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Richard D Ackerman

Litigation Attorney at Temecula, CA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Rich Ackerman

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Disbarred Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2016

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016. See details

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Rich Ackerman's litigation experience includes taking to trial, resolving, mediating, adjudicating, or arbitrating more than 1000 cases. This includes 200 unlawful detainer matters, more than 100 juvenile law matters, more than 200 small claims matters, 20 civil harassment matters, 200+ traffic court matters, and many others. He has been involved well in excess of 1000 matters over the term of his career.

    29 years, 500 cases

  2. Business
    Rich has regularly litigated unfair business practice cases, partnership dissolutions, business valuation cases, and corporate management issues throughout his career. Litigation of these types of cases has been his mainstay and an area that he enjoys very much. Helping clients make good financial decisions, even when tough, is always a pleasure.

    29 years, 100 cases

  3. Constitutional
    Our constitutional law practice mainly revolves around the complex area of Due Process, Administrative Hearing Processes, School Board/District Litigation, and First Amendment Liberties. Rich has represented many churches, teachers, classified staff, union members, individuals, protestors and nonprofits. We have assisted in same-sex marriage issues, the Pledge of Allegiance litigation, states' rights cases, and other important issues of our time.

    23 years, 50 cases

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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Richard D. Ackerman, Esq.
27247 Madison Avenue
Suite 104
Temecula, CA, 92590-5674


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Posted by Stacey | March 30, 2011
One of the only attorneys I trust.
From my very first encounter with Rich, I knew he was a very genuine person. Rich is an excellent attorney that I actually trust. I have retained him now for several cases and he has always had my best interests in mind. In any situation I have been in, Rich takes the time to explain everything to me and he answers all of my questions. He stuck by me through my deposition and while I was freaking out at first, Rich was calm, collected and very protective over my legal rights the entire time. I would recommend Rich to anyone looking for a good, knowledgable attorney, who truly cares about his clients.
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Posted by Judy | March 3, 2011
Wonderful Attorney!
Rich Ackerman was instrumental in our Fair Hearing victory against Inland Regional Center. Rich is a knowledgable & professional lawyer. He is also a very kind and humble family man who loves his family, friends & community! Rich gives unconditional help & support to so many! God Bless Rich Ackerman!
Posted by Paul | February 28, 2011
He listens, asks the right questions, and is unfailingly honest.
How many times have you talked to someone behind a desk, and they fiddle with paper or look elsewhere whilst you speak? Mr. Ackerman listens intentlly to your thoughts, asks pertinent questions and finishes by repeating everything back to you so that you can correct any small error. He is a family-values lawyer and is a caring dad to his own family, respecting those who protect their own families. In handling our trust update, he was very careful to draw us out to get our thoughts regarding familly matters. Mr. Ackerman posesses a brilliant mind, quick, incisive and at the same time, amusing. Involved in community wotk and work that strengthens family values in the community, he also cares deeply about the standards that should be taught in public schools, getting involved there when he sees he can help.
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Posted by Lenore | February 25, 2011
Ackerman Rocks
Attorney Ackerman is an excellent lawyer; he is knowledgeable, very ethical and passionate about the rights of every person. He keeps his word and is abreast of all the latest litigation, points and authorities in the interest of his clients. Mr. Ackerman is an eloquent speaker, and makes his points clearly, provoking both sides to see the truth. It is refreshing to find an attorney who is passionate about justice for all.
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Posted by Deborah | February 25, 2011
Great Attorney
Mr. Ackerman has worked with us for the past four years and is a seasoned, experienced attorney who seeks justice for all. Mr. Ackerman’s Law firm gives one strong, powerful representation. Richard is responsible for handling cases from inception to conclusion, including negotiating successful situations and resolutions. Richard is supported by a team who is confident, intelligent, and dependable with outstanding communication skills. He has shown diligence and energy while working our case; many times despite deadline pressures. Richard has provided us with understanding, and professionalism while going out of his way to work with us and being considerate to our situation. He is personable and serves one with honor, integrity, and decency. I highly recommend him. Richard is without a doubt one of the in his field.
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Posted by Mark | February 25, 2011
Fantastic Lawyer!
The most ethical and aggressive attorney out there. He has proven to me that he has tremendous trial experience and is a complex litigator. His services provided to my wife and I over the past few years will no doubt end in victory.
Posted by James | February 25, 2011
personal recommendation for Mr Ackerman as an attorney
Mr Ackerman has been and is a very thorough, honest and dependable attorney for our company. He has guided the company and ourselves through difficult litigation by providing the information and recommendations necessary to make sound business decisions.
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2009
Richard Ackerman is an excellent lawyer
Mr. Ackerman worked my case through the Ninth Circuit at which he gave the best case a lawyer could give. On appeal to the Supreme Court, he wrote an excellent rebuttal to the Ninth Circuit. No onecould have presented my case better in court.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2007
Best Lawyer
Great Lawyer,very honest Christian man, gets the job done!
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2007
Knowledgable And Ethical Attorney
Needing legal representation in a medical malpractice claim, I turned to Richard for help. In our initial conference he impressed me as a true professional. He explained the stong points of my case, along with the litigation process and reasonable award expectation. Throughout the complete process he maintained his professional demeanor and kept me informed of his actions and the rationale for them. As such I felt comfortable about his competence and commitment in his representation. Using his remarkable skills, Richard negotiated a very satisfactory settlement for me. He is a knowledgable and hard working attorney with high ethical standards in all his professional and personal endeavors.
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2007
Very knowledgeable attorney
I enjoyed working with Rich. He is very methodical and straightforward in his approach. He is in high gear during depositions and calls it like it is. He did not pump us up with false hopes, and we appreciated his candidness and approach.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2007
Richard is an excellent attorney, he is knowledgable, well spoken and a bull dog for his clients. You definitely want him on your side when it comes to a fight. He puts in 110%.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2007
Terrific Attorney
This review is from a person who does not care for attorneys as a group. However, I can truly recommend Rich Ackerman. Rich is an honest, Christian, caring attorney that will fight for you with great expertise.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-500 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016.

