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Henry Harmeling IV

Car accident Attorney at Solana Beach, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as DJ Harmeling

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Henry

Learn Henry’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    I have handled auto cases from both the defense and plaintiff side, invaluable experience when negotiating with insurance companies to maximize the value of your claim. I have worked on behalf of State Farm, USAA, and various excess carriers handling policies of up to $25 million, and for plaintiffs against virtually every major insurer.

    24 years, 325 cases

  2. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    The Baby Boomers are aging and are either entering Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE's) or Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF's), or have parents who are in those facilities. Unfortunately the facilities with whom we entrust our elders do not always provide the level of care required under the law. If your mom, dad, grandmother, or grandfather (or other relative) has been injured due to the negligence or neglect of an RCFE or SNF, we can help.

    18 years, 24 cases

  3. Personal injury
    I have handled PI cases from both the defense and plaintiff side, invaluable experience when negotiating with insurance companies to maximize the value of your claim. I have worked on behalf of State Farm, USAA, and various excess carriers handling policies of up to $25 million, and for plaintiffs against virtually every major insurer.

    24 years, 450 cases

  4. Brain injury
    I have handled brain injury cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. These cases may involve motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, fights, or other mechanism of injury. Some brain injuries are obvious, others are much less obvious but can prove to be equally debilitating. The proper course of evaluation and treatment is critical, and knowing who and where to seek treatment is paramount.

    24 years, 32 cases

  5. Insurance
    If you have had a claim denied by your insurance company, and you believe there should be coverage for the claim, then you potentially have an insurance bad faith claim. There is nothing more satisfying than keeping insurance companies honest. I am happy to discuss your potential claim with you free of charge.

    24 years, 44 cases

         The practice of law can be summarized in a single word: integrity. A lawyer works his entire career to develop his reputation among his peers and with his clients, without either of whom the lawyer would not have a practice. It is my belief that there is not a single dispute that can be created that is worth compromising my integrity over. Similarly, while I strongly advocate aggressive client representation (as ultimately my duty is to my client to ensure the best result), I even more strongly advocate professional courtesy and cooperation. While there are hundreds of thousands of lawyers nationwide, the litigation community is still relatively small and, simply put, there is more to be gained by maintaining a strong professional relationship with opposing counsel than to unnecessarily create a contentious relationship. At some point in a litigation matter the respective attorneys are going to have to communicate effectively with one another in the best interest of their respective clients. A severed relationship precludes this dialogue, and often leads to unnecessary costs and fees to the client by way of additional court hearings, discovery motions, telephone calls, and letters.

            Along the same lines, while every matter needs to be prepared as if it will proceed to trial, each matter at some point should attempt some form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The lawyer who sits back on the premise that every case will settle (so why work it up aggressively?) does a disservice to himself and his clients. Discovery is the lawyers’ opportunity to ascertain the merits of their respective cases; oftentimes the facts as you think you know them on day one have morphed into a very different picture several months into the case. However, once a sufficient amount of discovery (interrogatories, document production, admissions, depositions) has been conducted to ascertain the merits of a particular matter, the parties must engage in some form of alternative dispute resolution. Ideally, this takes the form of a mediation, where a neutral third party encourages dialogue amongst the parties in an attempt to informally resolve the dispute. Many times each side has a very different opinion of the value of a case; in such case, binding or non-binding arbitration may make sense to obtain the impartial opinion of a qualified third party.

            As a lawyer I have evaluated hundreds of cases, and I pride myself on my ability to accurately ascertain the value of a particular matter. This helps me to properly advise my clients. Having practiced on both sides of the table, as both a plaintiff lawyer and defense counsel, I understand both sides arguments in working up a case and generally know what the other side is going to offer in terms of presenting their case. With my mediation practice, this experience allows me offer insight to each party into the merits of the opposing side’s position, and ultimately to assist in moving the matter toward a successful resolution. I take pride in both facets of my practice and believe that these complementary aspects of the practice of law help me to be a better lawyer for my litigation clients and a better mediator for my mediation clients.

            I provide a free initial consultation of 45 minutes, and would be happy to sit down and discuss your matter with you. If I am unable to assist you, I will advise you accordingly and hopefully can direct you to someone who might better assist you. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to working with you.

