W. Joseph Truce, “Joe” to his friends, joined Kegel, Tobin & Truce in 1973, becoming a shareholder in 1976. Joe has dedicated his career to defending workers’ compensation matters before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board on behalf of a variety of clients such as self-insured employers, insurance companies and public entities, which include cities and counties. He also handles Labor Code Section 132a and Serious & Willful matters on behalf of employer clients.
Since 1991, Joe has been the law firm’s managing partner.
Experience: Mr. Truce’s prior experience before discovering his real passion includes brief stints as a casualty adjuster at Crum & Forster, GAB and Metropolitan Life Insurance.
Far from your average attorney, Joe has two considerable talents outside of appearing before the Board. He speaks in the workers’ compensation community on various topics such as Utilization Review and underutilized defense strategies. He is also the creator of “George the Bartender” a quasi-fictional memo started in 2005 which helps explain the latest changes to workers’ compensation law in the State of California.
Education: Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Washington in 1966. He obtained his law degree from Golden Gate College of Law in 1970.
Bar Admissions: California, 1971
Honors, Awards, Memberships:
Recognized as a BestLawyer® in America from 1996-2011.
Recognized by Super Lawyers® as an outstanding Southern California lawyer in 2006 and from 2008-2011.