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Sean Michael Foldenauer

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Sean Foldenauer, Sean M. Foldenauer


Licensed for 25 years

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Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    34%
    Litigation and trial counsel. Business lawsuits and disputes involving contracts, partnerships, LLC's, corporations, fiduciary duties, real estate. Extraordinary verdicts and settlements.

    26 years

  2. Litigation
    33%
    Devoted to resolving business disputes for clients through litigation. Experience trial lawyers with notable courtroom victories. We work closely with our clients to solve their problems using a cost-effective approach.

    26 years

  3. Personal injury
    33%
    Litigation and trial counsel. Serious injury cases arising from automobile, motorcycle and trucking accidents, slip & fall injuries, dog bites and defective products. Extraordinary verdicts and settlements.

    26 years

Sean M. Foldenauer is a highly-regarded civil litigation and trial attorney. He is the founding attorney of Foldenauer Law Group, APLC, located in San Diego, California. The firm's practice is devoted 100% to litigation and resolution of business disputes, personal injury and wrongful/accidental death cases. For over 17 years, Mr. Foldenauer has successfully represented accident victims and small to medium sized business owners in state and federal court.

 

On June 30, 2014, the San Diego Business Journal named Mr. Foldenauer to its inaugural "Best of the Bar 2014" list. The list recognizes top San Diego attorneys in private practice as selected by their peers. Mr. Foldenauer was chosen as one of “the most outstanding in San Diego” among more than 650 attorneys who received votes. He is featured in a special supplement issue. 

 

Mr. Foldenauer is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Association of Business Trial Attorneys, and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He has been licensed to practice law since 1997 and has been a frequent invited guest speaker on the practice of civil litigation at Thomas Jefferson and California Western schools of law.

 
Mr. Foldenauer received his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, at Northridge (cum laude, 1993) and Law Degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, (cum laude, 1996), where he was Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego Justice Journal (Law Review) and recipient of many academic awards.

On a personal note, Mr. Foldenauer is an accomplished musician and graduate of the Grove School of Music, in Los Angeles. He and his wife keep busy raising three young children.

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Licensed for 25 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 08/06/2022

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

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Foldenauer Law Group, APLC
Litigation & Trial Counsel
1660 Hotel Cir N Ste 302
San Diego, CA, 92108

