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Janice Ryan Mazur

Appeals Attorney at El Cajon, CA

4.8   20 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Janice

Learn Janice’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Appeals and writs to the California and Ninth Circuit courts of appeal.

    33 years

  2. Lawsuits and disputes
    Research and drafting of motions.

    33 years


I knew from the beginning of my legal career that my passion and talent were in legal research and writing, which led me quite naturally into my appellate practice. 

For over 30 years I have successfully prosecuted and defended appeals in all of the California Courts of Appeal, including the California Supreme Court, as well as in the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. I love the creative challenge of distilling complex legal situations into clear and concise written "stories" and the intellectual challenge of finding, analyzing and presenting the legal precedents which help my clients achieve their goals, whether they are reversal of a bad decision, affirmance of a good one, or the chance for a “do-over” when the original proceeding was unfair or flawed.  

I also offer consulting and motion-drafting services to attorneys. 

I enjoy a one-to-one relationship with my clients. I personally do all the research and writing for each case and when my clients have questions, I am the person they talk to.  

I keep my rates very low compared to other attorneys with my experience because most of my clients are average working people and I understand that by the time someone gets to the appeal level, they have likely already been through several years of costly litigation.

Because my practice entails mostly research and writing and does not require me to be in court very much, I easily handle cases from all over California.

I look forward to talking with you about your matter.  Please call me for a free consultation! 