Disbarment issued in CA, 2016
updated on 10/05/2016

Disbarment is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the California State Bar to understand the reasons for disbarment.

Discipline with Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2015
updated on 01/20/2016

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.

Discipline, Probation; no Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2013
updated on 01/20/2016

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

Work Experience

  • President/CEO
  • Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation
  • 2008 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney & Board Member
  • Public Service Law Corporation
  • 2007 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • California Republican Assembly (Murrieta-Temecula)
  • 2003 - Present
  • Civil Rights & Trial Attorney
  • Richard D. Ackerman, Esq.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Legal Counsel/Board Member
  • Clarendon Hills Homeowners Association
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Litigation Counsel
  • United States Justice Foundation
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Richard D. Ackerman
  • 1996 - 2001
  • Volunteer Intern
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 1993 - 1993
  • Law Clerk, Attorney
  • Cifarelli & Cifarelli
  • 1991 - 1996
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  • Western State College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Western State University, San Diego
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Competency Certification
  • N/A
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Post-Grad Studies (1997-99)
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Luke v. Redlands Community Hospital
  • Reversal
  • Nowell v. Los Angeles MTA
  • $200,000.00 Settlement
  • Lacuesta v. Fox, et al.
  • Dismissed on Trial Date
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  • United States Tax Court
  • Admitted to Bar
  • 2009 - Present
  • USA Boxing
  • Certified Judge/Referee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • MCLE Committee, Committee Chair
  • 2006 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member & Board Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Alliance Defense Fund
  • Allied Attorney
  • 2001 - Present
  • California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization
  • Chief Hearing Officer
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation
  • Board of Directors, President
  • 2007 - 2010
  • RCOE Mock Trial Program
  • Scoring Attorney
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Measure K Bond Oversight Committee (MVUSD)
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Federal Bar Association - California
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2007
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Honors and Awards

