Law Corporation - Biography
I founded Wolff Law Corporation in April 2005. The recent
beginning was years in the making. It
started in Santa Barbara, California, where I grew up. My parents
were teachers. They instilled in me an appreciation for art,
history, and geography.
Seeking a change in geography, I attended the University of
California, Berkeley. At Cal, I worked in the Office of the Student
Advocate, was a member of the cross-country ski team, attained
Dean’s List honors, and received an A.B. degree in Philosophy
in 1982. At our Philosophy department commencement ceremony,
I asked: “Is it better to be Socrates unemployed or a fool
earning $60,000 a year?” (Socrates believed the “unexamined
life” was not worth living.) I still ask myself that question
(adjusted for inflation).
Following university, I lived in Europe and worked for German
defense contractor Wegmann & Co., GmbH. The time abroad was
unique. I learned a foreign language, made many friends, and
saw a wall dividing Europe. I could not have imagined then that
in only a few more years the wall would be gone.
I returned from Europe to attend law school at George Washington
University National Law Center in Washington, D.C. The nation’s
capital was an exciting place to study law. Top government officials
served as adjunct professors. Supreme Court justices lectured
frequently. I served on GW’s Moot Court Board and the Journal
of International Law & Economics. I also represented GW in
the Jessup Cup International Law Moot Court Competition, placing
third in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
After law school, I came to Orange County in 1988 to practice
law. For many years, I worked in the Newport Beach office of
a mid-sized law firm. I was later a partner for seven years at
two business litigation firms. During these years, I tried and
arbitrated cases of all dimension, and honed my skills in research,
writing, witness examination, and oral argument. (In the words
of a colleague, “Josh may be one of the best writers as
well as researchers I have seen on law and motion work.”)
Several cases I have argued resulted in published decisions.
I have shared my skills by mentoring others and by teaching Legal
Writing at U.C. Irvine’s Paralegal Certificate Program.
These experiences are the foundation for Wolff Law Corporation.
Having my own law practice is hard work, but hard work is its
own reward, and no other job has been more rewarding. I am fortunate
to have long-standing clients and a growing list of new ones.
Friends have become clients, and clients have become friends.
I value these relationships, and I work hard to maintain client
trust and loyalty.
I am a member of the State Bar of California, Orange County
Bar Association, Business Litigation Section of the OCBA, Association
of Business Trial Lawyers, and Association of Surfing Lawyers.
(Yes, there is such an association.) I regularly appear in the
California superior and appellate courts, U.S. District Court,
and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. When not in court, I sometimes
ride my bicycle to work.
Something else to know about me: I met my wife on a blind date.
She was a schoolteacher, and I knew I was in trouble. We live
in Laguna Beach. We have two dynamic daughters and a dog. In
a seemingly random world, it is remarkable to look back and see
purpose and order.