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Edward Zaryl Kotkin

Litigation Attorney at Orange, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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About Edward

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Practice area
  1. Litigation
    Public Agency Litigator, Former City Attorney and Deputy D.A.

    33 years

Litigator for government agencies.

  1. City Attorney, Cities of Palm Springs and Indio (11 Years of Experience)
  2. Deputy District Attorney (11 Years of Experience);
  3. General and Special Counsel to Companies (10 Years of Experience)
  4. Real Estate Transactions and Litigation (13 Years);  
  5. 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.                              

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Lynberg & Watkins
1100 W. Town & Country Rd.
Suite 1450
Orange, CA, 92868

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Posted by Chelle | April 8, 2013
Thank you!!
I would have hired him, if I could afford him, but he was kind enough to answer my question and asked for nothing in return. I think that is awsome, especially for an Attorney, so I say Thank You and good job.....Chelle
Posted by Melinda | December 7, 2012
I Wholeheartedly Recommend Edward Z. Kotkin
Eddie was very prompt in getting back to me regarding my situation and he totally understood my perspective without having to give him a lot of details. The hours that he quoted me to take on my case were right on. Eddie not only met with me to gather the appropriate information, he also did a practice session with me, of what to expect when we were to go before the judge to set me at ease. Most importantly, Eddie was very confident that we would win, and we did!
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Posted by Sandra | October 22, 2012
Truly a caring and concerned professional
Mr. Kotkin is the first pleasant experience that we have had since moving to California. For him to take time out of his day, knowing he would not be compensated for his work, to help two senior citizens speaks very highly of his integrity and community involvement. He no only responded on AVVO, he actually called before the response was posted. Any time we need a lawyer we will definitely seek him out.
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Posted by William | September 20, 2012
Non profit sports league
Ed Kotkin has been involved with a 501(3)(c) sports organization for children with disabilities. His services have been utilized to review parent, player, and coaches waiver forms, review and re-write corporate bylaws, review D&O insurance coverage, and provide his professional opinions about the structure and legalities regarding issues associated with a special needs sports league. His input and work has been invaluable to the league and to the board of directors. Ed has been a pleasure to work with, and we appreciate his time and dedication to the League.
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Posted by Dana | September 20, 2012
Professional. Caring. Knowledgeable.
I was introduced to Mr. Kotkin after posting a question on this website. Not only did he respond with a very helpful email, he also telephoned me to follow-up on the matter and introduce himself. And several days later after I posted an update, Mr. Kotkin phoned again to offer new insight. I felt he went out of his way to assist me and I was extremely impressed by this. To say Mr. Kotkin clearly adheres to a high standard of service would be an understatement: The breadth of his legal knowledge, and his willingness to share ideas and make recommendations, before I ever became a client, made me feel....well....really terrific!!....not something a lot of people usually feel when they meet with their attorney. Thanks very much Mr. Kotkin! I look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.
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Posted by Faith | September 15, 2012
We sure did find the right person to help!
This afternoon Mr Kotkin helped our family out of a difficult situation. He saw immediately to the core of the problem & knew what to do about it. He offered advice on several different plans of action. In addition, he made a call to law enforcement that defused something which could have escalated. Mr Kotkin responded very quickly to the problem I posted and offered compassionate and to-the-point advice. A huge headache has been averted. Thank you, Mr Kotkin!
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Posted by Tal | September 12, 2012
World-class legal counsel
I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Kotkin on both professional and personal legal matters beginning in 2011. Not only did he provide outstanding legal counsel, Mr. Kotkin is a brilliant and creative legal strategist; important traits that are too often not considered when looking for counsel. I would describe Mr. Kotkin as being highly intelligent, professional, efficient, effective, responsive, and great to work with. I have come to trust Mr. Kotkin as my "go to guy" for any matters that require legal counsel. He receives my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Gene | August 12, 2012
Mayor City of Indio
Mr. Kotkin represented out city in an outstanding and dedicated manner. He first priority was representing the city in a professional manner. He made sure all council and employees were very informed.
Posted by GB | August 9, 2012
Stellar Professional
Eddie Kotkin helped me and my business partner with contract review and evaluation. He has been very helpful with his analysis, input and recommendations on dealing with the other party. We are very happy with his work and look forward to engaging him again in the near future.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lynberg & Watkins
  • 2019 - Present
  • City Attorney
  • City of Palm Springs
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Attorney/Principal
  • The Law Offices of Edward Z. Kotkin
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Director
  • Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Attorney/Principal
  • Kotkin & Associates
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Office of the District Attorney, County of Riverside
  • 1991 - 2002
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Haverford College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Request for Leave to File Suit in Quo Warranto (Brokate), Opinion Request 11-701
  • Request 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 Partners
  • Settlement.
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  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Lawyer Referral & Information Service Panelist
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Spirit Youth Sports, Inc., d.b.a. Spirit League
  • General Counsel & Board Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Congregation B'nai Israel, Tustin, Men's Club
  • President
  • 2011 - 2016
  • California League of Cities
  • City Attorneys Division, FPPC Committee, Member
  • 2011 - 2011
  • State Bar of California
  • Special Master
  • 2004 - 2012
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Co-Founder and Former Co-Chair, Real Estate Fraud Committee
  • 2000 - 2002
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Hebrew