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Service
  • State Bar of California
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation (Judge Pro Tem)
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2010
  • "Attorney of the Year" Professional Excellence Award 2009
  • Southwest Riverside County Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award
  • State Bar of California
  • 2009
  • Champion of Virtue Award
  • Corona Life Services
  • 2009
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award
  • State Bar of California & Public Service Law Corp
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation (Judge Pro Tem Service)
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2008
  • John R. Parker Award (Civil Rights)
  • Pacific Justice Institute
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Gratitude (Legal Oversight)
  • Corona Life Services
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation (Judge Pro Tem Service)
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2007
  • National Leadership Award
  • National Republican Congressional Committee
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Work on Bond Committee
  • Murrieta Valley Unified School District
  • 2005
  • Commendation for Mock Trial Participation
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • 2005
  • Congressional Order of Merit
  • National Republican Congressional Committee
  • 2005
  • Beverly Clark Civil Rights Award
  • California Republican Assembly (North County SD)
  • 2002
  • Malachi Award (Defense of Life Award)
  • Operation Rescue West
  • 2002
  • Letter of Appreciation for Expert Panel Participation (AB1338)
  • California Assembly (Koretz-D)
  • 2001
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers (by Valedictorian Nomination)
  • 2000
  • Adjunct Faculty Award
  • Santiago Canyon College
  • 2000
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Family Law)
  • 1993
  • Moot Court (3rd Place Team)
  • Ferguson Moot Court Competition (WSU)
  • 1993
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Legal Writing 2)
  • 1992
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Torts)
  • 1991
  • Dean's Honor List
  • Rancho Santiago College
  • 1991
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Legal Writing)
  • 1991
  • El Don Outstanding Artist
  • Santa Ana College Journalism Department
  • 1989
  • Excellence in Journalism
  • Santa Ana College Journalism Department
  • 1989
  • "All American" Award for Journalism
  • American Collegiate Press
  • 1988
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  • Celebrate Life (American Life League)
  • Striking A Blow Against Planned Parenthood
  • 2005
  • Western State University Dictum
  • Battered Women's Syndrome: Crying Foul
  • 1992
  • Western State University Dictum
  • A Respectful Challenge to the Premises of Roe
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bridging the Gap
  • Dealing with Difficult Times
  • 2013
  • Bridging the Gap
  • Finding Purpose in Uncertain Times
  • 2012
  • WSU Legal Skills Program
  • Moot Court Bench Panel
  • 2010
  • RCBA Bridging the Gap Program
  • Practice Law by Striving For Something Greater Than Yourself
  • 2010
  • WSU Professional Skills Moot Court
  • Judging for Moot Court
  • 2009
  • Riverside County Bar Association MCLE Programs
  • Reinvigorating the Practice of Law in Turbulent Times
  • 2009
  • Riv. Co. Sheriff's Medical Marijuana Meeting/Roundtable (030309 1000-1100)
  • Medical Marijuana: Constitutional Perspectives & Concerns (Panel Member)
  • 2009
  • RCBA Brownbag Series
  • How Did I End Up Here?; Law & Motion in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Event Organizer)
  • 2009
  • RCBA Bridging the Gap Program
  • Perspectives on the Philosophical Value of Practicing Law
  • 2009
  • Public Hearing on USA Boxing Assoc.
  • Regulation & Safety of Boxing (Written Testimony)
  • 2009
  • MTRA (Temecula) Monthly Meeting
  • First Amendment Principles & Political Convenience
  • 2009
  • MSJC Foundation Annual Strategy Session
  • Setting Fundraising Goals in a Difficult Economic Environment
  • 2009
  • MSCJ Scholarship Breakfast
  • Understanding the Value and Purpose of Education
  • 2009
  • Medical Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project - Riverside
  • Understanding the Constitutional Dimensions of the Physician-Patient Relationship Under Prop 215
  • 2009
  • Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project Meeting
  • States Rights: A Conservative's Perspective on Medical Marijuana
  • 2009
