Joseph B. Muller

Of Counsel

TEL: (916) 978-3434 Ext. 134
FAX: (916) 978-3430


Southern Methodist University (B.A. 1979)
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (J.D., Cum Laude 1982)
Werner Institute, Creighton University (Graduate Certificate 2014)


State Bar of California

State Bar of Nebraska

U.S. District Court:

  • Eastern District of California
  • District of Nebraska

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States


Joe Muller is a recent addition to the Matheny Sears team. He is a trial attorney and appellate advocate with over 35 years of experience. He adds a wealth of knowledge and experience to help clients successfully resolve their disputes through litigation or settlement. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts. In addition to his trial experience, Joe has argued numerous cases before state and federal appellate courts. As a California lawyer Joe has worked on contract, real estate, insurance defense, and malpractice cases. Before moving to California Joe practiced law in Omaha, Nebraska. He was involved in a wide variety of matters including professional malpractice, personal injury, products liability, construction site injuries, and admiralty law. He has also pursued education at the graduate level in negotiation and dispute resolution.


Joe has prepared and tried cases of various types and complexity. He knows that a realistic evaluation of the case is the key to ultimate success. While a thorough investigation is required, even the most complex cases often hinge on a handful of issues. Identifying and focusing on those outcome determinative issues is the key to developing a focused strategy that is efficient and effective. A litigant must also realistically evaluate its position at every step of the process, and adapt to changing facts and circumstances. Litigation is risky, and the outcome is never certain. In order to control risk and expenses, attempts at reaching a reasonable settlement should always be considered. Joe follows the adage that the best way to settle a case is to prepare for trial. Being ready and willing to go to trial allows the client to negotiate from a position of strength, and encourages the other side to realistically evaluate its position.


American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

“AV”, Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell


State Bar of California

Sacramento County Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar Association

State Bar of Texas (Inactive)