Richard Wirtz is the founding and managing attorney of Wirtz Law. Selected as one of San Diego’s Super Lawyers for 2012 and 2013, he specializes in complex business litigation through jury trials, arbitrations, settlement conferences and mediations, with focus across all aspects of intellectual property, business, employment, insurance and real estate litigation. 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 intellectual property, business, employment, 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 starting his firm in 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’ life.
Beyond the courtroom and the conference room, Mr. Wirtz can also be found offering his professional insights as a legal expert on several localtelevision 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).
Hourly ($195-395/hour), contingent (30-50%), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)
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I have known Mr. Wirtz since 2008 and worked together on numerous employment and business matters as co-counsel. He is both knowledgeable and tenacious and has obtained good results for his clients. I frequently refer him my employment law cases.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Employment Attorney Semi-Finalist||San Diego Daily Transcript||2011|
|Founding Shareholder Attorney||Wirtz & Associates, Inc.||2011 - Present|
|Founding & Managing Partner||Wirtz Hellenkamp LLP||2002 - 2011|
|Founding Attorney||Wirtz & Associates||1995 - 2002|
|Senior Associate||Aguirre & Meyer||1992 - 1995|
|Associate||Fisch, Spiegler, Ginsburg & Ladner||1991 - 1992|
|Associate||Kolodny & Pressman||1990 - 1991|
|Associate||Brian J. Dunn, APLC||1988 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Co-Chair, Employment & Labor Section||2011 - Present|
|Wirtz Law APC Client Resources||Can Out-of-State Employers Enforce Non-Competition Restrictions in California?||2012|
|Wirtz Law APC Client Resources||Military Leave Medical Benefits Choice: USERRA or COBRA?||2012|
|Wirtz Law APC Client Resources||Good News for Employers: Employees Cannot Double Dip in both State and Federal Court||2012|
|Wirtz Law APC Client Resources||Can an Employee Be “At-Will” for a Specified Term?||2012|
|Wirtz Law APC Client Resources||How to Handle a Request for Military Leave||2012|
|Knox College||N/A||Other - Bachelors||N/A|
|University of San Diego School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|