The Honorable Joel M. Pressman

San Diego County Superior Court

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San Diego County Superior Court, Department - (website)


The Hon. Judge Joel Pressman served the legal community as a civil trial attorney and judge for over 45 years and is now available to serve as mediator, arbitrator, and private judge. As an attorney, he represented plaintiffs and defendants in diverse civil litigation matters, including international matters in the state and federal courts, and is a longtime member of ABOTA. As a judge, he earned himself a reputation as being a practical and knowledgeable settlement judge and mediator in hundreds of cases, including complex cases statewide. As an independent civil trial calendar judge, he was responsible for managing a caseload of over 1,000 diverse civil cases. Judge Pressman also served as a leader in the court as Supervising Judge of the Vista Superior Court and also spent many of those years on the Court Executive Committee. He is regarded as a judge with common sense, practical experiences and a genuine understanding of the dynamics of difficult cases and clients as well as the related costs (financial and otherwise) of litigation. As both a trial lawyer and as a judge, he presided over the trials of catastrophic personal injury cases, business and commercial disputes, medical and legal malpractice matters, employment wage and hour, harassment, ADA, and civil rights. Judge Pressman has extensive experience in insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and real estate litigation and class actions, including antitrust actions.


  • J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law


  • Judge at Superior Court of San Diego (2001 to 2017)
  • Attorney at Kolony & Pressman, APC (1983 to 2001)
  • Attorney at Pressman & Pressman (1978 to 1983)
  • Attorney at Hadfield, Von Berolding, Graubart & Presman (1976 to 1978)
  • Attorney at Private Practice (1973 to 1976)