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Richard Lawrence Duquette

Personal injury Attorney at Oceanside, CA

5.0   46 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
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Have recovered over $50 Million for clients since 1983

The Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette is focused on protecting the rights of bicyclists and triathletes injured in accidents caused by someone else. I've recovered over $50 Million dollars for my clients. Since 1983, I, Richard L. Duquette, have been representing ordinary people and have opposed large insurance companies and challenged unfair government practices. I am a skilled litigator trained to win by the world-famous trial lawyer Gerry Spence, Wyoming.

I take seriously my oath to jury try cases and obtain justice for bicyclists, triathletes, and their families. Throughout my years of practice, I have tried 65 jury trials to verdicts and have obtained millions of dollars in settlements for injured bicyclists and triathletes. Although past victories cannot predict or guarantee future results, my success in the courtroom is a testament to my dedication to doing what it takes for victims and their families.

I serve the people of Oceanside and the surrounding areas, and a portion of my recovery goes back into triathlon and bicycling, as well as to select adaptive sports and education 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

To seek justice and fair compensation, I employ a strategic approach that artfully integrates my clients’ needs and goals with the law. I begin each case by getting to know my clients and their families, learning about them and their accidents. I also research relevant laws to build a compelling legal strategy.

Dedicated Representation for Personal Injury Cases in Oceanside

A personal injury case arises when an individual is harmed in an accident caused by another’s negligence or reckless actions.

To prove a personal injury claim, the injured party must show that:

• The at-fault party had a duty of care, meaning, when engaged in certain conduct, they were expected to act in a way a reasonably prudent person would have under similar circumstances. For instance, many bicycle triathlon accidents involve vehicle collisions. A driver’s duty is to follow traffic laws and operate their vehicles free from distractions.

• The at-fault party breached their duty. This means that the person who caused the accident acted below what a reasonable person would have. Returning to the vehicle collision example, if the driver fails to obey the laws of the road, is on their phone, or is engaged in some other distraction, they could be said to have breached their duty of care while driving.

• The at-fault party’s negligence led to harm. For a bicyclist or triathlete to bring a personal injury claim, they must demonstrate a link between the accident and the injury they suffered.

• The accident led to damages. The victim must also show that their injuries led to damages, such as lost wages and medical bills.

Unfortunately, if a driver does not pay attention to the road, does not give enough space to runners or cyclists, or engages in any other dangerous conduct, they could cause an accident that results in injury or even death.

I do not believe victims should be held accountable for injuries caused by another person. That is why I fight relentlessly for my clients, seeking the just recovery they need and deserve.

Oceanside Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Catastrophic injuries can severely impact a bicyclist’s or triathlete’s life. These injuries result in temporary or permanent disability and often require round-the-clock care or assistance.

Examples of catastrophic injuries include:

• Traumatic brain injuries

• Spinal cord injuries

• Head injuries

• Losses of limb

Because of their severity, catastrophic injuries can affect the injured party’s job, marriage, and plans. They can also negatively impact the victim’s well-being as well as that of their family members.

Catastrophic injuries require extensive medical treatment, which often extends well into the future. As such, healthcare bills can pile up, and financial stresses can mount, especially if the injured party is out of work.

I help injured triathletes and bicyclists pursue just compensation for accident-related damages. I understand the challenges you and your loved ones may face during this difficult time. That is why I will be your zealous advocate, working hard toward obtaining justice on your behalf.

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Oceanside

Sadly, some bicycle or triathlon accidents result in the victim’s loss of life. California’s wrongful death laws allow the victim’s family members, including their surviving spouse, domestic partner, or child, to pursue compensation.

Damages in a wrongful death case can include, but are not limited to:

• Loss of income

• Loss of support

• Medical expenses

• Funeral and burial expenses

Although financial recovery can never replace a loved one nor erase the pain experienced by those close to the victim, it can help ease some of the financial stresses, allowing the family to focus on their well-being.

Understandably, wrongful death cases can be extremely emotional, and navigating the complexities can be overwhelming for family members. I am here to take care of all the legal details for you. I will conduct an investigation, review and analyze relevant evidence, and handle the paperwork, relieving you of some of your worries.

