Joel was admitted to the California State Bar in June 2014, and prior to joining Pierce & Shearer LLP in October 2020 specialized for 6 years+ in personal injury, managing caseloads from 40 to 75 litigation cases per year at various firms in San Francisco, San Jose, and Sausalito. He also handled a few DUI defense cases as well. Prior to that, Joel was a legal assistant and paralegal for 7 years. While a paralegal by day, he attended GGU Law School's part-time night program, graduated early, and earned his JD in December 2013.
Joel also spent a year and a half as a law clerk in the Solano County Public Defender's office where he second chaired 2 homicide trials.
Joel volunteered for 5 years with the Asian Law Caucus' Employment Law Clinic and had just started volunteering at the San Francisco County Bar Association legal clinic when COVID-19 hit. He plans to return as soon as possible.
Joel holds a B.A. in molecular cell biology from the University of California–Berkeley. He is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, can read and write Chinese at an intermediate level, and can also speak Spanish and Japanese at a beginner's level. He loves to play basketball and volleyball. And most importantly, Joel loves spending time with his 2 year old son.
Golden Gate University School of Law
2013 Juris Doctor
University of California – Berkeley
2005 Bachelor of Arts
Admissions & Organizations
Admitted to practice in California
Morton & Russo, LLP (2014 - 2015)
Law Offices of Ian Zimmerman (2014 - 2016)
Law Offices Of Andrew B. Shin (2016 - present)