Criminal Defense, Trial Attorney, Litigator

Joel has over seventeen years of experience handling all types of criminal defense and litigation matters, with emphasis on trials and appeals, complex business and real estate litigation, negotiation, arbitration and mediation. Joel has worked for a variety of top firms in California and for Public Defender Offices in both California and West Virginia. As an Adjunct Professor for seven years in the Criminology, Law and Society Department at George Mason University, Joel taught Criminal Courts and Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law. Joel received his J.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law and graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. While in law school Joel was an extern for Chief Judge Marilyn Hall-Patel of the United States District Court, Northern District of California and was a Research Assistant for former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin.

Bar & Court Admissions
Barred in California and Washington D.C., Joel is admitted to practice in all federal courts in California and the Supreme Court of California. Joel was previously admitted in West Virginia (via limited permission) and has argued successfully before the Supreme Court of Appeals in West Virginia.

Published Opinions
State of West Virginia v. Longerbeam, 703 SE 2d 307 (2010) (reversing underlying conviction)

State of West Virginia v. Morris, No. 35339, 2010 W. Va. Lexis 133 (affirming underlying conviction, dissenting opinion)

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