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Justin Nigel Vecchiarelli

Litigation Attorney at Fresno, CA

4.9   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found

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About Justin

Learn Justin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation

    9 years, 60 cases

  2. Business

    9 years, 40 cases

  3. Employment and labor

    9 years, 50 cases

I am recognized as a tenacious defender of my client’s rights that provides top shelf legal representation without the top shelf price. During law school I worked at the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office in the Consumer & Environmental Protection Division where I assisted in the prosecution of violations of California’s environmental protection laws and the laws regulating public advertising and unfair business practices. After leaving the District Attorney’s Office I worked as a Law Clerk for a real estate and business litigation firm for several years with a focus on real estate transactions, civil litigation, intellectual property, employment law, and business law.

After passing the California State Bar I was offered a position as an associate attorney at the law firm I was clerking for and began representing clients in areas of strategic entity formation, land acquisition, trademarks, contract negotiation, labor and employment, litigation, corporate dissolutions and business disputes.

In 2016 I took a position as an associate attorney at a boutique multi-state labor and employment law firm that specialized in counseling clients on labor and employment law matters and aggressively representing clients in litigation of employment law and business-related cases before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. At this law firm I represented clients in business disputes, class action lawsuits, employment actions and OSHA matters. In 2018, I was selected by his peers as a Northern California “Rising Star” as an Employment Litigation Attorney.

After working for several years with some of Fresno’s most experienced business and employment lawyers I felt it was the proper time to join Proper Defense Law Corporation’s and create its Civil Division by offering my experience and services to individuals and businesses.

I am dedicated to my profession and am constantly taking advantage of as many opportunities as possible to learn how to better advocate on behalf of my clients. I frequently attends seminars and lectures that are put on by some of the nation’s best attorneys and am an avid reader of books aimed at making me a better attorney.

In addition to my devotion to my career I am actively involved in the community through various organizations. For several years I served on the City of Fresno District 6 Plan Implementation Committee at the request of then councilman Lee Brand. In addition, I am heavily involved in the St. Agnes Men’s Club, Fresno County Women’s Lawyer Association and the Fresno County Bar Association.

I possess a tireless work ethic that is client driven and cost effective. I like to say that I provide big-city quality legal services without the big-city price. I makes sure the work is done right the first time, on-time, and every time.

