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Thank you for considering our firm. We offer ethical and aggressive advocacy for our clients. We offer many years of trial experience, complex litigation, and constitutional/public interest litigation.


Our fees are commensurate with our experience and abilities and we strive to provide the best representation in Riverside County. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions that you may have.



Married with 4 children.  I enjoy spending time with my family, tending to my koi pond, keeping up on theology/philosophy, and playing/listening to music.  When lawyering, I give 100% of all I've got to each client -- one at a time.


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Practice areas

  1. Litigation: 50%
    22 years, 500 cases
  2. Business: 25%
    22 years, 100 cases
  3. Constitutional: 25%
    16 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($375-500/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Richard D. Ackerman, Esq.

27247 Madison Avenue
Suite 104
Temecula, CA, 92590-5674


CANot Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled)199405/23/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with Actual Suspension
    issued in CA, 2015


    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

  2. Discipline, Probation; no Actual Suspension
    issued in CA, 2013


    This sanction means the attorney had a suspension placed on hold (and ultimately removed) by complying with certain requirements.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono ServiceState Bar of California2011
Certificate of Appreciation (Judge Pro Tem)Riverside County Superior Court2010
Champion of Virtue AwardCorona Life Services2009
Wiley W. Manuel AwardState Bar of California2009
"Attorney of the Year" Professional Excellence Award 2009Southwest Riverside County Bar Association2009
Wiley W. Manuel AwardState Bar of California & Public Service Law Corp2008
Certificate of Appreciation (Judge Pro Tem Service)Riverside County Superior Court2008
Certificate of Appreciation (Judge Pro Tem Service)Riverside County Superior Court2007
John R. Parker Award (Civil Rights)Pacific Justice Institute2007
Certificate of Gratitude (Legal Oversight)Corona Life Services2007
National Leadership AwardNational Republican Congressional Committee2006
Commendation for Mock Trial ParticipationConstitutional Rights Foundation2005
Congressional Order of MeritNational Republican Congressional Committee2005
Certificate of Appreciation for Work on Bond CommitteeMurrieta Valley Unified School District2005
Beverly Clark Civil Rights AwardCalifornia Republican Assembly (North County SD)2002
Malachi Award (Defense of Life Award)Operation Rescue West2002
Letter of Appreciation for Expert Panel Participation (AB1338)California Assembly (Koretz-D)2001
Who's Who Among American Teachers (by Valedictorian Nomination)N/A2000
Adjunct Faculty AwardSantiago Canyon College2000
American Jurisprudence Award (Family Law)N/A1993
Moot Court (3rd Place Team)Ferguson Moot Court Competition (WSU)1993
American Jurisprudence Award (Legal Writing 2)N/A1992
Dean's Honor ListRancho Santiago College1991
American Jurisprudence Award (Torts)N/A1991
American Jurisprudence Award (Legal Writing)N/A1991
Excellence in JournalismSanta Ana College Journalism Department1989
El Don Outstanding ArtistSanta Ana College Journalism Department1989
"All American" Award for JournalismAmerican Collegiate Press1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President/CEOMt. San Jacinto College Foundation2008 - Present
Volunteer Attorney & Board MemberPublic Service Law Corporation2007 - Present
General CounselCalifornia Republican Assembly (Murrieta-Temecula)2003 - Present
Civil Rights & Trial AttorneyRichard D. Ackerman, Esq.2003 - Present
Legal Counsel/Board MemberClarendon Hills Homeowners Association2003 - 2007
Litigation CounselUnited States Justice Foundation2001 - 2003
AttorneyLaw Offices of Richard D. Ackerman1996 - 2001
