Joseph H. Low IV, M.S., J.D.
Areas of Trial Experience
Trial Attorney with over 23 years of experience. Trials include Civil, Criminal, State, Federal, and Military Courts-Martial and have been conducted all over the world including Iraq, Germany, Japan and Kuwait. Has tried in excess of 100 jury trials in states all over the United States including Alaska, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Washington, Wyoming, Iowa, and Texas. Retained by Lawyers all over the country to consult on trial communications skills and continue to offer various speaking engagements and educational lectures. Expert Commentator of Court TV, CNN and other programs. Selected by Daily Journal as Top Plaintiff Lawyer of 2020.
- University of California - Bachelors of Science Chemistry (1993)
- University of California - Masters of Science Biophysical Chemistry (1994)
- McGeorge School of Law -Juris Doctor (1997)
- Trial Lawyers College - Graduate (1998)
- State Bar of California
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States District Courts:
- District of Connecticut
- Central District of California
- Eastern District of California
- Southern District of California
- Northern District of California
- Eastern District of Texas
- Western District of Texas
- Central District of New York
- United States Marine Corps, Enlisted Marine (1985-1993)
- University of CA, Chemistry Instructor (1992-1994)
- Anderson Engineering Corp, Mechanical Engineer (1993-1997)
- Calgene, Inc., Biochemist (1995)
- Campbell & Flores, Biotech Patent Attorney (1997-1998)
- McGeorge School of Law, Trial Team Coach (1997-1999)
- Law Office of Milton Grimes, Attorney (1998-1999)
- Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Trial Team Coach (1998-2000)
- Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College at Thunderhead Ranch, Board Member, Senior Instructor (1998 - 2020)
- The Law Firm of Joseph Low IV, Trial Attorney (2000 – Present)
- J.A.G. Academy, Instructor of Trial Skills (2004 - Present)
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
- American Bar Association
- American Inn of Court
- American Trial Lawyers Association
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
- Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
- Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College (Board Member; Senior Instructor)
- 360 Advocacy Institute - Trial Skills Retreat
- "Developing and Litigating Cases in Today's Sound Byte Environment"
- “Discover New and Powerful Ways to Win in Practice & Trial”
- Arizona Association for Justice/Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
- "Win your Case in Voir Dire"
Bay Area Trial Lawyers
- California MCLE Trial Skills Workshop
- Occidental – Opening Statements
- Palomar – Cross Exam
- Beaumont – Voir Dire, Closing Statements
- Monterey – Direct Examination
- Chapman Law School
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- Los Angeles - Voir Dire
- Lake Tahoe - Trial Skills
- San Francisco - Voir Dire for Brain Injury Cases
- Florida Justice Association
- "Conducting Voir Dire During Your Opening Statement (and During Direct Examination and Cross-Examination and Throughout the Trial) and Learning More about Your Jurors as Each one Communicates Directly With You."
- Louisiana Association for Justice-Last Chance Conference, Masters of Trial
- "Voir Dire-How to get the Jury Talking and Keep Them Talking"
- “Psychodrama in the Courtroom”
- Marine Corps Prosecutor's Trial Advocacy
- Marine Corps Defense Seminar
- Naval Justice School, Newport, R.I.
- "Complex Case Litigation"
- New Jersey Association for Justice, Inc.
- 2000+ Attorneys in Attendance
- Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- “Voir Dire: Lessons from the Trial Lawyers College”
- State Bar MCLE Instructor
- Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wyoming
- The Bob Chaloupka Trial Skills Seminar
- Thomas Cooley Seminar for Law Professors
- Trial Lawyers College - Voir Dire, Opening and Closing Statements, Trial Skills, Advanced Trial Lawyer Skills
- U.C. Hastings
- Western Sierra Judicial College-Faculty Staff Instructor
- USMC – Various service awards/commendations (1985-1993) Honorable Discharge
- Howard Hughes Research Award (1992) 1st Place, Research in Chemistry
- Consumer Attorneys of California (1996) National Trial Competition Champion
- American Bar Association (1997) 1st Place, National Trial Competition
Graduated Law School No. 1 in Trial Advocacy. Received the Following Awards:
- The Order of Barristers (1997)
- American Board of Trial Attorneys (1997) Student Trial Advocate of the Year
Bibbie v. A-Quality Transport LLC - $3,328,842.00. Jury Verdict. Plaintiff was injured while sitting in her car at a stop sign. Pick up truck pulling a trailer side swiped the side of her car. She was 76 years old at the time and required a neck surgery.
Carter v. Kern High School District - Represented Plaintiff. $10,500,000.00. Jury verdict. Changed and determined school policy against using opposing team’s mascot at school rally a National Standard
Cervantes v. State of California - Represented Plaintiff. $12,600,000.00.
Cuevas v. Rai - Represented Plaintiffs in $70,500,000.00 jury verdict
McPhoy v. Ramirez, et al - Represented Plaintiff. $11,061,471.62. Jury verdict
Mendoza v. County of Orange, et al - $1,500,000.00. Represented Plaintiff who was shot multiple times with pepper ball gun, bean bag shot gun and baton. Verdict in favor of plaintiffs. Defendants ordered to pay over $1,500,000. First Case Enforcing a person’s right to a phone call in California.
Nevada v. Schwingdorf - Represented Defendant. First Case in Nevada State History to overturn the law on marijuana, making it legal for sales and purchase.
People v. Dr. Conrad Murray - Dr. accused of killing Michael Jackson
People v Judith Lopez - Accused of Voluntary Manslaughter. Charges against client dismissed.
Shelby v. Sea River - Represented Plaintiff. $8,000,000.00 verdict for toxicity due to chemical exposure aboard ship. Thought to be largest verdict for this cause of action.
U.S. v. Cpl. Magincalda - Hamdania Murder Case against 8 U.S. Marines. Mr. Low’s client only one to walk free after trial. First Case in U.S. History to have a TBI and PTSD recognized as an affirmative defense.
U.S. v. Gonzalez-Lopez - U.S. Supreme Court case win on 6th Amendment Issue with a 5-4 decision written by Justice Scalia. First Case in U.S. History to have the U.S. Supreme Court determine the 6th Amendment Right to Counsel of Choice.
U.S. v. Khadr - Consultant Guantanamo Bay Terrorist Case
U.S. v. Sgt. Nelson - Fallujah murder case during battle of Fallujah. Charges against client dismissed
U.S. v. Sgt. Wuterich - Consultant Haditha Murder Case
- "Intercalation of Quinizarin into DNA" U.C.S.D.
- "Voir Dire for Murder" The Warrior, Winter 2002
Additional Publications Soon to be Added.