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Todd Allan Spitzer

Litigation Attorney at Orange, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
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About Todd

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    50%
    As a former Assistant/Deputy DA with nearly 100 jury trials to verdict, I use my trial skills to represent my clients.

    35 years, 100 cases

  2. Business
    25%
    I advise highly regulated industries on compliance regarding the implementation of social media. I also advise businesses on the buying and selling of businesses and succession planning.

    22 years

  3. Civil rights
    25%
    I specialize in enforcing Victims' Civil Rights under Marsy's Law in criminal case, fighting for just sentences, right to be heard and restitution.

    16 years

Todd Spitzer is one of California's leading crime victim advocates and one of a select few of attorneys who specialize in victims’ rights representation.  He is the recipient of the Crime Survivors Victim Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award.  He has more than two decades of experience in the criminal justice system.  His breadth of experiences being a prosecutor, legislator and police officer is unmatched in the field of victim advocacy.

 

As an Assistant District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Spitzer handled complex criminal matters and supervised line prosecutors.  He has prosecuted serious felonies including attempted murder, attempted rape, kidnapping, robbery, extortion and reckless driving causing serious bodily injury and death.  Spitzer has tried nearly 100 jury trials to verdict.  His years of courtroom experience gave him the opportunity to train and develop the skills of other deputy district attorneys.

 

Spitzer joined the Orange County DA's Office in 1990 as a newly admitted lawyer to the California Bar.  During his first stint in the DA's Office (1990-1997) Spitzer quickly earned a reputation as an aggressive and well-prepared trial lawyer who had a special sensitivity and compassion for victims.  Mothers Against Drunk Drivers honored Spitzer with its Outstanding Prosecutor Award.  Spitzer's colleagues voted him the offices’ Outstanding Prosecutor as well.  In one of Todd's earliest evaluations his supervisor wrote:  "The intensity he displays is clearly the product of his enthusiasm and his desire to perform well for the benefit of those he serves. He remains an aggressive and enthusiastic prosecutor who will do whatever it takes to get the job done and to get it done right."

 

In 1994 Spitzer was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.  During his tenure he continued to champion public safety and was asked by crime victim Bruce Harrington, whose sister and brother in law were murdered, to serve as state-wide Co-Chair of Proposition 69, the DNA Initiative. Today, every felony arrestee in California must submit DNA to a state database which has resulted in unresolved crimes being re-investigated and many murderers brought to justice.

 

In 2002, Spitzer was recruited to run for the 71st District in the State Assembly, was swept into office and was re-elected to two additional terms by large margins.  Spitzer quickly became an expert on Public Safety issues and was named by the Assembly Speaker as Chairman of the Select Committee on Prison Construction and Operations. Spitzer also served in the Legislature as Chief Whip, the key spokesman for public policy issues on the floor of the house for his Party.

 

On August 24th, 2004, the California Governor signed Spitzer's landmark legislation, AB 488 (Parra / Spitzer), which put Megan's Law on the Internet.  Spitzer was also picked to Co-Chair the first-ever High-Risk Sex Offender and Sexually Violent Predator Task Force.  The Governor praised Spitzer, saying: "Your hard work and dedication to this topic are a testament to your commitment to the public safety of all Californians." This work led to the Governor signing Spitzer's legislation, AB 1015, (Chu / Spitzer) to create a Sex Offender Management Board in California to create policy to manage California's more than 100,000 convicted sex offenders.

 

Spitzer has led several statewide Initiative campaigns. In November 2004, he became the driving force behind two important law enforcement measures, serving as statewide Co-chair for Proposition 69, the DNA Fingerprint Initiative, which was passed by 61.8% of voters.   Additionally, Assemblyman Spitzer became a statewide spokesperson for the No on Proposition 66 campaign and also served as its Orange County Chair.  Considered one of the greatest turnarounds in California history, Proposition 66 was defeated 46.6% to 53.4%; the initiative at one point had approximately 65% voter approval.  The defeat of Proposition 66, due largely to the involvement of Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III, co-founder of Broadcom Corp., ensured that approximately 26,000 serious and violent criminals remain behind bars.  In 2008, Dr. Nicholas recruited Spitzer to be the State-Wide Chair & Campaign Manager of Prop 9, "Marsy’s Law", named after Dr. Nicholas' sister, Marsy, who was murdered by an estranged ex-boyfriend in 1983. California voters approved Proposition 9, the most comprehensive Victims' Rights measure in the nation by 54% of the vote,  despite widespread opposition from all of California’s major newspaper editorial boards.