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Henry Harmeling IV
990 Highland Dr.
Suite 206
Solana Beach, CA, 92075

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Posted by Steve & Jody | December 24, 2009
Great attorney!
Worked diligently to get us the best possible resolution. He went out of his way to get to know our case. He was knowledgable. We felt very comfortable having him negotiate on his behalf. And he did so very successfully. Fees were very reasonable. He went above and beyond to form a personal relationship with us, and that went a long way in making a bad situation bearable. A fantastic attorney. We are grateful to have worked with him.
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Posted by Donna Lee Sieverding President | December 18, 2009
DLS Constructors, Inc. a General Engineering Contractors has been a client of Henry's for the past two years.
Without the expertise of Henry, DLS would not have settled the various construction claims that went to litigation. He is alway professional and has a positive attitude. I would highly recommend him as an attorney that is highly knowledgeable in the construction industry.
Posted by Suzanne | December 17, 2009
Keen & Intuitive Atty Dedicated to his Clients and their Cause
Henry helped me and my business while I was struggling through a very difficult case. This was my first brush with any type of legal activity and Henry did a great job explaining the process and making me feel comfortable along the way. I'm not going to go into details of my case, but I did feel compelled to write a review because I felt so taken care of in such a difficult and vulnerable time for me. In the initial consult and throughout the entire process, I felt like he really listened to my thoughts and concerns and understood my needs and the big picture of where the case needed to go. Henry always appears extremely knowledgeable and fearless, yet still down to earth and approachable. I at once had the feeling that this is the type of lawyer that I want on my side. I also felt that he handled the case exactly as we needed to – not too much and not too little. He is very thoughtful in determining how much effort is needed, so as not to burden me with extra costs. As a consequence, I felt like I wasn’t getting “over-billed” as so many lawyers seem to do these days. Henry also took the time to understand my financial situation and was more than willing to work with me. I would not hesitate to recommend Henry to anyone who needs an honest, intelligent, caring and resilient lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2008
Saved Me Big Time
Henry ("DJ") was able to do for me in a few hours what 3 months of phone calls to various executives at Verizon, letters from the San Diego Police Department and help from the Public Utilities Commission had failed to accomplish. His skill and vision saved me over $13,000 and helped me quickly resolve a theft case that Verizon Wireless had, up until that point, refused to work with me to resolve. It wasn't just a matter of understanding the law - his business saavy, litigation experience and creativity helped him quickly find the right people and the right pressure points to wake up the 800 lb. gorilla and get them to take action. I was thoroughly impressed and can recommend his firm without hesitation.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Kindley Firm, APC
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • 2014 - 2015
  • President
  • Leucadia Law & Mediation
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Senior Associate
  • Shifflet Kane & Konoske LLP
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Levinson Bright & Roberts, LLP
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Clements & Knock, LLP
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • San Diego County District Attorney
  • 2000 - 2001
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  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • undergraduate
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Brachmanis v. Fire Insurance Exchange
  • Plaintiff jury verdict: $134,450 + interest + fees
  • Syntec Diamond Tools, Inc. v. Tecnomel International Corp., et al.
  • Judgment for Client
  • DLS Constructors, Inc. v. B.B.O., et al.
  • Settlement: over $1.8 million
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  • San Diego County Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Mediator
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Diego Superior Court - Mediation Panel
  • Mediator
  • 2007 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Officer
  • 2000 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse Henry
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Henry Harmeling is a true professional when it comes to his knowledge of the law and relationships he builds with his clients. He is an expert in his craft and his passion for assisting clients during their time of need really shows in the work he provides."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Henry on several matters. Henry is an exceptional attorney. He is professional and has a strong work ethic. His knowledge of the law, compassion for his clients, and aggressive litigation skills enable him to achieve great results. Above all else, he is a great person and I'm proud to work with him. I highly recommend Henry."
Insurance Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Henry and I have worked on many cases together over the years, and I often contact him when I want an opinion on a legal matter that is based on an understanding of the law and real litigation experience. I would recommend Henry for any litigation matter."
Construction and development Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Harmeling a number of times over the past seven years on construction, insurance and real estate matters. His sense of integrity and dedication are first rate. He is committed to his clients and he is an asset to the legal profession. I recommend him without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Henry Harmeling for over 10 years as a practicing lawyer and have had an opportunityt to work on many cases with him. Henry is very thorough and does a great job for his clients. Our firm also had a mediation with Henry last year and he was able to quickly get to the central issues in dispute and helped us get the case resolved. I would highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Henry not only has very sound legal judgment, but also common sense. He is unquestionably a person of integrity whom I trust, and to whom I regularly refer cases."
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