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James Edward Switzer Jr

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Carlsbad, CA

5.0   1 review

also known as Ed Switzer, J. Edward Switzer, Jr.

  • State Years
    California - CA 47 years
    North Carolina - NC 52 years
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 52 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1971
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    My focus is on consumer Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. I help people get a fresh start and reorganization their debts. I also do considerable bankruptcy litigation which is referred to as "adversary proceedings.

    47 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Litigation
    Over the years I have accepted numerous cases that requires my litigation skills and that interest me due to their unique subject matter. These include California's infamous "red light" law designed to shut down brothels; military courts-martial and discharge boards; federal interpleader, medical malpractice numerous criminal cases, and even (although only once) copyright infringement.

    47 years, 200 cases

  3. Personal injury
    I have successfully handled many serious injury cases. However, I limit my cases to serious cases with meritorious causes of action.

    47 years, 250 cases

I am a "people's lawyer" representing folks who need an experience Bankruptcy lawyer because they have are in financial distress with creditors and their lawyers pursuing them. My law practice is focused on bankruptcy law. I also have extensive jury trial experience, including misdemeanor, felony, and civil jury trials. I have spent the last 40 years helping people all over Southern California. See a few examples of the kinds of cases I have previously handled in the "cases" section below.


Palomar Airport Road
Suite 300
Carlsbad, CA, 92011

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Posted by Michelle | October 15, 2012
highly recommended
Attorney Switzer really helped us. We didn't know what to do or where to turn. He walked us through and really put us at ease. He met with us himself, prepared us, and went to court with us for our court hearing. This is my first experience with a lawyer and we are so glad we choose Ed Switzer.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Switzer Law Office
  • 1991 - Present
  • Staff Judge Advocate, MCB, Camp Pendleton, CA (First Gulf War)
  • USMC
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Elected School Board Member/President
  • Carlsbad Unified School District
  • 1981 - 1994
  • Lawyer
  • Switzer & Jenkins, Attorneys at Law
  • 1977 - 1991
  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve
  • 1968 - 1998
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  • Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College
  • Education for lawyers who care about people
  • 2003
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (cum laude)
  • 1971
  • Lenoir-Rhyne College
  • AB
  • 1968

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Farrell, et al. v. Spears
  • $6,000,000 judgment for our clients
  • Martinez v. San Diego County
  • $1,000,000 recovery for plaintiff
  • Gonzales v. Smith
  • My client won. Judgment for $700,000
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  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • Member; former director
  • 1977 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legion of Merit
  • USMC
  • 1998
  • Awarded Proclamation for Civic Achievement
  • San Diego County Board of Supervisors
  • 1994
  • Awarded Proclamation for Community Service
  • Carlsbad City Council
  • 1994
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • USMC
  • 1991
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  • Wake Forest Law School Law Review
  • Comments Editor
  • 1971

Speaking Engagements

  • California Legal Assistance Course
  • Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury
  • 2004
  • California Legal Assistance Course
  • Representing the Consumer Bankruptcy Client
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse James
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Switzer has the experience you need to get your bankruptcy done right the first time! A real asset to the AVVO family!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Ed Switzer on several matters, including mutual clients in bankrutpcy. You will not find a finer lawyer. His decades of experience and his incredible knowledge of bankruptcy and other areas of the law cannot be matched, especially if you take into account his kindness and humanity. I wholeheartedly recomend Ed Switzer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Other
"I am very impressed with James Edward Switzer Jr and his credentials. I endorse this attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ed and I have been on the opposite sides of numerous bankruptcy case where Ed represented the debtor. His word is his bond, and he cares about each of his clients. Ed has helped me with bankruptcy cases when I needed his advice representing clients in the military. As a reserve office in the USMC, Ed knows the practical issues as to how a bankrutpcy can affect somone in the armed servies. I recommend Ed without reservation."
Bankruptcy and debt
Carlsbad Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer James Edward Switzer Jr
James Edward Switzer Jr
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Carlsbad, CA
Licensed for 52 years
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