Hamilton Arendsen is one of the founding partners of Arendsen Braddock LLP.
Mr. Arendsen founded the firm after a distinguished career with the Justice Department, having served as a Deputy Chief in the Trial Section of the United States Attorney’s Office here in San Diego. In addition to trying his own cases, Mr. Arendsen supervised a team of prosecutors and received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for his work prosecuting violent crime and drug trafficking cases. An experienced trial lawyer with over 30 jury trials to his credit, Mr. Arendsen now puts his advocacy skills to work representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries and their families. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, a nationally-recognized Super Lawyer and Lawyer of Distinction, and received the Outstanding Trial Lawyer award. He also has a perfect 10 rating on Avvo, the nation’s leading attorney review website, and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Mr. Arendsen grew up in Wisconsin and then attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science in 1997, earning honors from Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key National Honor Society. Mr. Arendsen then attended the University of Illinois College of Law, where he served on the Law Review, the board of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and provided free legal services to victims of domestic abuse and low-income families through the school’s clinic. In 2000, Mr. Arendsen graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, and then began a clerkship with the Honorable Henry A. Politz on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
After his clerkship, Mr. Arendsen joined the nationally renowned law firm of Gibson Dunn as a litigation associate in their San Francisco office. While at Gibson, Mr. Arendsen focused on high profile antitrust cases, securities fraud, and other areas of complex litigation. He also dedicated a portion of his practice to pro bono projects, earning the Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award from the San Francisco Bar Association. Mr. Arendsen left Gibson in 2004 to join the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego, where he took numerous difficult cases to trial and earned a reputation as a tenacious courtroom advocate. In 2007, Mr. Arendsen returned to Wisconsin for two years, supplementing his civil litigation and white-collar experience while working at Godfrey & Kahn in Madison.
Mr. Arendsen then returned to the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego in 2009, where he became a Deputy Chief in the Trial Section of the office. In addition to trying his own cases, Mr. Arendsen supervised a team of prosecutors. He also received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition and the Police Department Meritorious Unit Citation for his work prosecuting violent crime and drug trafficking cases.
In 2012, Mr. Arendsen left government service to hone his civil trial skills at Gomez Trial Attorneys. While working with the Gomez firm, Mr. Arendsen built a reputation as a compassionate, zealous, and trusted advocate for his clients. His successes included helping secure a $5,000,000 settlement in a federal wrongful death case and obtaining a million dollar judgment after a jury trial for a well-deserving client who suffered a significant ankle fracture after being struck by a car in downtown San Diego.
Mr. Arendsen then went on to secure numerous multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients while working as partner with Arendsen Cane Molnar LLP before founding Arendsen Braddock LLP.
In addition to helping his clients in the courtroom, Mr. Arendsen continues to focus on public service. He currently serves on the Board of Second Chance, an organization dedicated to providing job training and life skills to disadvantaged youth and individuals coming out of custody. Mr. Arendsen also enjoys presenting at local grade schools for Constitution Day, working with law school moot court teams, and participating in community outreach programs put on by the Federal District Court and other organizations. He is an active member of the Lawyer’s Club and the Federal Bar Association and enjoys emceeing various events for the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, as well as teaching trial advocacy courses at local law schools.
Admissions – California, 2001 • Wisconsin, 2008
Education – University of Illinois College of Law, Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude, 2000
Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, 1997
Professional Associations – California State Bar Association • San Diego County Bar Association • North County Bar Association • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego • Consumer Attorneys of California • Lawyers Club of San Diego • Federal Bar Association
Joshua Braddock is one of the founding partners of Arendsen Braddock LLP.
He is an experienced trial attorney in both State and Federal Courts throughout San Diego county and across the nation. Joshua focuses his practice on helping individuals who have suffered life-changing personal injury, and families who have lost their loved ones. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the Nation’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, and a nationally recognized Super Lawyer, Rising Star, and Lawyer of Distinction. He also has a perfect 10 rating on Avvo, the nation’s leading attorney review website, which has also name Joshua as a multi-year recipient of the Client’s Choice award. Finally, Joshua is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor reserved only for attorneys achieving seven and eight figure awards for their clients.
Joshua grew up in Florida where he attended Florida State University. He graduated summa cum laude in 2005, earning honors from the Golden Key National Honor Society. Mr. Braddock then attended the California Western School of Law in San Diego, where he studied trial advocacy, and volunteered for the California Innocence Project.
Professional Associations – California State Bar Association • San Diego County Bar Association • North County Bar Association • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego • Consumer Attorneys of California
Alicia Covill is a civil litigation paralegal. For over 30 years, she has worked exclusively with attorneys who represent plaintiffs in personal injury, employment actions, medical malpractice, class actions, and civil rights actions.
Ms. Covill received her Bachelor’s Degree from UC San Diego, and her paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego.
In her free time, Ms. Covill will be found running and hiking in the back country, riding her bike, or camping with her husband.