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Darin L. Wessel is a partner in the San Diego office of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP (formerly Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, LLP) and a member of its Strategy, Writs and Appeals Team. Darin is a board certified Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.  He is AV rated.


Darin works on appellate cases throughout California.  His appellate work covers a variety of civil litigation matters with primary emphasis on real estate, employment law, and business liability cases.  He also has experience handling appeals involving family law, product liability, "anti-SLAPP" and class actions. 


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  1. Appeals: 70%
    21 years
  2. Real Estate: 11%
    19 years
  3. Employment: 11%
    18 years
  4. Ethics: 5%
    19 years
  5. Construction: 3%
    21 years



Hourly ($300-400/hour), Retainer (sometimes)

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Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP

550 W. C Street
Suite 1900
San Diego, CA, 92101

Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP

801 S Figueroa St 15th Fl
Los Angeles, CA, 90017



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
San Diego Super Lawyer - AppellateSuperLawyers2013
San Diego Super Lawyer - AppellateSuperLawyers2012
2010 Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
2009 Southern California SuperlawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
2006 Southern California Super Lawyer - AppellateLaw & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine2006
2005 Southern California Super Lawyer - AppellateLaw & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine2005
2004 Southern California Super Lawyer - AppellateLaw & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine2004
Service AwardTom Homann Law Association2000
Governor's CommodationGovernor of California2000
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerManning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP (formerly Manning & Marder)2006 - Present
PartnerMaxie Rheinheimer Stephens & Vrevich, LLP2001 - 2006
AssociateMaxie Rheinheimer Stephens & Vrevich, LLP1998 - 2001
AssociateGibbs, Eppsteiner & Stagg1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
COFACSCo-Founder/Member1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1995 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1998 - 1999
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1997 - 2009
Tom Homann Law AssociationMember/Chair Amicus Committee1995 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownMalicious Prosecution - Counsel’s Letters and Phone Calls Protesting Client’s Innocence Are Insufficient to Establish Lack of Probable Cause2006
Institute for Paralegal EducationEffective Legal Writing for Paralegals in California1999
UnknownDemystifying The Appellate Process1999
UnknownArbitration In The Workplace – What Does The Future Hold For The Arbitration Provisions In Your Employment Contracts?1999
California Appellate Practice Handbook (7th Ed.)Chapter Editor - Appellate Court ProceduresN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of California - San DiegoPolitical Science and HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Inn of CourtsWhen It Doesn’t Work at First: Making Your Record for Appeal or When You’re Winning: Making Sure Your Victory is Preserved When The Losing Side Appeals2007
San Diego Legal Secretary's Assn. monthly seminarDemystifying the Appellate Process, What You Need to Know and What You Want to Know to Do it Right2000
Effective Legal Writing for Paralegals in CaliforniaEffective Legal Writing for Paralegals in California1999
Appellate Courts CommitteeBonding and Undertaking Issues On Appeal1999
Tom Homann Law Assn. Monthy SeminarAvoiding Malpractice and Conflicts of Interest for Small Firms and Sole Practitioners1998
Tom Homann Law Assn. Monthly SeminarFundamentals of Litigating a Section 1983 Civil Rights Case (from the Defense Perspective)1997
Start Up to ProsperityLegal Fundamentals of Starting a Small Business1996