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Hamilton E. Arendsen

Personal injury Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   18 reviews

Licensed for 21 years

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Mr. Arendsen is a founding partner of Arendsen Braddock LLP, a personal injury law firm. He founded the firm after a distinguished career with the Justice Department, having served as a Deputy Chief in the Trial Section of the United States Attorney’s Office here in San Diego. In addition to trying his own cases, Mr. Arendsen supervised a team of prosecutors and received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for his work prosecuting violent crime and drug trafficking cases. An experienced trial lawyer with over 30 jury trials to his credit, Mr. Arendsen now puts his advocacy skills to work representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries and their families. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, a nationally-recognized Super Lawyer and Lawyer of Distinction, and received the Outstanding Trial Lawyer award. He also has a perfect 10 rating on Avvo, the nation’s leading attorney review website, and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mr. Arendsen grew up in Wisconsin and then attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science in 1997, earning honors from Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key National Honor Society. Mr. Arendsen then attended the University of Illinois College of Law, where he served on the Law Review, the board of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and provided free legal services to victims of domestic abuse and low-income families through the school’s clinic. In 2000, Mr. Arendsen graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, and then began a clerkship with the Honorable Henry A. Politz on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

After his clerkship, Mr. Arendsen joined the nationally renowned law firm of Gibson Dunn as a litigation associate in their San Francisco office. While at Gibson, Mr. Arendsen focused on high profile antitrust cases, securities fraud, and other areas of complex litigation. He also dedicated a portion of his practice to pro bono projects, earning the Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award from the San Francisco Bar Association. Mr. Arendsen left Gibson in 2004 to join the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego, where he took numerous difficult cases to trial and earned a reputation as a tenacious courtroom advocate. In 2007, Mr. Arendsen returned to Wisconsin for two years, supplementing his civil litigation and white-collar experience while working at Godfrey & Kahn in Madison.

Mr. Arendsen then returned to the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego in 2009, where he became a Deputy Chief in the Trial Section of the office. In addition to trying his own cases, Mr. Arendsen supervised a team of prosecutors. He also received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition and the Police Department Meritorious Unit Citation for his work prosecuting violent crime and drug trafficking cases.

In 2012, Mr. Arendsen left government service to hone his civil trial skills at Gomez Trial Attorneys. While working with the Gomez firm, Mr. Arendsen built a reputation as a compassionate, zealous, and trusted advocate for his clients. His successes included helping secure a $5,000,000 settlement in a federal wrongful death case and obtaining a million dollar judgment after a jury trial for a well-deserving client who suffered a significant ankle fracture after being struck by a car in downtown San Diego.

Mr. Arendsen then went on to secure numerous multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients while working as partner with Arendsen Cane Molnar LLP before founding Arendsen Braddock LLP.

In addition to helping his clients in the courtroom, Mr. Arendsen continues to focus on public service. He enjoys presenting at local grade schools for Constitution Day, working with law school moot court teams, and participating in community outreach programs put on by the Federal District Court and other organizations. He is an active member of the Lawyer’s Club and the Federal Bar Association and enjoys emceeing various events for the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, as well as teaching trial advocacy courses at local law schools.

Mr. Arendsen lives with his wife, Anne, and two young boys in the Scripps Ranch community of San Diego. In addition to spending time with their boys and coaching Little League, Mr. Arendsen enjoys jogging around Mission Bay, dining out with friends and motorcycle riding.

Licensed for 21 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 12/04/2022
State WI
Status Resigned
Acquired 2008
Updated 03/05/2023

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

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Arendsen Braddock LLP
1245 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92101


