For more than 25 years, Joel Hugo Siegal have represented people who don’t always have the resources to take on litigation against the big powerful institutions of our society: big corporations, insurance companies and governments.
I have the experience, the brains, the chutzpa, the resource and the desire to fight on your behalf. I have represented people in many of California’s counties. I have spent my life in public service because I believe in it. I am passionate about it.
I am the youngest of four brothers born and raised in a predominantly Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. My late father David Siegal was an early organizer and subsequent president of the Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Union in New York City. This union recently merged with Textile and Garment Workers Union and is currently known as UNITE HERE.
In its heyday, the union represented restaurant workers in such famous New York establishments as Toots Shor’s Restaurant, Jack Dempsey’s Broadway Restaurant, Tavern on the Green, Maxwell’s Plum, and The Latin Quarter.
In 1973, I was awarded the prestigious New York State Regents Scholarship. After an undergraduate career that included academics, activism and athletics, I obtained a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.
Next, I enrolled in Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in New York City, a school particularly established to focus on real-world workplace issues. After obtaining certification from Cornell, I followed the lead of many in my generation by traveling and exploring the world.
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