Joseph A. Salazar, Jr.


  • location icon Sacramento, CA
    2020 West El Camino Avenue
    Suite 700
    Sacramento, CA 95833

Joe Salazar is a partner in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Energy & Environmental Practice. He represents a broad range of public and private sector entities relating to environmental contamination, remediation and redevelopment. Mr. Salazar spent the first ten years of his practice defending auto and general personal injury claims. He continues to take personal injury cases to trial, over twenty verdicts on State and Federal court. Mr. Salazar has special expertise in defending and prosecuting matters involving:

  • Environmental Law (Including water rights adjunctions, contaminated soils and groundwater sites, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, CEQA, Endangered Species Act)
  • Public Entity litigation - Inverse Condemnation/Eminent Domain and Environmental Cleanup cost recovery actions
  • Agricultural litigation
  • Employment law
  • Public Transportation/Common Carrier litigation
  • Business litigation
  • Home Owners Association litigation
  • Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act litigation
  • Auto and general personal injury

Joe has over 20 years of litigation experience with multiple jury and bench verdicts in State and Federal Court. He has handled numerous environmental lawsuits from groundwater adjudications to multi-party, comingled plume trials. His practical knowledge in geology and hydrogeology allows him to work with technical personnel to quickly understand the technical challenges that these cases present. Additionally, Joe spent the first 10 years of his practice defending auto and general personal injury claims. He has continued to take personal injury cases to trial with favorable results. 

A trial lawyer at heart, he often parachutes into other cases to handle the trial work including catastrophic injury trials. Joe has taken to trial a number of cases involving Homeowners’ Associations involving challenges to the governing documents and actions taken by Board Members enforcing the same. Joe is also defending HOA’s when they are sued by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing for rules that allegedly discriminate against select groups. These challenges include, but are not limited to, claims under the Davis-Stirling Act, and the many technical nuisances under that ever changing statute.

Published Opinions

Terry v. Garcia (2003) 109 Cal.App.4th 245.



United States Federal Court

Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California

Awards & Honors

Moot Court Honors Board, 1992-1993


UCLA School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1993

Stanford University

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1987

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