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by MICHAEL | June 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I’m eternally grateful for Arendsen service and I hereby recommend him without reservation. Arendsen is an ideal example of hope to my family. If you have options, allow make this guy your only option because you would be far from disappointed. The likelihood of a satisfactory resolution is far from the impossible. Not only was he able to defend me, but he has a calm and empathetic demeanor, and I look forward to hearing how he helped you. I can truly go on, and on, so based off your situation, allow him the opportunity of hearing your situation, so you can move forward with the blessing of help. Mike J
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Posted by Lydia | October 25, 2022
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Completely 100% satisfied
Our son was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding his skateboard in Ocean Beach. The police located the driver and we hired Hamilton Arendsen to represent us in the wrongful death case against the driver. Hamilton was outstanding: patient, clear in his communications with us, and compassionate to our massive grief. He helped us understand the criminal case and put our dealings with the prosecutor in perspective. He effectively argued our case with the driver’s insurance company and achieved a settlement for the full policy limit. We have no hesitation in recommending Hamilton as an outstanding lawyer and effective advocate.
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Posted by Zeferino ortiz | March 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
I had an injury case he did an excellent work to achieve the best positive outcome for me.
Posted by Alyssa | February 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Felt so supported
Hamilton was awesome. I was super apprehensive about working with a lawyer and he made it so painless from start to finish. He was in constant communication as things progressed and got to a great result. Definitely recommend!
Posted by Meredith | November 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Arendsen Braddock 5 Stars
The Arendsen Braddock team was incredible to work with from start to finish. They turned something intimidating, scary and overwhelming into something of ease. We provided the basic information and they handled everything else. We were always kept updated on where we were in our case and anytime a question arose, we received a thorough response within 24 hours. Not only was the Arendsen Braddock team dedicated to helping us settle our case and recoup our losses, but I felt like they were just as equally invested in our emotional well-being. That goes a long way these days!
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Posted by Rebecca | April 25, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney
I was put in touch with Hamilton Arendsen after my brother died from an auto accident. He was easy to talk to and did some research for me. I ultimately decided not to pursue the case, but Mr. Arendsen and his associates took the time to help me and I was very impressed with him and his associates.
Posted by Juan | April 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Motorcycle accident
Best motorcycle accident attorney! Not to long ago I got into an accident on a harly and needed an attorney. So I contacted Hamilton arendsen . During everything I needed to have surgery and didn't know where to turn, Hamilton hooked me up with an awesome doctor/surgeon. Throughout the entire process if I had any questions or concerns I could always get a hold of him on his cell if not at the office . Hamilton helped me win my case and I would without a second thought in my mind recommend Hamilton arendsen to anyone who has been in a car or motorcycle accident. Thank you for everything you helped me get through and for the outcome of my case .
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Posted by Joe | February 24, 2022
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Motorcycle Injury
In July of 2020, I was in a motorcycle accident on my Harley Davidson where a LYFT driver didn’t see me and cut into my lane. I had surgery on my elbow and was hospitalized for a week. I contacted Hamilton Arendsen from my hospital bed after a friend referred me. Hamilton responded to me right away and was very personable. He is also a motorcycle rider so I felt like I was talking to a friend. He was very thorough explaining the process and always answered whenever I would text or call. We ended up getting a very nice settlement. He also set me up with some great doctors who helped me immensely in my recovery. Highest recommendation for anyone needing an experienced attorney!
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Posted by John | February 12, 2022
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Hamilton Arendsen - What a great choice!
My wife and I were in a motorcycle accident caused by the other driver. The accident was traumatic. I had my Harley-Davidson for 10 years and riding was a big part of our lives. The bike was totaled and we were left with mounting medical bills. After trying to work with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and getting nowhere, we contacted Arendsen Braddock Law. What a great choice! Mr. Arendsen provided excellent counsel. I also found out, he too is an avid motorcycle rider. During the process of trying to reach a settlement he was a great communicator. He consistently provided updates and allowed us to make choices on how we wanted to proceed. Mr. Arendsen truly cared about us and worked hard to get the best possible results. My wife and I are very pleased with our settlement and highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Camille | August 2, 2021
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Top notch lawyer who truly cares
