Joseph L. Strohman, Jr.

Partner

Joe Strohman’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including real property litigation, business litigation, boundary disputes, easement litigation and mechanic’s lien law. A longtime partner in the firm, Joe is a Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” rated attorney.

Now the chair of Ferguson Case Orr Paterson’s Real Estate and Land Use section, in 1983 Joe joined what was then Case, Orr & Cunningham as its first associate. Over the course of his more than three decades of practice, Joe has secured numerous major decisions in favor of his clients. These include successfully defending, with firm partners, a nationally-known title company against a $10 million demand regarding foreclosure sales, and numerous favorable easement and business trial decisions. He has also successfully litigated on real property matters, a $1 million dollar plus business lease, insurance questions, and successfully defended defamation claims against a corporate client.

A past president of the Ventura County Bar Association and a past multi-term member of its board of directors, Joe has coordinated fundraising for the association’s non-profit legal fund as race director for the VCBA’s annual Law Day 5k run for more than 30 years. Between earning his law degree from Pepperdine in 1982 and joining our firm, Joe studied with the McGeorge School of Law’s International Law Program in Salzburg, Austria, and with a barrister in London. He is also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance.

Outside of legal service, Joe has volunteered with Family to Family (a volunteer interdenominational organization that feeds the poor), the Rotary Club of Ventura-East (President 1997-98), the Notre Dame Club of Ventura County (President 2009-11), and, for more than 25 years, as chair of the San Buenaventura Mission’s Christian Service Committee.

A track and cross-country runner and letterman at Notre Dame, Joe has hung up his running shoes, but he still loves to hike, enjoy the outdoors, study history and follow college sports.

Noteworthy Matters

  • Real Property: After court trial in Santa Barbara Superior Court, obtained successful decision for clients involving confirmation and division of complex joint real estate residential and ranch interests.
  • Real Property: Along with other firm partners, obtained defense verdict following one-month Ventura County Superior court trial and appeal for nationally known title company regarding foreclosure sale issue. The plaintiffs’ demand was in excess of $10 million.
  • Business Litigation: Obtained defense verdict in Ventura County Superior Court jury trial regarding grocery store fire and related lease and insurance proceeds. The alleged damages at trial exceeded $1 million.
  • Corporate Defense on Defamation Claim: Obtained defense verdict after jury trial in Orange County Superior Court case involving defamation claim against corporation.
  • Easement Litigation: Obtained several successful court decisions after trial on easement cases in Ventura County Superior Court resulting in confirmation of clients’ easement rights.

Practice Groups

Bar and Professional

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California
  • Ventura County Bar Association (Past President 2011, and former Board Member)
  • Ventura County Barristers (Past President 1986)
  • Ventura County Legal Aid, Inc. (Director)
  • Law Day 5K (Race Director)

Education

  • J.D., Pepperdine University, School of Law, 1982
  • B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, Finance, 1979

Community

  • Family to Family (Group Coordinator)
  • San Buenaventura Mission (Christian Service Chair)
  • Rotary Club of Ventura East (President, 1997-98)
  • Notre Dame Club of Ventura County (Past President, 2009-11)

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