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Samuel Eugene Spital

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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, Board of Accountancy, 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.



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Practice areas


  1. Administrative Law: 71%
    45 years, 11 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 12%
    45 years, 7 thousand cases
  3. Federal Crime: 5%
    46 years, 4 thousand cases
  4. Violent Crime: 2%
    46 years, 3 thousand cases
  5. Other: 10%
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  • Jennifer L. Carr

    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.


    Jennifer Carr Administrative law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Daniel Martin Smith

    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.


    Daniel Smith Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Samuel Spital & Associates

8880 Rio San Diego Dr Suite 800
SAN DIEGO, CA, 92108-1642

Downtown Affiliate's Offices & Of Counsel

110 West "C" Street, Suite 1300
San Diego, CA, 92101-3978



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 Client's Choice AwardAvvo2016
2014 Best Attorney San DiegoKudzu, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises2015
2015 Cient's Choice AwardAvvo2015
2007-2014 Client's Choice AwardAvvo2014
Distinguished Faculty AwardLorman Education Services2013
2012 Best Attorneys San DiegoKudzu, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises2012
Certificate of AppreciationUCSD School of Medicine1980
American Jurisprudence AwardBancroft-Whitney1969
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneySPITAL AND ASSOCIATES1978 - Present
Deputy Probation OfficerCounty of San Diego2001 - 2002
Deputy Attorney GeneralCALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE1970 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
The American Association of Nurse AttorneysAttorney Member2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaSpecial Master2004 - Present
American Society of Law, Medicine and EthicsMember1994 - Present
Supreme Court of the United States of AmericaPracticing Attorney1978 - Present
United States Tax CourtPracticing Attorney1978 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaPracticing Attorney1971 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1971 - Present
Supreme Court of CaliforniaMember1971 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaPracticing Attorney1971 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitPracticing Attorney1971 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1989 - 2005
California Trial Lawyers AssociationSustaining Member1987 - 1989
American Bar AssociationMember1971 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
California Board of PsychologyInvestigation Closed: N0 Discipline Imposed
State Board Closed Investigation With Conviction For DUI ChargesInvestigation Closed With No Disciplinary Action Filed
Accusation Against RN for Performing Surgical Pocedure Beyond Scope of LicensePublic Reproval
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services PublicationBULLYING: There's No Place For It In The Workplace!2015
FindlawShould California Cut Drug Possessson Penalties2012
B.J. And AssociatesGuidebook To Rights1997
San Diego Business JournalOvercharges: Pendulum Has Swung Another Direction1994
San Diego County Bar Association DICTA MagazineNo Fault: Is It The Answer?1988
Western Journal of MedicineReducing The Risk of Medical Malpractice1981
Western Journal of MedicineNip Disciplinary Actions In The Bud1981
Dental ManagementReducing Risk of Malpractice1981
Western Journal of MedicineThe Importance of Making Precise Medical Records in the 1980's1981
Pool NewsUnderstanding the California Contractors License Law1978
Medical EconomicsDoctor, You’re Under Investigation1978
California OptometristOptometric Practice Under The Law1978
Western Journal of MedicineUnderstanding Physicians’ Rights and Liabilities Under The California Medical Practice Act1978
Western Journal of MedicineCheck Out Legal Points in Your Medical Practice1978
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California State University, San DiegoAlternative Dispute ResolutionAmerican Arbitration Association Graduate Certificate1998
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1970
California State University, Los AngelesGovernment, Political ScienceBA1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Department of Nursing--National UniversityLegal Principles of Safe & Competent Nursing2014
Legal Professionals: Attorneys & ParalegalsSan Diego Litigation Skills2012
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, San Diego ChapterThe Role of the Forensic Nurse Expert2012
National Tournament of ChampionsSpeech & Debate Community Judge2011
Smart Money Magazine CommentatorMortgages and Renegotiation - Bank of America aquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp.2009
LaJolla Light Newspaper CommentatorMurder Arraignment2008
Fox Channel 5 News CommentatorThe Important Questions to Ask when Choosing an Attorney2008
Bullying And Social Aggression in CaliforniaLegal & Ethical Considerations; School Responsibilities2006
Litigation Skills For Legal Staff in CaliforniaLegal Research; Developments in the Law2005
National Auto Dealers Association ConferenceCalifornia Dept.of Motor Vehicles Investigations1982
UCSD School of Medicine Health SciencesNew Trends in Long-Term Care1980
L.A. County Medical Association Annual ConferenceMedical Board Disciplinary Actions1980