Joseph Kagan’s business litigation practice centers on product liability, insurance, personal injury, transportation, professional liability, and business disputes.

Mr. Kagan handles civil disputes from their inception through trial.

Mr. Kagan represents individuals, local companies, and large corporations in state and federal courts, and has prepared, argued, and won a number of key demurrers and summary judgment motions on behalf of his clients. Mr. Kagan has also successfully defended cases brought against product manufacturers, transportation companies, and premises owners, restaurants, and hotels/resorts.

Mr. Kagan was a law clerk at HFM while in law school, became a post-bar law clerk at HFM after sitting for the bar exam. Upon successful bar passage, Mr. Kagan was promoted to an Associate Attorney. As a post-bar law clerk at HFM, Mr. Kagan provided litigation support in a four-week traumatic brain injury trial. Prior to his time with HFM, in law school Mr. Kagan served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Jan M. Adler (ret.), Presiding Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern of California. He also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Richard E.L. Strauss in the San Diego Superior Court.

Mr. Kagan was selected to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America© “Ones to Watch” list, recognizing lawyers who have been in private practice between five and ten years.  This award highlights the most promising younger lawyers in the country.

Mr. Kagan is actively involved with his law school, California Western School of Law, serving on the school’s Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Mr. Kagan also serves as a mentor to new 1L students each year.

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" (2021)
  • Academic Excellence Award, Alternative Dispute Resolution, California Western School of Law


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego, Leadership Development Committee
  • California Western School of Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • American Inns of Court, William B. Enright Chapter