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Samuel Eugene Spital

Licensing Attorney at SAN DIEGO, CA

5.0   256 reviews
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  • Licensed for 53 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1971
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Samuel

Learn Samuel’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Licensing
    70%
    Served over 7 years as a Deputy Attorney General prosecuting cases for State. For past 33* years, Defense Counsel in PROFESSIONAL STATE BOARD LICENSING CASES in both Northern & Southern California, in hearings and investigations involving Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurses, Contractors, Physical Therapists, Dentists, Respiratory Care Practitioners, Veterinarians, Engineers, Accountants, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Counselors, Chiropractors and nearly all other licensees.Get Free consult

    53 years, 6,000 cases

  2. Administrative law
    20%
    Served over 7 years as a Deputy Attorney General prosecuting cases for State. For past 33+ years, Defense Counsel in PROFESSIONAL STATE BOARD LICENSING CASES in both Northern & Southern California, in hearings and investigations involving Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurses, Contractors, Physical Therapists, Dentists, Respiratory Care Practitioners, Veterinarians, Engineers, Accountants, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Counselors, Chiropractors and nearly all other licensees.Get Free consult

    53 years, 11,000 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    5%
    State and Federal Criminal Defense. Representation in investigations, arrests and defense of all felony and Misdemeanor Crimes, including Juveniles and Adult cases: Sex crimes Drug charges DUI, DWI MIP and serious traffic violations; Hit and Run Domestic violence, Spousal Battery Violent crimes: Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Assault White collar crimes: Theft, embezzlement and fraud Probation and sentencing hearings Criminal cases involving 3 strike law State and Federal Criminal appeals

    53 years, 7,000 cases

  4. Federal crime
    5%
    Federal Criminal Defense. Representation in investigations, arrests and defense of all federal offenses, including: Sex crimes Drug charges Bank, Fraud, Embezzlement and Violent crimes White collar crimes Federal Criminal appeal

    54 years, 4,000 cases

"#1 CLIENT'S CHOICE" AWARD 2007-2024 (18) YEARS IN A ROW). PROFESSIONAL LICENSE DEFENSE SINCE 1978. OVER 300 "5 STAR" CLIENT REVIEWS AND ATTORNEY ENDORSEMENTS. BEGINNING 1970, FORMER DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL REPRESENTING NEARLY ALL CALIFORNIA REGULATORY AGENCIES

Sam Spital is a former California Deputy Attorney General, handling over 50 Criminal Appeals to the California and U.S. Supreme Court. During that period of time, Sam was supervised by Senior Deputy Attorneys General (some of whom had gone on to become Judges in California), including the most recent Chief Justice Ron George of the California Supreme Court.

 

Also, in his capacity as a DAG, Sam prosecuted countless Administrative Law State Board professional licensing matters for nearly every Board, Bureau and Department in California, including the Medical Board, Board of Registered Nursing, Dental Board, Board of Accountancy, Board of Behavioral Sciences, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Psychology, Physical Therapy Board, Board of Optometry, Board of Veterinary Medicine, Board of Professional Engineers, Contractors' State License Board, Bureau of Automotive Repair, Department of Real Estate and the Department of Health.

 

In 1978, Sam started his own Law Firm, with 7 offices, a team of 10 lawyers and nearly 50 employees handling over 10,000 cases. Also, Sam served as a San Diego Deputy Probation Officer (2001-2002), preparing criminal sentence reports for Superior Court. The firm limits its focus and specializes in identifiable practice areas.

 

Sam has written numerous published articles in local, statewide and national publications, as well as been invited to lecture both inside California as well as in other states.

 

The law firm's relentless focus is on its clients and their needs and desires. This continues to be the paradigm for the law firm, over any monetary compensation. The motto is: "A Law Firm that Cares!"

 

On August 13, 2008, Fox Channel 5 News invited Sam to be a Legal Commentator on the morning news program.

