Joseph A. Piasta, II

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Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Santa Rosa, CA

Law Offices of Joseph A. Piasta, II
 | 2213 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707-219-6287
Fax: 707-525-9641
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2015, 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (50%),
  • Elder Law (30%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Joseph A. Piasta II is the founder of the Law Offices of Joseph A. Piasta II in Santa Rosa, California. Nationally recognized as one of the top civil trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Piasta has achieved unprecedented success throughout his long and distinguished career. He currently represents clients throughout Northern California as well as in various jurisdictions across the U.S. particularly in the areas of elder financial abuse, fraud against the elderly and breaches of fiduciary duty.

A 1973 cum laude graduate of the University of San Francisco, Mr. Piasta returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1976, graduating as a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society. In 1981, Mr. Piasta earned his master's degree in law summa cum laude from The George Washington University Law School with an emphasis on administrative and land use litigation.

Since 1977, Mr. Piasta has served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army. He began his service as a prosecutor and then eventually became senior defense counsel. During this time, Mr. Piasta discovered his driving passion for trying cases in front of juries, and he found great reward in tackling the most complex and challenging issues before the courts. He entered private practice after his release from active duty in 1981; however, he continued his service as a member of the JAG Reserve until his retirement in 2007.

Mr. Piasta's time in private practice has borne the same level of success as his time serving the country. Throughout the course of his career, he has successfully handled thousands of cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants alike involving a host of legal issues from sexual harassment and hostile work environments to sexual abuse and elder abuse to fraudulent mergers and acquisitions, and broker fraud. Drawing upon his JAG experience, he continues to defend soldiers who face serious charges.

A leader in his field, Mr. Piasta co-authored the California Discovery Practice Handbook, and he has served on the adjunct legal faculty at the University of San Francisco School of Law since 1996. He is also heavily involved with his legal community as evidenced by his memberships with the American Board of Trial Advocates and his service as president of the Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers Association, among his other professional affiliations.

 
Practice Areas
  • 50%General Litigation
  • 30%Elder Law
  • 20%Civil Litigation

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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2015, 2019 - 2020

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About Joseph Piasta, II

Admitted: 1976, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.piastalaw.biz/#!people/cjg9

Honors/Awards:

  • McAuliffe Honor Society, USF Law School
  • Legion of Merit
  • Super Lawyers, Northern California 
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Francisco Chapter

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals (COMA)
  • Member, District of Colombia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, California
  • President, Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers (RETLA), 1988
  • President, Associated Students, University of San Francisco

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • St. Eugene’s Cathedral Finance Council
  • Member, St. Thomas Moore Society
  • Chairman, Board of Free to Be
  • Member, Executive Committee, St. Eugene’s Cathedral Parish Council
  • President, St. Eugene’s Cathedral Parish Council
  • President, Board of Governors, Alumni Society, USF Law School
  • Member, Board of Directors, Catholic Professional and Business Breakfast Club, 1989 to present
  • President, Catholic Professional and Business Breakfast Club, 2007
  • President, Catholic Professional and Business Breakfast Club, 1992

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author (along with the Hon. Gary Nadler and the now retired Superior Court Judge William L. Bettinelli and former Chairman of JAMS), California Discovery Practice Handbook, West, 1991
  • Co-Teacher, Judge Nadler and Adrian Driscoll, San Francisco Bar
  • Adjunct Professor of Law,  Civil Discovery and Advanced Discovery Practice Seminar, USF Law School, 1996

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Adjunct Professor at University of San Francisco Law School, teaching civil discovery

Educational Background:

  • JAG School
  • George Washington University, Master of Law (LLM), Administrative and Land Use Litigation, Summa Cum Laude, 1981
  • University of San Francisco, Bachelor of Arts, Government, Cum Laude, 1973
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2213 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: 707-219-6287

Fax: 707-525-9641

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