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Peter Jerome Mueller

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Peter J. Mueller

Mr. Mueller has been practicing law for forty years and is licensed in California and Illinois (Retired).  Graduating with honors from Loyola Law School in 1972, he was selected to associate with Chicago’s leading corporate firm and was also invited to become a Visiting Professor of Corporate Law at Loyola, where he had held the position as Assistant Dean of the Business School during his law studies.

At Loyola Law School he taught third year law students the core course in business law while he worked for General Motors, American Oil Company, The Chicago Tribune Company, and the Catholic Bishop of the Chicago Archdiocese while associated with Kirkland & Ellis. Mr. Mueller is also listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who.

In 1974 Mr. Mueller was invited by Overton, Lyman & Prince of Los Angeles to join the firm to provide insurance defense legal services generally and in medical malpractice cases. In 1977 he opened his own law office in La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe as a member of the firm, Woolley, Mullin & Mueller, focusing his practice on family law and civil litigation. 

Mr. Mueller founded Father’s Rights Law Center® following the break up of his family through divorce in 1982. From this personal experience, and with encouragement from United Fathers of America, colleagues and clients, he established Father’s Rights Law Center®, and has specialized his practice for the professional father ever since. 

In his position as director of Father’s Rights Law Center®, Mr. Mueller, a Certified Family Law Specialist, benefits from his early litigation training and experience and will involve when needed, qualified and respected expert child psychologists and psychiatrists, business economists, certified public accountants and vocational counselors in San Diego to assist Father’s Rights Law Center® clientele to obtain balanced and equitable custody sharing arrangements and property settlements.

As the father of seven children, ages twenty-two to forty-four,  Mr. Mueller brings to his family practice the personal experience of his own family’s break up by divorce. The calculus of that experience has defined Father’s Rights Law Center’s® promotion of its specialization for the benefit of fathers and husbands, not only as a career resource, but as a lesson learned in the trenches where more than reputation was at stake.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 75%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Probate: 5%



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael Thomas McColloch

    Peter is an outstanding attorney. In addition to family law he has many years of experience in general practice and a proven track record of exceeding clients' expectations. He went to the best schools and his wealth of knowledge and dedication to client care are impressive. I endorse Peter without reservation.


    Michael McColloch Business Attorney
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    Peter is one of the most knowledgeable, tenacious attorneys you can have on your side. He is a true advocate for father's rights and a class act.


    Sara Davison Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Law Offices of Peter J. Mueller

Father's Rights Law Center
950 Boardwalk, Ste. 305
San Marcos, CA, 92078


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California1996
HonorariumCircuit Court Of Cook County1972
Fellowship-JSD Ocean LawUniversity Of Miami School Of Law1972
Academic Full Tuition ScholarshipLoyola School Of Law1971
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderLaw Offices of Peter J. Mueller1977 - Present
Founder & Managing LawyerFather's Rights Law Center1984 - 2013
Attorney-Admiralty DepartmentOverton, Lyman & Prince, Los Angeles Office1974 - 1977
Attorney-First Amendment GroupKirkland & Ellis, LLP Chicago Office1972 - 1973
Adjunct Professor - Corporate LawLoyola University Chicago School Of Law1972 - 1973
Law ClerkHon. Walter P.Dahl Circuit Court Of Cook County1971 - 1972
Group Home FatherLake B luff - Chicago Homes For Children1970 - 1972
Analyst EngineerShell Oil Company, Houston Office1966 - 1968
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorney Association of Los AngelesMember2013 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaCertified Law Specialist - Family Law1996 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2012 - 2013
American Trial Lawyers AssociationAssociate Member1978 - 1990
American Bar AssociationMember1977 - 1980
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1972 - 1973
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Thorley v, Superior Court 78 Cal. App. 3d 900 (1978)Win
Atkinson v. [Church-Sealed By Agreement]Win
Col. (Ret.) [Confidential] v. Law Firm [Sealed By Agreement]Six Figure Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Business Journal, Loyola Chicago Business JournalBusiness Journal-EditorN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
United States Merchant Marine AcademyNautical Science, MeteorologyBS - Bachelor of Science1966
University of California, Hastings College of the LawTrial StrategiesN/AN/A
Northwestern University School of LawInternational Law Studies-HonorsN/AN/A
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityAdmiralty Law StudiesN/AN/A
University of San Diego School of LawInternational Law StudiesN/AN/A
Northwestern UniversityPre-Medicine - HonorsN/AN/A
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyMunicipal Law SrudiesN/AN/A