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Joseph Liebman

Litigation Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Wild Fire Mass Tort Litigation relating to the Thomas Fire, Montecito Debris Flow, the Woolsey Fire and Roadrunner Fire

  2. Real estate
    Inverse Condemnation/Regulatory Takings cases


Joseph Liebman
4250 Mariposa Dr
Santa Barbara, CA, 93110

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Posted by Thomas | October 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Real Deal
Joe took on the City of Santa Barbara for me and won a complex property rights case. His integrity, case management and trial skills are unmatched. The best advocate a person could have.
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
You want this guy in your corner
Joe is an amazing lawyer and a brilliant negotiator. I can not recommend him more highly. I hope I never need him again - but if i do, I have full faith in his abilities and will not hesitate to call him. He was our lawyer during a very complicated landslide case and he came through for us in a big way. He's the best.
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
An exceptional lawyer who negotiated our case to success. Nobody else would even take on our difficult case before we met Joe.
Joe helped us with a complicated storm water runoff case. A condition that was created by a development over 10 years ago has caused floods and landslides across many properties in our neighborhood. Several neighbors including ourselves have tried to approach the developer and the City for ten years to find a solution to the problem. The damages were significant and it seemed that our property values were decreased by this issue. After no other lawyer would even consider taking on this difficult problem Joe Liebman was recommended to us. He took over the case and resolved all issues with amazing confidence, grace and a calm authority that was exemplary. Joe inspired us with his professionalism while he successfully negotiated a satisfying settlement for us and our neighbors.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2013
Top quality, both the legal representation and the man
Joseph Liebman thoroughly researched and prepared my case. Going into the conference room and eventually the courtroom, his organization and calm manner were reassuring. In trial, his demeanor was courteous but became forceful when it was called for. His expertise in this specialized area of the law continues to make him the right person to represent my interests. He is not condescending; despite the fact that he is the one with the expert insights into the matter at hand, he makes me, the client, feel like an equal. On a personal basis as well as that of a legal adviser, I believe that Joseph Liebman is truly the client's advocate.
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Joseph Liebman
  • 1984 - Present


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • California St Univ Sonoma
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Brost/Canley/Barajas v. City of Santa Barbara
  • Plaintiffs' prevailed; the City building moratorium held to be an unconstitutional taking. Damages, attorney fees and costs awarded of $541,016.
  • Bisio v. World Savings
  • A jury awarded plaintiffs every dollar paid to World Savings for the purchase of their home--$554,750 and punitive damages for fraud in the sum of $3.2 million.


  • American Mediation Conciliation Center
  • Mediation Neutral-Const.Defects; Inverse Condemnation; Landslide
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Santa Barbara News-Press
  • City Liable to Landowners for Abandoning Street
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Joseph
Litigation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Joe both as an opposing counsel and as a mediator for his cases. Joe is always very well prepared and is an extremely competent litigator. He zealously advocates for his clients, while keeping their best interest in mind, and maintaining a high level of professionalism. I recommend this attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I, too have worked with Joseph. He is one of the most gifted and knowledgeable trial lawyers I know, with the maturity and experience needed to advise and guide his clients through the difficult waters of real estate and eminent domain/inverse condemnation litigation."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is an extremely accomplished trial attorney with extensive knowledge of real estate and land rights. He is also a gentleman, which is a rare find in someone with such exceptional abilities."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joseph is a brilliant attorney. I worked against him. What I learned in working against him that it is much much better to work with him. He used brilliant tactics to obtain an outstanding result for his clients. After that, I worked with him, and again, he obtained a wonderful result for our mutual clients. He is smart, confident, and astute. Most importantly, Joseph has an excellent reputation in the legal community and this translates to greater success for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joseph is a top-notch lawyer who will take cases all the way to judgment, if necessary. He is smart, knows his area of the law from top to bottom, quickly sizes up the pros and cons of a case, is prepared at all times, and always obtains the best recovery for his clients. His clients are fortunate to have his representation."
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Santa Barbara Litigation Lawyer Joseph Liebman
Joseph Liebman
Litigation Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 40 years