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Bruce Donald Jaques Jr

Libel and slander Attorney at Vista, CA

4.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Libel and slander
    Libel and slander are forms of “defamation.” They occur when someone falsely states something about you in print, by voice, or on the Internet, and harms your reputation or business. Libel is written defamation, slander is spoken defamation. Lawyers who specialize in libel and slander lawsuits know how to spot lies and know this complex area of law. They know the information you need to prove the false and illegal statements that damaged you.

    21 years


PO Box 2048
Vista, CA, 92085


4.0 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Cari | March 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Attorney Jaques. He is very knowledgeable in the area of defamation. He understands the legal aspects as well as the nuances and art of practicing law. He listened to my input and took my case seriously so I was able to win my lawsuit.
Posted by Katy | June 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He took the time to review my case over the phone for free!!!
We were sued by our psycho neighbor, we called everywhere trying to get answers to our questions and no one was willing to help us but Bruce did! He took the time to talk to me on the phone for about an hour and review my case for free. I sent him my documents and he told me what to do and what would eventually happen and that is exactly what happened! The lawsuit was dismissed and no money or time was spent/wasted thanks to Bruce. He is very knowledgeable and is willing to share that knowledge with people that have no idea how to proceed with legal issues. I really appreciate him taking the time to give my husband and I advice and that fact that he did it for free was amazing. My husband and I REALLY REALLY appreciate it. Thanks so much Bruce!!
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Posted by Rebekah | July 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grand Slam
Bruce was a knight in shining armor when I was blindsided with a lawsuit from a review I had left four years ago. Before speaking with Bruce, I was unsure of the law, and didn't know what retribution I would face if I didn't do what was being demanded of me. Having somebody as knowledgeable as Bruce in my corner gave me the confidence I needed to fight for my rights. The case was active for about six months, and in that time, my emotions got the best of me more than once. Bruce was patient and kind, and held a steady voice of reason and confidence in our position in the case. He worked very hard and level headed as he navigated us through all that the opposition flung at us in desperation. I'm so thankful to be standing on the other side of this nightmare VICTORIOUS, thanks to Bruce!
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Posted by Sonya | July 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skilled and knowledgeable lawyer!!
I was shopping around for a lawyer to represent me in a flawed TRO against me and found Mr. Jaques to be well informed with how to strategically remove a bogus TRO. Other lawyers maybe impressive with expensive looking offices, website designs but had poor knowledge of the 1st Amendment, skills, experience of law. I highly recommend giving him a call. You won't be disappointed only your opposition would be in there case against you. Good luck
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Posted by Tami | April 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Jaques is Wonderful!
Under attack from a difficult situation, Mr. Jaques handled my request with immediate urgency and razor sharp attention. He quickly grasped the situation at hand and provided quick effective solutions with the utmost sincerity and professionalism. I would not hesitate to hire him again.
Posted by Larry | November 7, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A proper gent
A malicious post was made about my wife on face book. This kind of nastiness is extremely upsetting and you feel powerless to do anything about it. I got intouch with Bruce and he called me on a Saturday evening after reviewing the face book post.l Although there was nothing that could be done through the court system his calming manner and sound advice was very reassuring. We will be using Bruce in the future to send some correspondence to the woman who put the post on Facebook. If anyone came up to me with a similar problem I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bruce to them.
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Posted by Zaki | February 24, 2015
A very good attorney came to my defense
I highly recommend Bruce Jaques, Jr., Esq. I consulted him on defamation (libel) issues that came to me in a long “Cease & Desist Letter.” After we spoke, Bruce offered to intervene to defend me and potentially do away with the claims. He did so, and we heard nothing else from the anticipated plaintiffs. Bruce accomplished this for a very reasonable fee. He is a first-class lawyer.
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Posted by Sarah | October 28, 2014
Thankful for Genuine Support!
Bruce has been an invaluable support and resource during a difficult and unexpected conflict that burdened our family out of the blue. He has thoughtfully reviewed all of our information, genuinely listened to our needs and goals, and responded quickly to our questions and input. We are thankful and confident that we will be well protected as events related to our situation unfold.
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Posted by Zachary | May 24, 2014
California Defamation Lawyer | San Diego, CA | Jaques Law Office
I was recently sued for defamation in San Diego, CA by a large corporation. The plaintiff alleged libel, slander, and false light. The case arose from an Internet post that I had made about the company. To defend me against this lawsuit, I researched a number of lawyers and then retained the services of defamation attorney Bruce Jaques Jr. I consider myself very fortunate to have selected Mr. Jacques to represent me in this matter. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about the complexities of the law of defamation. Right away Mr. Jaques grasped the nuances of my case and prepared my defenses. He also approached the plaintiff's complaint in a careful, crafty way. First, using only legal arguments, he promptly persuaded the plaintiff to drop the cause of action for false light. I was thoroughly impressed and reassured by this result. Second, Mr. Jaques took an active and aggressive approach to my defense. He accomplished this by filing a special "anti-SLAPP" motion and immediately engaged the plaintiff corporation. In only a few months, as opposed to the typical 12 to 18 months, Bruce Jaques had the libel and slander claims against me permanently dismissed. I paid the plaintiff nothing!
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Posted by Gina & Jim | January 11, 2014
Very Professional and Caring - Awesome Attorney
"We retained attorney Bruce Jaques to assist us with a delicate and very serious civil matter. There were many issues involved and our opponents were big names and well-established. Over a period of months, Bruce negotiated an excellent solution and our lives are much better due to his efforts. Bruce made the problem go away and his legal fees were reasonable. We highly recommend him. Gina and Jim"
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Posted by Gregg | July 15, 2012
I highly recommend Mr. Jaques
Mr. Jaques is a very competent, attentive attorney. He was quick to respond to any questions I had or on the status of my case. I highly recommend him! In my experience most attorney's will take your money and then will be hard to get a hold of after that. Mr. Jaques is exactly the opposite of that, I was very happy with my service.
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Posted by AliceC | May 31, 2012
This guy ROCKS!! BEST EVER attorney HANDS DOWN!!
Bruce is just AWESOME!! He is a REAL PERSON, he'll tell you what's up, and doesn't lay out any BS. I've had more than my share of attorneys during my short life, so TRUST ME when I say, Bruce is the BEST ATTORNEY out there!! If you ever have the pleasure of speaking with him, YOU TOO will feel very confident in knowing that he does truely have YOUR BACK and WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!! So happy HE IS MY ATTORNEY!! I'm one of the LUCKY ONES!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Beware...he out to cheat you....also too old...also he tried to cheat out of $$$
This guy over the phone makes it seem like he cares, but he's only after your cash, he actually thought he could get me to pay him $5,000 without a retainer, so that he could hire someone else for $100 dollars just to prepare an amended complaint. After I told him to send a retainer agreement he proved to be just a scam artist.
Posted by Raul | August 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired Jaques with a settlement already in hand he told me he could get me 45000 even with my criminal record which had nothing to do with what I was being accused. O told him I was facing 3 strikes and life in prison for other offenses. He told me it didn't matter because what was said is completely different than the false light and slander that was spread about me. After about 15000 in his fees he tells me that my criminal record can come into play and it's better to settle. I settled on his recommendation for the same exact settlement I got on my own plus four thousand dollars. Which when I count his fees I lost a lot more hiring him. He was late to depositions, I had to tell him he missed court dates, he said money would be returned from his office to me from the last 6k plus I sent him for trial readiness which we didn't even go to. How assistant/ office manager Elizabeth uguarte told me I had a great chance of winning and that I should continue to send more money. Two weeks ago Jaques tells me he fired her for stealing moneyrrible from clients. I signed the settlement 11 months ago and I have not received any money from the company I was suing or have I received a refund from jaques law office. It's been almost a year!! Horrible attorney poor ethics and I don't recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor quality lawyer
Bruce Jaques took a case for me and rarely kept in contact. I called at least once a week to check on the status of my case and not only would his staff say each time I called that he was never available but he would never even bother to call me back. His website claims he specializes in anti-SLAPP law however he filed a lawsuit on my behalf and it was the very anti-SLAPP motion from the opposing attorney that got my case dismissed.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would not recommend
I hired Mr. Jaques to write a Cease and Desist letter to someone. Before he sent the letter I noticed that there were grammar errors namely the word "dafamation" was spelled as such in the heading. I pointed this out but the grammar errors were not fixed before it was sent out. In addition to that, I provided both the work address and email to the intended person. The letter was sent without the building and suite number that I provided him so the hard copy never reached the person. After this Mr. Jaques went out of the country for a case and was incredibly difficult to reach. While he was away, the person rebutted with an aggressive C&D letter in return to Mr. Jaques. For almost a month he claimed he was not able to attend to the matter and submit my rebuttal until he returned to the U.S. I waited patiently for his return and once he did return I began to realize that Mr. Jaques and I were not a compatible match so I started looking for an attorney who can better represent me. Until that happened I submitted all my rebuttal materials to Mr. Jaques agreed to send one last reply before potential ligation. I paid his fees and the next day Mr. Jaques decided he didn't want to continue representing me. I felt this was understandable because it was mutual and he did refund my money but it was very unfortunate that it took so long to reach this conclusion. As most people know when you're in a dispute with someone where you feel you need legal representation, it is a time-sensitive matter. So, I am giving him a low score due to the errors he made in our initial contact and for being difficult to get ahold of. My score does not reflect the fact that he discontinued me as his client. I ended up finding an attorney that was a better fit so it worked out in the long run.
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Work Experience

