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About Joel

Mr. Villaseñor has successfully represented a variety of clients, from Fortune 50 companies to individuals, in litigation in both federal and state courts, as well as regulatory agencies. Mr. Villaseñor specializes in complex business and employment litigation, particularly in the areas of unfair business practices, harassment/discrimination, and wage and hour lawsuits. He also handles litigation involving public utilities, including alleged unfair debt collection practices, power-burn damages, catastrophic personal injury, and eminent domain cases. In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Villaseñor has been involved in a number of legal organizations. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Villaseñor served as District Representative (Southern California) at the ABA's Young Lawyers Division, and was named Star of the Quarter for his pro bono work coordinating the Disaster Legal Services program for victims of the 2007 wildfires in San Diego County. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Villaseñor served on the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) as District Representative for Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, and on CYLA's Executive Committee. In 2004, Mr. Villaseñor was selected to be one of the inaugural Scholars in the State Bar of California's Access and Fairness Leadership Academy, a pilot program to provide leadership training to promising young attorneys. Mr. Villaseñor has also served on the Board of Directors of the Ventura County Bar Association and the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association. In 2010, Mr. Villaseñor served as the organizer for the Hispanic National Bar Association's Moot Court program. Mr. Villaseñor graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where he was on the Dean's List and an editor at The Harvard Crimson. He subsequently attended the UCLA School of Law, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibility and was on the Executive Board of the school's Moot Court program. Prior to forming Taketa | Villaseñor LLP, Mr. Villaseñor worked for the office of the Oxnard City Attorney, DreamWorks SKG, the Ventura County Superior Court, the Paris office of Coudert Brothers, and Sullivan Taketa LLP. Mr. Villaseñor is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian, and has lived and worked in several countries, including Mexico, France, and Switzerland.

school Education

Harvard University -
AB, magna cum laude

University of California at Los Angeles School of Law -
JD - Juris Doctor


American Inns of Court, Jerome H. Berenson Chapter
2003 - 2006

Member, Editorial Board
Citations Magazine
2004 - 2008

State Bar of California, Access & Fairness Leadership Academy
2004 - 2005

Mexican American Bar Association of Ventura County
2005 - 2006

Ventura County Barristers
2005 - 2005

Board of Directors
Ventura County Bar Association
2005 - 2007

Board of Directors
Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association
2005 - 2006

District Representative, District 6
California Young Lawyers Association
2006 - 2008

Second Vice President
California Young Lawyers Association
2007 - 2008

District Representative, District 32, Southern California
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
2007 - 2009

Ventura County Bar Association
2003 - Current

State Bar of California
2003 - Current

Los Angeles County Bar Association
2003 - Current

American Bar Association
2003 - Current

Chair, Moot Court Program
Hispanic National Bar Association
2009 - Current


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