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Kalyan Dev Pokala

Litigation Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   12 reviews

also known as Pokala Law APC, Kalyan Pokala

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Kalyan

Learn Kalyan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Our firm represents businesses and individuals in many different types of litigation, from business disputes, to employment law.

    16 years

  2. Employment and labor
    Plaintiff and Defense for Employment matters, including wage and hours, misclassification, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and harassment.

    16 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Our firm drafts and reviews contracts on behalf of our clients, on a wide variety of topics. From purchase agreements, to licensing arrangements, to leases and more.

    16 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    Anything a small business needs from an attorney, whether it be incorporations, partnership agreements, operating agreements, by-laws, etc.

    16 years

  5. Intellectual property
    Our firm offers our clients the ability to file trademark applications for their business names and logos.

    16 years

  6. Business
    Anything a small business needs. From simple to complex situations.

    16 years

I am the principal of Pokala Law APC, my practice primarily focusing on small business law. From creation to dissolution, and to everything in between, I fulfill the needs of my small business clients. My firm also specializes in personal injury, employment law, and intellectual property issues.


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Pokala Law APC
2535 Kettner Blvd
Ste. 2C2
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Posted by Joel | January 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Employment case
The entire team at this law firm has been fantastic. I hired them for an employment dispute. They aided resolving the case. Their attention to detail, patience, willingness to actually listen to me was second to none. If you are considering hiring this firm rest assured they’ll fight for your case. Your search for an attorney ends here. These guys will have your back. Thanks again you guys for seeing this to resolve.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2017
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The best lawyer in San Diego
I hired Kalyan because my restaurant got sued for alleged ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) violations. Kalyan was reasonably priced, experienced and dogged in his representation of my small business. He was a great communicator and worked with me to understand what the lawsuit meant, what I needed to do, and how best to prevent future ADA lawsuits. Thanks to him, I was able to successfully defend my restaurant from the lawsuit and get the case dismissed without having to pay a cent for a settlement. I would recommend Kalyan to any small business owner being sued for non-compliance with the ADA. Now my restaurant is ADA-compliant and I know that I’ve found an attorney to represent my small business’ legal interests for life.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2017
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Exceptional Attorney!
I was in a heated legal battle with my business partner and needed an excellent lawyer. I contacted 5 different attorneys before Kalyan and they were either too expensive, too busy or didn't take my matter seriously. When I called Kalyan, he welcomed my case, assured me of his attention, and was the cheapest. He hit the ground running on my matter, went above and beyond whenever I needed him and constantly asked how else he can help with the matter. He is very knowledgeable and thorough in legal matters. He even let me make payments on my bill. Kalyan is a great human being, an honest and realistic attorney. He will work with you till the end and even when it is over he will continue to guide you where necessary to keep you on top of business things. Kalyan is that one person whom when you have a legal matter he comes to mind because he is that good, he will never let you down and you can always count on him without worrying about a bill that will break your back. I will always recommend him to my friends and family.
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Posted by Rachel | May 2, 2017
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In seeking an attorney to assist me with a landlord dispute, I was referred to Kalyan by a high school friend and was glad to be!! Kalyan’s responsiveness to inquiries was greatly appreciated, his professionalism in written communication to the landlord was top-notch, and his response to a harassing phone call he took from my landlord was handled appropriately. Taking all these elements into account, I’d highly recommend Kalyan!
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Posted by Chris | June 25, 2016
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Easily among the best!!
You will not find a better attorney or better rates for legal services of this quality anywhere. After working with Mr. Pokala for a couple weeks now, I can confidently say that he's among the absolute best at what he does. Not only does he communicate clearly, he keeps himself available for his clients and he really takes his time to understand you and your unique situation. Most of all, Mr. Pokala is kind, intelligent, and you will not find better rates for the effort and care that Mr. Pokala puts into his work. If you need an attorney, then you need Kalyan Pokala. When I found myself in a confusing and frustrating legal situation, Mr. Pokala offered me absolutely unmatched professionalism, expert advice, and a clear plan to resolve my situation. I didn't have a lot of time or money to work with, but Mr. Pokala worked with me to make sure we made the most of what little resources I had. My situation was complicated, but he listened carefully, did his research, and did everything he could to ensure that my problem would come to a positive resolution for me. And it has! I cannot express how thankful I am to have been referred to this attorney. If I ever need any legal services of any kind again, Mr. Pokala is absolutely the first phone call I am going to make.