 

Awards

Gold Client Champion
Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
2024 2023 2022 + 12 ...
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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Location

Samuel Spital & Associates
8880 Rio San Diego Dr Suite 800
SAN DIEGO, CA, 92108-1642
Chula Vista Affiliate's Offices & Of Counsel
585 Third Avenue
Chula Vista, CA, 91910
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Reviews

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  256 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jeff | March 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Very Best
First, do not hesitate for a second on his upfront retainer cost. Sam worked tirelessly from the beginning to the very end for me. They were available during evenings and weekends, providing thorough and exhaustive legal counsel beyond anything I was expecting. The sheer amount of documentation provided to me regarding what they advised to be my safest legal route far exceeding my expectations. If you have a professional issue with your license, this is the A team. These are the people you reach out to when you believe you have no options left. This isn’t a practice where you have to wade through legal assistants or secretaries, you have direct access to them and you are not passed around. They are fantastic and would recommend them to anyone attempting to protect their profession license.
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Response from Samuel Spital March 5, 2023
Jeff, when we accepted your case, we knew it was the most important and career defining moment in your life, not just another "case" to a lawyer. We reciprocated your trust and belief by prioritizing our time, tasks, resources and methodology to develop a pivotal defense and compelling "offense." When your state of affairs were obviously challenging to say the least, we focused on your goals, continuing to utilize our resources to design relevant and truly persuasive legal arguments, knowing this was also an opportunity for you to build your own self-confidence. Jeff, as our client, YOU REALLY MATTER. And, we are grateful you selected my team. May your life also be enriched with good health and positivity, Much appreciated, Sam Spital, Managing Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Sam is very dedicated to his clients and does not give up in seeking the best outcome. He gave me hope and helped to navigate my complex case and save my license. I am now able to continue my career thanks to him
Response from Samuel Spital February 23, 2023
There is no greater reward than obtaining a winning result for our client, and we are grateful YOU had 100% trust and confidence in the systematic approach we utilized and the painstaking efforts to accomplish everything we set out to do. We are proud to have performed targeted research, proper analysis of the legally significant facts and law, pivotal strategy and building a comprehensive, lengthy written composition to obtain a favorable outcome as you deserved; far greater than a minimal effort or superficial and incomplete presentation. Wishing you the best now and in the future.
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Posted by Linda | February 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Sui Generis "ONE OF A KIND" describes Sam Spital
I hired Samuel Spital based on his reviews, his knowledge, his vast experience, his prolific writings about law, but mostly his COMPASSION that hemorrhaged from his soul when he spoke with me at length about my case with the Medical Board. Sam is a resolute defender extraordinaire. Please do not hesitate to trust Attorney Sam Spital's recommendations, which includes his associate Attorney Elizabeth Brady's mitigation package that involves their ingenious "Step" plan, etc. I am still walking on air since Elizabeth called me to inform me my CASE was CLOSED. No intimidating interview, no fines, no citations, no probation, NO RECORD regarding the Medical Boards inquiry. It feels like I woke up from a bad nightmare and everything is alright.
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Response from Samuel Spital February 13, 2023
California residents are privileged to have you as a health care professional. And, the Medical Board had the advantage of reading our comprehensive and lengthy written Legal Argument to refute any liability, to negate any wrongdoing, and to establish YOU REALLY MATTER, and the outcome is well deserved!! Wishing you the best, Sam Spital, Managing Attorney
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Posted by Christina | February 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING ATTORNEY HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Sam saved my license after I received a felony conviction. He gave me hope and helped to navigate my complex case at every stage to save my license. I am now able to continue my career thanks to him.
Response from Samuel Spital February 6, 2023
Christina, we are extremely pleased with the unprecedented outcome of your truly serious and complex case. Most importantly, it is an incredible result to have had YOU as our client, along with your ongoing trust and confidence. As such, we were able to successfully manage, navigate and direct your case through an otherwise overwhelming tsunami. We built a factual and legal foundation for you to maximize your work opportunities along with setting up perfect timing to complete your felony criminal probation and sentencing. Christina, we always believed in you; and, we are truly proud to have helped to establish and engineer your ability to regain the right to work as well. It is all a reflection of you and a well deserved outcome. You can once again enjoy your career goals and dreams Wishing you all the best now and forever. Kindest regards, Sam.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2023
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LOSING NURSING LICENSE
