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CLS(CA) - Legal Malpractice; CLS(CA) - Civil Trial Advocacy; ABOTA member since 2007

Since 1981, I have practiced full time in California (some cases in Arizona) principally in the area of plaintiffs' professional negligence, having represented clients in legal malpractice, medical malpractice, and dental malpractice cases. I feel very fortunate to have been of service to so many people in search of justice for themselves and family members.

 Ours is a small firm who believes in the team approach to problem solving. In addition to me, Wolfe Legal Group consists of attorney Lann McIntyre, a 28-year lawyer well-versed in appellate law  and business litigation, also a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law; Deborah Hartsough, paralegal; Lisa Ferma, legal assistant, Dana D'Orazio, file clerk, and Loretta Rhea, our bookkeeper.


We have as our clients mainly individuals, families of injured persons, and small business owners who cannot afford to hire large law firms at astronomical rates. Despite our small size, we are efficient and extremely service oriented. Every team member is familiar with each and every client and their cases. We provide excellent and prompt client service --- something many large firms are simply unable to do.


We look forward to being able to assist you in your legal, medical, and dental malpractice matters.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    35 years



Hourly ($350-375/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Ms. Wolfe is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. Her commitment to her clients is unparalleled. Her experience in the field of civil litigation and trial work is extensive. She is smart and well-respected by her colleagues. She is knowledgeable and is considered an expert in the litigation of legal malpractice and ethics cases. She is also one of a small number of California lawyers to have received the designation of Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialization. I would not hesitate to hire Ms. Wolfe myself or to refer a good friend or colleague to her.


    Lilys Mccoy Antitrust & Trade Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Gregory Lance Cartwright

    Deb's excellent reputation in the legal community is well deserved. She's a top notch litigator and true warrior for her clients.


    Gregory Cartwright Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Wolfe Legal Group, PC

402 W. Broadway, Ste. 400
San Diego, CA, 92101


AZActive 198205/22/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Trial Lawyer of the YearCASD2005
Outstanding Trial LawyerConsumer Attorneys of San Diego2002
Top 10 Legal Malpractice Lawyers in California (Plaintiff)California Lawyer Magazine2002
Outstanding Trial LawyerConsumer Attorneys of San Diego2000
Trial Lawyer of the YearCASD1996
California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY)California Lawyer Magazine1996
Outstanding Trial LawyerConsumer Attorneys of San Diego1995
Outstanding Trial LawyerCASD1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor (Trial lawyering skills)University of San Diego School of Law2006 - Present
PrincipalWolfe Legal Group, PC2006 - Present
ShareholderNugent Weinman Abbene Alcock & Wolfe1996 - 2006
OwnerWolfe & McDonald1991 - 2005
OwnerLaw Office of Deborah A. Wolfe1989 - 1991
Associate, Principal, OwnerVarious small firms1981 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego County Bar AssociationLegal Ethics Committee2008 - 2008
ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates)N/A2007 - Present
CASDPast president1996 - 1996
Lawyers Club of San DiegoBoard member1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kathleen Hall v. Robert Mansueto, DDS$385,000 verdict for general and special damages
Killman v. BloomingdaleVerdict of $260,000, $100,000 in punitives
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Institute of Trial Advocacy(NITA)Instructor TrainingN/A2006
Trial Lawyers College (Gerry Spence)Trial skillsGraduate1999
Texas Christian UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of San Diego School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A