An Oceanside Attorney Here to Help You

Pursuing compensation for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident requires going through a lengthy and complex legal process. It can be difficult to understand the laws and your rights when you are trying to recover. Fortunately, you do not have to go it alone. You can have an attorney on your side fighting for you.

I am ready to stand up for you through all stages of your case. An avid cyclist myself, I know that an injury can affect your ability to participate in an activity you love and can devastate your future. That is why I will use my knowledge and skills to fight for you.

For me, no case is too complex. In fact, I am energized by taking on complicated legal matters and finding innovative ways to seek solutions.

I am well-versed in California’s personal injury and wrongful death laws and can deliver the compassionate guidance you need. Providing personalized representation, I will put my full attention on your case. I will be available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and discuss your legal options. With me on your side, you can be confident that you are making informed decisions about the path your case takes.

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Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette
3642 Ocean Ranch Blvd.
Oceanside, CA, 92056

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Posted by Todd | February 22, 2023
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Bike Accident
I was referred to Richard Duquette by a fellow cyclist after being struck by a car that ran a red light. Having no previous experience with the legal profession, Richard walked me through the convoluted maze of making a claim for the injuries I sustained. He was easy to talk to, kept me up to date on the progress of my case with phone calls, frequent text messages and visits to his office. For any cyclist who finds themselves in a similar injury situation, I would whole heartedly recommend Richard Duquette to handle their case.
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Posted by BYRON | August 26, 2022
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Seasoned attorney and fellow cyclist
Got into a bicycle vs car mishap resulting in a few nights in the ICU thus hospital bills were mounting in the low 6 figures. Shopped around for legal guidance which led me to attorney and fellow cyclist Richard Duquette who came highly recommended in the San Diego cycling community.  The cohesive team worked hard on my behalf and Duquette's generational experience helped navigate and apply pressure to the appropriate parties when necessary.  Was able to get the maximum recovery so I could recover without the added stress of paying hospital bills over the next decade.  Would highly recommend.
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Posted by Jim | August 3, 2022
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The Best!
Mr. Duquette and his firm, 911law.com, have represented me twice in the last 10 years. In both instances I received nothing short of superior service and dedication to my cases. Richard's aggressive pursuit of the facts and attention to detail in each instance was sterling! Both cases were resolved in a timely, efficient, and wholly satisfactory conclusions. I have no reservations or hesitation in recommending 911law.com to any of my associates!
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Posted by Tanya | December 31, 2021
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Richard is Extraordinary
I am so grateful for how my case turned out and I owe it all to Richard. He is so thorough and explains everything with ease. Going through any legal issue can be daunting and overwhelming but coming to Richard made the process much easier. He is very responsive, attentive and comprehensive in his approach to review the entire case. His knowledge and many years of experience are great reasons to use Richard. There are many times when I would send Richard an email with my questions and concerns and he would always promptly reply with exactly what I was looking for. His entire office is wonderful. I highly recommend Richard Duquette.
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Posted by Tim | July 6, 2019
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Professional Attorney
I owe it to everyone to share my experience with Attorney Richard Duquette. He is one of the most knowlable, truly caring, an effect law professionals defending people who made a mistake by driving under the influence. Depending on your case his fees beat all other local attorneys hands down. That in itself his huge. I meet two others and their attorneys fees were double of my own. However that is only the tip of this grueling legal process. He is fair, treats you with respect and dignity. He will represent you and provide a legal plan that fits your best interest. Listen to him and do what he recommends. I did and it paid off in my case. He is a responsible attorney. You can not have a better opportunity when facing this incredible challenge then to chose Mr. Duquette to defend or represent you. No kidding, he is that good. Thanks Mr. Duquette for guiding me and being their during this trying time. Military personnel don't pass this attorney up if you need help.
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Posted by Beth | February 28, 2019
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Great bicycle injury lawyer!
Richard was so incredibly helpful regarding my bike accident. He helped me recognize things I had not even thought were important in documenting critical aspects of the accident. You want to see Richard is your are a cyclist in an accident and,like me, are really unaware what your rights are.
Posted by Jim | February 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Just call him