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2012
My guardian and defender
Sean Foldenauer has been my attorney for the past 2 years in an ongoing legal battle to recover an unpaid debt. My case started in the criminal courts, where I was the victim of a domestic violence assault and battery incident. The perpetrator ended up doing some jail time and work furlough, however that did not resolve an unpaid loan that he had borrowed from me prior to the attack. Obviously it was terrifying for me to have anything to do with this man ever again, but until the loan was repaid I didn't feel as though justice had fully been served. That's when I hired Mr. Foldenauer to handle the civil lawsuit against him. He came highly recommended by a friend who is a defense attorney. Since establishing the civil lawsuit, Mr. Foldenauer has become my guardian angel, protector, and tireless defender through this ongoing legal process. He has kept me well-informed, feeling safe, confident, and at ease through every step along the way. His passion for justice is his driving force and although the battle is not yet over against the defendant in my case, I have complete confidence that we will achieve full justice in time. I am very grateful for the countless hours that Mr. Foldenauer has spent strategizing on my case, and all of Foldenauer Law Group staff's continued support and assistance as well. Everyone has been very kind and attentive to my needs. I am completely happy with my choice in civil attorneys and I have referred Mr. Foldenauer to a handful of friends already, to handle various civil proceedings.
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Posted by Michael | February 5, 2013
Best lawyer i have ever had
Mr. Foldenauer and his staff were very good with my case. They were well prepared, very educated on the case at hand, kept me very informed, and best of all, we had a very good result at the end so i would highly recommend Foldenauer law group to any body that wants extremely satisfying results.
Posted by Christopher | May 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Foldenauer Law Group is the Best!
I suffered a personal injury and hired Foldenauer Law Group. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Sean, his staff, Dan and Anissa were awesome. Sean’s knowledge of case laws, superb tough negotiator will fight tirelessly for you. I received a very good settlement from a not so friendly insurance company. I highly recommend Foldenauer Law Group!!
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Posted by haleigh | December 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
you've hit the JACKPOT!
If you're shopping around for a lawyer... you've just hit GOLD! In all seriousness, Foldenauer law is by far the best. No matter the circumstance, rest assured Sean and Dan will exceed your expectations and handle any case with exceptional care. They truly are EXPERTS in what they do. Throughout the whole process, I had direct open communication with Sean and/or Dan whenever I had any questions or anything. I could write a novel about the positive experience I've had working close with Foldenauer Law for two years... But to keep it short, THEY REALLY CARE. Foldenauer law is extremely trustworthy, reliable, compassionate, efficient, and full of integrity. I mean every word of that full heartedly ! I am forever grateful for Sean, Dan, and the rest of the firm. 1000000/10. I will use this law firm every time, instantly, if I ever need legal representation in the future, and you should too!
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Posted by Julie | October 3, 2014
Best law firm in San Diego, Foldenauer Law!
After a bad experience with a local, San Diego law firm, we literally interviewed 25 other law firms/attorneys as we were scared to repeat the same mistake we made the first time. Met with Dan and Sean Foldenauer, they were the only law firm out of all 25 that pointed out the legal mistakes made by our former law firm, and the overall weakness in our case that needed to be addressed. This was during a "free consult". I was blown away as no other attorney would hand that over, and the other firms were vanilla with what their approach would be on our case. What was even more disturbing we found out during out initial interview of Foldenauer Law was our company wasn't represented as I was sued personally as well as my business. The prior firm failed to respond on representation for my company. No other lawyer/firm told us this! The lawsuits we were involved with, were emotionally charged for us, and very scary. What was comforting was that Dan and Sean always took my calls, always called back with updates. They worked really hard to turn around the former mistakes made by the other firm, and put together a strong strategy moving forward. They never missed a deadline and always were on top of everything! This has to be the only firm I've worked with that truly is into law as a love of practicing law, vs. charging gigantic retainers, etc. They are real people, who I highly regard and can call my "friends" as they kept their cool and helped hold me up during one of the most difficult points in my life. For that, I am eternally grateful and not only recommend them, but you would be doing a disservice to yourself to not have them as your legal team. Even the numerous external people, such as court reporters, told me in private, they are the best legal team in San Diego! That says a tremendous amount! Thank you Foldenauer Law (Dan, Sean & Tyler) for all the work you did!
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Posted by Tom Metroyanis | June 24, 2014
Sean Foldenauer is an excellent Corporate Attorney
