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Joseph Soares



Joseph was born and raised on the family farm in Tulare, where he worked for a number of years before returning back to school.  Joseph received his Juris Doctorate in 2000 at Cal Northern School of Law and return to his hometown, where he was admitted to the practice of law with the State Bar of California and the Eastern District of California in the United States District Court in 2001.


Joseph began his legal career with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, gaining valuable courtroom and jury trial experience.  In 2002, he joined the firm of Horswill, Mederos & Dorman (the predecessor firm to Horswill, Mederos & Soares), where he became a partner in 2004.  Joseph makes his home in Tulare with his wife, Deanne and their daughter, Madasyn.  In the past, they have opened their home to Rotary exchange students, Pauli from Ecuador, Petch from Thailand, Mehmet from Turkey and Tanguy from Belgium.  Joseph continues to be an attorney coach for the Tulare Union High School Mock Trial, which he has done since 2004.  In his spare time he enjoys golfing and spending time with family.


Joseph has extensive experience in the courtroom, including jury and court trials, both in the civil and criminal arena.  Joseph has also appeared and successfully argued several cases before the Fifth District Court of Appeals. 


Joseph has also appeared before the United States District Court Eastern District and the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California, successfully representing creditors, in adversary proceedings, trials and confirmation hearings.


  • Business Formation and Transaction

  • Real Property Transaction and Litigation

  • Business and Corporate Litigation

  • Collections Matters

  • Labor Matters

  • Estate Planning

  • Criminal Matters


  • Tulare County Bar Association; Member and Board Member

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers; Member

  • Tulare City Historical Society; Past President

  • Tulare Angra deHeroismo Sister City Foundation; Secretary and Trustee

  • Tulare County Cabrillo Club; Member

  • Graduate of Leadership Tulare, Chamber of Commerce

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