Biographies


JOSEPH C. KRACHT

Mr. Kracht received both his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and went on to attend Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he earned his J.D. degree in 2003. During law school, Mr. Kracht was a published member of the law review and interned for both the San Diego County Public Defender's Office and the San Diego Mayor's Office. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson, he joined Lawton Law Firm as an associate, where his practice focuses on complex civil litigation, writs and appeals.  Mr. Kracht has represented clients in first- and second-chair capacities in both State and federal trial courts, before the California Court of Appeal, the San Diego City Council, and in arbitrations and mediations. The subject matters of the litigation he has handled have included State and federal civil rights claims, patent litigation, partnership disputes, securities fraud, and wage and hour disputes, among others.

Prior to joining Lawton Law Firm, Mr. Kracht served as an Intelligence Specialist in the United States Navy.

EDUCATION

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA

J.D., Cum Laude, May 2003
Class Rank: 11 (of 111)
• Member, Law Review
• Research Assistant, National Media Shield Laws
• AmJur: Jurisprudence; Law & Psychology; Refugee & Asylum Law

Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA

Master of Arts, International Policy Studies, May 1998
Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, Magna Cum Laude, December 1997.
• Congressional Intern, California's 17th U.S. Congressional District
• Graduate Assistant, Center for Nonproliferation Studies

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Lawton Law Firm
• Associate, 2003 to Present
Trial and appellate work, including first- and second-chair trial experience.

Office of the Mayor of San Diego
• Intern, September 2001 to January 2002
Researched and drafted Mayor's correspondence to constituents.

Office of the Public Defender of San Diego County
• Summer Intern, June 2001 to August 2001
Interviewed and counseled criminal defendants in court prior to their arraignment.

Brooks/Cole Publishing
• Program Coordinator, July 1998 to July 2000

Project manager for company's editorial and marketing databases.

United States Navy
• Intelligence Specialist, January 1992 to November 1995

Analyzed and produced targeting materials for use in naval aviation operations. Briefed aircrews prior to missions in classified environment.

RECOGNITION

Honoring San Diego's promising Young Attorneys (Young Attorneys, Supplement to The Daily Transcript, November 26, 2008)

MEMBERSHIPS AND ADMISSIONS

Member, Board of Directors, Veterans’ Bar Association, 2009-Present

Mr. Kracht is admitted to practice before U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

All U.S. District Courts in California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

PUBLICATIONS

• “It Will Take More Than An Order” (Fall 2002) 25 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 247

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