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Joe is a top-rated lawyer who negotiates and closes real estate and corporate deals. He advises entrepreneurs, operating companies and family entities about ongoing legal matters including complex land use projects. Joe's legal work is informed by practical business experience. He is the publisher of the Santa Barbara Independent, a regional newspaper and digital outlet. Joe was an executive officer of a regional investment company and managed sophisticated real estate entitlement, construction and leasing, venture capital investments, and a daily newspaper with broadcast and on-line assets. Joe was a Commissioner for Santa Barbara County's Montecito Planning Commission. Joe's business experience includes serving as a corporate director of Jordano’s, Inc. (food and beer distributor); The Santa Barbara Independent, Inc. (media); XO Communications, Inc. (publicly-traded telecommunications provider); ABC-Clio, Inc. (publishing); AssureSat, Inc. (satellite protection); Dow-Key MicroWave, Inc. (smart switch technology); Manzana MicroSystems, Inc. (storage technology) and Gedies Printing, Inc. (specialty printing). Joe's community work as a non-profit director includes the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (President), Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California (President), Montecito Educational Foundation (Co-President), Knowlwood Tennis Club (President), Squire Foundation (President), the Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation (Vice President), the Santa Barbara Zoo (Vice President), the Santa Barbara Symphony and SEE International. Joe earned degrees in journalism, finance and law, from Ventura College, the University of Southern California, and the University of California Hastings College of the Law. His offices are in Montecito and Santa Barbara, California.