Joseph Spoerl

Joseph Spoerl

Senior Associate
Silicon Valley, San Francisco

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 650 463 4159 (Silicon Valley)

Fax +1 650 463 4199

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Joseph Spoerl is a commercial litigation associate with experience representing a diverse array of clients, including technology companies, life sciences firms, and major insurers in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Before joining the firm, Joseph worked as a litigation associate at a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C, representing LGBTQ+ clients in claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. He earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where he was active in the advocacy skills program and competed in the VIS International Moot Court Competition in Vienna, Austria. Additionally, he interned with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, and was a judicial extern for the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

At Hogan Lovells, Joseph co-chairs the NorCal Diversity and Inclusion Committee and maintains an active pro bono and public interest practice, having represented clients in cases involving LGBTQ+ discrimination, immigration, and constitutional law. Notably, he was part of our team representing a coalition of cities and counties as amicus curiae in USA v. Safehouse in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Education and admissions


J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2016

B.A., Florida State University, cum laude, 2013

Bar admissions and qualifications



District of Columbia

Court admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Representative experience

Representing an immigrant from Guatemala pro bono in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status proceedings in California state court.

Represented a major fashion retail brand in settlement of multi-jurisdiction breach of contract dispute.

Representing a coalition of cities and counties as amicus curiae opposing U.S. Department of Justice's attempt to block opening of opioid overdose prevention site in Philadelphia.

Counseled a large national corporation in trade secret misappropriation dispute involving alleged theft of millions of dollars of intellectual property.

Represented a global manufacturer in a contract dispute involving claims of tortious interference.

Representing a national insurer in a complex multi-plaintiff coverage dispute involving alleged loss of billions of dollars of property damage.

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