Law Office of Joseph R. Kafka

Law Office of Joseph R. Kafka

Effective and timely legal services at a reasonable price

Firm Overview

Welcome to the website of the Law Offices of Joseph R. Kafka. My firm handles civil lawsuits primarily in the areas of collections, contract/business litigation, insurance and personal injury. I both prosecute and defend these matters. I represent local clients with their legal needs and also many out of state clients and attorneys who require local counsel. I have registered and collected many sister-state judgments.

I have been practicing law since 1979, first In my home state of Nebraska and in California since 1989. I have represented clients residing in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Washington, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and other states. My diverse clientele comes from all walks of life, but they all expect the same thing: a results-oriented attorney with the skills, experience and resources to get the job done for them.

The Law Offices of Joseph R. Kafka can help you with:
-Business litigation
-Civil litigation
-Business law
-Creditors rights
-Personal injury
-Automobile accidents
-Wrongful death
-Civil practice

Looking out for you :
I understand that people who ask for my help work hard for every dollar in their pockets. I make sure you know about costs upfront, so there are never any surprises. For very reasonable rates, my clients get quality representation from a lawyer who consistently provides workable and strategic solutions to their legal matters.

My novel:

"Lawyer for the Little Guy" is now available as an ebook at Trial is a month away and closing fast on young lawyer, Jake Beck. The scumbag who ripped off his client for one million dollars will get what's coming to him if Jake has anything to do about it. It's a tough case when your client is shy and sweet and your adversary is hard and mean. And he's a lawyer. And he's the brother of your client. Jake's first trial has him facing impossible odds and many obstacles. The underdog wins some of the time, right? His boss, the judge, and even his client have their doubts. It's not all legal work and no play when Jake falls for a brainy blonde and she introduces him to her "adopted" Greek family. She is an eco-minded Santa Cruz, California girl right down to her electric car and yoga classes. The Greeks enjoy life, laugh often, and cook up a storm. Jake embraces their love and support during the darkest times in his pursuit of justice for the little guy.

Main Office

Main Office
1541 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126







Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Fixed fees for bankruptcy

Hourly Rates

$250 per hour


Business litigation

Helping businesses and individuals successfully resolve disputes

When legal disputes disrupt your business or personal life, having a committed, knowledgeable attorney to zealously advocate on your behalf brings comfort and peace of mind. I represent California businesses, families and individuals in litigation, arbitration and mediation. I can help you with all types of general civil litigation in state and federal courts, including:
-Business litigation
-Breach of contract
-Property damage
-Personal injury claims
-Insurance claims
-Construction litigation
-Consumer litigation
-Products liability
-Product defects

Put a strong, determined litigator to work for you
I know your time is valuable. That is why I stress efficiency throughout the process of resolving your disputes. I offer my clients:

Individual attention When you retain the Law Offices of Joseph R. Kafka, you receive the care, time and attention you deserve.

A more cost-efficient model I constantly seek ways to cut your costs while maintaining the high level of legal services you expect and deserve.

Integrity I provide you with straightforward, honest answers to all of your questions and ensure you fully understand the litigation process and what to expect as your case moves forward. My clients rely on me to help them set realistic expectations.

A focus on success I always have your best interest in mind. If protracted litigation is the only solution to achieve the proper outcome, I am ready. If settling your case early on will achieve the best result, I take the time to explain why I believe it is in your best interest to settle instead of engaging in lengthy litigation.

Ready for trial:
I have the determination, tenacity and skill required to successfully litigate your case when litigation provides the best means of resolving your legal issues. My professional courtroom demeanor and meticulous preparation give me an edge as an assertive, strategic advocate.

Joseph R. Kafka

Law Office of Joseph R. Kafka


Mr. Kafka is BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for very high legal ability and the highest ethics.

Practice areas:
-Creditors rights
-Debtor and creditor
-Civil litigation

-Nebraska, 1979
-Iowa, 1982
-California, 1989

-University of Nebraska, J.D., 1979
-Wayne State College, B.S., 1976

Associations and memberships:
-Nebraska State Bar Association
-The State Bar of California

Representative cases:
-Perkins v. Howard, 232 Cal App.3d 708 (1991)
-Fed Saving and Loan Ins. Corp. v. Molinaro, 923 F.2d 736 (9th Cir. 1991)

Biographical details:
-Bar examination grader for the State Bar of California on the subjects of contracts, remedies, civil procedure and evidence, 2002-2006
-Board Member and Legal Counsel for Bay Area Adoption Services, a nonprofit, 2004-2006
-Treasurer for Almaden Oaks Community Center, a nonprofit, 2003-2006


University of Nebraska
Juris Doctorate, 1979