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About Me

Ratzer Family Law is focused on practicing all aspects of family law.  We are trained litigators who prefer mediation when both sides of a case are cooperative and share necessary  information.  If mediation is not an option, we are trained to develop a case for trial.


Mr. Ratzer is a trained mediator who offers a variety of mediation fee structures depending on the complexity of a case.


Mr. Ratzer offers mediation consulting services that prepare a party to effectively participate in mediation.  You must be educated on this issues in your case before you  go into mediation.  You should not sign any agreements before having them reviewed by your own attorney.  Your mediator does not represent you and as part of the mediation process you most likely acknowledged in writing your understanding that your mediator is not your attorney. 


We are available to help you and if you would like to schedule a time to consult with Mr. Ratzer, please call our office at 858-793-7700.


Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 95%
  2. Personal Injury: 5%



Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Martin Schmidt

    It takes a special type of lawyer to help a person deal with the emotional issues of a divorce, and protect your rights as a spouse or parent. There's no better lawyer to have in your corner than Mr. Ratzer to minimize the trauma and maximize the result.


    Martin Schmidt Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sarah Beth Pinkerton

    Jim is an outstanding attorney and excellent negotiator.


    Sarah Pinkerton Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Ratzer Family Law

12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, CA, 92130


ILVoluntarily Inactive199108/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Diego North County Bar Association, Certified Family Law Specialists CommitteeChairman2013 - Present
San Diego North County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Diego County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of IowaN/AB.B.A.1985
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists - Winter SeminarRecent Developments in Family Law2011