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Allan J. Joseph

2002 - 2005

Allan Joseph, a partner in the San Francisco law firm Rogers, Joseph, O'Donnell & Quinn, is treasurer of the American Bar Association. Joseph has held that position since August 2002.

For the past 35 years, Joseph has represented prime and subcontractors engaged in government and commercial contract disputes. A high percentage of his cases have involved complex accounting and financial issues.

Joseph served as chair of the ABA Board of Governors' Finance Committee in 1997-1998, organizing and leading the effort to address a substantial deficit projected for later years. As a result of hard work on the part of many members of the board and staff, the 1998-1999 budget was adopted at $4 million below the projected amount for that year and $1 million below the budget for the previous year. Joseph also played a major role in reorganizing the ABA's financial and membership reports to provide more understandable and meaningful information.

An active member of the ABA, Joseph has served as chair of the Section of Public Contract Law, and was one of the co-founders of the Section Officers' Conference. He was a member of the Public Contract Section Council from 1971-1974 and was the section's delegate to the House of Delegates from 1980-1984. Joseph has long been a member of the sections of Litigation and Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and the Senior Lawyers Division.

Joseph served on the board of the American Bar Retirement Association from 1984-1992. He was chair of the Investment Committee from 1987-1989 and was ABRA President from 1989-1990. He also chaired the Negotiations Steering Committee that secured ABRA's first competitive contract for plan administration and investment services. Joseph has served on the board of the ABA Museum of Law and the ABA Task Force on Cost Allocation. He currently serves on the Standing Committee on Professionalism, is a member of the Center for Professional Responsibility, and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Joseph graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1962. After law school, he served as a captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1962-1965.