Just call Richard. He is an a amazing attorney. He came to my rescue when I had no where to turn. A lady with illegally tinted windows either thought she could beat me or never looked and made an illegal sharp right turn across the bike lane to get a prime parking place. I was knocked out and taken to the hospital for a four-day stay and surgery. When I was in the hospital I realized I was in deep. I needed help. I called the Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette, @911law. Richard is a cyclist, triathlete and has been intimately involved for decades in the athletic scene of San Diego and also helping bikers who are injured. He came to the hospital within an hour of me calling and he explained what my options were. He told me it would be tough. I had no idea what he meant. The driver changed her story three times and her insurance company, Travelers, said it was my fault, I rode recklessly, I shouldn't have been where I was (in the bike lane), I should have stopped correctly, and I "fell" off my bike. Travelers then proceeded to not make a single offer, not acknowledge any demands or attempts to settle for a year and a half. They villanized, denied, delayed, deceived, lied, and blamed me over and over. Richard took time and got to know me. He sincerely cared about my health and the long-term effects. Richard is thorough at covering all the bases multiple ways to draw a picture of fault. He expected a lot out of me but he was willing to spend money on my case and willing to go to trial. Both are very rare in personal injury. He used his experience and connections to gather an all-star cast of experts to help me. They all soon realized I was not at fault in any way in this accident. In November and December, our expert's depositions went well. Richard caught Travelers experts in several lies. Because of this we won every motion, fought off attempts to delay the Jan 11th trial date. Dec 13th at 1:30pm, two days after beating back a delay attempt (again he caught their lawyer in a lie in front of the judge), Travelers finally realized they were beaten and would lose badly at trial. By 5pm it was finally over. Friday, Dec 14th, we went to court and read the settlement into the record so they couldn't attempt any more deceit. On Dec 31st, the day before my birthday I received my settlement. So If god forbid, you ever find yourself in this situation(especially if you are a member of the San Diego Triathlon and Cycling scene), call Richard Duquette. He and his wife, Kim and their team @911law worked their butts off for me. For that, I will be eternally grateful.
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Posted by Miriam | February 23, 2019
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Great Lawyer
Mr. Duquette helped me when I was going through a bad accident that caused a lot of physical and mental stress on me. He made sure I got the care I needed and that I was able to return to my health. I would recommend his help if you are in need of a good lawyer.
Posted by George | February 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A true professional
I heard about Richard through a mutual friend. When I did my initial consult with Richard he explained to me all of the processes that were unique to my situation. We went over pricing and pricing was very affordable based off the time constraints that we were dealing with. I was thoroughly happy with the end result of everything concerning my case. If I ever need legal representation again I will definitely be calling Richard.
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Posted by Gabriel | May 12, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
I hired Mr. Duquette for my DUI case and he did an outstanding job. He is extremely meticulous in his preparation and is very experienced in DUI case law. As a result, he was able to settle my case with the lowest possible charges where it even surprised the court judge. Mr. Duquette also represented me in my DMV hearing, where his vigilant work resulted in me winning my hearing, ending my suspension and restoring my driving privilege. Mr. Duquette fights for justice, plain and simple! I highly recommend Mr. Duquette. It was an honor and pleasure working with him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
Richard Duquette and his team were amazing. They were through and took their time explaining the whole process. I hired them for my son and I am out of state. Mr. Duquette was so easy to talk to and explain the situation. He was prepared even on the short notice i gave him. I cant thank them enough for helping my son. Even though I was out of state I knew my son was in good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2018
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Great Lawyer
I highly recommend Richard Duquette and I will explain in detail why. I hired Richard to represent me in a second DUI. Richard assured me that he would do his best to reduce my DUI to a wet reckless. Richard first fought the DMV to keep my licence. As anyone knows, the DMV is the hardest to deal with. I was able to keep my license for 8 months longer than I was supposed to, but unfortunately I did lose my DMV hearing. This was not due to a bad lawyer but due to standard DMV practices. That may not be the case for you but it is very likely. What Richard did for me was reduce my charges to a wet reckless! I was very happy about this. He is a persistent and thorough lawyer.
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Posted by Thomas | February 19, 2018
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Thank you for everything
I was faced with a tremendous obstruction. I was looking at countless felonys. I was looking at an extensive prison sentence. And had warrants for my arrest. I had no sense of direction, and then Richard came into my life With his aggressive defense, my warrant was squashed. Not only that but the amount of pressure he put on the DA, he was able to strike enough fear, that they were willing to drop all Felony Charges. I came out with a Misdemeanor, and probation. I could not thank you enough, for giving me a second chance. I always remember you standing beside me, through the fire and flames.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2018
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Excellent Service
When I was first charged with a DUI, I was going through a very difficult time. I messaged Richard through his website on Saturday evening and I was set up with a consultation the next morning. Richard and his staff were very friendly, understanding, and easy to talk to. He went over with me the legal process in an easily understandable way, and he also went through everything I needed to do to minimize damage. With my confidence in his support, I was able to return to my normal life without much worries. In the end, Richard was able to reduce my DUI charge to wet reckless with minimal penalties at an affordable cost. It was a great experience working with Richard and his staff, and I would definitely recommend anyone in my situation to not hesitate and call Richard right away.
