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William David Ausman

Divorce and separation Attorney at Atascadero, CA

4.8   21 reviews

also known as Law Offices of William Ausman

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    25 years, 3,500 cases

  2. Personal injury

    23 years, 242 cases

  3. Family

    25 years, 1,500 cases

  4. Criminal defense

    25 years, 250 cases

  5. DUI and DWI

    24 years, 150 cases

  6. Trusts

    20 years, 75 cases

I am an avid fisherman and love nothing more than an intense battle.  I enjoy every part of the fishing experience, planning the trip and executing the plan.  Of course nothing is better than being in all out struggle to win.  I savor each and every trip and become better through learning more every time I am on the water.


I approach the law in the same way.  I will take my experience, knowledge and training and put it on the line to win for you.

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Licensed for 24 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact William

Law Offices of William Ausman
8320 Morro Road
Atascadero, CA, 93422


4.8 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by Joseph alia | December 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody case
He helped me from the beginning He was on it always prepared and handling the situation on time Hes organized and has an amazing team that helps too Rom paperwork to making calls and setting up all your meetings that has to do with court Never was disappointed and we won the case! And I got everything I asked for
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer
I am from New York but I have consulted with Bill Ausman on several California cases. He is smart, hardworking and a fierce advocate for his clients. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Jason | April 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Actual Human Attorney
Mr. Aussman has represented me in all of my recent family court matters, and has come through in some of my most challenging battles. His knowledge of the law is impressive, and he is a great strategist when it comes to knowing which direction to go in to get the desired results. Mr. Aussman is also surprisingly human. With many attorneys, they don’t seem to know when the right time is to “switch on” their sociopathic poker face 1,000 yard stare, but Mr. Aussman seems to have mastered the art of being effective at law, but also retain some humanity by always being approachable, friendly, respectful and decent. Mr. Aussman’s associate attorneys also operate in a similar fashion. I would highly recommend Mr. Aussman and his firm for any family law matters.
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Posted by David | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professionalism and Expertise.
I cannot thank William Ausman and his staff enough. The courteous professionalism instills every confidence in the services his office provides. I was recently facing an alleged probation violation on a felony case. I could not afford to serve any jail time and knew I could not leave the matter in the hands of a public defender. Upon consulting Mr. Ausman, he immediately illustrated a plan of attack for my defense. His "I don't like to lose" attitude assured me that he would provide the right representation for me. After retaining his services, he and his staff took the wheel and successfully argued my case into dismissal with unparalleled knowledge of the law and it's procedures. Should I ever have the need again, I would not hesitate to procure Mr. Ausman's services.
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Posted by Martin | January 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2.3 Million Dollar Judgment
Wow! I know this review is long overdue. I can’t thank Mr. Ausman and his staff enough. I was really hurt and didn’t know where to turn. The attorneys who claimed they cared where everywhere. However I found a hometown lawyer who was really sharp and a very professional staff. They really cared about me and my situation. I couldn’t believe it but they the took my case to court and won. I got a judgment of 2.3 Million Dollars and am truly grateful for all the hard work that they did for me.
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Posted by Cindy | October 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My First Choice Attorney
The Law Office of William Ausman helped me every step of the way with my DUI case. Starting from the top, Bill was genuinely interested in hearing my side of the incident. Him and his caring staff were always there to answer any of my questions and they walked me through the entire process. He won my DUI hearing for me! I have since hired his firm for my personal injury case. I highly recommend this law firm for any of your legal needs. With sincere gratitude, Cindy
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Posted by Janice | February 19, 2015
Excellent Results
Mr. Ausman delivered excellent service in a divorce matter involving "contempt of court", which he was able to obtain a dismissal on my behalf during only one court appearance. He knows the law and was successful in resolving it quickly. Previous to Mr. Ausman, I had another attorney which did not work out well for me. I have personally recommended Mr. Ausman twice in the last two months.
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Response from William Ausman May 14, 2015
I am very pleased that you were happy with your representation and experience. I also sincerely appreciate the recommendations you have made. There is no more sincere complement than your referrals. We will strive to get the best results for all of your family and friends.
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2013
thanks Aussman
Mr. Aussman gave me sound advice and good representation. He worked with the DA and judge to get my charges reduced. I was happy with the outcome and he is still in touch to help me with questions
Posted by Gary | September 20, 2012
Your Choice!
It`s rare I take the time to describe my feelings and disappointments to the public. I believe this is important enough to share and perhaps help those who are naïve enough to believe they can represent themselves as I believed I could. I procrastinated to long, I should have hired William Ausman and his Team including Ken McDaniel a long time ago. In short they succeeded in finalizing my divorce in less than 3 months what I and 3 Attorneys could not accomplish in 5 years. The fact is it cost me almost all my life`s work and savings by being stubborn. I strongly recommend you hire William Ausman and his Team, commit to them your complete support and trust or do like I did and loose almost everything by waiting to long, your choice! Thank you Bill, Ken, Julie and Becky for helping me.
