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Joseph P. McMonigle


(415) 438-4534

Joe McMonigle is honored by membership in the four leading invitation-only trial lawyer organizations. He is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2012); a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers (2011); an Associate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (2000); and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (2008). These organizations recognize superior skills, professionalism, and excellence in trial. Joe represents lawyers in professional liability cases, attorney fee disputes, partnership disputes, and state bar disciplinary matters and has done so since joining Long & Levit in 1977. Joe is certified as a Legal Malpractice Specialist by the State Bar of California. He also counsels lawyers and law firms on risk management issues.

Joe’s commitment to the legal community is demonstrated by his service in lawyers’ professional liability organizations at the local, state and national levels. He served as chair of the Legal Malpractice Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association; has been a member of the State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct; and has been a member and chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. He has served as a member of the California State Bar Judicial Nominees Commission (JNE) and now serves on the California Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions.

Joe has tried dozens of legal malpractice actions to conclusion in counties throughout California. Legal malpractice actions require an understanding of a variety of legal disciplines giving Joe experience and insight into a wide spectrum of tort, commercial, and business disputes. Because of his ability to master diverse practices areas clients frequently call upon Joe to try numerous civil cases including contract, personal injury, and complex business disputes.

California judges frequently ask Joe to represent them in proceedings before the Commission on Judicial Performance. Joe also represents retired judges who provide alternative dispute resolution services in civil actions.

Settlement skills are a critical component of contemporary legal practice. Joe has negotiated hundreds of cases to resolution short of trial, a prospect greatly enhanced by his experience trying cases to conclusion.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Lawyers & Judges Defense Group

  • Other Professional Liability

Areas of Expertise

  • Defense of lawyers and judges

  • Complex commercial and business disputes

  • Jury trials and Arbitrations


  • Santa Clara University 

       B.A., History, 1972

  • Seattle University 

       (formerly University Of Puget Sound) 

       J.D., 1975 cum laude, top 1% 

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