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About me

After starting my trial law practice in 1983, I became convinced that the ordinary person has a difficult time daling with litigation, including its unpredictability and expense. In 1999, I left the traditional practice and begand calling myself a "counselor at law" - offering affordable legal advice and making referrals to litigators when one was needed. In 2014, I have published a book called "Litigation - Insult to Injury: What Judges and Lawyers Know About the Legal System That You Don't," a book designed to educate consumers, lawyers, mediators, law students, mental health professionals, and experts on how to approach the legal system with an intelligent understanding of its operations. I am now offering CLE's and doing speaking engagements. I hope to help improve our legal system through this forum.


Practice areas


  1. General Practice: 30%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Contracts: 20%
  4. Mediation: 15%
  5. Ethics: 15%



Hourly ($100-400/hour)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard Todd Rosenstein

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Sobel is a skilled and well respected member of the legal community. She is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of her clients


    Richard Rosenstein Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Eric Dylan Townsend

    Janet's great understanding of the law comes from years of experience. She uses that knowledge to advocate and obtain results most others could not achieve. I highly recommend Janet to anyone. She is a great advocate.


    Eric Townsend Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Po Box 3515
San Diego, CA, 92163


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Moot Court Champion Team MemberUCLA Law School1983
Order of the CoifUCLA Law School1983
Top Debate ChampionCSUN1965
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJanet Sobel, Counselor At Law1999 - Present
PartnerSobel & Custer1992 - 1999
Assoc/partnerJennings, Engstrand & Henrikson1986 - 1992
AssociateGray Cary Ames& Frye1983 - 1986
Real Estate AgentAnne Bartz Realty1978 - 1980
Elected Board MemberClark County School District1976 - 1980
TeacherHayward School District1965 - 1969
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sam Diego County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Aronson v KinsellaSummary Judgment granted for my client, affirmed on appeal in a publihed opinion. Aronson v. Kinsella (1997) 58 Cal.App.4th 254 [68 Cal.Rptr.2d 305].
Kennedy v KennedyPre-litigation settlement
Shlopov v Countywide Home Insp.Pre-litigation settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Book on AmazonLitigation - Insult to Injury2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawGeneralJD - Juris Doctor1983
California State University, NorthridgeElementary Education Degree, B.A.Other - Bachelors1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Radio talk show 1450 AMOur legal system2014