Legal Services - Civil Litigation
Civil Litigation – North San Diego County
Civil disputes come in many forms. A person may have a disagreement with a neighbor, associate, customer, contractor, service provider, or party to a real estate or other business transaction. He or she may suffer a loss due to another’s failure to meet a commitment.
Often it makes sense to obtain an objective opinion from a competent attorney on whether a person has a legally supportable claim and, if so, what are the best options for obtaining money damages or other remedies at the least expense. Perhaps someone refuses to pay as and when agreed. A person buys a house and discovers undisclosed, significant defects. A business associate or property co-owner fails to meet an obligation or properly account for expenses. A neighbor interferes with use of or access to an adjoining home.
Other times an attorney can intelligently evaluate and respond to a demand letter. A homeowners association threatens action against one of its homeowners. A public entity determines that a property owner is in violation of local ordinances and demands the owner take or cease certain action. A contractor records a lien against a house after the owner refuse to pay for construction work that he feels is substandard. An individual may be served with a lawsuit that requires a response must be filed in court within thirty (30) days.
Whether you are the complaining or defending party in a civil dispute, there are times that you need legal assistance. Trying to represent yourself can compound problem. (Attorneys personally involved in civil disputes often hire other attorneys to sort out alternatives and provide representation.) Using a competent attorney as your “point person” in the matter may benefit you over both the short and long terms.
I have been helping private parties and public officials intelligently, effectively handle civil disputes since 1982. A wealth of practical experience, including insights gained from working for judges, is utilized to assess legal problems and suggest the most appropriate course of action. I persuasively present the client’s claims or defenses to opposing parties but with care not to needlessly increase hostilities. Every effort is made to explore options for reasonable resolution through negotiation while at the same time being aggressive in representing the client in court.
In the vast majority of civil disputes, I have been able to negotiate a settlement that avoids the need for an expensive trial. Mediation is often timely employed to facilitate a resolution agreeable to all parties and preferable to prolonged legal proceedings ending with a judgment imposed by a judge or jury. As an experienced mediator as well as an attorney, I am able to prepare clients to make the most of their opportunities to end the dispute on favorable terms during a mediation or settlement conference.
My legal services are particularly well-suited for pragmatic clients who desire rigorous representation but who would support a reasonable, cost-effective settlement negotiated through their attorney.
Please call 760-579-7694 with questions.
Joseph is a San Diego native and has practiced law for 37 years specializing in Real Estate, Business and Civil Litigation. He also served as the 2016 President of the North County Bar Association.