Joseph E. RichardsAttorney
Phone: (844) 562-2667
Fax: (833) 562-2667
200 N Main St, 2nd Floor
Santa Ana, California 92701
Before law school, I was motivated by the things I could not see, by the things I could not know. Specifically, I was motivated by what goes on behind the scenes in any business. All businesses have certain functions that are similar. For example, the accounting and “legal” compliance function are generally necessary, even in accounting and law firms. I started there, with that idea that there was more for me to know if I ever wanted to either help myself or help others at work. Not necessarily to defend myself against anything in particular… you simply don’t know what you don’t know.
Fast forward to 2011. I graduated from Whittier Law School with a concentration in Business Law. In July 2011, I took the California bar exam, and achieved a passing score on my first attempt.
Also in 2011, I began working with attorneys in Irvine, California, as a legal assistant. My duties included organizing files into sections of correspondence, court documents, discovery, liens, and miscellaneous items, e.g. Subrosa. I briefed discovery documents including subpoenas duces tecum (SDT’s), medical reports from primary care and treatment providers (PCP’s, PTP’s, and STP’s), and from Qualified Medical Evaluators (QME’s).
I took the attorney’s oath in December 2011. I became admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California. After the winter break of 2011-2012, and around 2012 and 2013, I appeared before most, if not all, of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards of Southern California, on trials of cases-in-chief, attorneys’ liens, AOE/COE priority conferences, expedited trials on issues of medical treatment and temporary disability, mandatory settlement conferences, and status conferences. My primary board was the Santa Ana WCAB. My case load was hundreds of case files. I logged approximately four hundred (400) applicant depositions, one hundred fifty (150) pre-trial conferences, and eighty (80) priority conferences, expedited trials and trials. I was responsible for law & motion practice, including Cal. Lab. Code 132a claims, Serious & Willful petitions, and the drafting and filing of Petitions for Reconsideration and Removal. I also handled approximately twenty (20) Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund claims at various stages.
Then, in the months that followed, I worked with attorneys in Long Beach and Seal Beach, and defended “the” legally uninsured defendant in Workers’ Compensation claims. The highlight for me was a “take-nothing” trial after one (1) day of testimony. In other matters, I appeared mainly at the Long Beach WCAB, Marina Del Rey WCAB, Los Angeles WCAB, but also appeared at the Oxnard WCAB on lien conferences and lien trials. I also deposed QME physicians on matters of substantial medical evidence. My case load was approximately seventy (70) files, with appearance on other matters of pressing importance and calendar conflicts for other attorneys. I worked with “another” legally uninsured employer on matters of lien resolution, and I spent the majority of the next three (3) months working up lien files, contacting lien claimants and clients, and making appearances to resolve liens at lien conference and lien trial.
In approximately May 2014, I entered solo practice in Santa Ana, again representing Applicants in Workers’ Compensation claims, from the filing of the Application for Adjudication, to resolution. My primary board is the Santa Ana WCAB, but I enjoy appearing before the Judges in Riverside, Pomona, Ontario, San Bernardino, Anaheim, Long Beach, and others in Southern California.
In summary, subsequent to law school graduation in 2011, I now spend approximately ninety-five percent (95%) of my practice time in the California Workers’ Compensation system with regular frequency. The other five percent (5%) is split between labor & employment law, wages & hours, personal injury tort law, and disability law.
I am a member of the Orange County Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section. I am a member of the State Bar of California Workers’ Compensation Section. I am a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by the State Bar of California, California Board of Legal Specialization. I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, membership in which is limited to Trial Lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in Advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more.
Every case is different, and past results cannot be a guarantee of future performance.
But I guarantee every client that I will do my best.
J.D., Whittier Law, 2011
B.A., Lake Forest College, 2004
State Bar of California
Member Since: 2011
Orange County Bar Association
Member Since: 2011
American Bar Association
Member Since: 2008
- Hagman Scholar, Whittier Law, 2009
- Presidential Scholar, Lake Forest College, 2001
- Attorney, Law Office of Joseph E Richards, 2011 – Present
- Attorney, Law Offices of Weitzman & Estes, 2014 – 2014
- Attorney, Law Offices of Singer & Benjumea, 2013 – 2014
- Certified Law Clerk, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, 2010 – 2011
- Law Clerk, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, 2009 – 2009