  • Fouder, CEO
  • The Jaques Law Office
  • 1996 - Present
  • Equity Partner
  • Higgs Fletcher & Mack, LLP - San Diego
  • 1980 - 1996
  • Associate Attorney
  • Overton Lyman & Prince - Los Angeles
  • 1978 - 1980
  • Legislative Assistant
  • United States Senate
  • 1973 - 1975
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  • Duke University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Stanford University
  • AB - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Considine v. Shadle Hunt & Hagar LLP
  • Won on appeal


  • Duke Law School Alumi Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • United States States Senate Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • Stanford Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 1973 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County
  • President
  • 1988 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Bruce
Libel and slander Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"A fierce advocate for his clients."
Business Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bruce and I worked together on a contentious business sale. Bruce was thorough and well-versed in all aspects of civil litigation. Over the years Bruce and I have become friends and I admire his enthusiasm for the law and the respect he has earned throughout the Southern California legal community. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"“Bruce Jaques is a great civil litigator and an asset to our San Diego legal community. He is a skilled attorney and a great advocate on behalf of his clients. He is a great source of knowledge and I would highly recommend him.”"
Litigation Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bruce and I were opposing counsel in a contract dispute. While Bruce advocated zealously for his client, he was also extremely professional to me. His clients and we lawyers in the community are fortunate to have him in practice here. I endorse this lawyer."
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