JOE ALIOTO has advocated for small businesses, consumers, individuals, and victims of crime for over two decades. He is a veteran trial lawyer with an excellent record, having won ten trials, including eight federal cases tried to juries. He has appeared in the federal courts over 500 times and examined hundreds of witnesses at trial, before grand juries, and in evidentiary hearings.
Joe has been counsel of record on complex antitrust cases before the California Supreme Court and the Second, Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. In 2010, Joe was named Attorney of the Year for Antitrust Law for his winning appeal before the California Supreme Court on behalf of a group of independent pharmacies against the major pharmaceutical companies, resulting in one of the most cited appellate decisions in California antitrust law over the past two decades. He has prosecuted price fixing, monopoly, and anticompetitive mergers against some of the largest corporations in the world, including Big Pharma, credit card banks, multinational beverage conglomerates, airlines, railroads, and others.
Joe is also a decorated former federal prosecutor with over seven years’ experience prosecuting organized crime and leading teams in complex investigations. In 2018, the U.S. Attorney General selected Joe to receive a Director’s Award for his superior performance as the lead counsel in a four-month racketeering and murder trial against the leaders of a national criminal organization.
Before starting his own law practice in 2020, Joe was a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, where he represented whistleblowers, antitrust plaintiffs, and small and medium-sized firms in complex business disputes. He earned his JD and MBA from the University of California Berkeley School of Law and Haas School of Business and graduated from Georgetown University with honors.
Joe is a native of San Francisco. He maintains an active pro bono practice volunteering his services for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. In 2020, Joe was appointed by Governor Newsom to the board of California’s State Coastal Conservancy, dedicated to protecting and conserving California’s coastline.