Hamilton was referred to me by a lawyer that I found online. I was out of country at the time, but I needed to change lawyers to help me with an ongoing investigation. I could tell that I was talking to a top notch lawyer from the very first call. He made sure that I understood the procedures and he really spent the time to answer all of my questions. He provided me with expert advice about the pros and cons of each move. He empathized with our situation. He's quick to respond, very supportive, understanding, and he made me feel secure. I felt bad about bombarding him with so many questions throughout the case, but he still had the same caring demeanor each time. He proposed a recommendation that would have avoided charges being filed; but, I didn't follow through because I let my emotions take over me. When the charges were filed, he built great rapport with the prosecutor, kept constant communication, and secured the best resolution for my case. I don't think I would have gotten the same results if I went with a different lawyer. He saved me, my family's future, and gave us a second chance to start over. Words cannot express how truly grateful we are for his help. I'll never forget this experience and how much he's helped us get through it. I'd strongly recommend Hamilton to anyone.
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Posted by RJ | December 6, 2016
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Federal Criminal Case
I found myself involved in a sophisticated gambling indictment involving 22 people. Having this been my first incident with the law, I was very nervous and scared about what might happen. Thankfully, a friend referred me to attorney Hamilton Arendsen. Hamilton is a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of California in San Diego and specializes in federal cases. He knew the federal system inside and out, knew all the prosecutors on my case, and did an excellent job explaining everything to me. Over the course of the case, he and his colleague were in frequent contact with me, always returned my calls promptly, and assured me that everything would be all right. They kept my stress level down and told me not to worry about the case and let them worry about it. Hearing that made life better for me. Hamilton was able to negotiate me a very good deal and the one I was looking for. I didn't have to do any custody and paid a very minimal fine, especially compared to the rest of the defendants, who had similar charges. Since I was possibly facing a 24-month prison sentence, I am extremely happy with the results. In the future, I will definitely refer anyone dealing with a criminal issue, particularly federal, to Hamilton and those he works with. Because of his negotiating skills and federal criminal experience, I have been able to start a new life. For that I am forever grateful. Thank you very much!
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Posted by Richard | February 4, 2016
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The Best!!!!
Hamilton is a wonderful representative! He is a great, competent, communicator keeping me informed and aware of the status of of my case at all times. I am very pleased with his knowledge and ability. I feel very lucky to have found him in my time of need and thankful for his help and representation. Much appreciated!!!
Posted by Sharon | October 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer!
I recently had a family member caught at the border driving a car with a significant amount of methamphetamine. I desperately began researching lawyers and making calls. After speaking with several, I knew he was the one. He had several years as a prosecutor and and knew the federal criminal system inside and out. He was very familiar with all the judges and prosecutors. He was quick to help out, he showed up to the court the same day at very short notice. He would contact us at every step of the way.He was very accessible, responding to our texts and emails in a very quick manner. Through he diligence and caring, he successfully proved and convinced the prosecutors of my nephews innocence. After 2 months and facing 25 years, our nephew is home!!! He gave a young man his life and future back. We cannot show enough gratitude and respect for this lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2015
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My case
Mr Arendsen was very efficient and professional in helping me resolve my federal gun case! Due to his hard work and diligence , Mr Arendsen resolved got my gun charges all the way down to a deferred prosecution with a dismissal after six months ! Without his help my 17 year law enforcement career and livelihood would have came to an end ! I would recommend him to my family and friends in any legal matters.
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Posted by John | June 29, 2015
Look No Further!
I highly recommend Hamilton to anyone looking for an attorney. First and foremost, Hamilton is an excellent attorney that gets results. I got struck by a car while on my road bike and had some pretty serious injuries. Hamilton secured a very fair settlement for me. Hamilton is a former federal prosecutor and has a ton of trial experience, and I think that really helps when negotiating with the other side. Perhaps more important than being a great lawyer, Hamilton exemplifies client service and stayed in frequent contact with me to update me on the case and answer any questions I had. He took the time to explain every aspect of the case, allowing me to make important decisions about my case with his guidance but no pressure. Finally, Hamilton truly cares about his clients. It doesn't matter if your case is big or small, if he takes you on, he makes you a priority. He often called just to see how I was doing, even if there were no case developments to talk about. Look no further than this former federal prosecutor to handle your case.
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Posted by 1 happy marine | June 20, 2015
one bad azz attorney
