Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo PC
Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo PC

Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo PC

4 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:

601 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 1000 | South San Francisco | CA | 94080-7037

Phone: 650-589-1660 | Fax: 650-589-5062

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Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo PC Reviews

- Reviewed on December 06, 2018

Advice to law firm management: I appreciate the ability to take the lead on cases, along with the thoughtful guidance and mentorship from more experienced attorneys. Firm management does a great job providing a supportive environment that allows me to work productively, and everyone in the office gets along really well.

Pros: I really enjoy representing clients in permitting proceedings for all types of projects, which raise a variety of different issues (land use, air, public health, climate change, water, biological resources, energy, transportation, contamination). This experience allows me to develop my legal knowledge and expertise in many different environmental laws.

Cons: The firm is a great place to work for attorneys that want to enforce public health and environmental laws and maximize benefits to communities throughout the state.

Partners to Avoid and Why: I enjoy working with all the partners at the firm. They are knowledgeable and provide advice and perspective that helps me grow as an attorney. The partners are also very supportive of attorneys who want to take on more responsibility.

Favorite Things About this Firm: My favorite thing about the firm is researching and writing about land use, public health and environmental issues and laws in a variety of cases. I am fortunate that my work at this law firm is fulfilling, important and makes me happy.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on March 10, 2018

Advice to law firm management: Management has its work cut out for it, but there are a few good places to start. Foster more direct and honest communication between partners, associates, and staff. Carefully examine the policy behind the laws the firm seeks to enforce. Scrutinize legal documents with utmost attention, whether part of the firm's substantive work or administrative processes. Encourage independent thinking and questions. Self-evaluate formal and informal remarks made inside and outside the firm and assess the extent to which these remarks reflect the firm's stated mission and values. Compare treatment of employees to firm's mission. Develop a more integrated outlook on the firm's mission, human resources, and public messaging. In short: Think bigger and more creatively.

Pros: You can get some some help from the firm with obtaining/maintaining your professional certifications/licenses. Also, food and coffee are readily available. Experts with whom the firm works are knowledgeable, engaged, and friendly. Associates, junior partners, and staff are--for the most part--congenial.

Cons: Poor management, including deficient communication skills, questionable interpretations of relevant law and review of key documents, sloppiness in addressing human resource issues, ineptitude in controlling emotions, unwillingness to request feedback and take cues from outside the management circle (or even from within the management circle), HIGHLY questionable presentation of legal objectives inside and outside the firm, and shortsightedness in perceiving the larger policy implications of the firm's legal approach. In addition, some staff seem to deal with interpersonal issues in a passive-aggressive manner, not unlike children this reviewer knew in middle school.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Issues are more formidable here than any one partner. Instead, get paid and get your benefits until a better opportunity comes along, and then move out and up.

Favorite Things About this Firm: The experts hired by the firm. Currently, the firm also provides a good demonstration to young attorneys and staff of a place to be avoided in the legal field.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2014

Job type: Full time


Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo is a law firm providing a unique combination of experience in environmental, natural resources, energy, utility, land use, local government, building and construction and labor law. Since its founding in 1980, the firm has developed a reputation for providing its clients with the highest quality legal representation and advocacy. With offices in South San Francisco and Sacramento, ABJC represents labor organizations, trade associations, public agencies, environmental, consumer and community groups and other non-profit associations throughout California and the western states. The firm has a particular expertise in assessing the full scope of legal and regulatory issues associated with the permitting and approval of large scale industrial, electric utility, residential and commercial projects. ABJC attorneys regularly participate in permitting proceedings for major development projects across the state. The firm’s attorneys represent clients before federal and state administrative and regulatory agencies and before municipalities and other local governmental agencies. The firm also frequently participates in general rulemaking and regulatory proceedings as well as state and local legislative hearings. ABJC is known for its ability to fashion innovative and effective approaches to resolving disputes and achieving client objectives. The firm pioneered the representation of workers and labor organizations in the enforcement of public health and safety laws and in the environmental review of projects with significant environmental, worker and community impacts. Over the last thirty years, ABJC has developed a remarkable track record of success in advocating for sustainable development that avoids or mitigates environmental harm and public service impacts while maximizing community benefits.

Practice Areas

Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo PC practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Environmental
  • Land Use
  • Public Agency
  • Energy And Utility Law

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