I'm Joel Edelman, a Maui civil attorney with extensive experience. I also study, teach and practice mediation and counseling. My goal is to prevent or end your legal disputes in the most effective and satisfying way.
I have appeared twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, advised the LAPD on intelligence files and gangs, and been a prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. I was an adjunct law professor at USC and Loyola Law School, a research scientist for the RAND Corporation think tank, served as legal advisor for many public and private organizations and a Board member for Aloha House on Maui. I've been around and I know how to get things done.
I started visiting Maui in 1965 and moved here in 1996. Since then, I've been advising, counseling, mediating and representing Maui residents and visitors. I help clients think outside the box; taking the whole picture into account to arrive at satisfying solutions. I take pride in vigorously pursuing and achieving the best outcomes for my clients.
With over 44 years of experience as an attorney, there's a good chance that I've dealt with a situation similar to the one you're facing
About Joel Edelman, Attorney, Mediator & Counselor
1971 – 1974 – Western Center on Law and Poverty, Los Angeles. Directing Attorney on high impact cases; focused on education and criminal justice matters -- including bail reform, school desegregation, school finance reform, consumer and privacy matters.
As lead counsel in the U. S. Supreme Court on behalf of Mexican-American students, successfully opposed the Oxnard School Board’s request to reverse our success in the lower court -- thereby protecting a Federal District Court temporary desegregation order. Later, successfully tried the case before Judge Harry Pregerson and obtained a permanent desegregation judgment.
1974 – 1977 – Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Deputy City Attorney. Was personally recruited by newly elected City Attorney Burt Pines to direct an eleven-person Planning and Research Section that focused on justice system reform. Many Office and prosecution policies were studied and changed; a computer data processing and analysis system was put in place. For 1.5 years I was a prosecutor.
1977 – Present – Santa Monica, California
1996 – Present - Maui, Hawaii
Was the first full-time private mediator in southern California - - specializing in confidential mediation, group facilitation and in reducing conflict between people, conflict within an organization (business, government agency and non-profit) and conflict between organizations.
1977 – 1981 The Predecessor to Dispute Resolution Services (Los Angeles County Bar Association)
Organizer and founding Executive Director of this first publicly funded mediation, facilitation and conflict resolution program in California. A full-time staff of six, plus 150 volunteer mediators participated in this nationally recognized pilot project that began as the “Neighborhood Justice Center of Venice/Mar Vista” and has become the largest local mediation program in the U.S.
1982 – 1988 University of Southern California (USC), Adjunct Professor of Law. At the invitation of Dean Dorothy Nelson (later Justice Nelson), created and taught a course titled “Mediation Law”.
1972 – 1988 – Loyola Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law: At the initial invitation of Dean O’Brien, I eventually created and taught four new courses: Education Law, Computers and the Law, Mediation Law and Family Mediation - - all of which were the first courses of their kind in any California law school.
1983 – 2000 Vice President and co-owner of Professional Treatment, Inc. and Vice President and Board member of the 501(c)(3) Professional Treatment Foundation: An outpatient medical, counseling and rehabilitation program serving the daily needs of more than 300 opiate (heroin) addicts in Redwood City, California.
Marriage, Family & Child Counseling
1975 – Present – Limited solo (and joint) practice specializing in intense, short-term counseling that greatly improves intimate, interpersonal and work relationships.
1976-1986 California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners [chairperson for 3 years]
1986-1989 California Acupuncture Examining Committee
Years in Business
Joel Edelman Attorney, Mediator & Counselor has been in business for 40 years.
Joel is currently representing a family member and I find him responsive, sensitive and caring as well as knowledgeable. He gives me great peace of mind and would recommend him highly.