Mazur & Mazur, LLC


4.8 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by Woody | April 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney I Ever Interacted With!
Janice gets back to you right away! I love that in an Attorney. Janice is very smart and Experienced. I love that too! Annnnd Janice puts all her skills to work for you. I feel really lucky to have such an amazing 5 star Attorney working on my stepsons appeal. I highly recommend you contact her for help.
Posted by Edward | March 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Appellate Specialist Money Can Buy!!
Janice is extremely intelligent and highly technical. She was reasonably priced, and consistently made herself available to provide guidance. She was always prompt, extremely knowledgeable, and very transparent with us. If you’re looking for an honest and straightforward Appellate Specialist in California, she’s definitely your best choice.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Clients
Janice has been extremely responsive and up front with us as she represented and guided us through a complex set of California Government Code and Civil Code Actions. She is like a precision guided rocket, cutting through imprecise understandings of the law.
Posted by John | February 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Lawyer!
Janice Mazur is a highly skilled and talented professional who knows the law. She's a great listener, a smart thinker and an excellent communicator. Janice was accessible, compassionate, caring and always realistic about goals and expectations and her fees are extremely fair. After years of being on a seemingly endless "legal Ferris wheel" I retained Janice to review two cases for possible appeals. Before any appeal was requested and upon reviewing voluminous records in these cases, Ms. Mazur determined that the plaintiffs deceptively and improperly obtained a default judgement against me. She filed a motion, the court agreed and granted our motion to vacate a 10 year old wrongly obtained Judgement null and void. She was instrumental in restoring my life to normal. Thank you Janice!
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Posted by Michael | January 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer and communicator
Janice did a great job understanding the complexities of our case. She was able to research those areas thoroughly to provide us with the best possibility of success. She was straight up front with our chances of prevailing on appeal and did a great job preparing our appeals brief to the Supreme Court. I have had other appellate Lawyers in the past and would choose her over any of our past Lawyers. Great lawyer !! You won't be disappointed !!! We even got a refund of the balance not used from our retainer. That is honesty at its best. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Beth | February 7, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Janice Mazur is the Real Deal
I found Ms Mazur on Avvo after a 2 year legal nightmare which ended with a misdemeanor conviction. My trust in lawyers and in the justice system was at an all time low when I posted a question on Avvo. Janice contacted me promptly as I had another court date in 2 days. She was direct and focused and provided "thoughtful answers" vs scripted generalities. I told her at the beginning of the call that my finances were limited so she could excuse herself if she wanted to . Instead Janice was generous with her time and knowledge and provided her professional opinion about how I should move forward in my pursuit of justice. Janice thoroughly explained my possible options. She spent the time to educate me on the basics of misdemeanor appeals and gave examples of appeals vs writs of habeas corpus. I now have a realistic idea of the work that will be required to do this and I am motivated to pick myself up and get busy in my defense. She didn't have any obligation to me and after the way I have been trreated by previous counsel I diidn't expect it. Janice has restored my faith in the legal community. Janice is my reminder that for every unethical attorney working there are attorneys with a deep sense of integrity and who will extend themselves beyond the call of duty . Finally Ms Mazur provided a personal referral of a colleague for a related issue ithat arose out of this case. Thank you Janice .
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Posted by Ara | January 12, 2011
Janice Mazur
As a civil litigator, I have had to hire Appelate lawyers several times in the past 24 years. I have never had a more pleasent experience with an appelate lawyer as I have with Janice, who incedentally I have never personally seen! She has handles two matters for me, as appellant, one invloving a major victory and a reversal. On top of that her fees are extremely reasonable and her billing practices very fair. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Robert | December 22, 2010
professional review
As an attorney I have utilized Ms. Mazur's services and she is TOP NOTCH !....and reasonably priced.. should anyone be inclinded to inquire further I can be reached as follows: Robert LaCroix 619-231-2027.
Posted by Frederick | December 18, 2010
Best Attorney Ever
Mrs. Mazur is the best attorney I have ever had. I was assigned Mrs. Mazur when I filed an appeal for my parole board denial and she won. I was truly amazed on what she was able to accomplish, and the true concern she has for her clients. Mrs. Mazur keeps in constant contact, relay releavent information and gives a strong fight until the end. I know appointed attorneys are not paid much, but you would have thought she was being paid thousands of dollars, the way she fights for you. My family and I truly appreciate Mrs. Mazur and I don't know what we would have done without her. Thank You ...Frederick
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Posted by David | December 16, 2010
Fantastic and responsive appellate attorney. Top quality research and work product delivered timely and for a fair price.
Posted by Michael G. Roddy | December 15, 2010
Professional Review
I am an attorney. I have used Janet in the past and highly recommend her. I argued a case she prepared for me in front of the California Supreme Court and almost the U.S. Supreme Court (Cert. denied.). That case is now cited in just about every "long arm" jurisdictional case heard in California. Her ability to write and grasp complicate issues of law is top notch. She is a pleasure to work with. She is highly regarded in the San Diego Community. if you have an appellate matter, go to her first.
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Posted by Brooks | December 15, 2010
Outstanding Appeals Lawyer
I am a civil trial lawyer. I have retained Janice many times over the last twenty years to handle civil appeals for my firm. She is an outstanding lawyer and legal writer. Because of her extraordinary work we have prevailed on most of these cases including one that was ultimately decided by the US Supreme Court. Her fees are more than reasonable and I will certainly continue to use her for any appellate asistance I need in the future.
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Posted by Scott | December 14, 2010
A bright lawyer, a wonderful writer
Janice is one of the brightest lawyers I know, and I know a lot of lawyers. She writes exceptionally well, and good writing is important in persuading appellate judges. Her writing is clear, concise, on point and literate. I've used her on two civil appeals, both of which she won; one client won over $1,000,000 and the other nearly $800,000, and Janice's appeals briefs were essential in those victories. Her fees are very reasonable, below the average for experienced appeals attorneys. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Albert | December 13, 2010
Review of Janice Mazur appeals attorney
My name is Albert Balascio. Janice Mazur represented my wife and I in an appeal after an insurance company received a $94,000 judgement from a wrongful death suite involving our daughter Stacey's death in case we lost on the first go around. You see our daughter was killed by an illegally parked semi truck that broke several other laws that include both frederal and state regulation. Janice Mazur handled our case on appeal with the utmost care, knowledge and professionalism. She won our case even though everyone said that we had 1 chance in 10 of winning. That completely wiped out the $94,000 dollar Judgement the Insurance company had against us. Janice Mazur's fees were so reasonable that I don't remember what she charged us. Certainly much less than most other attorneys that charge us a lot more. I had no problems with her biling. I can't say enough good things about Janice Mazur. She is the best attorney I have had the pleasure of knowing and the most reasonable in her biling I have found. I can't say that for any other attorney I have ever hired and I have hired quite a few so I wouldn't have a problem recommending Janice Mazur to anyone.
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Posted by Naomi | December 13, 2010
The most helpful attorney I've ever met
I would absolutely recommend this attorney to anyone. Mrs. Mazur was an appointed attorney for my husband who is fighting for his life and she won his appeal, but the board continues to ignore the court order, instead of Mrs. Mazur saying I did my job and moving on, she continues to stay in constant contact with me, sending relevent information that will help his case, make any phone calls to anyone that might be able to able help. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't know where to go, she truly cares about her clients and their wellbeing and it is so rare that you find an attorney that doesn't brush you off when you ask questions. If you ever want a dedicated, trustworthy and understanding attorney, she would be the best decision you had ever made.
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Posted by Mary and Bil Lepper | December 13, 2010
Good review and a fantastic job from Janice Mazur
Janice did fantastic job on our appeal. If we had hired a great lawyer in the beginning like Janice, we wouldn't have lost our original trial. I would highly recommend her to all, as she put her heart and soul, along with her legal knowledge into our appeal.
Posted by Michelle | December 13, 2010
Experienced Lawyer and Amazing Advocate
I worked with Ms. Mazur on a criminal appeal and she was dedicated and knowledgable. I am extremely impressed by her abilities and skill. She is quick to respond and willing to assist in any way. I look forward to working with her again in the future.
Posted by Larry | December 13, 2010
Janice Mazur successfully appealed a judgment against us in regards to a trust matter at a very reasonable price. She was a great help throughout the whole process. We subsequently hired her for another matter which also ended very satisfactory for us. If we ever ran into another problem I would not hesitate to hire her again.
Posted by Thomas | December 13, 2010
We are using Janice Mazur for the 2nd time now
While we were unable to prevail, we found Janice to be a very good appeals attorney. Her fees are reasonable, and in our last case she sent us a refund of the unused portion of fees without a request. We are currently using her again in another appeals matter that is pending at this time.
Posted by Sha | July 24, 2008
Charged over $300.00 per page for an appeal which was very straight forward.
I hired her since she said she was an appeal specialist. She charged me almost $10,000 for an opening brief. I had another attoney represinting me. She refused to give a breakdown of how long she spent on each issue. She dragged it out for almost 3 months. She did not advise me she was going on vacation after she took the deposit.
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Mazur & Mazur, Attorneys at Law
  • 1991 - Present


  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Salutatorian
  • Western State University
  • 1989
  • American Jurisprudence Awards (7 times)
  • Western State University
  • 1989
  • President's Scholarship
  • Western State University
  • 1985

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Janice
Appeals Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Janice has written five appeals for me over a 25 year period and we won all five. Great writer, very bright."
Appeals Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My Mazur is a very dedicated and competent attorney. She has been the appeals attorney for matters I have worked on and she has done an outstanding job. I recommend her highly."
Appeals Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Janice has handled appeals for me on several occasions has always done an excellent job."

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El Cajon Appeals Lawyer Janice Ryan Mazur
Janice Ryan Mazur
Appeals Attorney
El Cajon, CA
Licensed for 34 years
Free Consultation
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