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Joseph Cheung is a partner at McCune & Harber and has been with the firm since 2005. At McCune & Harber, he practices primarily in the area of public entity defense, with an emphasis on law and motion matters. His motions have resulted in numerous decisions exculpating his clients in student supervision, molestation, premises liability and constitutional law cases. He has presented winning arguments before the California Court of Appeal, and successfully resolved cases at mediation on behalf of over 20 school districts and municipalities. In 2010, Pasadena Magazine named Mr. Cheung a “Top Attorney.”  In 2011 through 2014, Mr. Cheung was named as one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars,” an award only 2.5 percent of lawyers in Southern California receive.

Illustrative Professional Experience

  • Named a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine and Rising Stars Magazine in 2011 through 2014.

  • Named “Top Attorney” by Pasadena Magazine (2010 through 2012).

  • Obtained dismissals through demurrers and motions for summary judgment for city, school district and private entity clients in student molestation, student supervision, campus assault, premises liability and free speech cases.

  • Various pro bono cases as a student attorney for indigent clients in unemployment compensation, social security benefits, and housing cases.

  • Exclusive internships with the U.S. District Attorney’s Office and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, Massachusetts.


C.A. v. William S. Hart Union High School District (2010) 189 Cal.App.4th 1166

Education and Admissions 

Juris Doctor Degree, Boston University School of Law (2005) Editor, American Journal of Law and Medicine Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley (2001)

U.C. Berkeley Alumni Leadership Scholar (1997-2001)

Admitted to the United States District Court, Central District of California

Joseph W. Cheung, Esq.


(213) 689-2500

Legal Secretary

Laura Paul

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