So there i was facing the fed court system in san diego on a serious unregistered weapons charge. Hamilton truly is a attorney who can make "the opposing side" see the facts of your case and come to a more than reasonable offer. I am more than grateful!! He is a Honest, well spoken, experienced man who got me way better results than i was expecting. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Alex | December 19, 2014
An outstanding attorney who will work with you not just for you.
Hamilton Andersen recently handled a multistate business litigation matter for our company. I consider Hamilton to be an outstanding attorney, not just because he has an excellent grasp of the law, but equally as important, he took the time to ensure that we fully understood the various procedural and substantive issues arose during the course of the litigation. Hamilton was always attentive to our concerns and quick to respond to our questions. He did great job explaining the nuances of the legal issues and I never felt rushed in my conversations with him. In contrast to many attorneys who seem more interested in protecting themselves by not offering their opinions, Hamilton gave it to us straight. He set forth the pros and cons of the various decisions and then offered us his professional recommendation on we proceed instead of just leaving us to weigh the various factors by ourselves. This is a refreshing difference which sets him apart from scores of other attorneys we have dealt with over the years. I consider that Hamilton was not just our attorney but rather our partner in dealing with this legal matter and look forward to the next opportunity to work with him.
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Posted by Clarence | December 15, 2014
When the odds were against me
I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for Hamilton Arendsen. In February of this year I was in an accident while riding my motorcycle to work. The accident caused several injuries which included an amputated finger and 2 broken ankles. Even though the police report said I was at fault he was able to obtain a large settlement for me in a very short period of time. Mr. Arendsen is a former trial lawyer at the United States Attorney's Office and now has a personal injury practice at Gomez Trial Attorneys and specializes in motorcycle cases. His experience is what made me choose him, his efficiency and dedication to my case is why I STRONGLY recommend him!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Arendsen Braddock LLP
  • 2020 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Thomas Jefferson School Of Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Arendsen Cane Molnar LLP
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Senior Trial Lawyer
  • Gomez Trial Attorneys
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Deputy Chief, Trial Section
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Senior Associate
  • Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • U.S. Department Of Justice
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Junior Associate
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Law Clerk to Judge Henry A. Politz
  • Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals
  • 2000 - 2001
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  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Southern Illinois University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
  • United States Congress
  • 2012
  • Senate Certificate of Recognition
  • California State Senate
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • 2011
  • Meritorious Unit Citation
  • El Cajon Police Department
  • 2010
  • Special Achievement Award
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 2005
  • Outstanding Public Service Award
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • 2000
  • Perfect GPA Award
  • Southern Illinois University
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Stars Awards Dinner
  • Emcee
  • 2014
  • North County Bar Lecture Series
  • The Six Minute Closing
  • 2014
  • Law School Course
  • Federal Criminal Practice
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Arendsen since he was one of the supervising prosecutors at the United States Attorney's Office in San Diego. He has earned a tremendous reputation in both criminal and civil courts on both the state and federal level throughout Southern California. Mr. Arendsen is a highly skilled, passionate, and honest attorney. I proudly endorse him and wish him nothing but continued success in his career."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hamilton is a highly skilled, experienced, and passionate litigator. He is one of the few attorneys I trust to handle cases for my clients, family, or friends. Not only is he an accomplished trial attorney that is highly respected in the legal community, Hamilton is also a compassionate, ethical attorney that always does what is in the best interests of his clients. He truly cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Arendsen is very knowledgeable and experienced in criminal defense. He is smart, passionate and understands the criminal law procedure. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hamilton is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Arendson is an extremely knowledgeable Attorney and mentor to new Attorney's in the community. I learned a lot from him and from his abilities in court. You will not be disappointed with your decision to hire Mr. Arendson."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Arendsen is knowledgeable, compassionate and fiercely dedicated to his clients. He works tirelessly to ensure each and every client receives unparalleled representation. I trust him implicitly and endorse him without hesitation."
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San Diego Personal injury Lawyer Hamilton E. Arendsen
Hamilton E. Arendsen
Personal injury Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 21 years
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