Joe Yelda’s practice focuses on transportation and business litigation.

Mr. Yelda brings a wealth of experience to his practice, having successfully represented various insurance companies in underinsured motorist/uninsured motorist claims, represented major rideshare companies in personal injury defense matters, and represented trucking companies in similar cases. Mr. Yelda’s expertise also extends to the arena of business litigation, where he has adeptly represented both individuals and businesses in various complex disputes, showcasing a nuanced understanding of diverse legal landscapes.

His litigation experience encompasses a spectrum of skills, from proficiently managing complex discovery and conducting depositions to drafting and arguing motions. Mr. Yelda excels in settlement negotiations and mediation.  Through his litigation experience, Mr. Yelda has successfully defended his clients and consistently obtained numerous favorable verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Beyond his professional achievements, Mr. Yelda is committed to pro bono work, dedicating his time and expertise to serving underserved communities and advocating for those in need of legal assistance.

Mr. Yelda earned his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law and earned his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. During his time in law school, Mr. Yelda held esteemed law clerk positions at distinguished entities and firms, including the San Diego Public Defender’s Office, California Innocence Project, and Liberty Mutual Insurance. These experiences instilled a deep understanding of diverse legal landscapes.

Mr. Yelda, a proud San Diego native, takes great pride in his roots and maintains a deep connection to his community. Fluent in Aramaic (Chaldean), he brings cultural sensitivity and insight to his practice, enriching his ability to connect with and effectively serve a diverse clientele.




  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers