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         The practice of law can be summarized in a single
word: integrity. A lawyer works his entire career to develop
his reputation among his peers and with his clients, without
either of whom the lawyer would not have a practice. It is my
belief that there is not a single dispute that can be created
that is worth compromising my integrity over. Similarly, while
I strongly advocate aggressive client representation (as ultimately
my duty is to my client to ensure the best result), I even more
strongly advocate professional courtesy and cooperation. While
there are hundreds of thousands of lawyers nationwide, the litigation
community is still relatively small and, simply put, there is
more to be gained by maintaining a strong professional relationship
with opposing counsel than to unnecessarily create a contentious
relationship. At some point in a litigation matter the respective
attorneys are going to have to communicate effectively with one
another in the best interest of their respective clients. A severed
relationship precludes this dialogue, and often leads to unnecessary
costs and fees to the client by way of additional court hearings,
discovery motions, telephone calls, and letters.


            Along the same
lines, while every matter needs to be prepared as if it will
proceed to trial, each matter at some point should attempt some
form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The lawyer who
sits back on the premise that every case will settle (so why
work it up aggressively?) does a disservice to himself and his
clients. Discovery is the lawyers’ opportunity to ascertain
the merits of their respective cases; oftentimes the facts as
you think you know them on day one have morphed into a very different
picture several months into the case. However, once a sufficient
amount of discovery (interrogatories, document production, admissions,
depositions) has been conducted to ascertain the merits of a
particular matter, the parties must engage in some form of alternative
dispute resolution. Ideally, this takes the form of a mediation,
where a neutral third party encourages dialogue amongst the parties
in an attempt to informally resolve the dispute. Many times each
side has a very different opinion of the value of a case; in
such case, binding or non-binding arbitration may make sense
to obtain the impartial opinion of a qualified third party.


            As
a lawyer I have evaluated hundreds of cases, and I pride myself
on my ability to accurately ascertain the value of a particular
matter. This helps me to properly advise my clients. Having practiced
on both sides of the table, as both a plaintiff lawyer and defense
counsel, I understand both sides arguments in working up a case
and generally know what the other side is going to offer in terms
of presenting their case. With my mediation practice, this experience
allows me offer insight to each party into the merits of the
opposing side’s position, and ultimately to assist in moving
the matter toward a successful resolution. I take pride in both
facets of my practice and believe that these complementary aspects
of the practice of law help me to be a better lawyer for my litigation
clients and a better mediator for my mediation clients.


            I provide
a free initial consultation of 45 minutes, and would be happy
to sit down and discuss your matter with you. If I am unable
to assist you, I will advise you accordingly and hopefully can
direct you to someone who might better assist you. Thank you
for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to working
with you.

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Languages spoken: Spanish

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Licensed

  1. Car Accident: 30%
    16 years, 325 cases
  2. Nursing Home Abuse: 25%
    10 years, 24 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    16 years, 450 cases
  4. Brain Injury: 15%
    16 years, 32 cases
  5. Insurance: 10%
    16 years, 44 cases

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (45 minutes)

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    Henry Harmeling is a true professional when it comes to his knowledge of the law and relationships he builds with his clients. He is an expert in his craft and his passion for assisting clients during their time of need really shows in the work he provides.

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    I have worked with Henry on several matters. Henry is an exceptional attorney. He is professional and has a strong work ethic. His knowledge of the law, compassion for his clients, and aggressive litigation skills enable him to achieve great results. Above all else, he is a great person and I'm proud to work with him. I highly recommend Henry.

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Contact info

The Kindley Firm, APC

275 West Market Street
San Diego, CA, 92101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200005/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best of the BarSan Diego Business Journal2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Kindley Firm, APC2016 - Present
AttorneyTAYLOR | ANDERSON LLP2014 - 2015
PresidentLeucadia Law & Mediation2006 - 2014
Senior AssociateShifflet Kane & Konoske LLP2003 - 2006
AssociateLevinson Bright & Roberts, LLP2003 - 2003
AssociateClements & Knock, LLP2001 - 2003
AttorneySan Diego County District Attorney2000 - 2001
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego County Bar Association, Fee Arbitration CommitteeMediator2008 - Present
San Diego Superior Court - Mediation PanelMediator2007 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationOfficer2000 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Johnson v. B.E.S.C.R.Judgment for over $150,000
Syntec Diamond Tools, Inc. v. Tecnomel International Corp., et al.Judgment for Client
Gaffney-Terry v. AMEX Assurance Co.Successful settlement - insurance bad faith
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of California - Los AngelesEnglishOther - Bachelors1993