I was introduced to Sean Foldenauer about 10 years ago and when I needed an attorney for my company issues, I retained Sean. It was the best thing I ever did to protect me and my company. Since I've known Sean, I have been confident knowing that if any legal issues would arise, there was no need to be stressed and worried. It has also been a comfort knowing that at anytime, I could give him a call for his advise before making the wrong decision . Sean isn't the typical attorney who takes notes, tells you how good he is and what he would do... only to forget the details later on... Sean listens to you, takes your information and utilizes it to give you the best defense needed. He has also been there for me for personal legal issues and has always done an excellent job protecting my interest. If you are looking for an honest, hard working professional attorney with great results, Sean Foldenauer is that attorney. Thank you Sean and your associates too.
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Posted by Michael | February 19, 2014
Want a great team on your side...then I would highly reccomend the Foldenauer Law Group.
Thank you Sean and Tyler for doing such an outstanding job on my car accident case. From when I first called, till the time of the settlement...Tyler and Sean were very communicative...explaining just what to expect along the way and helping me to get the best in medical care for my injuries. In addition, they did an amazing job working with the other insurance company and I got a settlement in my case much faster than I thought possible. Further, my portion of the settlement was more than fair. I know I could not have done this on my own. One, I was too hurt to try and work out for myself. And two, their knowledge and experience were invaluable; it really came out in the ways they conducted the process and then reached such a quick and fair settlement. So again, if you would like to be represented by a group that is smart, courteous, communicative and helpful...then I would give my highest recommendation to making use of the Foldenauer Law Group. I would not hesitate to make use of their services again...though would much prefer that it did not require me being in another auto accident.
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Posted by Lauren | July 23, 2013
EXTREMELY SATISFIED
I began working with Mr. Foldenauer and his associates about seven months ago. I immediately felt comfortable in Sean's presence and confidence in his practice. He is extremely dedicated to his clients and knowledgeable in his area of expertise. I am very satisfied with the outcome of my case and I feel grateful for the time Sean and his staff invested on my behalf. Sean consistently gave me options and had me make all pivotal decisions on my case. He was always available to consult with me throughout the entire process. I would absolutely recommend Sean to anyone seeking assistance on civil matters.
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Posted by Cali | April 9, 2013
EXCELLENT CIVIL LAW FIRM!
I found out about this law firm because they handled some cases for friends. They are known for being tough and getting results. My case was for a car accident. Sean Foldenauer and Tyler Campbell got me a great settlement without having to go to court. They are extremely detail oriented. They will spend a lot of time getting bills, records, pictures and everything together and organized. Then they make a demand package for the insurance co. and negotiate until they have a top offer. The thing is that if the insurance co. is not being fair in negotiating a settlement, these attorneys will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and take the case to a jury trial. I also noticed that they were very good at explaining the entire process and keeping me in the loop. I highly recommend these attorneys to anyone in need of legal services!
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Posted by C.S. | September 6, 2012
Simply. The. Best.
The Foldenauer Law Group helped me through a difficult situation where someone was threatening to sue me. Sean and his team got out in front of the situation right away and immediately started negotiating with the other party. Behind the scenes they were working on some of the most innovative tactics I've ever heard of if negotiations failed. Some of the ideas they came up with were mind-blowing. Ultimately, it was resolved in short order thanks to the Foldenauer Law Group's skill but I could not be more impressed with the knowledge and tenacity of Sean and his team. Truly an excellent experience in a difficult time.
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Posted by Tom Mullen | April 27, 2012
Trial Director Paralegal
As Sean's paralegal at Trial (hired exclusively for this case) I was tasked in gathering the evidence and running Trial Director for the jury on behalf of the Defense Team. As a trial paralegal for the last 20 years, working with some of the best trial attorneys in global New York firms, I would rank Attorney Foldenauer's trial presence amongst the very best case advocates. He has this uncanny knack to connect to the jury, someone that believes vehemently in the total team effort, and someone that believes in working closely with the client to draw the most important facts on behalf of the case in chief. Most importantly, he understands the concept of not "over-trying" his case - simply put, he is a great trial diagnostician. I endorse his professional acumen on any litigation or pre-litigation demand. Rarely have I ever worked a jury trial where there was complete unanimity on 10 different causes of action. That is a tribute to Sean and the trial team as a whole.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-395 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney -- Litigation & Trial Counsel
  • Foldenauer Law Group, APLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Frantz, Townsend & Foldenauer LLP
  • 1997 - 2007

