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James Edward Switzer Jr

James Edward Switzer Jr

also known as Ed Switzer, J. Edward Switzer, Jr.

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Litigation

About Me

I am a "people's lawyer" representing folks who need an experience trial lawyer because they have been seriously injured through the carelessness of others or because they are in financial distress with creditors and their lawyers pursuing them. My law practice is focused on serious personal injury and wrongful death as well as bankruptcy law. I have extensive jury trial experience, including misdemeanor, felony, and civil jury trials. I have spent the last  30 years helping people all over Southern California. See a few examples of the kinds of cases I have previously handled in the "cases" section below.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1971

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 50%
    38 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    38 years, 250 cases
  3. Litigation: 10%
    38 years, 200 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    38 years, 40 cases
  5. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    38 years, 20 cases



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Aniko R. Hoover

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Switzer has the experience you need to get your bankruptcy done right the first time! A real asset to the AVVO family!


    Aniko Hoover DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joel Gary Selik

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Ed Switzer on several matters, including mutual clients in bankrutpcy. You will not find a finer lawyer. His decades of experience and his incredible knowledge of bankruptcy and other areas of the law cannot be matched, especially if you take into account his kindness and humanity. I wholeheartedly recomend Ed Switzer.


    Joel Selik Ethics & Professional Responsibility Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info


440 Civic Center Dr.
Vista, CA, 92084




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legion of MeritUSMC1998
Awarded Proclamation for Civic AchievementSan Diego County Board of Supervisors1994
Awarded Proclamation for Community ServiceCarlsbad City Council1994
Meritorious Service MedalUSMC1991

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
LawyerSwitzer Law Office1991 - Present
Elected School Board Member/PresidentCarlsbad Unified School District1981 - 1994
LawyerSwitzer & Jenkins, Attorneys at Law1977 - 1991
Judge AdvocateUnited States Marine Corps Reserve1968 - 1998


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2005 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
San Diego North County Bar AssociationMember; former director1977 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Wolfson v. Watts, 298 F.3d 1077 (9th Cir., 2002)my client won
In re Burson, 107 B.R. 285 (Bankr. S.D. CA 1989)my client won
Gonzales v. SmithMy client won. Judgment for $700,000

See all Legal Cases 


Publication NameTitleDate
Wake Forest Law School Law ReviewComments Editor1971


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers Collegetrial skillsEducation for lawyers who care about people2003
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor (cum laude)1971
Lenoir-Rhyne CollegeN/AAB1968

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
California Legal Assistance CourseMedical Malpractice & Personal Injury2004
California Legal Assistance CourseRepresenting the Consumer Bankruptcy Client2003