"I was about to lose my license, but your team obtained an amazing result, which I cannot thank you enough.For others facing severe adverse consequences, do NOT give up. I had the privilege to have Sam and Elizabeth as my attorneys; they have been tireless advocates that developed a compelling and lengthy complete written Legal Argument on my behalf to the government.They were my champions and guardians. I am grateful to have had them fight for me, achieve an unmatched and winning outcome that saved my career."
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Response from Samuel Spital February 5, 2023
“I sincerely appreciate the time you took to write a "5 star" Client Review regarding our advice and representation. There is no greater reward than obtaining a totally winning result. It has been an honor to provide the pivotal strategies and 60-75 page written Legal Argument for you to continue as a Registered Nurse, and in the career you hold in extremely high regard. all of our clients and YOU REALLY MATTER TO US. Thank you again for your trust and confidence.” Sam Spital, Managing Attorney
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
LICENSE SAVED
Sam believed in me from the start and never stopped fighting for the best outcome in my case. Sam helped me to gather evidence and persuade the Board to allow me to keep my license and avoid probation without having to go to a hearing. Sam truly cares about his clients and went way above and beyond advocating for me.  If you have any license concerns, I recommend him highly.
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Response from Samuel Spital February 5, 2023
Both as a former Deputy Attorney General representing California Regulatory Agencies in the early stages of my career, and in the decades since as a Professional Licensing Defense Attorney representing licensees throughout California, has given me the opportunity when retained to go beyond the minimum and truly understand our clients' needs and desires, their goals and dreams, options, etc. We are formidable advocates, utilizing our unique resources, varied strategies and pivotal analyses to present comprehensive, detailed and lengthy written Legal Arguments to refute and/or marginalize the government's case. We take our work as lawyers seriously. Your accomplishments as that of our other clients continue to inspire us to achieve unparalleled results. You are invited to contact me when you have a question in the future. Also, we appreciate your endorsement of our achievement on your behalf to those you know and with whom you associate. Wishing you continued happiness and good health, Sam Spital
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2022
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Investigation Closed
I received a letter from the BRN that I had a complaint filed against me that was going to be investigated. I called Sam immediately and he spoke to me at length and gave me excellent advice. I retained him and his office immediately. The outcome was my investigation was closed. I highly recommend him to help you if you have any issues with your professional license!
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Response from Samuel Spital July 16, 2022
We take pride in our role to protect a client's legal interest. Yes, we succeeded in totally disproving the allegations in the open Investigation by the State Government. We do not gamble on a superficial approach when we have consistently won our clients' cases by utilizing what has proven to be the best strategy.... to present very lengthy and comprehensive legal arguments after developing evidence as we did in your case to completely exonerate you in a case the government had otherwise relied upon that placed your career in grave jeopardy. The outcome not only caused the government to close its investigation, there was no adverse action, no public record, and your license history is crystal clear. We hope others who read your testimonial will choose to be proactive, regardless of the facts and issues that may appear inconsequential to a lay person, however, even what seem to be frivolous complaints can damage or totally destroy one's career. Thank you gain for your ongoing trust and confidence. We wish you much happiness and success now and forever. Sincerely, Managing Attorney Sam Spital
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2020
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Full Physician License Granted
As a physician applying for my medical license in California, I consulted with MANY different lawyers before choosing Sam. I had prior convictions that jeopardized my application. Sam spoke with me multiple times, even PRIOR to me retaining him, walking me through the process, and the possible outcomes. While other lawyers said my case was likely hopeless, Sam was always honest about the uphill battle, but was confident that we could obtain a favorable outcome. I received exceptional legal advice and representation regarding the Medical Board of California. Sam had my back, believed in me from the outset and guiding me every step throughout the process; successfully advocated for my license to be granted WITHOUT restrictions. I recommend without ANY reservation, Sam to anyone applying for a license or having a legal question regarding a California Regulatory Agency. As a physician I do my due diligence before making any decision, and I really can't be more pleased with my process and the outcome. He was available day and night for any question, and was exceptionally responsible, professional, and pleasant to work with. If you are choosing between lawyers, do yourself a favor and HIRE Sam. I cannot recommend him enough and owe him for saving my career. Because of his valuable advice, guidance and representation, I have an unblemished professional record. I have no probation, no reporting, no terms and conditions and no public record in regards to my license. Sam has continued to advise me throughout this process and I highly recommend him if you have any licensing concerns.
