Bakersfield Agriculture Lawyer
His significant cases have included:
- successfully representing local agricultural farmers in litigation to uphold Kern County's ordinance banning the importation of Southern California sludge into Kern County
- prosecuting quiet title actions involving ground water rights, and the competing interests of the agricultural user and metropolitan purveyors
- successfully defending a municipality in protracted and complex municipal bond litigation
- securing a 12-0 jury verdict in favor of a national insurance company in less than one hour after a four-week jury trial. Mr. Joyce is a lifelong Kern County resident
After serving in the military abroad, Mr. Joyce attending the University of California Berkeley on a debate scholarship, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class in 1975. In 1978, while at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, he was selected to be a member of the trial advocacy team which finished third in the nation.
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- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
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- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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