Volunteer InternOrange County District Attorney's Office1993 - 1993
Law Clerk, AttorneyCifarelli & Cifarelli1991 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Tax CourtAdmitted to Bar2009 - Present
USA BoxingCertified Judge/Referee2008 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMCLE Committee, Committee Chair2006 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember & Board Member2005 - Present
Alliance Defense FundAllied Attorney2001 - Present
California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts OrganizationChief Hearing Officer2009 - 2010
Mt. San Jacinto College FoundationBoard of Directors, President2007 - 2010
RCOE Mock Trial ProgramScoring Attorney2004 - 2010
Measure K Bond Oversight Committee (MVUSD)Vice-Chair2002 - 2004
Federal Bar Association - CaliforniaMember1995 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Luke v. Redlands Community HospitalReversal
Nowell v. Los Angeles MTA$200,000.00 Settlement
Lacuesta v. Fox, et al.Dismissed on Trial Date
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Publication nameTitleDate
Riverside County Lawyer MagazineNo Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Taking on Constitutional Law & Pro Bono Cases2010
Murrieta City: General Election BallotMeasures C, D, E (Proponent and Co-Author)2010
Wordpress BlogPermissum Meus Fides Exsisto a Opus Dei2009
CA State Athletic Commission -- Public CommentsStatement on the California Mixed Martial Arts on MMA Regulation in the State of California2009
Riverside County Bar MagazineHearing the Calling, Defend Something Greater than Yourself2009
Riverside County Lawyer MagazineSame-Sex Marriage: Hijacking a Sinking Ship?2008
Riverside County Lawyer MagazineLaw & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance2008
WorldNetDaily.comSame Sex Marriage: Hi-Jacking a Sinking Ship2008
WorldNetDaily.comThe Ink is Bleeding Out2007
CalifornianJustice Delayed is Justice Denied2006
Riverside County Lawyer MagazineThe 9th (Short)-Circuit Court of Appeals2005
WorldNetDaily.comThe 9th (Short)-Circuit Court of Appeals2005
Celebrate Life (American Life League)Striking A Blow Against Planned Parenthood2005
Whistleblower MagazineA Gen-X View of the Constitution2003
CA Assembly Bill 1962 (Co-Sponsor) [Public Records]Amendment to the California Public Records Act2002
Penguin Publishing (Text Book) [Original Text Linked Here].The State of America’s Constitution2002
WorldNetDaily.comAnalysis of Executive Orders 11905 & 12333; Justification for Elimination of Rogue Leaders2001
Western State University DictumBattered Women's Syndrome: Crying Foul1992
Western State University DictumA Respectful Challenge to the Premises of Roe1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Western State University, San DiegoLawBS - Bachelor of Science1993
California State University, Long BeachPhilosophy - Post Grad (1994-1996)Competency CertificationN/A
Azusa Pacific UniversityTheologyPost-Grad Studies (1997-99)N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bridging the GapDealing with Difficult Times2013
Bridging the GapFinding Purpose in Uncertain Times2012
Riverside County Bar AssociationWomen & Minorities: Has the Glass Ceiling Cracked Yet? (Organizer/Intros)2011
RCBA Bridging the GapThe Joys, Trials and Pitfalls of the Practice of Law2011
Murrieta City Planning Commission (Public Session)Should Alcohol Distance Restrictions be Lifted in a Bedroom Community?2011
Jurupa Unified School District (Public Session)A Call to End Racial Discrimination2011
City of Murrieta Council SessionWho Controls Municipal Salaries? The People or the Salaried?: Presentation on Murrieta Measures C, D, E2011
You Decide T.V. showCivil Rights: Same Sex Marriage2010
WSU Legal Skills ProgramMoot Court Bench Panel2010
Riverside County Bar AssociationD. Sandoval; R. Ackerman; Bioethics Session (End of Life Issues & Disabilities)2010
RCBA Bridging the Gap ProgramPractice Law by Striving For Something Greater Than Yourself2010
WSU Professional Skills Moot CourtJudging for Moot Court2009
