Top Attorney - Orange County - 2015
Joseph L. Chairez
Baker & Hostetler LLP
600 Anton Blvd. Suite 900
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
AS A TOP BUSINESS TRIAL ATTORNEY and partner at the Costa Mesa office of Baker & Hostetler LLP, Joseph L. Chairez leads a team that handles complex business litigation and employment matters in state, federal and appellate courts. His practice covers multi-plaintiff discrimination, electronic technology, products, multi-party toxic torts, manufacturing, real estate and construction-defect litigation. His national insurance-coverage practice has delivered clients millions of dollars of insurance-policy benefits.
O.C. Register Metro and Coast magazines have named Chairez one of O.C.'s Top Lawyers for the last six years, and Super Lawyer magazine has repeatedly recognized him as a top Southern California attorney and one of Orange County's Top 50 lawyers.
Being a partner at a national Am Law 100-ranked law firm has not diminished Chairez's commitment to the local community. While serving as president of the Orange County Bar Association in 2007, Chairez created the 'Teenage Legal Survival Skills' program, a primer for local high-school students on the legal ramifications of reaching adulthood.
The Orange County Bar Association and local high schools continue to be committed to the program, which has reached more than 8,000 students to date. Covered topics include finances, workplace issues, criminal behavior, marriage, voting, Internet risks and more.
Chairez continues to lead the program, conduct presentations and train other lawyers to do so as well. More information is available at ocbar.org.
Chairez is a former trustee with the California State Bar Association and past co-chair for the California Commission on Access to Justice.