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Posted by René | February 5, 2016
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Personable - Highly Recommended
Kalyan is very helpful in a copyright infringement case. He responded almost immediately to my inquiry. He asked for pertinent information and after I sent him everything, he had a letter ready within less than 24 hours. Although the case is not resolved yet, I do feel in very good hands. Besides, he was very generous to our non-profit organization. I highly recommend him for small business or non-profit work.
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Posted by Valente | January 26, 2016
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Great Small Business Lawyer
Helps you with your start up business, gets it license for you and follows up with the process. Kalyan helped me get my LLC for my business and answer my copyright questions. He is really straightforward and honest and actually save me $800 when he told me to wait until the next year to file the LLC.
Posted by Rachel | January 15, 2016
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Personable, Knowledgeable, Dedicated
Kalyan was recommended by a creative friend when I found myself in a contract dispute with a publisher regarding the cancellation of (and rights to) a project. Kalyan replied to me immediately and we talked through the case timeline, contract, and assorted records I had in my favor. Over the course of lengthy correspondence with the publisher, Kalyan proved himself to be personable, knowledgeable, dedicated, and patient. After several months of negotiations, the publisher and I were finally able to come to an agreement. It was all thanks to Kalyan's hard work. If you're self-employed in the arts and in need of a lawyer: I would highly recommend you reach out to Kalyan.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2015
Mr. Pokala is full of energy to get the job done!
My Business partner and I were at a stand still with our contracts and had been putting them off because this task can be very daunting! Mr. Pokala put us at ease and explained what needed to be done to finish them up and the time frame it would take for them to get done. He finished our contracts in a timely manner and let us get back to what we love doing!
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Posted by Anna | May 29, 2015
Efficient and Reasonable
I am a Wedding/Boudoir Photographer and I own my own company. I have used Kalyan legal services for Incorporating, writing contracts and just about all my small business legal needs. I received all the help I needed and I was given legal advice and help with my small business. Kalyan is professional, and he is very quick to make you feel that he has your full attention. I recommend using Kalyan for your legal small business needs so you will be assured that all your legal matters are taken care of with care and properly in a timely manor.
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Posted by sainieneeraj | March 3, 2015
Kalyan is the man!
I was new in California and unaware of insurance laws, I rented a pickup truck and thought its covered by my credit card. Apparently it wasn't when I got falsely accused of hitting another person's car. The person's insurance contacted me and tried to put me through the wringer. I called Kalyan and he straightened the situation out he quickly convinced the insurance company that I had nothing to do with the person's car. They dropped the claim and left me alone, Kalyan is a life-saver! Highly recommended
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Posted by Alison | February 10, 2016
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Affordable, Knowledgeable, Courteous Family Atty.
Mr. Pokala has been working with my family regarding updating the family trust. His insights have helped us to create a solid document that we feel can withstand the test of time as well as address many unforeseen issues we did not initially know could apply. With a large document to review such as the family trust, he always kept us informed of what items lie ahead to address, worked with us to monitor billing accruals which can be costly, can made payments easy. Additionally, he would always make himself available to us for questions, emails, calls, or visits. I rated him "good" as I've not had a lot of experience with the legal system and he's our first family lawyer, so this is a good starting point for us. We've found him very trustworthy and will keep us coming back with any legal issues we encounter, and as a result, he is definitely recommended by us.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-35%
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Kalyan D. Pokala Attorney at Law
  • 2008 - Present


  • Univ Of St Thomas Sol - Minneapolis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Carnegie Mellon Univ
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Blasgen v. Refractive Dialer, LLC
  • Settlement


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Telugu
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo Clients Choice 2016
  • Avvo
  • 2016


Speaking Engagements

  • Accomplishment Coaching Coaches' Training Program
  • Why Incorporation Might Not Be Right For Your Business
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
Endorse Kalyan
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kalyan is a dedicated attorney. He is passionate about the law and fights hard for his clients. I highly recommend Kalyan for Employment Law matters."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I really consider him as my West Coast office. Very trustworthy, eager, and hard working!"
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I would not hesitate to hire Mr. Pokala. If you want the job done right the first time, he's your guy."
Litigation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Friend
"I've known Kalyan for over a decade. When he gets a case, he will follow it to the ends of the earth for his client, and he will do everything he can to get the best possible result. We have consulted on several cases, and I can say this firsthand. I heartily recommend this attorney."
Litigation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kalyan is a creative, tenacious, and tireless advocate."
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