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Rhona Shelley Kauffman

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Rhona

Learn Rhona’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    30%
    General Practice of all Civil Matters

  2. Real estate
    30%
    Purchase and Sale Residential, Commercial and Residential Leases, Deeds, and Disputes related to Partition, Quiet Title, Boundaries, Constructive Trusts, Breach of Contract, Deeds, Contractors, Homeowner Association

  3. Business
    20%
    Formation, Consultation, Partnership Disputes and Corporate Records

  4. Estate planning
    20%
    Preparation of Revocable Living Trusts and Wills; Distribution of Trusts Assets upon death of Settlor

WE DELIVER THE EXPERIENCE, EXPERTISE AND PASSION FOR YOUR PERSONAL, BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE NEEDS!

I have been practicing law for almost thirty (30) years and I am just as passionate now as when I began in 1994. My experience for three decades in the legal arena has been extremely diverse based upon a wide variety of matters including civil litigation in Court and transactional (contract) preparation and disputes, business formation and consultation, corporate matters, and all real estate matters and purchase and sale in residential, including escrow and property disputes, quiet title and partition actions, purchase and sale agreements, Homeowner Association disputes, and estate planning and trust administration.

Originally from Los Angeles, I have been fortunate to be involved with some very high profile matters including the O.J. Simpson civil action in which we were successful in obtaining a civil judgment against O.J. Simpson in the Wrongful Death matter in Santa Monica, California. I was also involved in the successful representation of the Hot Air Balloon litigants and defended my clients successfully in various litigation matters as well as have brought claims on behalf of clients in the Superior Court of California. 

I am fortunate to receive the Top Lawyer Award from Palm Springs Life Magazine every year from 2014 through and including 2022 for Business Law and Real Estate Law .

 
My law office services all of Riverside, San Diego, and Los Angeles counties.  I look forward to meeting with you to assist and resolve any and all of your matters.  

 

Awards

Gold Client Champion

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Location

LAW OFFICES OF RHONA S. KAUFFMAN
9920 Pacific Heights Boulevard
Suite 150
San Diego, CA, 92121
LAW OFFICES OF RHONA S. KAUFFMAN
77-564 Country Club Drive
Suite 115
Palm Desert, CA, 92211
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Posted by Kris | October 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Condo owner
Rhona showed great patience with our condo. buyer and worked closely with us over 6 months to recover money owed to us through our contract. She even split a windfall in the suit with us as she could have kept it for herself legally. You ROCK Rhona !! Thanks for your help.
Posted by KELLY and DONNA | September 26, 2019
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Gave us a win and a new beginning.
We found ourselves facing a difficult dissolution of a long term business partnership. We weren’t sure if we would be able to walk away with anything substantial. Rhona advocated for us throughout the entire laborious process and remained supportive, knowledgeable and encouraging. She navigated for us through some emotionally charged territory all the while being comforting and positive and genuinely caring of obtaining the best possible outcome for us. In the end we triumphed- walking away with a settlement that exceeded our expectations and retaining one of the businesses out of the partnership. She continues to follow up with us after all is said and done-committing to tying up all of our loose ends and ensuring that we begin our new venture with all the resources at her disposal. She truly wants to see us thrive and succeed. Beyond grateful to her for formidable skill set, her knowledge, her huge heart, and her integrity.
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Posted by John J. Moss | September 26, 2019
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A Beacon of Guidance
Like a lighthouse when your coming in from rough seas a "Great" lawyer can you give you the confidence that you can make it safely to port. Rhona Kauffman is that kinda of lawyer. I hired here twice for two cases that were particularly troublesome for me. She returns calls in a timely fashion. Actually listen to my concerns and counseled me in a fashion that was not demeaning but clear and concise without sugar coating. Rhona has a very professional demeanor but at the same time you feel that you are getting the same advise that she would give her own brother. Monetarily I never felt like I was getting over charged and that I was receiving the best service. Thank you Rhona your clients appreciate you !
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Posted by Alan | September 25, 2019
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Great Legal Counsel Results from Rhona
I hired Rhona Kauffman to help me with a complex legal issue. Rhona was absolutely wonderful, efficient, clear and helpful with my legal issue. We were successful in receiving a positive court judgement whereas I received a total successful outcome to my legal issue. I would highly recommend Rhona! Thank you.
Posted by Denise | August 13, 2019
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Top Notch Attorney
I've used Ms. Kauffman several times. The first time was for legal advice for my aging mother who did not have a current trust in place. Thank goodness I was able to get the trust done in time so there would be no legal issues when she passed. The second time was for a new business. Ms. Kauffman prepared the corporation for my partner and I. I knew nothing about starting a new business so her legal advice was very useful. When I was involved in a legal suit, Ms. Kauffman gave me advice on how to handle myself in court. It really helped me since I was very nervous. Ms. Kauffman is very knowledgeable in many fields. I highly recommend her for your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2016
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Rental dispute
I had the pleasure of highering Rhona to help settle a rental dispute. She was professional, prompt and very well educated on business law. I wouldn't want to go through another rental dispute; however, if the situation arises there is NO other person I would want in my corner then Rhona Kufman.
Posted by carol | March 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
business
She was up front with all things connected to my case. my case went to trial in Oct. 2015. She keep me up to date on all things leading up to that date. I would recommend her to any one in need of a lawyer.
Posted by Randy | December 16, 2011
Top Notch Legal Representation And Very Pleasant To Work With
I have worked with numerous attorneys over the years. Rhona Kaufman was the most communicative and accessible of them all. She successfully settled our case within 2 months at a fair fee. She avoided costly and protracted litigation. Sometimes you need legal representation to get justice. I would not hesitate to recommend Rhona and her firm to obtain that justice for you.
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Posted by denni | December 6, 2011
Fights for you like a mother bear protecting her cubs
Rhona represented our small family business against a large weathly plaintiff who was using the legal system as a club with tactics and techniques designed to increase our costs and prolong the litigation. Rhona is the in-house attorney that handled all the field assignments, including client management, interviewing witnessess, depositions and in court representation. Rhona managed all the communication of information among the other attorneys working in her office as well as keeping her client up to date. We never had to wonder what the status of our case was. Rhona exhibits great compassion for her clients and fights tenaciously for them like a bear protecting her cubs. You definitely want this attorney on your side.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rhona S. Kauffman, Attorney
  • 1994 - Present

Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Southern California
  • Graduate - Legal
  • 1986
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • JCM Farming v. Fantasy Balloon Flights, et al.
  • Successfull- JCM Farm was forced to dismiss the action.
  • Ron Goldman v. O.J. Simpson
  • Civil Victory

Associations

  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Indian Wells Chamber of Commerce
  • Secretary, Board of Governors, Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2015
  • Desert Symphony
  • Secretary, Board of Governors, Member
  • 2004 - 2016
  • Warren Slaughter-Richard Roemer American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2016
  • Hon. Joseph B. Campbell American Inn of Court
  • Secretary, Board of Governors, Member
  • 2002 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2014
  • The Infamous Bird Award
  • Desert Bar Association
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Inns of Court
  • Obamacare
  • 2014
  • Farmers Insurance Claims
  • Civil Litigation
  • 2004

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Unknown Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rhona is an excellent attorney. She is diligent and detail-oriented and maintains a high level of professionalism both with her clients and with opposing counsel. She is extremely knowledgeable of all areas of civil litigation. I highly recommend Rhona."
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San Diego Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer Rhona Shelley Kauffman
Rhona Shelley Kauffman
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 29 years