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Edward Zaryl Kotkin

About me

  1. General and Special Counsel to Companies (10 Years)

  2. City Attorney (9 Years); 

  3. Deputy District Attorney (11 Years); 

  4. Real Estate Transactions and Litigation (13 Years);  


  6. AV Preeminent rated lawyer (Top "peer" rating of legal ability & general ethical standards) - based upon anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary.                              


Languages spoken: Spanish, Hebrew

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
    16 years
  2. Government: 30%
    25 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    18 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%
    16 years
  5. Administrative Law: 10%
    14 years



Hourly ($1-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (3%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Tracy Catherine Miller

    Edward and I worked together as Deputy District Attorneys in Riverside County. Since entering private practice, Edward’s incredible legal skills have sharpened and expanded nicely regarding his specialty of working with businesses and companies, specifically handling business with government agencies (e.g., property owners, developers, permitees, and licensees). Edward also handles real estate work and general counsel issues for companies. He is a tenacious client advocate, always searching for the best outcome and has many years of experience and knowledge to achieve a client's desired results.


    Tracy Miller Domestic violence Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Donald Leslie Hunt

    Ed is bright, thoughtful, careful, pays attention to details, listens to the views of others, carefully considers the legal authority and implications of the proposed matter, and carefully applies the law to the facts. He has superior skills and is an excellent lawyer.


    Donald Hunt Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Offices of Edward Z. Kotkin

250 El Camino Real
Suite 102
Tustin, CA, 92780-3655


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Prosecutor of the Year, Runner‐UpInternational Association of Financial Crimes Investigators2001
Outstanding Achievement AwardOffice of the District Attorney, County of Riverside2000
Greenfield Trial Practice AwardGeorgetown University Law Center1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/PrincipalThe Law Offices of Edward Z. Kotkin2011 - Present
DirectorWoodruff, Spradlin & Smart2005 - 2011
Attorney/PrincipalKotkin & Associates2002 - 2005
Deputy District AttorneyOffice of the District Attorney, County of Riverside1991 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationLawyer Referral & Information Service Panelist2012 - Present
Spirit Youth Sports, Inc., d.b.a. Spirit LeagueGeneral Counsel & Board Member2011 - Present
Congregation B'nai Israel, Tustin, Men's ClubPresident2011 - Present
California League of CitiesCity Attorneys Division, FPPC Committee, Member2011 - 2011
State Bar of CaliforniaSpecial Master2004 - 2012
California District Attorneys AssociationCo-Founder and Former Co-Chair, Real Estate Fraud Committee2000 - 2002
California District Attorneys AssociationMember1991 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Request for Leave to File Suit in Quo Warranto (Brokate), Opinion Request 11-701Request for Leave to File Suit Withdrawn
Desert Sands Unified School District v. Redevelopment Agency of the City of Indio et all.Settlement, Pass-through payments by client Indio reduced by fifty percent (50%), all pass-through payments dedicated to improvements at Indio High School
City of Indio v. Indio Venture PartnersSettlement.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Haverford CollegePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Holiday Meeting - Public Agency Risk Managers Association, Southern California ChapterPublic Records, Paper Trails, and Penalties – Catching Up with the Law on Computer Resources2012
Annual Conference - National Bureau of Business Licensing OfficialsAdjusting to New Paradigms ‐ Checking In & Keeping Money Local2012
21st Annual All Day Seminar - Workers’ Compensation ForumElectronic Confidentiality – Computers are Forever (Public Records & E-Discovery)2012
California Public Records Act - City of San Juan CapistranoCalifornia Public Records Act, CA Government Code Section 6250 et seq.2011
AB1234 Training - City of IndioEthics for Public Officials, Mandatory Training per State Law2011
Special City Council Meeting - City of Hawaiian GardensGifts to Public Agencies and Ticket Distribution2010
Public Records Act Training - City of Hawaiian GardensCalifornia Public Records Act, CA Government Code Section 6250 et seq.2010
Legal Aspects of Building Administration - International Code Council, Orange Empire ChapterPublic Records Act & Code Enforcement2010
AB 1234 Training - City of San Juan CapistranoEthics for Public Officials, Mandatory Training per State Law2010
AB 1234 Training - City of Hawaiian GardensEthics for Public Officials, Mandatory Training per State Law2010
In-House MCLE - Woodruff, Spradlin & SmartGifts to Public Agencies and Ticket Distribution2009
In-House MCLE - Woodruff, Spradlin & SmartIndian Gaming2006