is a meticulous attorney who handles his cases with the utmost professionalism. In all my experiences with him and his office, they have been nothing short of great. When someone asks for a worker's compensation attorney, Joseph is the person I think of."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"After working with Joseph on a few workers' compensation matters I can wholeheartedly say that Joseph is always thinking about his clients' best interests. He understands the difficulty that can arise in the workers' compensation process and always does what he can to minimize the frustration and burden for injured workers. In addition, Joseph is always upfront and honest when speaking with his clients. Lastly, if there's something that Joseph feels he can do to help, no matter how minute, he will go out of his way to do so."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Richards demonstrates compassion and understanding in representing his clients. Professional and experienced."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph is a straightforward and hardworking attorney that seeks the best results for his clients. I recommend any prospective client to contact Joseph and speak with him. You will walk away being impressed."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Joseph Richards is an outstanding professional with several years of experience dedicated to workers compensation. He and his staff are both knowledge and friendly. I highly recommend Attorney Richards when you or someone you know has been hurt on the job."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joseph and I have worked together on a number of matters in the past two years. Joseph has a very calm, patient demeanor with clients and constantly works to ensure that clients' needs are met and that they are well informed throughout the process. He is also extremely well organized, which is a huge asset to his clients and his practice. I highly endorse him!"
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Richards will listen to his clients and thoroughly prepare to provide the best legal advocacy on behalf of his clients. Mr. Richards is knowledgeable in California workers' compensation laws."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Joseph since early 2015. I exclusively practice employment litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Joseph and I refer cases to each other and collaborate or brainstorm on employment matters. I have had many opportunities to gauge and observe Joseph's knowledge and general business practice. In my opinion, Joseph is very knowledgeable in workman's compensation law. I am sure he is just as knowledge in laws relating to social security, disability and other benefits. He is experienced and has a seasoned and reliable staff working under him. I trust him and deem him to be ethical. I would send client's to Joseph for workplace injury matters. Arash Alizadeh"
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe, having represented both applicants and defense (employer/insurance), is able to provide prospective clients and clients alike with a dual perception of how worker's compensation really works. Knowing both offense and defense tactics, Joe is able to foresee the opposing party's strategy even before such is implemented. His knowledge and experience serves his clients well."
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