  • RCBA Bridging The Gap Program
  • Finding Purpose in the Practice of Law: Public Service and Pro Bono Opportunities
  • 2008
  • MTRA Constitutional Law Update & Panel Discussion
  • First Amendment Protections: A Study in Relative Social Values
  • 2008
  • MSJC State of The College Event (11/4/08)
  • Bridging the State and Private Funding Divide
  • 2008
  • MSJC Annual Faculty Meeting
  • Charitable Giving in Higher Education
  • 2008
  • SWRBA MCLE Event
  • Litigating Dangerously
  • 2007
  • SWRBA / Murrieta Chamber of Commerce People's Law School
  • Business Litigation
  • 2007
  • Lake Elsinore Foundation for Education Board Meeting
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts: The Basics
  • 2007
  • 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 California
  • 2006
  • RCBA Religious Liberty MCLE Event
  • First Amendment Law
  • 2005
  • Life Talk Television & Radio
  • Planned Parenthood's Failure to Protect Children from Molesters
  • 2005
  • Fox News: O'Reilly Factor
  • Denhalter v. Jurupa Unified School District
  • 2005
  • Olive Branch Community Church Presentation
  • Marriage Rights
  • 2004
  • KTLA Debate w/ Hal Fischman (Rich Ackerman & Gloria Allred)
  • Marriage Rights Discussion
  • 2004
  • Bott Radio Network
  • The Complete Story: Constitutional Views on Marriage & Other Issues
  • 2004
  • The Welch Report Radio Show
  • The California Recall: Guest Radio Host Appearance
  • 2003
  • Scholl Institute for Bioethics Conference at CSU Long Beach
  • Legal Implications of the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link
  • 2003
  • MTRA Meeting
  • The California Recall
  • 2003
  • Mission to the Schools Conference (Highland, California)
  • Recent Developments in Parental Rights Litigation
  • 2003
  • Reclaiming California Conference (Santa Barbara, California)
  • Intellectual Revival in Academics
  • 2002
  • Reclaiming California Conference (San Diego, California)
  • Academic Freedom: Facing the Challenges
  • 2002
  • Fox News: O'Reilly Factor
  • Planned Parenthood Litigation: Duty to Report Abuse
  • 2002
  • Take Back the Schools Conference (Sacramento, California)
  • The Federal Equal Access Act
  • 2001
  • RSCCD Flex-time Program for Staff
  • Teachers' Rights & Academic Freedom
  • 2001
  • NPR Debate (Philadelphia)
  • Civil Rights Debate
  • 2001
  • MTRA Meeting
  • Update on Contemporary Legal Issues
  • 2001
  • Fox News: O'Reilly Factor
  • First Amendment Issues
  • 2001
  • 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 Conference
  • Practicing Medicine & Law in Cyberspace
  • 2000
  • American College of Legal Medicine Annual Conf
  • Physician Abandonment & Breach of Implied Covenants
  • 1998
  • American College of Legal Medicine Annual Conference
  • Spoliation of Evidence: Definitions & Avoidance
  • 1997
  • Rancho Santiago College Dept of Philosophy
  • Legal Approaches to Bioethical Problems
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (25)
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Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard has a stellar reputation in the community. His vast experience in litigation affords him the ability to take on the biggest of cases--and he does a great job on them."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ackerman's legal resume and experience are quite impressive. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to locals in need of a top notch litigation attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Being a fellow lawyer in the community, I am familiar with Richard's work quality. I find him to be an outstanding, ethical and knowledgeable attorney."
Business Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Richard has built a remarkable practice and achieved great results since I had him as a promising student in my law school classes. He is sharp, witty, and a sound thinker. He makes an outstanding professional impression in court and is always prepared -- which sets him head and shoulders above most others in his field. I recommend him wholeheartedly!"
Litigation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In working together to co-represent a client in a matter against a local government, Mr. Ackerman has been courteous, professional, experienced, and compassionate. His reputation with the city is an important part of our gaining crucial negotiating leverage. He is known as a ferocious litigator on behalf of his clients--and as a winner. I have gained by our working together--and so has our client."
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