Joe Tursi

Joseph W. Tursi, a San Francisco Bay Area native, attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory before graduating from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2014.

As a law student, Mr. Tursi served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review overseeing the publication of Volume 54 in which he also published a comment. He was active in Honors Moot Court throughout law school both as a competitor and board member. During his third year, Mr. Tursi was an extern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he helped defend the United States in civil matters. He joined Phillips Spallas & Angstadt in 2015.

Mr. Tursi is a member of the American and San Francisco Bar Associations. In addition to the State of California and District Columbia, Mr. Tursi is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Ninth, Tenth, Federal, and District of Columbia Circuits. Mr. Tursi also serves as a First Lieutenant in the California Army National Guard with an assignment to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.


  • Senior Managing Editor, Santa Clara Law Review, 2013-2014
  • Competitor, New York City Bar National Moot Court Competition, 2013
  • Semi-Finalist, Santa Clara University Honors Moot Court Internal, 2013
  • Board Member, Santa Clara University Honors Moot Court, 2013
  • Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Federal Indian Law, 2013
  • Associate, Santa Clara Law Review, 2012-2013
  • Associate, Santa Clara Journal of International Law, 2012-2013
  • Semi-Finalist, Santa Clara University Galloway Criminal Moot Court Competition, 2012


  • The Reporter’s Privilege in the 21st Century: The Need for a Qualified Federal Shield Law That Balances Freedom of Speech with National Security Concerns, 54 Santa Clara L. Rev. 201 (2014)