Senior Associate

Joseph J. Kagan



501 West Broadway
Suite 1200
San Diego, CA 92101
P (619) 849-4900
F (619) 849-4950

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Joseph Kagan is a senior associate in WSHB’s San Diego office. His practice focuses primarily on advising and defending clients of all sizes involved in employment and business disputes. Joseph handles all aspects of civil disputes from inception through trial. His experience includes litigating civil matters in both state and federal court, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative proceedings. Joseph also counsels clients regarding employment and risk management issues on an ongoing basis. In addition to his employment practice, Joseph has extensive experience defending tort claims brought against product manufacturers and transportation companies.

Joseph was selected to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America© “Ones to Watch” list, recognizing lawyers who have been in private practice between five and ten years. This award highlights the most promising younger lawyers in the country.

In law school Joseph served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Jan M. Adler (Ret.), Presiding Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern of California. He also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Richard E.L. Strauss in the San Diego Superior Court.

Joseph is actively involved with his law school, California Western School of Law, serving on the school’s Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and as a mentor to new 1L students each year. He is also active within the San Diego legal community. Joseph is a Barrister in the American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter, and serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Defense Lawyers.


California Western School of Law (J.D., 2015, cum laude)

University of Arizona (B.A., 2012)

Licensed to Practice in:

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


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State Bar of California

San Diego County Bar Association

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

San Diego Defense Lawyers Board of Directors (January 2021 to present)

California Western School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors (2018 to present)

American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter – Barrister (2015 to present)

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Awards & Accomplishments

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" , 2021

Academic Excellence Award, Alternative Dispute Resolution, California Western School of Law

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