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Prosecutor of the Year, Runner‐Up
  • International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators
  • 2001
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Office of the District Attorney, County of Riverside
  • 2000
  • Greenfield Trial Practice Award
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • 1991
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Speaking Engagements

  • Holiday Meeting - Public Agency Risk Managers Association, Southern California Chapter
  • Public Records, Paper Trails, and Penalties – Catching Up with the Law on Computer Resources
  • 2012
  • Annual Conference - National Bureau of Business Licensing Officials
  • Adjusting to New Paradigms ‐ Checking In & Keeping Money Local
  • 2012
  • 21st Annual All Day Seminar - Workers’ Compensation Forum
  • Electronic Confidentiality – Computers are Forever (Public Records & E-Discovery)
  • 2012
  • California Public Records Act - City of San Juan Capistrano
  • California Public Records Act, CA Government Code Section 6250 et seq.
  • 2011
  • AB1234 Training - City of Indio
  • Ethics for Public Officials, Mandatory Training per State Law
  • 2011
  • Special City Council Meeting - City of Hawaiian Gardens
  • Gifts to Public Agencies and Ticket Distribution
  • 2010
  • Public Records Act Training - City of Hawaiian Gardens
  • California Public Records Act, CA Government Code Section 6250 et seq.
  • 2010
  • Legal Aspects of Building Administration - International Code Council, Orange Empire Chapter
  • Public Records Act & Code Enforcement
  • 2010
  • AB 1234 Training - City of San Juan Capistrano
  • Ethics for Public Officials, Mandatory Training per State Law
  • 2010
  • AB 1234 Training - City of Hawaiian Gardens
  • Ethics for Public Officials, Mandatory Training per State Law
  • 2010
  • In-House MCLE - Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart
  • Gifts to Public Agencies and Ticket Distribution
  • 2009
  • In-House MCLE - Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart
  • Indian Gaming
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (17)
Endorse Edward
Government Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Public finance and tax exempt finance Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Edward. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Government Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Eddie is an exceptional attorney. He has the highest level of integrity and is committed to practicing law with excellence."
Business Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"An exceptional lawyer and a great resource for anyone in need of assistance. I've known Eddie for 20 years now and would trust him without reservation. A true counselor."
Business Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Edward about two years ago for a mutual corporate client. During my dealings with Edward, I found him thorough, thoughtful, and informed. He took the time to understand the relevant issues, and used his vast knowledge to address them. It was apparent to me that Edward is an extremely smart lawyer with superior skills. I endorse him without hesitation!"
Government Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Kotkin in the legal community for more than 10 years. I have been on opposing sides on several matters against him. He is very smart and zealously represents his clients."
Business Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read several of Mr. Kotkin's answers on and find him to be down-to-earth, practical and very professional in his comments. I'm happy to endorse him. Mr. Kotkin is a credit to the legal profession."
Business Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Edward "Eddie" Kotkin is both a great lawyer and a very giving person who is deeply involved in community endeavors. I personally know Mr. Kotkin and I endorse him."
Government Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have learned to make it a habit to read Mr. Kotkin's posts here on the Avvo Q and A board. His contributions are always comprehensive, informed, and creative. I admire his analytic skills as much as I admire the scope of his legal experience. It is clear that he a very smart and very capable attorney and he is on my shortlist of attorneys who are potentially significant and valuable professional resources."
Government Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have just read one of Attorney Kotkin's answers. When a lawyer says "wow" about the precision, qualifications, and analysis of another attorney, it may be worth noting. In addition, the answer was customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are precisely the qualities a client would be looking for in an attorney."
Government Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I first met Mr. Kotkin when we worked at the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. His reputation was beyond reproach. His dedication and high level of commitment to justice and protecting others was a model for other attorneys in the office. His in depth knowledge of the law and the Evidence Code, coupled with his unmatched trial skills set him apart from his colleagues. I absolutely recommend Mr. Kotkin to be your first choice for a litigator."
Business Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ed for more than 30 years. I would recommend Ed to any business looking for top notch legal representation."
Business Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Eddie on a number of different matters over the years. He is a smart, ethical, proficient attorney that does a great job for his clients while still being great to work with as opposing counsel. I highly recommend him."
Government Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Orange Litigation Lawyer Edward Zaryl Kotkin
Edward Zaryl Kotkin
Litigation Attorney
Orange, CA
Licensed for 32 years