Nearly A Century Of Combined Experience Efficient and Effective Strategies to Resolve Transactional Matters and Legal Disputes
Joseph H. Fagundes, Partner
Joseph H. Fagundes

Joseph H. Fagundes


Location: Stockton, California
Fax: 209-870-7922
Email: Email Me

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Practice
  • Eminent Domain
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1980


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1980
    • Honors: Moot Court Honors, 1979
    • Law Review: Associate Editor, Pacific Law Journal, 1979 - 1980

Published Works

  • Intentional Employer Torts and Workers' Compensation: A Legal Morass 11 Pacific Law Journal 187, 1979

Appellate Experience:

In excess of 100 appellate matters with over half as lead counsel, including medical negligence, inverse condemnation, wrongful termination, personal injury, water rights, real property, wrongful death, civil procedure, eminent domain and evidence issues with the following published decisions:

  • Turlock Irrigation District v. Zanker (2006) 140 Cal.App. 4th  1047
  • Armijo v. Miles (2005) 127 Cal.App. 4th 1405
  • Friedman v. Norcal (2004) 120 Cal.App. 4th 17
  • City of Ripon v. Sweetin (2002) 100 Cal.App. 4th 887
  • Zwicker v. Altamont (2002) 98 Cal.App. 4th 26
  • Heller v. Norcal Mutual Ins. Co. (1994) 8 Cal.4th 30
  • Carpenters Health and Welfare Trust Fund for California v. Bla-Delco Const., Inc. (1993) 8 F.3d 1365
  • Belair v. Riverside County Flood Control Dist. (1988) 47 Cal.3d 550
  • Elston v. City of Turlock (1985) 38 Cal.3d 227
  • Andalon v. Superior Court (1984) 162 Cal.App.3d 600

Honors and Awards

  • Traynor Honor Society Member
  • Stauffer Research Fellow

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Joaquin County Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1989, President Elect, 1991
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Association of Defense, Counsel


  • I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with Joe Fagundes on District matters for the last several years. Joe always provides excellent advice and guidance on the matters he works on for the District, and has delivered consistently successful results. Joe is a very seasoned and well respected attorney, and I am glad he is part of our District’s legal team. I would recommend Joe’s services to others without hesitation.

    Phillip M. McMurray General Counsel, Merced Irrigation District
  • I’ve had the privilege of working with Malm, Fagundes LLC representing my employer for more than 20 years. Joe Fagundes in particular has repeatedly demonstrated what matters most: results. His candid demeanor, his attentiveness to his clients, his ability to truly listen and work with a variety of staff at all levels, and his understanding of our particular needs make experiencing success that much better!

    Brian L. LaFollette Turlock Irrigation District
  • Opening a franchise was a new experience for me, my past life was all technology based companies in Silicon Valley working for large Fortune 500 companies. This was different, it was now my money to spend or protect. All of the nuances and permit requirements was also new to me. I received what they call an FDD from Nothing Bundt Cakes corporate office, and it was 255 pages of legal “mumbo jumbo”. I certainly understood most of it because I negotiated a lot of contracts in my past, again the difference is it is now my money. A friend of mine had referred me to Joe, so that’s who I called. Joe was awesome, professional, and candid, and I like candid. In the end, Joe read the FDD, gave me his opinion and possible areas of concern(which I couldn’t do anything about anyway), filed all of the appropriate permits, business license documents, and most importantly set up our LLC. Needless to say, Joe launched our business and we have had incredible success, and it all started with him guiding us through each step.

    Mike Robinson Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • I couldn’t be more pleased with the excellent advice and guidance Joseph Fagundes was able to provide Financial Center as we sought out and purchased a property for our most recent branch. We always turn to him for assistance with all of our large real estate transactions and will continue to do so in the future. When it comes to such a large purchase, it’s important that we do right by our cooperative by having a top-rate professional help navigate us through the process, and Joseph is exactly that. He is a true partner and expert when it comes to real estate law.

    Michael P. Duffy President/CEO Financial Center Credit Union
  • Joe did a terrific job representing my family with not one but two eminent domain cases involving our ranch. His reputation regarding eminent domain is well known in San Joaquin County. It makes a difference when you walk into a conference room to negotiate, and they see Joe by your side. He shows patience educating his client about the condemnation process. We had two very successful outcomes. I also hear he is a fairly decent baseball coach.

    Mike B.

  Our Office Location

Malm Fagundes LLP
2351 W. March Lane
Suite A
Stockton, CA 95207

Phone: 209-870-7900
Fax: 209-870-7922


Peer Review
State Bar of California
San Joaquin County Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
Super Lawyers