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Response from Samuel Spital October 3, 2020
When we first conferred, I knew you would be a preeminent Physician and, therefore, believed in you from the outset. You deserved a warrior and not just a fighter; my team was always energized to get the best possible result. We greatly appreciate your kind words, and it is awesome the MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA saw the wisdom to issue your Physician's license without any terms, conditions or restrictions. Wishing you much happiness and success now and in the future, Sam Spital.
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Posted by Melanie | February 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Sam Saved the Day
Sam's strategy and guidance helped me prevail in an unfortunate and unexpected situation. I was released from the contract and paid what I was owed in less than three months. It could have dragged on for a much longer time without Sam's help. Also, I appreciated that, even though I am not a "major client", he was available 7 days a week and always promptly answered all of my questions.
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Response from Samuel Spital February 5, 2023
Melanie, our goal is to provide an effective action plan including a full explanation of the alternatives, as well as the respective advantages and disadvantages. We are mindful of the time restraints, professional along with financial considerations of our clients, whether their case is complex and challenging or not entirely. Our laser focus is to craft a unique and thorough winning strategy rather than a superficial or mediocre approach.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2020
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MBC Investigation Closed
I recently faced an investigation by the Medical Board of California after a misdemeanor DUI. Sam and his fellow attorneys offered outstanding legal advice and representation, communicating clearly throughout the process and working diligently to ensure that my license remained free of disciplinary action. Thanks to his efforts, my case was closed without action taken against my license. I would absolutely recommend his services to anyone who found themselves in the same unfortunate situation I did.
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Response from Samuel Spital November 2, 2020
We are grateful you chose us as your Medical Board Defense Counsel. Not only did we build a powerful and comprehensive written Legal Argument, we have the competence, expertise, thoroughness and boundless passion that you deserve. We are proud of having produced a truly winning result, thereby allowing you to maintain an unrestricted California Physician's License. Wishing you continued happiness and success. Sam Spital, Lawyer.
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Posted by Samuel | May 19, 2024
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Trustworthy Advocate
Sam played a critical role in protecting my acupuncture license. Apart from his foresight, understanding of the law as well as the intricacies of the administrative process - he has the ability to listen and understand different circumstances/cultures/backgrounds in formulating his legal theory and strategic counsel is what sets him apart. You can find lawyers anywhere, but you can't find one that really wants to listen and follows up and see through the entire process. Everything in relation to my license ended up working out and Sam played a huge role in ensuring that this was the outcome. Can't thank him enough and hopefully - everyone can feel confident in turning to Sam when in need.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
The best! Wish all attorneys were like him!
I found Sam on a random Google search. He answered my call and was so kind, sympathetic, and willing to listen and advise me on my situation, which meant looking for a different type of attorney. I recommend him to everyone, but especially nurses who need help!
Posted by Savana | March 8, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate Lawyer
I cannot thank Sam enough for all the candor and patience in walking me through each step. It’s never an easy situation when your license is at stake, but I felt confident and supported by Sam and Elizabeth. Thank you for representing me and I would recommend Elizabeth and Sam to anyone needing legal representation.
Response from Samuel Spital March 10, 2024
Being competent and effective also means a client needs his/her lawyer to be relevant. Understanding these elements is essential. We appreciate your heartfelt response. Wishing you continued happiness. Sincerely, Sam Spital.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Look No Further!
Sam Spital's law firm came to my aid in my time of need during a confusing, overwhelming, and desperate time. They skillfully guided and assisted me with my case and answered every question I had. Not only did they do that, but they also comforted every worry I had. I would recommend this law above all others. Believe me I researched. I had no regrets and I am eternally grateful.
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Response from Samuel Spital March 10, 2024
We work tirelessly in redefining the self-confidence of professionals we represent as their defense counsel to protect their rights and advance their interest. We are grateful and honored to have been retained by you, and the trust and confidence bestowed on us.kindest regards, Sam Spital.
Posted by Jo | January 25, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Very honest and straight forward attorney
I was inquiring bout my license and he was very honest and straight forward. You dont find too many lawyers like him. Got me on right track.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Free consult
