Joseph Arias

Partner and Managing Attorney
Joseph AriasEducation
  • B.A., political Science, California State University at San Bernardino 1967
  • J.D, School of Law, University of California at Davis 1970
Professional Achievements:
*  AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
** AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell
***Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates
Professional Affiliations:
California State Bar 1971; U.S. District Court, Southern, Central and Northern Districts 1971; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1975; San Bernardino and Los Angeles County Bar Associations; Federal Bar Association; California State Bar (Labor and Employment and Litigation sections); National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel; Association of Southern Calif. Defense Council (past director Inland Empire); American Board of Trial Advocates; Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino and Redlands; Riverside County Arbitration Panel; past California State Bar referee; member, Judicial Evaluation Committee, San Bernardino County Bar Association, Judge Pro-Tem, San Bernardino County Municipal court.
Professional Experience:
Mr. Arias has tried more than 200 jury trials to verdict.

Trial attorney, Office of the District Attorney, San Bernardino County, 1971 to 1973

Trial attorney (shareholder and director), MacLachlan, Burford & Arias, a Professional Law Corporation (formerly King & Mussell), 1973 to 1996.

Trial attorney (partner), Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, 1996 to 2003

Trial attorney, Arias, Lockwood & Gray (Managing Attorney), 2003 to 2006

Trial and managing attorney, Arias & Lockwood, Attorneys at Law, 2006 to present

Mr. Arias concentrates on general civil litigation and trials. He has tried in excess of 200 jury trials to verdict in the following areas: personal injury; all phases of employment law including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower, disability discrimination, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (race discrimination in right to contract), claims based upon the California Fair Employment and Housing Act; Federal Employers Liability Act (railroad cases); products liability, land subsidence, negligence, professional negligence, eminent domain, government tort liability, breach of public works contracts, insurance bad faith, constitutional law including 42 U.S.C. § 1983-based claims against government employees and municipalities, Federal Civil Rights and policy officer liability.

Representative Clients (Past and Present):
Non-public Entity (former or current): General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Mack Trucks, Inc., Volvo Trucks of North America, Volvo Aero Services Corp., Mercedes Benz of North America, Nissan Diesel America, Inc., Amtrak, BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad Company, So. Pacific Transportation Co., (now merged with Union Pac. R.R. Co.) California-Arizona Railroad Co., Bristol-Meyers, Caterpillar Inc., Zimmer Inc., Merit Oil Co., Inc., Universal Self Storage Corporation and Western Refining Wholesale, Inc., Green Thumb Produce, Inc.

Public Entities: Southern California Rail Authority (Metrolink), State of California, Omnitrans, City and County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino City Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Rialto Police Department, Los Angeles Country Sheriff’s Department, Housing Authority of San Bernardino County, Cities of Adelanto, Banning, Colton, Hemet, Palm Springs, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, Moreno Valley; Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. He has also represented the following school districts and colleges: Apple Valley USD, Barstow USD, Desert Sands USD, Needles USD, Palm Springs USD, San Bernardino USD, Victory Valley SD, Moreno Valley USD, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, San Juan Capistrano USD, Ontario Christian High School, Chaffey Community College and College of the Desert.

Mr. Arias has represented many public officials including Police Officers of all ranks, Chiefs of Police, Deputy Sheriffs, Sheriffs of San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties, District Attorneys, judges of the Superior Court, City Attorneys, County Counsel, Members of the Board of Supervisors of San Bernardino County, Corporate General Counsel, City Councilmen and the Mayor of San Bernardino. He was appointed Special Counsel to San Bernardino County District Attorney and provides advice to the San Bernardino City Council.

Non-professional Affiliations:
Board of Directors, San Bernardino Community Concert Assoc.; past director, California State University Foundation Board; past member, San Bernardino YMCA Board of Managers; former Little League coach; member, Presidents’ Circle, San Bernardino Children’s Fund; Southern California and U.S. Handball Associations; San Bernardino and Redlands YMCAs; Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Guest Speaker and Awards:
Guest speaker, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel: The Trial of a Plaintiff-trespasser Case. (2002)

Federal Bar Association, Inland Empire Chapter: Current Issues in Police Officer Liability. (1998)

Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates: Trial techniques: cross examination of the plaintiff in a personal injury case. (2002)

2006 Recipient of the President’s Award, American Board of Trial Advocates, in recognition of a lifetime of trial advocacy and commitment to the highest standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.

Guest speaker, Federal Bar Association, Inland Empire Chapter: Federal Civil Rights Litigation in 2007 (2007)

Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates: Trial techniques: Cross Examination of Plaintiff’s Expert (2007)

Guest speaker, Federal Bar Association, Inland Empire Chapter: Federal Civil Rights Seminar (2009)

Voted in “Best Lawyers” in Inland Empire by Inland Empire Magazine, November 2008, October 2010 and November 2012.

Handball, jogging, biking, cooking and listening to classical music and opera
U.S. Army, Faculty Company, Fort Dix, N.J., 1963-1965
*  An A-V rating is defined by Martindale-Hubbell as “a lawyer that has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skills and integrity.

** AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer serves as an objective indicator that a lawyer has demonstrated ethical standards and professional ability and is used by buyers of legal services to justify hiring decisions. Only a select group of Southern California lawyers have received this distinction.

***Rank of Diplomate signifies submission of proof of a minimum of 100 civil jury trials through verdict.

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