Selected as one of San Diego's Super Lawyers for 2012, Richard Wirtz specializes in complex civil litigation through jury trials, arbitrations, settlement conferences and mediations, with focus across all aspects of business, employment, insurance and real estate law. Mr. Wirtz is active in state and federal court proceedings, representing businesses of all sizes, as well as entrepreneurs, executives and individuals. Additionally, based on his extensive litigation experience, he provides "general counsel" services for employment, business and real estate matters.
Mr. Wirtz has a respected legal presence and according to Martindale-Hubbell, maintains a "AV preeminent" peer and client rating. Above all, he is committed to seeing clients thrive by minimizing legal risks that can deter the primary focus and growth of businesses. Mr. Wirtz assists his clients in managing all business risks from contracts to negligence, employee to independent contractor, and owner to investor.
Mr. Wirtz continually uses his profession to advance community justice and enrichment. Prior to 1995, he opposed Fortune 500 Companies in high-profile, multi-million dollar, national class actions involving securities and consumer fraud, unfair trade practices and complex business issues. Mr. Wirtz also helped defend the United Farm Workers union against wrongful boycott charges in the final days of Cesar Chavez's life.
Beyond the courtroom and the conference room, Mr. Wirtz can also be found offering his professional insights as a legal expert on several local television and radio programs.
Mr. Wirtz received his law degree from the University of San Diego (J.D., 1987) and his undergraduate degree from Knox College (B.A., History, 1984).
Bar and Court Memberships:
The State Bar of California
The State Bar of New Mexico
State Bar of Hawaii, pro hac vice
State Bar of Arizona, pro hac vice
U.S. District Court of Arizona
U.S. District Court of California (Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts)
U.S. District Court of New Mexico
U.S. District Court of Nevada, pro hac vice
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Arizona, pro hac vice
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, pro hac vice
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, pro hac vice
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional and Community Affiliations:
San Diego Superior Court: Qualified Pro-Tem Judge and Mediator
Department of Fair Employment and Housing: Mediator
San Diego County Bar Association: Chairman, Labor and Employment Committee
Carmel Valley Bar Association: Member of the Executive Committee, Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee
Previous memberships with San Diego Inn of Court, San Diego Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles County Bar Association
University of San Diego School of Law, Law Clerk Externship Sponsor