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Posted by Brent | August 8, 2017
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Richard Duquette does solid work.
I hired Richard to defend me for a DUI and resisting arrest case. Thanks to his experience and network of professional experts he was able to save my driving privilege, get my DUI case dropped, and get the resisting arrest reduced to a disorderly conduct charge. He did a outstanding job collecting the facts, putting together evidence to hold law enforcement accountable. Richard and his associates built a case that was well prepared, cutting through the inconsistencies, getting the best possible outcome. He truly exceeded my expectations. I am very grateful. Thank you Richard.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2017
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Richard Duquette is Phenomenal!!
Richard Duquette is an exceptional lawyer, and his team was great! He knows the law and is extremely thorough in his work. He worked diligently on my case, was aggressive, and won by a landslide. He knew what to focus on and did not waste time on things that did not matter as much. He is willing to go the extra mile. If you need an attorney, Richard Duquette is the one to call!! Thank you, Richard.
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Posted by Greg | December 28, 2016
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Exceptional reprensentation
Mr. Richard Duquette and his law firm were very pleasant to work with and extremely knowledgeable regarding the law in my case. He was upfront and honest and always have me several options regarding my case and how he could handle it. He got me a favorable verdict one that I'm extremely happy with. I would strongly recommend Mr. Duquette to my friends, family and someone in need of a good lawyer. Thanks again.
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Posted by chloe wieduwilt | December 1, 2016
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Amazing Attorney
Richard Duquette is an amazing Attorney! When I called to set up an appointment he personally called me back to set up my consultation. He had me come in within the week. He settled my case as quickly as possible and is very understanding. Everyone at his law office is friendly and professional. Richard also checked in with me on a weekly basis and always kept me updated. He was genuine and had confidence in me. God Bless you Richard!
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Posted by Brent | November 30, 2016
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Cycling Accident
Richard's information was passed on to my wife from a couple of friends and cyclists in the San Diego area. I was in the hospital after being involved in a serious cycling accident, and neither my wife nor I had any idea what to do next. We all met shortly after I was released from the hospital and well enough to get around. The first thing that I noticed about Richard was that he seemed to be genuinely concerned about my health and well being, and all around just a really nice and caring guy. Secondly, Richard walked me through what was ahead, what we need to do/not to do, and set realistic expectations. Richard immediately help put us at ease as he is a cycling enthusiast himself, and seemed to be very competent with the law as it applies to accidents with cyclists. I believe with Richards knowledge and expertise we were able to come to a fair settlement before going to court. The results that Richard was able to get exceeded my expectations. I feel like after this past year Richard is not just my lawyer, but we have become friends as well. Cheers, happy & safe cycling.
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Posted by Mr.Avila | November 13, 2016
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OUSTANDING!!!!
I have know Mr.Richard Duquette for the past 3 years . He is a very understanding and supported attorney , He has helpped me in two different ocassions and the outcome has been fantastic even thought the Judge said , He has never granted a case like mine ever before but thanks to the knoledge and experience of Mr. Duquette the Judge granted my case . I do not wish anyone to go through a single struggle but if you find yourself in need of an amazing attorney Mr.Duquette is there for you. I highly recommend him and I am extremely happy and thankful for His services .
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette
  • 1983 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law Offices of Harold Sullivan, APC
  • 1980 - 1980
  • Library Assistant
  • Western State University College Of Law
  • 1980 - 1980
  • Law Clerk to Judge David Hennigan
  • Riverside Superior Court
  • 1980 - 1980
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Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2001
  • Western State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of California - Irvine
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Not Guilty on 2 Felony Rape charges
  • Not Guilty on 2 Felony Rape charges
  • Two-tour Iraq war veteran DUI case
  • Not Guilty 2 Felony Counts, Not Guilty Misd. Guilty Driving w/ BAC above legal limit
  • Not Guilty on DUI; 6-6 Driving with a .08 or higher
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney at Law
  • 1983 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • N/A
  • California DUI Lawyer Association
  • N/A
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorney of California – Auto and Insurance
  • N/A
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County, Criminal Law Section
  • Elected Chairman
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County, Personal Injury Section
  • Elected Chairman
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County, Criminal Law Section
  • Elected Chairman
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County, Criminal Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 1996 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Appeciation Award
  • Bar Association of Northern San Diego County Court
  • 1996
  • Aprecition Award
  • North County Criminal Defense Bar
  • 1987
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Bar Association of Northern San Diego Committee Chair Membership
  • 1987

