Joel P. Waelty

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in San Jose, CA

Law Offices of Joel P. Waelty
 | 1530 The Alameda, Ste 115A
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-673-4334
Fax: 408-246-1051
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Employee Benefits (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Joel P. Waelty is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of Joel P Waelty in San Jose, California. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 16 years of legal experience, Mr. Waelty focuses his practice primarily on employment law and employee benefits issues, and he also handles personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Over the course of his career advocating on behalf of aggrieved employees, Mr. Waelty has achieved notable success fighting for the rights and entitlements of those who experienced a serious violation of their rights as workers, such as discrimination, harassment, long-term disability disputes and other matters, as well as whistleblower claims and employer retaliation. He has also secured many substantial settlements and awards for victims of slip-and-fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and other preventable tragedies.

No matter his clients' needs, Mr. Waelty delivers highly personalized counsel and customized strategies tailored to his clients' specific situations in order to best help increase their chances of obtaining the favorable outcomes they seek and the justice they deserve. Recognized for his success, he has earned many accolades from his peers along with glowing reviews and positive referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1997 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Waelty obtained his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2003. He is licensed to practice before all California state courts, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Mr. Waelty is an active member of The State Bar of California, the California Employment Lawyers Association and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and he serves of counsel to the Jachimowicz Law Group, where he focuses on employment law and civil litigation.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Employee Benefits
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Retaliation, Bad Faith Insurance


Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2013

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About Joel Waelty

Admitted: 2003, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Reunion, Leadership Committee Member, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit 
  • Of Counsel, Jachimowicz Law Group
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • Member, Santa Clara Bar Association
  • California
  • Member, California Bar Association
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Labor & Employment, Executive Committee, Santa Clara Bar Association, 2019-2020

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Treasurer, Regatta HOA, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2006
  • Member, Menlo Church
  • Volunteer, Samaritan House of San Mateo

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Moderator "Using Cumis in Your Practice: Insurer Payment of Counsel Chosen by an Insured", October 20, 2008


  • Confidential v. Valley Transportation Authority, $1,490,000 (pre-litigation), 2014
  • Lemus v. County of Merced, 711 F.App'x  859 (9th Cir. 2017), 2017
  • Barbarino v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 83 F. Supp. 3d 913 (N.D.Cal. 2015)                 
  • Robles v. Gillig LLC, 771 F. Supp. 2d 1181 (N.D. Cal. 2011)  
  • Cline v. Homuth (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 699 [185 Cal.Rptr.3d 470].
  • Doe v. EAH, Inc. et al.; Judgment I: $186,560.42; Judgment II: $1,005,500 (Sexual Battery in Housing), 2014

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1997
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Office Location for Joel P. Waelty

1530 The Alameda
Ste 115A
San Jose, CA 95126

Phone: 408-673-4334

Fax: 408-246-1051

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Last Updated: 1/29/2021

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