I was referred to resources that solved my problem immediately. Told me my options and confirmed my need for council. (Thank you I was confused and panicked). I contacted the wrong branch of lawyer but the absolute legend referred me here and how to find what I needed. Thank you again for your candid advice and your patience.
Posted by christina | January 8, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful during my time of need
I have not had the best experiences with lawyers before in terms of promptness, thoroughness, and price gouging. I am extremely grateful that Samuel answered my call immediately on the weekend for a consultation. He was very clear about what communications were covered during the free consultation, which was a lot! He had a very calming presence during my time of anxiety and was able to translate legal issues in an understandable way. I appreciated him breaking down next steps and being available for me to reach out to with updates. I am happy that I only needed a consultation, however if I needed further legal services I would have felt comfortable and confident working with Samuel.
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Response from Samuel Spital January 8, 2024
Christina, thank you for your kind words. You clearly deserved a lawyer who treats you as a client and not a case. We were mindful of the situation in which you found yourself, overwhelmed with uncertainty and hoping for clarity. You were bullied, wrongly confused by a “scam artist,” and understandably misled by a what I label a professional thief. No one should have to go through such a frustrating situation. Because we invariably deal with the unexpected, we sought to comfort you with steps and procedures to resume your confidence, control, and to establish understandable short and long term goals. The process was to help you to overcome the then present obstacles as well as the unpredictable future. What made the difference to us was to enable you to consider all of the alternatives; the pros and cons relating to your options. Most importantly, for you to be appreciated for who you are and, under the circumstances, having legitimate needs and desires. Frankly, our role was to give you the ability to put this in perspective, along with perseverance, and to focus on your exceptionalism. If you feel we made a difference it’s actually because you had trust and confidence in our approach to the legal issues you were facing, and decisions you had to make. Thank you, Sam
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Posted by Derrick | November 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Saved my career
Making this phone call to Sam was the hardest and most humbling experience I had ever had in my life. I had made a dumb mistake and put my RN license in danger. I never expected Sam himself to pick up the phone when I called and he right away began to calm me down he cared about who I was and wanted to know about my life and family not just what had happened. We shared stories and by the end of the conversation he had already outlined a plan on how we would approach the board. He even gave me a set of questions and directions for the attorney I had out of state handling my criminal matter. He knew what this career meant to me and the outcome of case shows it. I had NO accusation, NO discipline, NO citation and, NO fine with the BRN Sam thank you from myself and my family !
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Response from Samuel Spital January 8, 2024
Derrick, we celebrated and believed in YOU and, therefore, built a compelling case to obtain a winning outcome in which there was NO disciplinary action; NO probation; NO restrictions on your license; NO fine; NO limitations on your Rn license; and, NO Hearing or Court proceeding. May your life be as enriched as the love you show to patients and all others. Wishing you the very best, Sam Spital
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Very happy client
I am so happy to have my license back and I couldn't have done it without Sam. I highly recommend him if you have any issues with your license. Thank you so much Sam for your help and guidance.
Response from Samuel Spital September 23, 2023
We are very pleased to hear you are happy with the results we achieved on your behalf. We are different because our clients are different. We DO IT; we don't try. We LOVE our work, and that is why we are available 7 days a week. Helping clients achieve their goals is more rewarding than an hourly attorney's fee. Instead, we quote and charge a flat fixed fee so there are no surprises. We obtain licenses for "new clients" AFTER they receive a denial. For other "new clients" who want to avoid the time, uncertainty, and lost income, they retain us BEFORE responding to a government Investigation or Accusation; BEFORE filing an Application; BEFORE agreeing to or acknowledging the terms of Probation; BEFORE seeking to modify or terminate Probation early; and BEFORE seeking to reinstate their License if revoked. We are grateful you placed 100% trust and confidence in me and my team. Do not hesitate to contact me for a complimentary attorney consultation when you have any questions. Best wishes, Sam
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Posted by Jefferson | August 20, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
He could have just left me hanging
Because he does not practice in the area of law I need. He didn't he wrote me back a very thoughtful response on my situation and he gave me some strategies to incorporate in trying to secure an attorney as I sift my way through them. That was over and above because I always tend to over explain but he read it.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • SPITAL AND ASSOCIATES
  • 1978 - Present
  • Deputy Probation Officer
  • County of San Diego
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
  • 1970 - 1978

