Joseph L. Strohman, Jr.
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 real property, 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 35 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 worked 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 30 years, as chair of the San Buenaventura Mission’s Christian Service Committee.
In 2017, Joe was the recipient of the Ventura County Bar Association’s prestigious “Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award”. This award is presented to one recipient each year to recognize a significant and lifelong commitment to public service in the community.
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.