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Spitzer Law Office
7420 E Morninglory Way
Orange, CA, 92869

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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2013
Todd Spitzer- the best possible attorney to protect a victim's rights
I have dealt with many attorneys over the course of both my personal and professional life. I can truly say that Mr. Spitzer ranks at the very top of the list. I do not give praise easily, but Mr. Spitzer not only fought passionately and tirelessly for my childs' interests and protection as a victim, he also was the most reponsvie attorney I have ever worked with. He was incredibly focused, trustworthy and committed throughout a process that dragged on for more than 6 months. My family is incredibly thankful that we had Mr. Spitzer looking out for our interests.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2013
Highly Recommend
Todd Spitzer was referred to us by Crime Survivors. We were instantly amazed at how knowledgeable and personable he was. He treated us with compassion and he is whole-heartedly dedicated to his job and Victim's Right's. He wrote Marcy's Law.... so he know's what he's doing! He always answered our questions, explained what was going on, and kept us informed. We have contacted him "after the fact" with questions, and he has been reliable in responding and support. Our family is grateful and appreciative for Todd Spitzer's vigilant passion for the job that he does. We highly recommend him!
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Posted by Christine | July 23, 2012
Spitzer Turned My Minor Daughter From Victim to Confident Survivor
Nothing could be more frightening than to have your child brought home to you, bloodied and beaten up. I have never felt so vulnerable and helpless. Initially, I tried to handle her legal needs myself—calling the police, contacting her school, and petitioning for civil restraining orders against the juveniles who assaulted my daughter. We encountered a court system that was unhelpful, that favored the assailants because they had a lawyer, and that unfairly subjected my daughter to insults and reprimanded my 16-year-old daughter. I interviewed a few lawyers and kept being told to talk to Todd Spitzer because of his expertise in victim’s rights. Hiring Spitzer turned the case around for us. He was consistently respectful, and his advice was always on the mark. Spitzer invoked my daughter’s Marsy’s Law rights (the California Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008, which Spitzer helped become part of the state’s constitution). He represented us in civil court, where he was able to get temporary restraining orders continued through the criminal proceedings. With his representation, my daughter was treated respectfully. When the District Attorney moved to prosecute, Todd Spitzer, under the provisions of Marsy’s Law, represented my daughter in court, talked with the District Attorney, made a successful argument for full restitution, and relayed my daughter’s remarks to the judge. This saved my daughter from being further victimized by the courts and relieved her of the trauma of having to again be in the presence of her main attacker. The guilty plea in this criminal assault case was one that all other attorneys I talked to said was unlikely if not impossible. Todd Spitzer made it possible, negotiating with the defense attorney and making sure that my daughter’s rights were upheld and that her interests were fairly represented. At each step along the way, Todd Spitzer kept us fully informed about the process and was always available to answer our questions. My daughter’s ability to pull through this trauma is related to a great degree to Todd Spitzer’s ability to obtain justice for her. He gave her confidence, and he made her feel supported; he transformed her from victim to survivor. We are grateful for his commitment to victim’s rights and to doing what is right.
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Posted by Louise | November 6, 2011
Staunch defender of crime victims
Todd Spitzer is sharp, caring and a fighter for victim's rights. Two years ago I was attacked at random by a career criminal who nearly killed me. During recovery I actively participated in the criminal case as a cooperative witness, but my urgency was lost in the court system. A year after the crime, the offender made bail without notifying me, adding to my trauma. That's when I hired Todd to intervene on my behalf through Marsy's Law. Thanks to him a protective order was issued, the criminal (who fled on trial date) was recaptured, pled guilty to all charges, and is now in state prison. I firmly believe that had he not represented me that I would still be waiting in prolonged distress for a trial; he worked with the DA's office to make a team effort. Thank you, Todd; I would recommend your services to any victim of crime. You understand truly that the victim gets forgotten by the criminal justice system.
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Posted by Phylicia | October 16, 2011
Knowledgable and Attentive
Mr. Spitzer helped me with some urgent contract matters. He was immediately available and provided excellent and thorough legal advice that assisted me avoid a potentially disasterous situation. Mr. Spitzer remained involved and concerned during my negotiations. His legal advice was accurate and kept my best interests in mind. He was particularly wonderful because what might be considered a small matter to most attorneys was not to him. He continued to follow up with me to ensure that my interests were protected and that I received the proper and legal closure that I was entitled to under the law.
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Posted by Karen | September 26, 2011
Fierce, smart and out-side the box thinker
I have worked with Todd for over 5 years and have watched him support victims, fight for their rights, understand their feelings and watch their backs. Todd is a fierce individual, a bulldog. He is smart and can really look at a problem from the top down. He has integrity and cares. All things that Victim's really need when looking for representation.
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Posted by Lynette | December 30, 2010
Excellent, hard working attorney
I was very fortunate to have this man on my team. I flew to CA on Christmas Eve in order to testify at a Parole Hearing. Mr. Spitzer picked me up at the airport on Christmas Eve, then invited me to his home for Christmas dinner. He assisted in my case by getting many legislaters to write letters opposing the release of the criminal. He was able to get the letters written and signed on during Christmas Week! Not only was I very impressed with him, but I was grateful he was on my side!!
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Orange County District Attorney
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Of Counsel
  • Reed & Davidson, LLC
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Of Counsel
  • Adorno & Yoss
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Assemblymember, 71st District
  • California State Assembly
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Supervisor, Third District
  • County Of Orange
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Police Officer (Hollenbeck Patrol)
  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • 1990 - 2000
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Orange County District Attorney
  • 1990 - 1996
  • High School English Teacher
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • 1984 - 1985
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Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Public Policy
  • MA - Masters
  • 1989
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA -Cum Laude
  • 1982
  • Schurr High School, Montebello, CA
  • High School Diploma
  • 1978
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Nolan
  • Nolan was sentenced to 16 years in State Prison (Max. 17 years and 8 months) and ordered to make full restitution for medical expenses, lost wages and client's out of pocket losses for a total of nearly $70,000.

