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I have 41 YEARS of trial EXPERIENCE & I am a trained mediator. I give prompt, complete answers & I am always in email contact.

FEES: No-cost initial consults, reasonable deposits & monthly billing.

FAMILY LAW: child custody, support, & the division of millions of dollars worth of businesses, stock & real estate. Also, prosecute and defend restraining orders arising out of domestic violence. And decades spent representing parents and children in Juvenile Court child dependency and delinquency cases. 

BUSINESS owners & professionals who have local, national and international business have relied upon my advice and representation for many years. I form corporations, LLCs and partnerships. I review, negotiate and draft leases, employment agreements and a wide variety of other contract documents. I defend and prosecute lawsuits with vendors, landlords, contractors, employees, and customers, and defend ADA claims.   

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: I have defended and have gone to trial for those accused of homicide, robbery, burglary, sex offenses, drug offenses, weapons offenses and DUIs.

REAL ESTATE: I have long represented owners and tenants with contract, lease, unlawful detainer and damages claims. 

PERSONAL INJURY: Represent those who have suffered injury from car collisions, dental treatment, dog bites and other causes.

POSITIONS: Past president of Big Brothers & Sisters of San Diego County, past president of the Univ. of San Diego School of Law Alumni Assoc., past board member of the Criminal Defense Bar Association, and member and co-chairman of the Family Law Section of the North County Bar Association. Also, member of the California Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego Family Law Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the Criminal Defense Lawyers Club and the Criminal Defense Bar Association. Board member of the LaCosta 35 Athletic Club.

STAFF: Attorney Michele M. Vallat has been an associate for nearly 10 years and serves as a settlement judge in the North County Superior Court. Paralegal Morgan A Stevens has been the senior paralegal for 28 years. We also have an office assistant and bookkeeper.


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Contact info

Law Office of William R Fuhrman

539 Encinitas Boulevard
Suite 111
Encinitas, CA, 92024-3748

Practice areas


  1. Family: 55%
    39 years, 4 thousand cases
  2. Business: 30%
    39 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    42 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 5%
    39 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($250-340/hour), contingent (25-40%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Rima Susan Khoury

    Mr. Fuhrman is knowledgeable, professional and has a reputation in the legal community as a great advocate for his clients. His many years of experience and his vibrant personality help his clients through difficult and arduous legal issues. I highly recommend Mr. Fuhrman.


    Rima Khoury Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Dale E Ordas

    William Fuhrman’s advocacy evidences thorough preparation, organization, sound reasoning and judgment. He exemplifies the axiom “competent counsel.” Dale Ordas Mediator/Arbitrator


    Dale Ordas Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Other


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Man of the YearBig Brothers & Sisters of San Diego County1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Corona Firm, LLP1994 - 2000
AttorneyAdkins, Fuhrman & Holthaus1983 - 1994
AttorneyAvery & Fuhrman1977 - 1983
Trial AttorneyDefenders, Inc. (Non-Profit)1974 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
North County Bar Association, Family Law SectionCo-chair2016 - Present
North County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember1979 - Present
Criminal Defense Lawyers ClubMember1979 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1974 - Present
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of San DiegoPresident1990 - 1991
University of San Diego School of Law Alumni AssociationPresident1983 - 1984
Criminal Defense Bar Association of San DiegoMember1976 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Marriage of Micaresole child custody; award property to Petitioner
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
American UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1970