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Michael A. Klitzke

Consumer protection Attorney at Escondido, CA

5.0   42 reviews
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  • Licensed for 9 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Consumer protection
    50%
    Auto Fraud - Misrepresentations about accidents/damage history; misrepresentations about mechanical condition; failure to disclose rental history; "certified pre-owned" issues, undisclosed salvage/total loss/odometer rollback; no title/registration.

  2. Lemon law
    50%
    Dealer/manufacturer failure to repair vehicles under warranty.

I HANDLE NEW, USED, AND 'CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED' VEHICLES. ALL QUALIFY FOR LEMON LAW RELIEF! CALL NOW OR SUBMIT A CONTACT FORM ON MY WEBSITE FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.

I specialize in litigation against car dealers and manufacturers who lie and cheat consumers or sell them defect vehicles. I actually really enjoy my work and that tends to scare the defense.

Most well known case: Pulliam v. HNL Automotive, Inc. - California Supreme Court ruled finance companies are required to pay the attorney fees incurred on consumer claims under the FTC Holder Rule. This makes litigation affordable for consumers who generally pay no up front cost to file and litigate their case. 

Awards:

Best of the Bar for achieving one of the top 100 verdicts in California in 2022
2020 – 2023 Super Lawyers Rising Star
2020 Who’s Who in America for the State of California
2014 Who’s Who Among Students in American universities and Colleges
2013 Neighborhood Hero – City of San Diego

Publications:

* Michael Klitzke, Bypassing Bryant: A Bright-Line from Davis to Confrontation, 36 T. Jefferson L. Rev. Online 2015

* Alan Mansfield & Michael Klitzke, How does Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co. Change the Arbitration Equation in California, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (2015)

* Marybeth Herald, Your Brain and Law School (2014) (editor)

* Marjorie Cohn, Drones and Targeted Killing (2014) (editor)

Awards

Top Contributor 2023
Top Contributor
2023
Client's Choice 2021,2017,2016
Client's Choice
2021 2017 2016