Publications

  • Blade Citizen
  • Independence of Judiciary
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County
  • The Walking Wounded & PTSD
  • N/A
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • Lawyer's Dream Vacation
  • N/A
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • How to Advertise your Law Firm on the Internet
  • N/A
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • Wonder in Wyoming Trial Lawyer College
  • N/A
  • North County Lawyer Magazine
  • Revolution or Evolution (Rise of the Criminal Law Section of North County Bar Association)
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lawyers on the Line
  • Community Cable Call-in Show Guest Speaker
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Richard Duquette is a strong and dedicated attorney, who is well respected in our community. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Richard is an excellent attorney with years of experience in personal injury work and criminal defense."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly regarded and well respected in the local legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent and a graduate of the Gerry Spence trial college with 31 years of practicing law is very very experienced. Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent as are his abilities and results. Read his client reviews! Do yourself a favor and seek a consultation if your in or near Oceanside. Experience really does matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Duquette is a relentless advocate for his clients. He consistently communicates regarding all aspects of his matters. His matter-of-fact style works well before juries, and his complete grasp of relevant legal principles is evident at every stage of litigation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is a great fighter on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Richard for over 10 years. He is a great guy and lawyer who cares about his clients and is not afraid to stand up and fight for them in the court room."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rich is the lawyer to whom I often refer cases in the San Diego North County area. The feedback has been terrific. This is a caring lawyer, who enjoys his clients and the practice of law and really knows his way around a courtroom. I don't believe any client will go wrong using Rich as their lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Duquette is a terrific trial attorney and a great guy. To have the top notch trial skill he has, Richard has annually spent a good deal of time working with legendary Wyoming trial attorney Jerry Spence. Not a lot of attorneys take the time to do that - but Richard does. His staff is also top notch. The "Duke" gets great results!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard Duquette is a master trial attorney who fights hard for clients and gets results. I am an attorney and while I haven't personally required Richard's criminal defense services, I have consulted with him a number of times and he never fails to have a genius solution to any situation. Richard is the kind of lawyer who improves the public perception of the entire profession - embodying zealous representation, loyalty, competence, and hard work."
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Oceanside Personal injury Lawyer Richard Lawrence Duquette
Richard Lawrence Duquette
Personal injury Attorney
Oceanside, CA
Licensed for 40 years
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