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Joseph E Maloney

Employment and labor Attorney at Auburn, CA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    For over 20 years, I represented the United States and its agencies in employment disputes, including all forms of discrimination. In my private practice, I have represented both employers and employees in employment disputes in the areas of gender, age, and disability discrimination and retaliation.

    41 years, 400 cases

  2. Litigation
    I have an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. I have 28 years of civil litigation experience in federal and state courts. I have litigated a very wide variety of civil disputes including licensing proceedings, adminisrative writs, review of governmental permits, and business disputes.

    44 years

  3. Personal injury
    I represented the United States in many personal injury cases, many involving multiple parties in complex settings, including construction and recreation accidents, as well as vehicle accidents.

    41 years, 100 cases

I plan to retire in early 2024. Accordingly, I am no longer considering new cases. 

Two law firms in Sacramento that I hold in high regard, both of which represent workers in employment disputes, are Bohm Law Group  and Tower Legal Group. 

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Joseph E Maloney
Auburn, CA, 95603


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Travis | March 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A Champion of Employment Representation
I can't recommend Joseph enough. If he takes your case, you have an angel in court. This guy knows his stuff. Get your facts together and give them to him and he will help you if you have even the slightest angle, assuming you have been treated wrongly. He actually cares about you, because, otherwise, he'd be doing something else to be more profitable. Joe has a big heart and an experienced mind. You can't beat that. He helped me bring suit against my employer twice, and we won both times, including an EDD case, for a total of three victories. I'm very happy with Joe's work and results.
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Posted by Tracey | August 21, 2014
Professional and Caring
I hired Mr. Maloney for a complex employment action. At every step, he displayed the utmost professionalism and knowledge. He was always prepared, well-spoken and respectful. It was a comfort to sit next to him in court knowing that he was more than capable of taking care of all the legal aspects of our case. He was also always compassionate and upbeat. He made a difficult, trying time for me, tolerable. I really felt like I had someone on my side that was more than capable of standing up for my rights. He is a true professional and a great all around person. I can't thank him enough for guiding me through something I never could have done on my own.
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Posted by John | March 12, 2014
Review from JCT
I first contacted Mr.Maloney eighteen months ago for a legal opinion on actions my soon-to-be former employer was taking. Then last June he helped me navigate the white waters of contract negotiations with my former employer. Joseph did a great job. Without his help I would have botched it. I recommend him highly.
Posted by Dennis | March 6, 2014
Disability Discrimination, Failure to Accommodate and Wrongful Discharge
After serving over 19 years with a local government entity I was abruptly fired ostensibly because of having been found unfit for duty and incapable of performing the essential duties of my position. As my attorney, Joseph Maloney dominated literally every aspect of the ensuing litigation. However, with virtually unlimited financial resources the attorneys representing my employer apparently sought to simply "starve me out", so to speak, and month-by-month ultimately caused legal proceedings to be drawn out over a period of five years. But Joe stayed the course, and shortly after prevailing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals we finally accepted a seven-figure settlement offer. This was an extremely complicated case, and watching Joe seemingly effortlessly maneuver through all of the legal procedures and court proceedings was most impressive. His profound respect for the judicial system, exemplary conduct, honesty, extraordinary capabilities and meticulousness simply must play well with adjudicators. And his compassion for his clients is utterly remarkable. Do you think you might ever find an attorney who would send paid certificates for flu shots to you and your spouse because he knew your employer had left you financially strapped? I did!
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Posted by Ron | March 5, 2014
He stays for the long haul!
"Joe stuck with me all the way through trial in my difficult 8 year federal employment discrimination case even when I wanted to quit. I'd recommend him to anyone, but especially any federal employee with trouble at work".
Posted by JR | March 3, 2014
A great help when I needed help!
Joe was a great help to me when I lost my job. He helped me get my unemployment benefits even though the employer opposed them and EDD initially denied them. And, after that, he helped me take care of my remaining issues with my employer. He was very helpful and quick and competent!
Posted by Blain | March 7, 2013
Wrongful Termination
A personal friend at a large law firm referred Joseph to me. He told me his firm rated him a very knowledgeable and competent employment attorney. I have to agree. I trust his judgement, advise and ability to prepare me for the next step in the process. I am confident Joseph provides me the best representation available in labor related matters. If you are looking for an need to look no further than Joseph Maloney.
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Posted by Paul | March 6, 2013
Passionate, Thorough, and Knowledgeable
Joseph Maloney is an excellent attorney to work with because he is passionate, thorough and knowledgeable. He was able to make sense of a large volume of complex information and with his great analytical skills and experience, he represented the case fairly. He was easily accessible and stayed familiar and up to date with all aspects of the case. I appreciated his integrity and honesty and how he conducted himself. I felt Joe "owned the case" and that he did everything possible to help me succeed. If needed, I would want him to represent me again.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Joseph E Maloney, Attorney at Law
  • 2006 - Present
  • Court Appointed Mediator
  • US District Court ED California
  • 1998 - 2014
  • Senior Litigation Counsel
  • United States Dept. Of Justice
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Supervisor, Financial Litigation Unit
  • US DOJ
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Deputy Chief, Civil Division
  • United States Attorney's Office Department Of Justice
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Adjunct Professor, Administrative Law
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1988 - 1998
  • Assistant US Attorney
  • United States Department of Justice
  • 1984 - 2006
  • Staff Attorney/
  • Pacific Legal Foundation
  • 1980 - 1984
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  • McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific
  • law
  • 1980
  • University of the Pacific
  • undergraduate
  • 1977
  • American River Junior College
  • AA
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Parker v. North Yuba Water District, 2:06-0340 E.D. Cal. US Dist Court
  • Settled
  • Perron V. Secretary of HHS
  • Settled
  • Kaufman v. Court of Appeal
  • The Supreme Court reversed the order disqualifying Justice Kaufman


