Joseph M. Breall is a founding partner of BREALL & BREALL, LLP. Mr. Breall has extensive courtroom experience successfully championing his clients’ cases from pre-trial hearings through trial verdicts and judgments. Mr. Breall has over twenty years of experience in complex civil litigation and criminal defense. The majority of Mr. Breall’s civil practice involves disputes over multi-million dollar claims.
Mr. Breall’s case actions and settlements have been featured in articles in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Business Times, the Ming Pao Daily News, and The Recorder regarding a wide spectrum of subjects such as Anti-SLAPP suits, ADA rights, City planning issues, wrongful Ellis Act evictions, and first Amendments Rights for religious minorities.
Mr. Breall has also spent extensive time working on pro-bono cases, including dog owners’ rights to secure an off-leash policy at the Fort Funston National Park; and the right to allow the Falun Gong admittance to the annual San Francisco Chinese New Year Street Fair. Mr. Breall also has represented numerous arts organizations including S.F. Cameraworks.
Mr. Breall is a graduate of University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Art History and is a graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is a former senior attorney at Bronson, Bronson, & McKinnon. He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California. Mr. Breall is also a black belt in Ensin Karate.
Sophie A. Breall is a founding partner of BREALL & BREALL, LLP. Ms. Breall has over 25 years experience in Workers’ Compensation and employment law throughout Northern California. She has successfully litigated cases through both the Workers‘ Compensation system and the trial courts, and negotiated settlements in FEHA cases. She has argued many cases on behalf of clients at the Labor Commission in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. She has represented clients who work in many different professions from fire fighters to laborers to executives. Ms. Breall has had success with cases all the way up to the California Court of Appeal.
Ms. Breall has been chosen as a “Woman of Excellence” with the National Association of Professional & Executive Women and is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.
Ms. Breall has lectured throughout the state on Workers’ Compensation and employment issues, including new changes to Workers’ Compensation laws and how best to resolve disputes early and successfully.
Ms. Breall is a graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law. She has over six years of experience working as house counsel for CIGA Insurance and CNA Insurance and was a Deputy City Attorney in the City and County of San Francisco.
“Sophie Breall is excellent. Not only did she help our client in his W.C. setting after a Kaiser Occupational Therapy doctor declared him “cured,” which he was not, she also helped us navigate a series of issues related to the WC lien when resolving the third party claim. Sophie and her office are exceptionally accessible and responsive.”
– Ross Libenson, Libenson Law
Jill Diamond works as a contract lawyer for Breall & Breall, LLP. Her prior experience was as an associate at the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sucliffe, LLP where she worked on securities litigation cases, consumer class actions, and antitrust matters. Ms. Diamond has done extensive pro bono work in the areas of immigration, animal rights, international corporate accountability and wrongful criminal convictions. She graduated from Cornell Law School in 2008 where she was an Associate Editor for Cornell’s Legal Information Institute Supreme Court Bulletin and President of Cornell Advocates for Human Rights. Ms. Diamond also received a Master’s degree in public health from San Jose State University and a B.A. in English from Colby College.
Christina Nguyen is an associate with Breall & Breall, LLP, and has been with the firm since 2008. Her practice includes a broad range of civil litigation matters. Ms. Nguyen earned a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University in 2008, where she graduated cum laude and was the managing editor of the campus newspaper. She earned her J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law in 2015, where she earned three CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Advanced Constitutional Law, First Amendment and Free Speech, and Sexuality Law, and was a research assistant to Professor Julie A. Nice. Ms. Nguyen was a recipient of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association's Trial Advocacy Fellowship in 2014. She is also the author of Death as Liberty, 49 U.S.F. L. REV. 387 (2015). Ms. Nguyen was admitted to the California bar in December 2015.
“My case went so smooth. I was injured at the beginning of 2016 and the case settled at the end of 2016 thanks to Sophie Breall and her co-workers at Breall and Breall.”
– Jack R.