Joe Markowitz is a 1979 honors graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced with a small New York City litigation boutique firm for 10 years. Following his firm’s merger with Morrison & Foerster, Joe decided to try out the firm’s Los Angeles office for a couple of years. More than 20 years later, after having moved to another boutique firm, and after starting his own firm in 1994, he is still in downtown Los Angeles, sharing space with a couple of other attorneys, and practicing commercial litigation with an emphasis on employment cases, intellectual property, and general business disputes.
Joe has also served as a mediator since the mid-1990’s, on a number of court panels as well as conducting private mediations. In November 2013, he begins his term as President of the Southern California Mediation Association, after having headed the SCMA’s task force establishing a “Select a Mediator” program in response to the closure of the LA Superior Court mediation program. Prior to that, he served for two years on the Superior Court’s ADR committee. In addition, Joe is proud to claim that as a volunteer attorney for the LA Conservancy, he was instrumental in saving the Cinerama Dome. He currently authors three blogs, a general legal practice blog, as well as a blog on mediation called Mediation’s Place started in 2009 and another blog on politics, called Hope and Change, started in 2008.