Joseph H. Low, IV

Joseph H. Low IV is a trial lawyer originally from Portsmouth, VA. After joining the United States Marine Corps in 1984 where he served for 8 years, he went on to earn his Bachelor and Masters of Science Degree in Bio-Physical Chemistry from the University of California where he won a research grant for his work designing drugs to treat cancer. He continued his education by attending McGeorge School of Law, followed by the renowned Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College -where he is now a Senior Instructor, Director of Staff and Curriculum, and also a Board Member.Joe has the experience of over 100 jury trials including Civil, Criminal, State, Federal and Military Court-Martials that have been conducted all over the world including Iraq, Germany, Japan and Kuwait. He is nationally known for his work representing serviceman, (Army Rangers, Navy Seals, Marines) accused of combat crimes. He has won more than $20,000,000 for injury victims and families over the past 10 years.

Mr. Low’s most notable combat crime cases include U.S. v Cpl. Magincalda, also known as the Pendleton 8 Capital Murder Case, U.S. v Sgt. Nelson and U.S. v Sgt. Acevedo.
U.S. v Cpl Magincalda involved 8 service members where six testified against Cpl Magincalda. Mr. Low represented Cpl Magincalda, who was found not guilty.


U.S. v Sgt. Nelson was a Marine Corps Combat Murder Case where the defendant had five videotaped confessions. As a result of Mr. Low’s strategic representation, Sgt. Nelson’s case was dismissed at trial.
U.S. v Sgt. Acevedo was also a Marine Corps Combat Murder Case that, due to Mr. Low’s representation, was dismissed after the Article 32 hearing and before trial.


In 2006, Mr. Low won a U.S. Supreme Court Case (U.S. v Gonzalez- Lopez 548 U.S. 140). Justice Scalia wrote the opinion for the majority (5-4), ruling that the erroneous deprivation of a defendant’s attorney of choice entitles him to a reversal of his conviction under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

In 2011, Mr. Low received a $6.5 million verdict in the case of Mongtale, et al v. Nadeau, et al. Plaintiffs were severely injured on their Alaskan vacation when the car they were driving was struck by a trailer that became unhitched to the motorhome driven by defendants. Defense offered the local attorney nothing prior to Mr. Low’s involvement. Upon coming into the case, Mr. Low took the defendant’s expert’s deposition and, a few hours after that deposition, defense counsel called and offered $6.5 million, the policy limits, to settle this case. Mr. Low’s expertise in getting the defendant’s expert to testify for us, the plaintiff, is invaluable.

The Orange County Sheriff ’s Department was ordered to pay $1.53 million in the matter of Mendoza v. Orange County Sheriff ’s Dept. where officers shot the plaintiff approximately 40 times with pepper-filled gun pellets inside the plaintiff ’s home.

In the matter of Shelby v. Sea River, Mr. Low represented the plaintiff with a verdict of $8,000,000 for toxicity due to chemical exposure aboard ship. It is believed to be the largest verdict for this cause of action.

Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department paid a $750,000 settlement in the matter of Mazon v. Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department. Mr. Mazon was in custody, accused of attempted murder, where he was placed in a cell and later committed suicide.

Most recently, Mr. Low was involved in the matter of Cervantes v. Caltrans with CZR where a $12 million settlement was reached only a few days before trial. Here, Mr. Low again used his expertise in getting the defendant’s expert to testify for the plaintiff and, only a few hours after Mr. Low took the defendant’s expert deposition, defense counsel called and raised the offer from $7.5 million to $12 million.

When asked his thoughts of Mr. Low, Gerry Spence says, “Mr. Low is, without a doubt, one of the GREAT TRIAL LAWYERS IN AMERICA. His dedication to his client, his insights into the law and his creative approach to trials are gifts that rarely congregate in the same lawyer.”

When not in the courtroom or teaching, Mr. Low enjoys bicycle racing and spending time with his black labs and newborn daughter.

You can contact Mr. Low by email at or his cell (949) 533-6969.