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • California Judicial Council
  • Legislator Advisor/Participant
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Orange County Bar Association, Administration of Justice Committee
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2008
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - 1997
  • Orange County Deputy District Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - 2007
  • Orange County Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Victims' Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Crime Survivors, Inc
  • 2011
  • Victims' Advocacy Recognition
  • Parents of Murdered Children, OC
  • 2010
  • Outstanding Assembly Member & Lifetime Career Achievement Award
  • California State Sheriff's Association
  • 2008
  • Hall of Fame--Law and Politics
  • William M. Schurr High School
  • 2008
  • Distinguished Leader Award
  • South Orange County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2008
  • Outstanding Prosecutor
  • Orange County Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD
  • 2006
  • Legislative Leadership Award
  • CCLEA Golden Badge Foundation
  • 2006
  • Outstanding Legislator Award
  • Civil Justice Association of California
  • 2005
  • Special Distinction Award
  • L.A. County Deputy District Attorney's Assoc
  • 2004
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Community Services Program-Victims' Services
  • 2002
  • Outstanding Prosecutor Award
  • Orange County District Attorney
  • 1994
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Community Services Program In-Service Training
  • How to Be An Effective Victim Advocate Under Marsy's Law
  • 2012
  • Peace Officers Standardized Training (POST) Academy Instructors
  • Marsy's Law Implementation and Practice
  • 2011
  • Broker Dealer Training
  • Social Media for Financial Advisors
  • 2011
  • Broker Dealer Conference
  • Succession Planning for Financial Advisors
  • 2011
  • Numerous conferences/events
  • Marsy's Law and the Law
  • 2010
  • MCLE Training
  • Powerpoint and Effective Trial Techniques
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Todd and I worked together on a matter that successfully resolved for both of our clients. His commitment, broad experience and advocacy greatly helped our cases."
Civil rights Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met and observed Mr. Spitzer in court. My observations are that Mr. Spitzer is someone who cares deeply about victim rights. There is no doubt that he is the type of individual who cares more about justice and fairness than money or prestige. This type of individual is very rare and I heartily endorse Mr. Spitzer not only as a model of progressive humanity, but as the ardent fighter I'd want on my side if I ever had to assert all my legal rights as a victim of any crime."
General practice Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Todd as a strong and effective advocate for those he represents. This often is protecting the rights of victims. Todd is now also using his considerable talent, skills and energy to represent business interests. Todd brings a relentless pursuit of a goal and a big heart to every endeavor."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Todd since I worked with him as a certified law clerk at the Orange County District Attorney's Office. I was fortunate enough to have Todd as a mentor while handling various motions for the office. I not only learned a great deal about research and motion preparation, but most of all how to argue your point persuasively to the court. It is no wonder why Todd was voted Prosecutor of the Year that year. Todd is an exceptional litigator, a staunch advocate for his cause, and one of the most ethical lawyers I know. All the same qualities Todd took with him to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and California State Assembly. If Todd is representing you, you are in excellent hands!"

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Orange Litigation Lawyer Todd Allan Spitzer
Todd Allan Spitzer
Litigation Attorney
Orange, CA
Licensed for 34 years
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