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  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Nathon | November 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Victory over a large insurance company
I was part of a lawsuit from a well known insurance company claiming repayment of damages for an incident that happened at someone’s home while I was at work. Justin and his team worked hard to get us through the ordeal and after all the pressure and stress caused by the insurance company Justin was able to get our settlement down to 0 from their original 6 figure asking. Justin and his team were very straight forward and honest with us and held our hand the entire way. I would definitely hire Justin again for any future legal issues I might have. Thank you so much!! We a greatly appreciative of all your hard work.
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Posted by Janie | November 16, 2022
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Civil Litigation
Justin is an excellent attorney in this field as he helped our family from an unjust lawsuit from a large insurance co. where we were not at fault. The stress and pressure from this insurance co. was so overwhelming. Once I hired Justin he reviewed our case and did everything legally possible to show the other party we definitely were not at fault. Such a blessing to know there are attorneys like Justin who are with you 100% never gave up and kept encouraging me when I wanted to just throw in the towel. Justin’s great work won our case. Awesome Attorney. I will higher recommend to anyone seeking legal counsel._Janie
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Posted by Michelle | February 9, 2022
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Extremely helpful and easy to reach
Justin was extremely helpful. I had a very complicated case and he made the process a lot easier to deal with. Any questions I had, he had the answers. If he didn’t know the answer himself he would make sure to find an answer to any questions I had. I also really appreciated how he would update me on the process every once in a while. Totally recommend him!
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Posted by Tara | August 22, 2021
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Gave us great peace of mind
Our family is thankful for what Justin and his Firm did to help our son, in his case. Things could have gone in a totally different direction, but Justin made sure to explain everything to us and make sure that our son received the best outcome in his case. Truly thankful for his time and guidance.
Posted by John | March 22, 2021
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Caring, Detail-Oriented, Amazing Professional!
Mr. Vecchiarelli is truly an amazing, caring, and well-rounded attorney. When I had a disagreement with my prior employer, I sought out counsel from Mr. Vecchiarelli. Mr. Vecchiarelli was respectful, compassionate, and understanding while he was handling my case. He was responsive and very attentive to my requests, questions, and concerns. Overall, Mr. Vecchiarelli is an amazing advocate for the people he represents. He is a reasonable, level-headed individual who isn't in the profession just to make a quick buck. He loves what he does and it shows in how he carries out his duties representing his clients. Overall, I would 100% recommend hiring Justin for any legal concerns that I run into.
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Posted by Joezannette | March 21, 2021
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Timely and Efficient!
I had the best experience working with Justin on a rather tricky case I had endured regarding my business. The communication was never hesitated and he provided proper and relevant knowledge on what actions should be done. The responses were always insightful and straightforward. Definitely would recommend for anyone with business matters!
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2019
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Helped me while I was out at sea
I am in the Navy, stationed in San Diego, and I got served with a civil harassment lawsuit by my wife's abusive ex. He went to court for me while I had to be out at sea. And when my wife's abuser didn't even show up, he convinced them to drop the case instead of extend it. He then worked with me to send him a cease and decist letter to try to stop his harrassment. Unfortunately he didn't listen and trying to get yet another made up restraining order against my wife to keep her from her kids, but thanks to Mr. Vecchiarelli, we're going to be able to take him back to court and get a restraining order against him. Mr. Vecchiarelli also worked with me on a payment schedule understanding that fighting court battles 6 hours away takes it toll. And also enlisted military don't have much wiggle room for funds. He was professional and set me at ease the whole way. He fought for me so I could fight for our country and I recommend any service member looking for help in Tulare or Fresno county, there aren't any military resources there for you unfortunately, and Mr. Vecchiarelli is a huge stress relief and will help you out every step of the way.
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Posted by Andy | December 20, 2019
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New start up
Justin has been a phenomenal asset in helping me start up my small business. His knowledge and experience has made this venture as stress-free as any start up could be. Thank you Justin for all your time and help. I look forward to continuing this business venture...
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2017
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Great to work with
Justin was very prompt with his services, he kept on top of the case and took it through to a satisfactory conclusion. He acted very professional on our behalf and made the whole case easy on us since he handled everything, then communicated with us at each step regarding our options. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Emily | August 31, 2016
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5 Stars
Justin was the consummate professional. He went above and beyond to deal with my real estate issue. He was always prompt in his replies and communication and knowledgeable about my case and any questions I had. He truly went above and beyond. I would (and do!) recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2015
Definitely is going to have a good career in front of him
Justin is definitely an attorney who puts his clients interest first and foremost. He was relentless when necessary, and quite frankly, he reeled my aggressiveness in when appropriate. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2016
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Caring, kind, patient and knowledgable.
I hired Justin to handle a family despute over a property. He was very kind and patient with me as I had never dealt with any situation like this. He was given a lot of attitude and undue criticism by the other party and handled it with absolute class. He is knowledgable in his field and his office and staff are very nice and welcoming.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Proper Defense Law Corporation
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sutton Hague Law Corporation
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Pascuzzi, Pascuzzi & Stoker
  • 2014 - 2016


  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • California St Univ Fresno
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2010
  • Clovis Community College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Gamboa v. Proteus, Inc.
  • Case dismissed with prejudice
  • Annex Warehouse Co. v. Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc.
  • Case dismissed with prejudice


  • Western Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2018 - Present
  • St. Agnes Men's Club
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Guild of Sommeliers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • City of Fresno District 6 Real Estate Plan Implementation Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2014 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California 2019 Rising Star - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Distinguished Member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Northern California 2018 Rising Star - Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Civil Litigation Award
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2014
  • Leon S. Peters Leadership Award
  • Leon S. Peters Foundation
  • 2013
  • Best Brief Finalist
  • George Hopper Moot Court Competition
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fresno Real Estate Investment Club Monthly Meeting
  • Strategic Entity Formation for Real Estate Investment Professionals
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Justin
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Smart, zealous, and professional advocacy."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Justin for several years and have dealt with him as an opposing counsel. He is a tenacious litigator and is a lawyer you would want in your corner."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Vecchiarelli. He is a very knowledgeable attorney, particularly in the area of business litigation and employment law."
Business Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Justin for several years. I had the privilege to work with Justin as a law clerk during law school. Justin is very knowledgeable and hardworking. He always advocates for his clients in a professional and ethical manner. I would hire himself myself and would definitely recommend him to those who need a powerful advocate on their side."
Business Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I find Justin to be a strong advocate for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Other
"Justin Vecchiarelli has a fervor for litigation. He will build a creative defense for his clients and strategically attack the opposition. I have witnessed him spend countless hours: week days, nights, and weekends consumed with his cases. He will put in the time to ensure that his client get the best possible outcome. His understanding of business affairs and his legal research skills equip him to outsmart the other side at every stage of the case. I endorse Mr. Vecchiarelli."
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Fresno Litigation Lawyer Justin Nigel Vecchiarelli
Justin Nigel Vecchiarelli
Litigation Attorney
Fresno, CA
Licensed for 8 years
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