Education

  • California State University, San Diego
  • American Arbitration Association Graduate Certificate
  • 1998
  • Loyola School of Law - Los Angeles
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1970
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • BA
  • 1966

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Board of Registered Nursing
  • Board Investigation Closed with no Discipline, no adverse action, no written record
  • CALIFORNIA MEDICAL BOARD
  • Physician's License Grated without any restrictions, no terms and no conditions
  • DENTAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA
  • Dentist License Granted
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Associations

  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Special Master
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Practicing Attorney
  • 1978 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Practicing Attorney
  • 1978 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Practicing Attorney
  • 1971 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Practicing Attorney
  • 1971 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Practicing Attorney
  • 1971 - Present
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - 2005
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1987 - 1989
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1971 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2024 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2024
  • 2023 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2023
  • "CLIENT CHAMPTION" Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • "GOLD" Client Review Rating Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • 2022 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • "GOLD" Client Review Rating Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • 2021 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • 2020 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • 2019 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • 2018 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • 2017 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • 2016 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • "CLIENT DISTINCTIOIN" Award
  • Martindale.com
  • 2016
  • 2015 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • 2014 Best Attorney San Diego
  • Kudzu, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises
  • 2015
  • 2014 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 2013 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • "SUPERB" Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Lorman Education Services
  • 2013
  • 2012 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • 2012 Best Attorneys San Diego
  • Kudzu, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises
  • 2012
  • 40 Year Anniversay
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2011
  • 2011 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2011
  • 2010 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2010
  • 2009 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2009
  • 2008 "#1 Client's Choice" Award
  • Avvo
  • 2008
  • 2007 "#1 Client's Choice" Avvo NationalAward (Inaugural Year)
  • Avvo
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • UCSD School of Medicine
  • 1980
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Bancroft-Whitney
  • 1969
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Publications

  • Findlaw
  • Should California Cut Drug Possessson Penalties
  • 2012
  • B.J. And Associates
  • Guidebook To Rights
  • 1997
  • San Diego County Bar Association DICTA Magazine
  • No Fault: Is It The Answer?
  • 1988
  • Western Journal of Medicine
  • Reducing The Risk of Medical Malpractice
  • 1981
  • Western Journal of Medicine
  • Nip Disciplinary Actions In The Bud
  • 1981
  • Dental Management
  • Reducing Risk of Malpractice
  • 1981
  • Pool News
  • Understanding the California Contractors License Law
  • 1978
  • Western Journal of Medicine
  • Check Out Legal Points in Your Medical Practice
  • 1978
  • Medical Economics
  • Doctor, You’re Under Investigation
  • 1978
  • California Optometrist
  • Optometric Practice Under The Law
  • 1978
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Speaking Engagements