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Location

Auto Law Firm, PC
500 La Terraza Blvd., Suite 150
Escondido, CA, 92025

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  42 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Alice | March 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely helpful and professional
Mr.Klitzke worked on my behalf to get the dealership to fix their mistake. I tried to resolve the issue I had on my own for three months and for nowhere, after help from Mr.Kiltzke I got an excellent settlement and everything was taken care of for me. I couldn't ask for a better experience and settlement payment was disbursed quickly and in full. Thank you!
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Posted by Brandi | July 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fabulous lawyer!
Mr. Klitzki is a terrific lawyer. I bought a car that blew up within a month of having it, and he got my money back within a week of hiring him. He is fast, professional and good at what he does! I'd recommend him to anyone in need of help with a bad car deal!
Posted by Mike | June 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great outcome on a title fraud case
Michael was a referral from another attorney in the area. He was extremely responsive and reviewed my matter within a day. From there, he was aggressive in putting a plan of action together and getting it done. We had a great outcome, settling the case favorably. If you are having an issue with a California dealership, title, or similar auto matter, contact him.
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Posted by Talia | April 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lemon vehicle
I was denied by other attorneys Michael took on my case when I was stuck with a lemon vehicle after having it for 12 months Michael was fast acting always responded quickly very professional! And won my case fast! Michael is a great attorney and would highly recommend him! Thanks so much again Michael you are awesome!!
Posted by Ceballos Family | September 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael far exceeded are expectations!! Absolutely incredible win!!
The Ceballos family highly recommends Michael A. Klitzke’s!! Michael came through with what he promised and more! Beyond what we expected, yes the process was lengthy but, it was 100% worth the wait and the fight. trust me when I say it was brutal, it was exhausting, stressful, but Michael stayed professional, stayed productive, this man went to work and worked hard for us. This type of work is not for everyone, you have to have the experience or it has the potential to end in an absolutely disappointment. Michael and his team pulled an incredible win for us !! Michael is a rockstar, call this man up ASAP do not hesitate !! Tell him The Ceballos family sent you and give him a high five for us when you see him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 stars plus!
My attorney Michael Klitzke was very helpful guiding me step by step with my claim. Excellent communication in a timely manner, I highly recommend Mr. Klitzke!
Posted by Craig | April 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Motorhome purchase
I am a Canadian who purchased a motorhomeI in California that was misrepresented and the dealer would not stand behind it or even communicate with me. Michael took my case and gave them the choice to fix it or return all my money including expenses. Once they realized what a top notch lawyer Michael is they gave me a full refund. I cannot say enough about him he is professional,courteous,friendly and kept me informed the whole way along. Without his help I would have been able to resolve this huge issue
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Posted by Anthony | April 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smooth and Sinple
I purchased a used car that I had been told was not in a accident later to find out it was in a major accident. Michael and his team helped me get my money back from the dealership after they initially refused to do so. Highly recommend them. Thank you
Posted by Anthony | January 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You're in GREAT hands
Michael is an amazing attorney and extremely knowledgeable about, in my case, automobile purchasing rules, lemon law and everything in between. Long story short, i bought a car that had been in a previous undisclosed accident from a dealer and Michael 110% helped me win our case with flying colors. Absolutely recommend and a GREAT attorney to consult and just have conversations with! Enjoyed getting to know him a bit too! THANK YOU MICHAEL!!!
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Posted by Jason | November 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job; quick settlement
I live in the Palm Springs area and a dealer sold me a bad car with a lot of problems they promised to fix but didn't. It was a smaller case that the firm decided to take, thank goodness. I don't think I could have recovered my loss on my own through small claims. Michael was able to get me a quick settlement in less than a month. Contingency fee was very reasonable. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Stephen | September 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client Focused, Professional and Thorough
Michael took a on my case when others said no or that I did not have one. Super straight forward, easy communication with him and his office. There was even a derogatory mark on my credit due to my issue. He contacted the credit agencies and let them know it was under dispute - which I was not expecting. Ultimately he got me my money owed and the derogatory mark completely removed from my credit report. I really appreciated his diligence and expertise. He took on one of the largest auto dealership holding companies and all their resources and prevailed. The firm has won numerous awards for their client centered approach. Check for yourself. Thank you Michael!
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Posted by Gerard | July 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hopefully don’t have to but would do business with again
Michael did an awesome job on our case keeping us updated and making himself available for all of our random questions throughout the process. He was able to reach the outcome we were expecting and initially discussed.
Posted by Tana | May 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer and Firm
I am a retired Paralegal. By the time I retired I had a bitter dislike for lawyers. I am happy to say that Mr. Klitzke and Mr. Rosner showed me that upstanding attorneys still exist. They went over and beyond for me. I always knew what was going on with my case, and anytime I called or emailed Mr. Klitzke he answered me almost immediately. I never had to wait 24 hours. It was usually the same day. It took a couple years to get the money I was owed, but this was no fault of Mr. Klitzke or Mr. Rosner. No matter how much the defendants drug this case out, and their refusal to pay me, Mr. Klitzke kept going after them like a dog with a bone. He recently got me my money and I purchased my new car. I can not sing their praises enough. Mr. Klitzke and his firm are outstanding. I have recommended them to several people.
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Posted by Oytun | September 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and person!
Michael handled my lemon law case regarding my vehicle. Before I talked to him, I was rejected by couple attorneys that I don’t have a solid case against the manufacturer. Michael reviewed my service documents and accepted my case. The case took a bit long, which is not related to Micheal, but other partys’ unresponsive attitude. He was really supportive and professional throughout the case, and I can assure he knows what he’s doing. I definitely recommend Michael and his company if you’re looking for a lemon law case attorney.
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Posted by Mario | May 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very dedicated and reliable attorney!!!
My attorney, Michael Klitzke was with me for the long haul dealing with my auto fraud dispute. He kept me updated and informed at every turn and corner. He was prompt in returning phone calls or emails and always took the time to answer any concerns I had concerning my case. Although my case dragged out for quite some time, I am ultimately very satisfied with the outcome that Michael and his firm provided for me. I highly recommend him to anyone pursuing an attorney for representation.
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Posted by Candace | April 19, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great professional help
Michael was very helpful through our process of a Lemon law buy back through General motors. He was quick to respond to any questions I had . He was very honest and explained how the process all works and pointed out things I didn't see on my purchase agreement. He is very knowledgeable and his honesty was truly appreciated.Definetly will be recommending him and keeping his information should I need his help in the future. Thanks again Michael!
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Posted by jennifer | February 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
Michael over exceeded out expectation. Took care of everything with the outcome we hopped for. Thank you Michael!
Posted by Karen | October 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael Gets Results!
My case involved a dirty CarFax report. Michael was able to get the dealership to buy back the car. I was able to take the proceeds and buy a car for cash and now I am debt free!! Whoo hoo!!! Thank you, Michael :)
Posted by ALFREDO | June 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Alfredo Gonzalez
I want to start off by saying thank you Michael Klitzke for the results to my case, I am very happy with my refund, thank you for always being there for me when I needed to ask questions And was concerned about anything regarding my case I highly recommend Mr. Michael Klitzke once again thank you very much...
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best of The Best
He was there throughout my entire law suit & fought for me time & time again. I couldn’t be more happy now that it’s all behind me & the outcome was in my favor. He was there to answer all of my questions & never backed down. Highly recommended!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 1%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Auto Law
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael A. Klitzke
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Rosner, Barry & Babbitt, LLP
  • 2015 - 2023
  • Intern
  • San Diego City Attorney's Office
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Intern
  • Pestotnik + Gold, LLP
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Intern
  • San Diego District Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Intern
  • Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic
  • 2012 - 2012
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Education

  • Thomas Jefferson SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • San Diego State Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Melendez v. Westlake Services, LLC
  • Affirmed
  • Pulliam v. HNL Automotive, Inc.
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Hon. William B. Enright American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2018
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
  • Who's Who Among students
  • 2014
  • Neighborhood Hero Award
  • City of San Diego
  • 2013
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Consumer Attorneys of California event at Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Panelist for CACO
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Michael
Consumer protection Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Klitzke are consistently accurate, full of analysis and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney. Further, Mr. Klitzke is familiar with the tradition of professional courtesy, which in the event of a lawsuit that quality will always yield better results for the benefit of the client."
Consumer protection Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Michael Klitzke is an attorney’s attorney. Attorney Klitzke possesses a brilliant legal mind and is constantly sharpening his legal craft. Attorney Klitzke is detail oriented, hardworking, and dedicated to his legal craft. Beyond having a brilliant legal mind, attorney Klitzke is very personable and down to earth. Attorney Klitzke loves his legal profession, loves applying his legal craft, and loves resolving legal matters. Attorney Klitzke is the epitome of an attorney’s attorney."
Consumer protection Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Klitzke. His excellent knowledge of consumer law, dedication to finding the best client outcome, and compassion for his clients provide a great choice for consumers needing an a strong advocate."
Consumer protection Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is a brilliant young attorney, who has an unmatched work ethic. He is a go-to guy if I ever have any questions about interpreting the law or litigation strategy. I would highly recommend him to any potential client, especially in consumer protection law and products liability. You're in good hands with Michael."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Klitzke is an excellent lawyer with superb writing skills that allow him to obtain favorable results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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Escondido Consumer protection Lawyer Michael A. Klitzke
Michael A. Klitzke
Consumer protection Attorney
Escondido, CA
Licensed for 9 years
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