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson SOL
  • law
  • 1996
  • California St Univ Northridge
  • undergraduate
  • 1993
  • Grove School of Music
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Cheng v. On the Border Restaurant (San Diego Superior Court - 2016)
  • $1.5 Million Plaintiff's verdict
  • Dev-Land v. American Paramount (San Diego Superior Court - 2014)
  • $1.250,000 in cash settlements PLUS $9.949,000 Court Judgment.
  • Bank v. San Diego Nightclub Owners (San Diego Superior Court - 2012)
  • Defense Verdictfor Client - No Liability
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Associations

  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Business Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • San Diego Inn of Court College of Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Consumer Attorney Association of San Diego
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2014
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2012
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2011
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2011
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2010
  • Trial Program Graduate
  • San Diego Inn of Court College of Trial Advocacy
  • 2009
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2009
  • Evidence Program Graduate
  • San Diego Inn of Court College of Trial Advocacy
  • 2008
  • Top Lawyers
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2008
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2008
  • San Diego Justice Journal
  • Law Review - Lead Articles Editor
  • 1995
  • San Diego Justice Journal
  • Law Review - Published Author
  • 1995
  • Torts - Top of Class
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • 1994
  • Torts - Top of Class
  • Corpus Juris Secundum
  • 1994
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Publications

  • San Diego Justice Journal - Law Review
  • Criminalizing Free Speech
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • California Civil Litigation Practice
  • 2002
  • California Western School of Law
  • California Civil Litigation Practice
  • 2001
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • California Civil Litigation Practice
  • 2000
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Music Business for Attorneys
  • 2000
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • California Civil Litigation Practice
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (24)
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is a strong advocate for his clients and I would be happy to refer any clients looking for a personal injury lawyer his way."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is a trusted friend and colleague. He is well respected in the San Diego and Los Angeles legal communities. Sean is known as a trial lawyer and is well accomplished in and outside of the courtroom. I highly recommend Sean for your legal disputes. His experiences in legally and non-legally related businesses provide for great advice and perspective. Sean's staff and associate attorneys are well trained and rising stars. I would not hesitate to hire the Foldenauer Firm today."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"To put it frankly, Sean gets the job done. Sean and I worked together on a matter and he was informative, supportive, and a huge asset. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of meeting Sean Foldenauer at a community function a while back. Immediately after meeting Sean I was amazed by his knowledge and experience. As we discussed one of his recent personal injury case, his passion and devotion for his clients was apparent, and so was his level of expertise. Sean is a stellar when it comes to civil litigation! Not only is he professional, but he is honest and up front with all of his advice. I would not hesitate to recommend his law office to any one in need of his services. I fully endorse Sean and the Foldenauer Law Group."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Foldenauer is a highly experienced litigator and trial attorney. His presence in the courtroom is commanding. His approach is sometimes unconventional, but always effective. He is an aggressive advocate for each of his clients’ individualized needs and goes the extra mile to ensure they are well informed and their concerns adequately addressed. His approachable and subtlety persuasive demeanor ensures that his clients feel comfortable and his adversaries remain cautious. Mr. Foldenauer’s dedication to his clients’ needs is reflected in the favorable outcomes he is consistently able to obtain for them. He is an efficient problem solver and strategist. He thinks outside the box when other attorneys would see no viable case or claim. His working knowledge and understanding of the law both in theory, and in practice is impeccable. Mr. Foldenauer, is equipped with the skills and experience necessary to provide each and every one of his clients with the results they deserve."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Foldenauer is a well-respected attorney in the legal community, who consistently provides accurate and helpful responses to Avvo questions. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working directly with Mr. Sean Foldenauer in a highly-contested business litigation case filed in United States District Court. Mr. Foldenauer is the co-lead trial attorney on the case and has shown himself to be an excellent strategist and problem solver. He is sharp and articulate. He can explain very complex legal issues in plain language to make the client fully understand. His approach for taking time to explain to the client the status of the case and the law and provide advice on the best path forward is of tremendous value to clients. I highly endorse this attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean and his firm are on the top of my referral list if I or any of my associates encounter any type of a conflict. Many times, because we are involved in transactional work as well as litigation, a matter where we have negotiated the agreements etc. will have a dispute arising therefrom. Having also partnered with Sean, I know he has the 'bull dog tenacity' that it takes to prevail in all different forms of litigation. I have brought him into the fold on several multimillion dollar disputes either as a co-partner on the case and or as a conflict referral because we were counsel for one side or the other in the underlying transaction. Further, while there are other attorneys in San Diego who no doubt have many of these same characteristics I know that I can trust Sean to not bury my referral in extraordinary fees and costsd, and this is something that many attorneys simply don't keep under control. He has my highest recommendation. Steve W"
Litigation Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is a tireless advocate for his clients. He and his firm do things the right way to maximize results and keep the costs down. There is not a more effective or talented firm in all of San Diego. They know their stuff and they get the job done. The Foldenauer Law Firm is where I refer anyone in need of the best."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Foldenauer for any litigation issues. He has been a highly respected and authoritative attorney for many years. His experience in complex litigation is invaluable for his clients. He is also one of the best DUI attorneys in San Diego. He is a member of the National College of DUI defense and has helped countless clients successfully defend their DUI Cases. I highly recommend this lawyer for ANY type of litigation case."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend this lawyer without hesitation. Mr. Foldenauer is not only smart, but also highly experienced and knowledgeable with respect to litigation practice and strategy. He has proven himself to be an exceptional lawyer and an asset to the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean Foldenauer demonstrates tremendous knowledge and experience in a wide variety of legal matters. His responses on Avvo are thoughtful, articulate, and accurate. I have tremendous respect for his sound legal knowledge and ability to communicate that knowledge. He is a true asset to our legal community. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Business Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This is the guy you want on your side at trial! I endorse Mr. Foldenauer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have reviewed several answers of Mr. Foldenauer and they are consistently accurate and calculated to be understood by Avvo askers. He shows concern for the individual needs of the asker. These are exactly the attributes that any prospective client would look for in an attorney, and any San Diego client would be fortunate to obtain the beneift of his services."
Unknown Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Other
"Sean is an excellent attorney and I would recommend him without reservation. He is professional, gracious, articulate, and a fantastic trial attorney. Sean is well respected, approachable, and an excellent advocate for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean takes the time to understand his clients and their goals, and has the skills to acheive them. He is a respected litigator in the community, and a trusted friend and mentor to me."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sean Foldenauer is an excellent trial attorney whose expertise with complex business disputes and tort claims yields extraordinary results. For those matters incapable of settlement and involving "bet the company" levels of exposure, Foldenauer has the wisdom and courtroom skills to be trusted to present the best possible case for his clients."
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