  • Department of Nursing--National University
  • Legal Principles of Safe & Competent Nursing
  • 2014
  • Smart Money Magazine Commentator
  • Mortgages and Renegotiation - Bank of America aquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp.
  • 2009
  • LaJolla Light Newspaper Commentator
  • Murder Arraignment
  • 2008
  • Fox Channel 5 News Commentator
  • The Important Questions to Ask when Choosing an Attorney
  • 2008
  • Bullying And Social Aggression in California
  • Legal & Ethical Considerations; School Responsibilities
  • 2006
  • Litigation Skills For Legal Staff in California
  • Legal Research; Developments in the Law
  • 2005
  • National Auto Dealers Association Conference
  • California Dept.of Motor Vehicles Investigations
  • 1982
  • UCSD School of Medicine Health Sciences
  • New Trends in Long-Term Care
  • 1980
  • L.A. County Medical Association Annual Conference
  • Medical Board Disciplinary Actions
  • 1980
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Administrative law Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sam Spital. He is my go to referral for my clients who need assistance with their professional license during or after a criminal case. He truly works tirelessly for his clients and there is no greater endorsement than that."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Sam Spital on a number of federal cases. Sam is a step above attorneys I have worked with and in particular, the recent Sinaloa cartel case he and I litigated in federal court this year. His wisdom and experience helped me to negotiate a terrific outcome this case in particular involving over 500 kilos of cocaine distributed over the course of a couple of years.. When it comes to prosecutors, it seems that Sam knows a little about each one - or their supervisor! And in regards to judges, I think they respect him as one of their peers. Sam's knowledge of the legal community together with experience in how to deal with almost any legal issue makes him my "go to" lawyer when I am developing a strategy in federal cases. I consider myself lucky to work with Sam whenever he associates me on a criminal case."
Administrative law Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My normal endorsement of fellow Avvo attorneys is not sufficient for Mr. Spital. For me, he has expertise and clarity of expressoin that not only clients, but also attorneys, should benefit from."
Administrative law Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Extremely knowledgeable and tenacious attorney. I conferenced a unusual matter with him and received helpful advice."
Administrative law Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am also an attorney and I called Mr Spital to consult on one of the most complex cases in my career, involving a medical license revocation that we are fighting in federal court with a Writ of Mandamus. I called Sam for a second opinion as he has dealt in so many of these cases. Considering the fact that the case is multi-dimensional, multi-layered and extremely complex, I was impressed with the fact that in a few moments Sam had his arms around it and understood the salient facts of the case and what it was that we were trying to achieve. He shared his experiences and knowledge with me and genuinely cared and did everything he could do to help a fellow lawyer. Sam really cares about clients and about getting the job done. An impressive lawyer and human being. Steven Riznyk Lead Attorney San Diego Biz Law"
Unknown Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Spital is an extremely experienced and knowledgeable attorney. I had the pleasure of working with him to help with a complex medical administrative law matter. He comes highly recommended!!"
Administrative law Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is very knowledgeable in the area of administrative law,. I have consulted with him on two cases, one involving a nursing license and another involving the revocation of an insurance license. He was generouse with his time and provided guidance to me in a professional and helpful manner. I endorse this lawyer."
Licensing Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It's always a breath of fresh air to talk to a colleague who is passionate about fighting for his clients. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't hand out endorsements willy-nilly. I've deleted endorsements given to me by lawyers who know nothing about me, and reamed them for it. But THIS guy! Totally impressed by his knowledge, his spirit, and the advice that he gave when I consulted with him on the potential licensing issues in a criminal case that I was handling. THANK YOU, MR. SPITAL, for your drive, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to work with me on this."
Administrative law Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Sam on a matter. He provided the requisite knowledge, experience, insight, direction and strategy on a Board of Pharmacy case for which I was retained. He is a preeminent lawyer, and I am proud to have worked with Sam."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Administrative law Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"An excellent Attorney. Prepared, hard working and skillful. you will be glad he is at your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Samuel is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Recommended with complete confidence."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Administrative law Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is an excellent attorney, who I highly recommend to anyone, either as a colleague or client. I e-mailed Sam with a question about the hearing process for the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. He called me back immediately and spent a significant amount of time explaining the process and answering my questions in a helpful, informative and professional manner. I am happy to have Sam as a colleague and resource."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sam is smart and caring. He knows how to look at the big picture and then navigate the best course to resolve the matter."
Administrative law Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is very knowledgeable in the area of administrative law, specifically in the rules and regulations surrounding the California Board of Registered Nursing. He takes the time to inform and answer questions from other attorneys in need of assistance in a professional and helpful manner."
Administrative law Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A former Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Justice with 44 years of experience practicing law is what you want representing you. Knowledge of the law and procedure is beyond excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions. Client reviews are a reflection of what results he has achieved and here the clients have spoken loud and clear. Their judgement is stellar. READ THEM! Endorsements from his fellow attorneys are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him first if you won't settle for anything but the best. If your lucky he might just agree to represent you. KUDOS"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Other
"I highly recommend and endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam has an extensive knowledge of the law and a level of integrity unmatched by most lawyers. Sam is invested in his clients and in the community in general, a combination which has clearly helped him make a lasting impression upon his clients and peers."
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SAN DIEGO Licensing Lawyer Samuel Eugene Spital
Samuel Eugene Spital
Licensing Attorney
SAN DIEGO, CA
Licensed for 53 years
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