Joseph J. Ybarra is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.
Mr. Ybarra’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on representing policyholders in insurance coverage litigation. In addition, Mr. Ybarra has significant experience in defending professional malpractice claims and toxic tort litigation.
Mr. Ybarra also maintains an active pro bono practice. He recently served as lead trial counsel in a precedent-setting challenge to a gang injunction implemented by the Orange County District Attorneys' office. Mr. Ybarra's clients secured a judgment that the injunction violated their procedural due process rights under both the U.S. and California constitutions.
Mr. Ybarra is very active in the legal community. He served as the national co-chair of the American Bar Association's Judicial Internship Opportunity Program for the 2011-2012 year and was selected as a Fellow in the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity's inaugural Fellows program.
In addition to his work in the legal community, Mr. Ybarra is active on the firm’s diversity committee and serves on the board of directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation and Homeboy Industries, one of the largest gang intervention and rehabilitation organizations in the country. Mr. Ybarra previously served on the board of directors for the Mexican American Bar Foundation, which raises money for scholarships for Latinos attending Los Angeles-area law schools.
Prior to joining Munger Tolles in 2002, Mr. Ybarra obtained his law degree from the USC Gould School of Law, where he was a member of the Southern California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Thereafter, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Howard Matz of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
Mr. Ybarra is a native of Los Angeles.
Alleged gang members, against the Orange County District Attorney’s office (OCDA) and Orange Police Department (OPD) who sought a civil injunction against these members, alleging they were agents of a criminal street gang. In this landmark case, the judge found that the OCDA and OPD violated the individuals’ right to procedural due process.
An insurance company, in litigation against errors and omissions insurance.
An international oil company, in a series of related international arbitrations, resulting in combined recoveries of more than $285 million for alleged environmental liabilities.