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James M. Ratzer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Solana Beach, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 33 years
    Illinois - IL 32 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Voluntarily Inactive No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Ratzer Family Law is focused on practicing all aspects of family law.  We are trained litigators who prefer mediation when both sides of a case are cooperative and share necessary  information.  If mediation is not an option, we are trained to develop a case for trial.

 

Mr. Ratzer is a trained mediator who offers a variety of mediation fee structures depending on the complexity of a case.

 

Mr. Ratzer offers mediation consulting services that prepare a party to effectively participate in mediation.  You must be educated on this issues in your case before you  go into mediation.  You should not sign any agreements before having them reviewed by your own attorney.  Your mediator does not represent you and as part of the mediation process you most likely acknowledged in writing your understanding that your mediator is not your attorney. 

 

We are available to help you and if you would like to schedule a time to consult with Mr. Ratzer, please call our office at.

Location

Jim Ratzer
505 LOMAS SANTA FE DR, STE 130
Solana Beach, CA, 92075

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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Mr. Ratzer and his associate Morgan are an excellent legal team. They helped me to win a year long emotional and exhausting move away order. They will give you honest legal advice and offer genuine support and reassurance. They will make good faith efforts to negotiate, but if that fails they are aggressive in litigating your case. Responsive, knowledgeable, experienced, and focused. Money well spent.
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Posted by Debi | December 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Operates Straight Up and Gets the Job Done Legally
Jim is an outstanding family law attorney. He knows the laws and operates straight up, getting the job done legally and with dignity and ethics. He calmed me shaken nerves and got to the point. He continued to promote coming to an successful end of the case in spite of the opposing sides tactics. I would recommend him to anyone going through a divorce. His assistant, Morgan, also operates with great integrity and is an excellent communicator, also coming to a succinct close rather than dragging things on. Both are a great team and they are supported by a fantastic staff. You can always get your phone call returned and questions answered. My case was horrific including a domestic violence restraining order. Simple or complex, Jim knows how to work for you. He is committed to getting the best for his clients. I'm happy I hired him and am keeping him as my attorney. You can be happy too.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Over and beyond service provided
I have been a client since 2013, yes you read that right! Jim and Morgan have been great at representing me against the constant flow of motions filed by the other property. Not only are they great at representation, the give solid advice on how to handle messy situations. They definitely have the best interest of the kids in mind.
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Posted by Glenn | November 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service from Ratzer Family Law
I am very happy with the service Jim provided me as my divorce attorney. I found him to be honest, ethical and a straight shooter. My case ended up being surprisingly difficult, and throughout the 2 years Jim was consistent in his thoroughness and sound advice. His mantra was that he is a problem solver, not a problem maker, and he did his best to stay true to that under trying circumstances, ultimately guiding me through a successful mediation process. He worked efficiently and avoided unnecessary procedures, When things got tough emotionally, as they often do in divorce, he was supportive beyond just a legal aspect. On the whole, I am very pleased with my choice of Jim and his partner Morgan as my attorneys.
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Posted by Sherry | May 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Ethical, Smart, Responsive and Effective
We hired Jim Ratzer after firing our first two ineffectual attorneys which were draining our bank accounts. We were done with a lot of talking, meetings, and sympathy, but lack of strategy and fire power to combat aggressive attacks we were under. We found the Ratzer firm and in the first meeting we felt we found the straight-talking, no BS, DNA we needed for what we knew would be a bloody battle. We battled for 18 months in family court a complex and difficult battle. Jim Ratzer, and attorney Morgan Dobis were stars. They didn't waste our time, they had conviction, they fought with vigor. They overcame many unexpected obstacles. We went in knowing the odds that a father gets custody. In the end, we won the war on nearly every front. We are incredibly grateful that we found Jim Ratzer and Morgan they helped a just outcome where a son escaped an unstable future and is thriving today in a stable, happy life with Dad.
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Posted by Anton | June 23, 2014
Superior Lawyer - A Stand Up Team
Jim & Morgan are exceptional attorneys. They are pocket aces before the flop. Trust me, you want their representation if you are in a divorce. They were always upfront and told me what could happen. Jim's experience, honesty and expertise show immediately. They were always prompt in their communication. He knew the legal issues and he really fought for me. The other side was just far too outmatched by this duo. Thanks Jim & Morgan for all your help.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Settlement Judge Pro Tem
  • San Diego County Superior Court
  • 2005 - 2018
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Ravreby & Ratzer
  • 2003 - 2009

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Iowa
  • B.B.A.
  • 1985

Associations

  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego North County Bar Association, Certified Family Law Specialists Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2013 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2015
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association Summer Seminar
  • Can The Family Court Order A Non Compete Clause As Part Of Asset Division?
  • 2016
  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association Summer Seminar
  • The Effect Of A Bankruptcy Filing In Your Dissolution Action
  • 2015
  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association Summer Seminar
  • Family Law Case Law Updates
  • 2013
  • San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists - Winter Seminar
  • Recent Developments in Family Law
  • 2011
  • North County Bar Association Family Law Conference
  • The Use of Psychological Evaluation in Child Custody Cases
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse James
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It takes a special type of lawyer to help a person deal with the emotional issues of a divorce, and protect your rights as a spouse or parent. There's no better lawyer to have in your corner than Mr. Ratzer to minimize the trauma and maximize the result."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is an outstanding attorney and excellent negotiator."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. James Ratzer is well known Southern California's legal community for his strong desire to help those in need. His compassion for others combined with his love for the craft of law is rare."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James Ratzer is a dedicated lawyer who cares about helping his clients get through difficult family law times."

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Solana Beach Divorce and separation Lawyer James M. Ratzer
James M. Ratzer
Divorce and separation Attorney
Solana Beach, CA
Licensed for 33 years