USA Boxing Officials Recertification Course (So.Cal.LBC)Ringside Ethics & Eliminating Bias While Officiating2009
Riverside County Bar Association MCLE ProgramsReinvigorating the Practice of Law in Turbulent Times2009
Riv. Co. Sheriff's Medical Marijuana Meeting/Roundtable (030309 1000-1100)Medical Marijuana: Constitutional Perspectives & Concerns (Panel Member)2009
RCBA Brownbag SeriesHow Did I End Up Here?; Law & Motion in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Event Organizer)2009
RCBA Bridging the Gap ProgramPerspectives on the Philosophical Value of Practicing Law2009
Public Hearing on USA Boxing Assoc.Regulation & Safety of Boxing (Written Testimony)2009
MTRA (Temecula) Monthly MeetingFirst Amendment Principles & Political Convenience2009
MSJC Foundation Annual Strategy SessionSetting Fundraising Goals in a Difficult Economic Environment2009
MSCJ Scholarship BreakfastUnderstanding the Value and Purpose of Education2009
Medical Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project - RiversideUnderstanding the Constitutional Dimensions of the Physician-Patient Relationship Under Prop 2152009
Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project MeetingStates Rights: A Conservative's Perspective on Medical Marijuana2009
RCBA Bridging The Gap ProgramFinding Purpose in the Practice of Law: Public Service and Pro Bono Opportunities2008
MTRA Constitutional Law Update & Panel DiscussionFirst Amendment Protections: A Study in Relative Social Values2008
MSJC State of The College Event (11/4/08)Bridging the State and Private Funding Divide2008
MSJC Annual Faculty MeetingCharitable Giving in Higher Education2008
SWRBA MCLE EventLitigating Dangerously2007
SWRBA / Murrieta Chamber of Commerce People's Law SchoolBusiness Litigation2007
Lake Elsinore Foundation for Education Board MeetingCharitable Remainder Trusts: The Basics2007
California State Assembly Bill 16 (Hernandez)Argument Against Mandatory HPV Vaccination for Minors (Expert Panel)2007
LifeTalk Radio/TV Program (Life Dynamics, Inc.)Planned Parenthood Litigation Issues in California2006
RCBA Religious Liberty MCLE EventFirst Amendment Law2005
Life Talk Television & RadioPlanned Parenthood's Failure to Protect Children from Molesters2005
Fox News: O'Reilly FactorDenhalter v. Jurupa Unified School District2005
Olive Branch Community Church PresentationMarriage Rights2004
KTLA Debate w/ Hal Fischman (Rich Ackerman & Gloria Allred)Marriage Rights Discussion2004
Bott Radio NetworkThe Complete Story: Constitutional Views on Marriage & Other Issues2004
The Welch Report Radio ShowThe California Recall: Guest Radio Host Appearance2003
Scholl Institute for Bioethics Conference at CSU Long BeachLegal Implications of the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link2003
MTRA MeetingThe California Recall2003
Mission to the Schools Conference (Highland, California)Recent Developments in Parental Rights Litigation2003
Reclaiming California Conference (Santa Barbara, California)Intellectual Revival in Academics2002
Reclaiming California Conference (San Diego, California)Academic Freedom: Facing the Challenges2002
Fox News: O'Reilly FactorPlanned Parenthood Litigation: Duty to Report Abuse2002
Take Back the Schools Conference (Sacramento, California)The Federal Equal Access Act2001
RSCCD Flex-time Program for StaffTeachers' Rights & Academic Freedom2001
NPR Debate (Philadelphia)Civil Rights Debate2001
MTRA MeetingUpdate on Contemporary Legal Issues2001
Fox News: O'Reilly First Amendment Issues2001
California State Assembly Bill 1338 (Koretz)Argument Against AB1338 [California Family Protection Act] (Expert Panel - Joint Session of Committees on Judiciary)2001
American College of Legal Medicine ConferencePracticing Medicine & Law in Cyberspace2000
American College of Legal Medicine Annual ConfPhysician Abandonment & Breach of Implied Covenants1998
American College of Legal Medicine Annual ConferenceSpoliation of Evidence: Definitions & Avoidance1997
Rancho Santiago College Dept of PhilosophyLegal Approaches to Bioethical Problems1994