Joseph Barrett

Affeld Grivakes LLP
2049 Century Park East
Suite 2460
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310 979-8700
www.agzlaw.com


Joseph M. Barrett has been practicing law since 1989. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Barrett specializes in tort law involving catastrophic injury/death and impact litigation across the diverse fields of civil rights, insurance bad faith, product liability, professional negligence, vehicle/premises liability and road design.

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Barrett has helped plaintiffs obtain verdicts and settlements worth tens of millions through the years. Mr. Barrett is a member and supporter of the American Association for Justice as well as numerous Los Angeles organizations dedicated to helping the poor, homeless, and disabled veterans.

As an eminent leader in the California legal industry, Mr. Barrett served the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) as the President in 2015 and as the President-Elect in 2014. CAALA is one of the most influential trial bar organizations in America. He is also a frequent author and featured speaker throughout California because of his extensive experience in trial practice and tort law.

Education

       
  • JD - Juris Doctor, from Southwestern University School of Law, 1989
  •    
  • International Legal Studies from Magdalen College, Oxford University Summer, 1988
  •    
  • Law major form New England School of Law Summer, 1987
  •    
  • BA - Journalism/Political Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst B.A., 1981

Awards

       
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers  (National Trial Lawyers 2016-Present)
  •    
  • Super Lawyer (Top Southern California SuperLawyers - 2016)
  •    
  • Super Lawyer (Top Southern California SuperLawyers    2015)
  •    
  • President (CAALA - 2015)
  •    
  • Bruce Traney Lifetime Achievement Award (LATLC - 2015)

Experience

       
  • Trial Lawyer with Layfield & Barrett, APC 2016-2017
  •    
  • Senior Trial Lawyer - Kabateck Brown Kellner    (2013 - 2015)
  •    
  • Partner - The Cochran Firm California  (2007 - 2013)
  •    
  • Principal - The Barrett Law Firm, APC    (2006 - 2015)
  •    
  • Junior Partner - Mardirossian & Associates, Inc.  (1989 - 2006)
  •    
  • Senior Law Clerk - Greene, O'Reilly, Broillet, Paul, Simon, Taylor, Wheeler & McMillan   (1987 - 1989)

Associations

       
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section - Executive Committee Member (2013 - 2015)
  •    
  • St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles - Executive Committee Member (2013 - Present)
  •    
  • Consumer Attorneys of California - Board of Governors (2010 - Present)
  •    
  • Irish American Bar Association of Los Angeles - Member (2010 - Present)
  •    
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles - Executive Committee Member (2009 - Present)
  •    
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities  - President (2011-2012)
  •    
  • Chairman of the Board - Founding Friend (2006 - Present)
  •    
  • CAALA Advocate Magazine - Associate Editor (2004 - 2014)
  •    
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles - Board of Governors (1999 - Present)
  •    
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group - Member (1998 - 2016)
  •    
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice - Member (1998 - 2016)
  •    
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California - Member (1989 - Present)
  •    
  • California Bar Association - Member (1989 - Present)
  •    
  • American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association) - Member (1989 - Present)
  •    
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles - Member (1987 - Present)

Cases

       
  • Winston Hayes v. County of Los Angeles,  (Verdict $1.3 Million + 1988 fees)
  •    
  • Gozukara v. Ford Motor Company, et al.($14,900,000.00)
  •    
  • Melinda Williams v. WIlliam McLaughlin, ($562,000)