AV Rated Orange County Legal Malpractice Attorney

About Joel M. Pores

  • Admitted: 1976, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Law School: Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • College: Brooklyn College, B.A., Anthropology, cum laude, 1973

Joel M. Pores is an AV Rated Orange County Legal Malpractice Attorney with more than thirty six (36) years of experience, and for the last twenty two years (22) has been practicing exclusively in the area of “The Law Of Lawyers”. Mr. Pores handles problems that involve the Professional Responsibilities of Attorneys, with a focus on Attorney’s Negligence and Attorney’s Breach of Fiduciary Duties, referred to as Legal Malpractice. He represents the public as well as other lawyers in Disputes over Attorney’s Fees and assists both with issues involving a violation of an Attorney’s Legal Ethics. Whether it is an alleged failure to act competently, failure to communicate, a breach of confidentiality or of loyalty, failure to return files and property, abandonment, or a dispute over fees, Joel M. Pores has a wealth of experience and knowledge to personally help you with your problem in an effective and professional manner. This is not a Personal Injury firm that happens to handle a few malpractice cases. If you need to speak with an AV Rated Orange County Legal Malpractice Attorney who handles these cases as his Only Practice Area, please call us.

Joel M. Pores is active in the Orange County Bar Association and has served in a number of leadership capacities for that organization. Mr. Pores has acted as the Co-chair of Orange County Bar Association Client Relations Committee, which investigates complaints against Orange County attorneys for disciplinary purposes and referral to the State Bar, and currently oversees such investigations as a Vice-Chair of that committee. He is a current member of the Orange County Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Committee which provides Comments on Proposed Rules of Professional Conduct, Opinions on legal ethics, and is a frequent contributor to the “Ethically Speaking” column in the Orange County Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Pores has served on the Orange County Bar Association Community Outreach Committee, acting as first program chair of the Orangewood Children’s Home Outreach Program and has served as a Mentor to other lawyers as part of the Orange County Bar Association’s Mentoring Program.

  • Appointed to a three (3) year term as member of The State Bar Committee for Mandatory Fee Arbitration, which oversees local bar association programs, provides advisories, and comments on legislative proposals.
  • Lectured for the OCBA, CLE, Lorman Education, and State Bar Convention. Written a number of articles on the topics of Fees, Legal Malpractice and Ethics. A designated Expert in Legal Fee Disputes, Legal Ethics and Legal Malpractice matters.
  • Currently serving as a Sole Arbitrator and Panel Chair for the State Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration Programs.

Membership: Orange County Bar Association: Client Relations Committee: Investigator, Vice Chair, Co-Chair (1997-2000); Ethics and Professionalism Committee: current member, Chair of MCLE Seminar 2000; Community Outreach Committee: Mentoring Committee: Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee; Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Competition Coach, La Quinta H.S., 1998).

State Bar of California (Arbitrator and Member, Committee for Mandatory Fee Arbitration, 2006-present).


Author: “Client Relations, A Guide to Better Understanding,” (1996); Co-Author: OCBA Ethics Opinion “Fees Paid in Advance,” (1998); Orange County Lawyer Article “Client Relations” (1999); Author of OCBA Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Last Dash Seminar Handout, “How to Avoid the Seven Deadly Sins,” (1999); Co-author of “A Day in the Life of the Firm,” (2000); Co-Author of “Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy Planning,” State Bar Convention Seminar (2001); Co-Author, “Who Wants to Keep Their License? – It’s a Matter of Ethics” Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court (2002); Co-Author of Handout “Legal Ethics in Eminent Domain Practice” Continuing Legal Education (6/04); Author of Handout “The Seven Deadly Sins”, “Fees Paid in Advance” for Legal Ethics Seminar of Lorman Education (8/05)


    Speaker: “Malpractice” and “How to Avoid Burnout,” (11/98) at Belize seminar for OCBA Mandatory Continuing Legal Education; Whittier Law School Career Day on “Legal Malpractice” (11/98); “How to Avoid the Seven Deadly Sins,” OCBA Last Dash Seminar (1/99); “A Day in the Life of The Firm,” OCBA Last Dash Seminar(1/00); “Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy Planning” Peter M. Elliot Inn of Court and “Ethical Dilemmas in Bankruptcy Planning,” State Bar Convention (09/01); “Fees Paid in Advance,” and “How to Avoid the Seven Deadly Sins,” Lorman Education Seminar, 10/01; “Fees Paid in Advance,” CLE Seminar (01/04); “Ethical Issues in Eminent Domain Practice” Continuing Legal Education (6/04); “How To Avoid The Seven Deadly Sins” and “Fees Paid in Advance” for Lorman Education Seminar (8/05).


Articles for Ethically Speaking column of the Orange County Lawyer Magazine: “Proposed Changes to Trust Account Rules May Reduce Discipline But Create Traps” (7/2010), “Navigating the Seven C’s” (8/2011), “Proposed Changes to No Contact Rule Go Too Far” (9/2012).


  • Joel and his wife Stephanie live in Mission Viejo CA and have two adult boys, Justin and Noah. The family now includes two daughters in law, Jill and Gia, and a beautiful two year old grandson, Jacob Dylan Pores.
  • Joel’s office is at the Spectrum in Irvine CA and he may be reached by telephone at (949) 609-0300 or emailed at JPores@PoresLaw.Com.


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    The Law Offices of Joel M. Pores
    The Irvine Spectrum
    100 Spectrum Center Drive
    Suite 900
    Irvine, CA 92618
    Phone: (949) 609-0300
    Fax: (949) 609-0301
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