Joseph Miceli


Joe Miceli is a partner in Lewis Brisbois’ Orange County Office. Joe focuses his practice on the defense of businesses and individuals in a variety of litigation matters. 

General Liability
Joe’s general liability practice entails the representation of businesses and individuals in matters ranging from personal injury claims to professional liability/errors and omissions claims. Joe has successfully defended school districts, oil drilling contractors, and commercial property owners from serious personal injury claims. He also has significant experience in the defense of insurance and securities brokers against claims for professional negligence and fraud. In his general liability practice, Joe has earned a reputation for being able to resolve difficult, high exposure matters short of trial.

Real Estate, Land Use & Environment

Joe’s Real Estate practice includes serving as general counsel to one of Orange County’s largest private equity real estate investment firms for whom he handles a variety of matters, including unlawful detainer actions, neighbor dispute actions, and regulatory compliance.  In addition, he has extensive experience in litigating a variety of landlord/tenant matters where has successfully represented property owners and homeowners associations in an array of proceedings including habitability cases, FHA/FHEA cases, as well as premises liability matters.  Joe employs an aggressive approach to such cases to enable him to quickly identify and mitigate risk for his clients

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Joe worked for a boutique construction defect litigation firm, where he represented national and regional developers in all phases of construction defect litigation. Since joining Lewis Brisbois, Joe’s construction practice has expanded to the representation of subcontractors in construction defect litigation and contract disputes, as well as to design professionals (architects and engineers) in professional liability claims. Joe has developed a keen talent for identifying and implementing risk transfer opportunities in construction related matters.

Joe’s environmental practice focuses on the defense of businesses against claims of Clean Water Act violations. 

Notable Results

  • Obtained Summary Judgment for a residential homeowners’ association’s Security Company in a high exposure personal injury matter
  • Defense judgment on demurrer in favor of homeowners’ association against a residential tenant claiming damages due to exposure to toxic mold
  • Negotiated settlement of high exposure oil rig industrial accident at zero cost to client


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California




Ave Maria School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2007

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts, 2003

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