Joseph Spoerl | Silicon Valley | Hogan Lovells

Joseph Spoerl

Senior Associate Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Spoerl Joseph

Joseph Spoerl
Spoerl Joseph
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An experienced litigator, Joseph Spoerl represents a diverse array of clients, including technology companies, life sciences firms, and global manufacturers in state and federal trial and appellate courts from inception to resolution.

Joseph has a track record of success at all stages of civil litigation and agency inquiry - whether coordinating incident response, leading highly sensitive internal investigations, or briefing dispositive motions. Joseph has deep experience litigating large-scale consumer class actions and multijurisdictional suits regarding misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract, as well as enforcement of arbitration agreements, and responding to investigatory demands related to data privacy and cybersecurity.  

In addition to litigating these matters, 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. Supreme Court.

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.

Representative experience

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

Advised a global entertainment conglomerate on force majeure related contract provisions in relation to 150 million dollar music and arts festival.

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

Representing two global technology companies in FTC privacy-related investigations.

Obtained favorable outcome for company in trade secret misappropriation dispute involving alleged theft of millions of dollars of intellectual property.

Represented 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.

Managed internal investigation for Fortune 500 global company involving potential Foreign Corrupt Practices violations. 


  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2016
  • B.A., Florida State University, cum laude, 2013
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • California
  • Maryland
  • 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