  • Placer County Civil Practice Forum
  • Moderator
  • 2014 - Present
  • California Employment Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • US District Court
  • Member of Federal Bar
  • 1980 - Present
  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • VDRP Service Award
  • Federal Bar Association, Sacramento Chapter
  • 2017
  • VDRP Service Award
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of California
  • 2016
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • VDRP Service Award
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of California
  • 2014
  • Night to Honor Service Award
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of California
  • 2013
  • Special Achievement Award
  • US DOJ
  • 1997
  • Senior Litigation Counsel
  • US DOJ
  • 1995
  • Financial Litigation Award
  • US DOJ
  • 1993
  • Director's Award
  • US DOJ
  • 1991
  • Order of the Coif
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1980
  • Traynor Society
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1979
  • Member, Board of Editors
  • Pacific Law Journal
  • 1979
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  • Lex Laboris, Sacramento County Bar Assn, Employment Section
  • Differential Tax Analysis for Multi-Year Lost Pay Claims
  • 2010
  • Civil Practice Manual (US Dept of Justic)
  • Chapter 1: Administrative Procedures Act
  • 2002
  • 11 Real Estate Law Journal
  • Maloney, Monetary Damages for Unlawful Permit Actions
  • 1983
  • 16 University of San Francisco Law Review
  • Maloney, Disqualification of Administrative Law Judges in California
  • 1982
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (92)
Endorse Joseph
Litigation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe's exceptional experience as a trial lawyer is an asset to any client he represents."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I got to know Mr. Maloney more than a year ago, and was impressed by his professionalism and dedication to serving his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe is well versed in labor and employment, as well as the all important and attendant procedural matters surrounding such issues. He is also a true gentleman."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great lawyer. Great reputation. Great results. Stop and make the call now. You can't go wrong."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Well-known and well-respected lawyer at the top of his field. Highly recommended."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joseph Maloney is a bulldog for his clients! I was the attorney on the other side of Mr. Maloney in an employment case and I was very impressed by his intelligence, tenacity and unyielding commitment to his client's case. If you're looking for a tough, smart and highly competent employment lawyer in Northern California, Mr. Maloney should be your first choice."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the community."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Maloney's diligence and devotion to his clients and their causes are admirable. His breadth of practice and experience are immeasurable."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Maloney is an experienced and well respected member of the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As evidenced by the number of questions Attorney Maloney has so generously answered, it’s clear that he has a superior understanding of his fields of practice, and is exceptionally well thought of in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Maloney is a very experienced attorney who strives to protect the rights of employees in our community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Maloney for forty years, including his years as an exceptionally gifted and diligent representative of the U.S. Attorney's office, and as an effective representative of employees in the vindication of their rights. His grasp of the law is quick and detailed, and his hard work in devotion to his clients is exceptional."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr Maloney whole heartedly! In addition to his extensive experience in Federal, State and Administrative matters, Joseph brings both an intensity and dedication to the concerns of his clients as well as compassion for them personally. Mr. Maloney is a lawyer's lawyer!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of meeting Attorney Maloney, and we later conferred on a matter. He really knows the details on employment law, and I would consider him an expert in the area, especially considering his employment background. He is also very approachable, thoughtful and sincere. I highly recommend him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Joe Maloney both professionally and personally for nearly 25 years, starting when he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of California. We have litigated against one another on several occasions and have enjoyed a close collaborative relationship over the years that he has been in private practice. He’s an excellent advocate, a “lawyer’s lawyer” in the true sense of those words. Joe has impressive litigation credentials, having represented clients in the state and federal courts and before administrative bodies for 30 years. He well understands how to put a case together and take it the distance if necessary. He has a deep understanding of how to present a case and where he is in the litigation process. He conducts thorough research and speaks with authority when appearing before the courts. When the subject is a federal personnel matter, Joe is a commanding presence in the courtroom."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I am a former DEA Special Agent, and retired Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney and General Counsel for a Special District in Sacramento. Joe has been a great help to me consulting on an important case involving a federal law enforcement Special Agent with a personnel claim. Joe's knowledge of federal court civil procedure and federal employment law is phenomenal. He is in his own league relative to his writing and analytical skills. His thorough and unique understanding of state and federal labor law places him in the top echelon of labor law attorneys. Furthermore, he is very detail oriented, personable, and charismatic, both with clients and other counsel. Joe is the consummate professional."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joseph for a number of years, now. I have had the opportunity to consult with him and he has proven to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Joseph is also professional, responsive, and has the ability to offer innovative perspectives and solutions. It has been, and continues to be, a pleasure and privilege to work with Joseph."
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