Joseph Brisco

Hon. Joseph R. Brisco (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Hearing Officer

Case Manager
Nicole Burns
T: 714-937-8250
F: 714-939-8710
3390 University Ave., Suite 450, Riverside, CA 92505


Hon. Joseph R. Brisco (Ret.) has extensive experience resolving personal injury disputes as a full time neutral, and formerly as a judge and attorney.

As a trial court and settlement judge, he presided over and settled numerous cases arising out of catastrophic personal injuries, including many involving boating and railway accidents. Judge Brisco has also resolved medical malpractice cases involving injuries, as well as elder abuse claims.

As a civil litigator for 14 years, Judge Brisco handled serious and catastrophic injury cases involving deaths, brain injuries and amputations arising from products liability, premises liability, and motor vehicle accidents.

Representative Matters

  • Elder Abuse
    • Dispute regarding allegations of financial abuse and fraud by children of elderly man
    • Dispute regarding allegations of physical abuse by neighbor against elderly woman
    • Wrongful death case against care facility for negligence resulting in sepsis ulcers
  • Medical Malpractice
    • Personal injury case against oral surgeon for alleged negligent extraction of wisdom teeth
    • Serious personal injury case against physician for alleged negligent performance of breast augmentation surgery
    • Serious personal injury case against physician for alleged negligent performance of hysterectomy
    • Wrongful death case against pathologist for alleged misdiagnosis of cancer
  • Other Personal Injury
    • Countless serious injury cases involving alleged dangerous conditions on property
    • Countless serious injury cases involving motor vehicles
    • Serious Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) injury claim by railroad worker following collision between two locomotives
    • Serious personal injury (loss of arm) involving collision between two vessels
    • Several cases against businesses for alleged failure to provide adequate security
    • Several cases involving allegations of sexual abuse by priests
    • Several disputes involving toxic mold complaints
    • Several wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases for alleged negligently designed roadways
    • Wrongful death case against manufacturer of allegedly defective construction lift
    • Wrongful death case against manufacturer of water truck for alleged defects that resulted in roll over on construction site
    • Wrongful death case involving alleged intoxicated operator of pontoon boat
    • Wrongful death case involving collision between two vessels at night
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Judge, San Bernardino County Superior Court, 1998–2015
    • Supervising Judge, Civil Departments, 2013–2015
    • Presiding Judge, Appellate Division, 2013
    • Appellate Division, 2011–2013
  • Judge, San Bernardino Municipal Court, 1995–1998
  • Managing Partner, Brisco & Wolfe, Del Mar, CA, 1992–1995
  • Associate, Tuverson & Hillyard, San Diego, CA, 1991–1992
  • Associate, Haasis, Pope & Correll, San Diego, CA, 1985–1990
  • Associate, Law Offices of John Ford, Santa Ana, CA, 1983–1985
  • Sole Practitioner, Escondido, CA 1981-1983
  • J.D., Western State University, College of Law, San Diego, CA
  • B.A., Political Science, San Diego State University

Counsel Comments

    • “Having appeared before Judge Brisco many times while he was on the bench, I had always found him to be well-prepared, educated on the topic at hand, patient, calm, inquisitive and respectful of a party’s position, whether he agreed or not with that position.  I thereafter had an occasion to work with Judge Brisco on a State of the Court lunch presentation, where he used that same skill set and demeanor to share important advances in the local courts.  So, it came as no surprise to me that as a mediator at JAMS, Judge Brisco brought those same expert skills into the boardroom, addressing the underlying legal issues and respective evidence rather than trying to divvy up the dollars and sense right away.  Judge Brisco was definitely giving of his time, remaining persistent on the day of mediation and in the days that followed.  Without exception, I would welcome using Judge Brisco as a mediator or arbitrator on any type of matter.”
      - Inland Empire Attorney
    • “He is that unique package of someone who is extremely bright, very compassionate, and a person who has a ton of patience. He is among the elite mediators – I would mediate every case with him if I could.”
      – Orange County Attorney
    • “I had the privilege and honor of trying a case before Judge Joe Brisco before he retired from the Bench and then had the privilege and honor of mediating a case with Judge Brisco at JAMS which resulted in a large seven figure settlement.  Judge Brisco was an excellent trial judge and is an excellent mediator.  I highly recommend him to all of my colleagues to use as a settlement judge. He will be fair and reasonable in his assessment of the case and resolute in achieving settlement. Judge Brisco is the “go-to” guy to settle your case, and your clients will respect him just as much as he treats them with respect and compassion while always being fair.”
      – Inland Empire Attorney




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