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Sean Michael Foldenauer

Sean Michael Foldenauer

also known as Sean Foldenauer, Sean M. Foldenauer

Practice areas:

Lawsuits & Disputes, Personal Injury

About Me

Sean M. Foldenauer is a highly-regarded civil litigation and trial attorney. He is the founding attorney of Foldenauer Law Group, APLC, located in San Diego, California. The firm's practice is devoted 100% to litigation and resolution of business disputes, personal injury and wrongful/accidental death cases. For over 17 years, Mr. Foldenauer has successfully represented accident victims and small to medium sized business owners in state and federal court.


On June 30, 2014, the San Diego Business Journal named Mr. Foldenauer to its inaugural "Best of the Bar 2014" list. The list recognizes top San Diego attorneys in private practice as selected by their peers. Mr. Foldenauer was chosen as one of “the most outstanding in San Diego” among more than 650 attorneys who received votes. He is featured in a special supplement issue. 


Mr. Foldenauer is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Association of Business Trial Attorneys, and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He has been licensed to practice law since 1997 and has been a frequent invited guest speaker on the practice of civil litigation at Thomas Jefferson and California Western schools of law.

Mr. Foldenauer received his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, at Northridge (cum laude, 1993) and Law Degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, (cum laude, 1996), where he was Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego Justice Journal (Law Review) and recipient of many academic awards.

On a personal note, Mr. Foldenauer is an accomplished musician and graduate of the Grove School of Music, in Los Angeles. He and his wife keep busy raising three young children.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    19 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 50%
    19 years



Hourly ($195-375/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

18 total 

  • Jennifer Lynn Martinez

    I endorse this lawyer. Sean is a strong advocate for his clients and I would be happy to refer any clients looking for a personal injury lawyer his way.


    Jennifer Martinez Wrongful Death Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Jeremy M. Evans

    Sean is a trusted friend and colleague. He is well respected in the San Diego and Los Angeles legal communities. Sean is known as a trial lawyer and is well accomplished in and outside of the courtroom. I highly recommend Sean for your legal disputes. His experiences in legally and non-legally related businesses provide for great advice and perspective. Sean's staff and associate attorneys are well trained and rising stars. I would not hesitate to hire the Foldenauer Firm today.


    Jeremy Evans Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Foldenauer Law Group, APLC

Litigation & Trial Counsel
2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630
San Diego, CA, 92103




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best of the BarSan Diego Business Journal2014
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2012
Top AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2011
Top LawyersSan Diego Daily Transcript2011
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2011
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2010
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2009
Trial Program GraduateSan Diego Inn of Court College of Trial Advocacy2009
Evidence Program GraduateSan Diego Inn of Court College of Trial Advocacy2008
Top LawyersSan Diego Daily Transcript2008
Top AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2008
San Diego Justice JournalLaw Review - Published Author1995
San Diego Justice JournalLaw Review - Lead Articles Editor1995
Torts - Top of ClassCorpus Juris Secundum1994
Torts - Top of ClassAmerican Jurisprudence Award1994

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal Attorney -- Litigation & Trial CounselFoldenauer Law Group, APLC2007 - Present
PartnerFrantz, Townsend & Foldenauer LLP1997 - 2007


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Louis M. Welsh American Inn of CourtBarrister2013 - Present
American Business Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
San Diego Inn of Court College of Trial AdvocacyMember2008 - 2009
Association of Business Trial LawyersAttorney Member2008 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2006 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2006 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
State Bar of California Litigation SectionMember1997 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member1997 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1997 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoAttorney Member1997 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaMember1997 - Present
Consumer Attorney Association of San DiegoMember1997 - 2007
San Diego County Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember1997 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Smith v. Cornell, et al. (San Diego Superior Court - 2012)Favorable 12 - 0 Jury Verdict for Client
Decker v. Schultz, et al. (San Diego Superior Court -- 2010)Mid Six-Figure Judgment for Client After Trial
Stuart v. Regiers (San Diego Superior Court - 2011))$4.5 Million Judgment for Client

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Publication NameTitleDate
San Diego Justice Journal - Law ReviewCriminalizing Free Speech1994


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson SOLLawlaw1996
California St Univ NorthridgeBusiness/Musicundergraduate1993
Grove School of MusicMusicN/A1988

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Thomas Jefferson School of LawCalifornia Civil Litigation Practice2002
California Western School of LawCalifornia Civil Litigation Practice2001
Thomas Jefferson School of LawCalifornia Civil Litigation Practice2000
San Diego County Bar AssociationMusic Business for Attorneys2000
Thomas Jefferson School of LawCalifornia Civil Litigation Practice1999