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Richard Wirtz is the founding and managing attorney of Wirtz Law. Selected as one of San Diego’s Super Lawyers for 2012 and 2013, he specializes in complex business litigation through jury trials, arbitrations, settlement conferences and mediations, with focus across all aspects of intellectual property, business, employment, insurance and real estate litigation. Mr. Wirtz is active in state and federal court proceedings, representing businesses of all sizes, as well as entrepreneurs, executives and individuals. Additionally, based on his extensive litigation experience, he provides "general counsel" services for intellectual property, business, employment, and real estate matters.

Mr. Wirtz has a respected legal presence and according to Martindale-Hubbell, maintains a "AV preeminent" peer and client rating. Above all, he is committed to seeing clients thrive by minimizing legal risks that can deter the primary focus and growth of businesses. Mr. Wirtz assists his clients in managing all business risks from contracts to negligence, employee to independent contractor, and owner to investor.

Mr. Wirtz continually uses his profession to advance community justice and enrichment. Prior to starting his firm in 1995, he opposed Fortune 500 Companies in high-profile, multi-million dollar, national class actions involving securities and consumer fraud, unfair trade practices and complex business issues. Mr. Wirtz also helped defend the United Farm Workers union against wrongful boycott charges in the final days of Cesar Chavez’ life.

Beyond the courtroom and the conference room, Mr. Wirtz can also be found offering his professional insights as a legal expert on several localtelevision and radio programs.

Mr. Wirtz received his law degree from the University of San Diego (J.D., 1987) and his undergraduate degree from Knox College (B.A., History, 1984).


Practice areas


  1. Lemon Law: 45%
    4 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    26 years
  3. Trademark: 15%
    10 years
  4. Employment: 10%
    26 years
  5. Real Estate: 5%
    26 years



Hourly ($195-395/hour), contingent (30-50%), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Christopher Alfred Villasenor

    I have known Mr. Wirtz since 2008 and worked together on numerous employment and business matters as co-counsel. He is both knowledgeable and tenacious and has obtained good results for his clients. I frequently refer him my employment law cases.


    Christopher Villasenor Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Paul Christopher Cataudella

    I have worked closely with Mr. Wirtz as co-counsel on numerous occasions. It is refreshing to work alongside an attorney as knowledgeable and passionate about the law as Mr. Wirtz. I proudly endorse this lawyer.


    Paul Cataudella Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Wirtz Law APC

4365 Executive Drive
Suite 1460
San Diego, CA, 92121


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Employment Attorney Semi-FinalistSan Diego Daily Transcript2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding Shareholder AttorneyWirtz & Associates, Inc.2011 - Present
Founding & Managing PartnerWirtz Hellenkamp LLP2002 - 2011
Founding AttorneyWirtz & Associates1995 - 2002
Senior AssociateAguirre & Meyer1992 - 1995
AssociateFisch, Spiegler, Ginsburg & Ladner1991 - 1992
AssociateKolodny & Pressman1990 - 1991
AssociateBrian J. Dunn, APLC1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego County Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Employment & Labor Section2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Elliott v. Google, Inc.Pending
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Knox CollegeN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of San Diego School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Real Estate Forensics with Michael Taylor Radio ShowEminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation2012
Real Estate Forensics with Michael Taylor Radio ShowReal Estate Disclosures2009