Joseph C. Markowitz


Joseph C. Markowitz


Background & Experience

Joseph C. Markowitz started his practice with a boutique litigation firm in New York City. He also practiced with a large international firm, both in New York and in Los Angeles, and at another small firm before opening his own firm in 1994.

With a high level of dedication and service, Joe Markowitz strives to deliver the high quality of analysis and written work expected of a large, prestigious firm, combined with the personal attention and efficiency of a smaller practice.       

Joe takes a practical, problem-solving approach to legal problems and business conflicts. Through more than three decades of experience, he has come to understand the costs and risks of litigation, and the disruption it can cause to a business. This leads him to try to resolve disputes without going to court, if possible, often by developing creative strategies to bring a dispute to a favorable resolution, and also to avoid wasteful and unnecessary litigation activities. When a trial becomes either the preferred or only course, Mr. Markowitz leverages his extensive trial, arbitration and appellate experience to guide and support his client.

Joe Markowitz was trained as a mediator two decades ago, and he has conducted many mediations as a member of the Mediation Panels in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the District Court and Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California, as well as private mediations. He has been a board member of the Southern California Mediation Association since 2010, and was president of the organization in 2014.   

Mr. Markowitz graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and received a J.D. with honors from University of Chicago Law School. He was admitted into the New York bar in 1980 and the California bar in 1990. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the L.A. County Bar Association, several mediation panels, the Los Angeles Conservancy and the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.


Work Experience



B.A., Columbia University, 1976

J.D. with honors, University of Chicago Law School, 1979

Law Clerk, Hon. Bernard M. Decker, Northern District of Illinois (1979-80)

Associate, then Partner, Parker Auspitz & Delehanty (1980-87)

Partner, Morrison & Foerster (1987-93)

Partner, Pettis, Tester, Kruse & Krinsky (1993-94)

Partner, Markowitz & Blasberg, Markowitz & Fernandez (1994-2001)

Law Offices of Joseph C. Markowitz (2001-present)

American Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Southern California Mediation Association (President, 2014)

Mediation Panels: Central District, Central District Bankruptcy, and Los Angeles County Superior Courts

Los Angeles Conservancy

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

Plea Bargaining, An Annotated Bibliography (American Judicature Society) (1978)

Constitutional Challenges to Gerrymanders, 45 University of Chicago Law Review 845 (1978)

Report on the Torture Victims Protection Act, Ass’n of the Bar of the City of New York (1987) (co-author)

“The Decline in the Rule of Law in Malaysia and Singapore,” 45 The Record of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York 924 (1990) and 46 The Record 5 (1991) (co-author)

Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Consumer Cases, ABA Litigation Section Conflict Management newsletter (Spring 2008) p. 15

Court Funding and ADR, ADR Times (March 2012)

Crisis and Opportunity, Advocate (September 2013)

Two blogs, in addition to this one: Mediation’s Place, and Hope and Change