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Posted by Blake | February 21, 2012
Fantastic DUI Representation
I was arrested for a DUI during my senior year of college. I had 3 drinks over the course of over 3 hours and blew a .085%. At the station, I blew a .07 and a .08, but they refused to give me another test and told me "the machine was malfunctioning". During this time of my life, I was getting ready to start my career and going on lots of job interviews. They all required background checks & I was terrified this would prevent me from starting a good career. I called Mr. Ausman and he was very reassuring - and told me from the start that I had a case with hope. Mr. Ausman got me a copy of the Police Report right away. When I read my police report describing what happened, I found several instances where the officer blatantly lied or left out important details. I was troubled by this, but Mr. Ausman actually believed me and my side of the story. He got the video of my arrest. It was so comforting that my lawyer believed my side of the story. In the end, my case was reduced to a moving violations and I have no criminal record. I had never been in any type of trouble before and this was such a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Thanks Mr. Ausman I am now interviewing for positions without worrying about my employers learning about my past.
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Posted by Julie | February 12, 2012
Good Job!
I made the right choose when I picked this attorney. Divorcing my husband was a difficult and trying choice. I was really at my wit's end when I went to talk to Mr. Ausman. Mr. Ausman was very professional, he explained the process and reassured me that his team of professionals good take care of all of the details. They told me what to do. They answered my questions, They took my phone calls. They got me the results that I needed. This is one decision that I would make over and over again.
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Posted by Johnny | December 14, 2011
DUI Dismissed
This lawyer did an excellent job for me. I was facing a serious DUI charge. With my job I was looking at losing my job with a DUI conviction. I hired this lawyer and he went to work for me right away. The office would answer all of my calls and all of my questions. I never had to show up in court, this was sweet as I did not want to have to face the judge in this case. I was shocked when my case was completely dismissed with no punishment fine classes or anything. Kudos to you Mr. Ausman and your staff: I would recommend you to anyone who needs a hard working lawyer.
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Posted by Albert | October 23, 2011
Personal Injury Pro
I was in automobile accident. I needed a lawyer who could help me out. I just got hassle after hassle from the insurance company, they were saying it was my fault. No way man. I am glad that I found a lawyer who would fight for me. In the end I got a tasty settlement that got me more than I had hoped for. What can I say, they did right by me and helped along the way.
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Posted by Johnny B. | October 10, 2011
Simply The Best
I was charged with a DUI and didn't know who to turn to. I looked at many different attorneys and decided to go with Mr. Ausman. Mr. Ausman kept me informed through out the process and his staff was always willing to listen and help me. I never had to appear in court and Mr Ausman and his staff did everything for me. I was thrilled when the court dismissed the case against me. Thank you Mr. Ausman, I would recommend you and your services to anyone.
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Posted by Rick S | April 14, 2011
Expert DUI Defense
I was in a real bind, I had to bail out of jail. Drinking and driving was a bad choice. But I needed a lawyer who would help me. I was put at ease when I went to see Mr. Ausman. He took my case and I did not have to go to court. I was kept informed every step of the way. We went to the DMV hearing and Mr. Ausman was successful in keeping my license. At court we were able to walk away without a DUI. I was impressed Mr. Ausman fought for me and got me excellent results. I hope I never need another lawyer for a DUI or any other problems. But if I do I would definitely use Mr. Ausman's office again.
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Posted by Phillip | February 10, 2011
Hard Working Accident Attorney
When I came to see this lawyer I had tried to get anything out of the insurance company myself. I had done everything I could and they would not pay me anything for my injuries. I was thankful that when I called Bill's office that they seemed to care. His staff was helpful and answered all of my questions. Bill really went to bat for me. He took on the tough insurance company lawyers and would not give up. It took longer than I expected, when you really want something it never can come soon enough. I had missed a lot of work because the driver that hit me was so careless. I had a lot of medical bills and the insurance company just wouldn't pay anything. I was very pleased once Bill got a very good settlement out of the insurance company. I was able to pay off all of my bills, get caught up and stick some money in the bank. I am very pleased with Bill and his office staff, they worked hard for me and got me a settlement that I know I would never have gotten on my own.
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Posted by Frank | January 25, 2011
Good Service/Great Results
I was very happy with the service and results I got when I hired this attorney. From the beginning I was surprised that this attorney answered all of my questions and took care of all the details. I did not want to go to court and face the Judge when I was charged with a DUI. I was pleased that Bill took care of everything. I was kept informed and everything went smoothly. I was really pleased when the charges were dropped against me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don't know what I would have done if they convicted me of a second offense.
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Posted by Scott | December 3, 2009
Great Criminal Defense Lawyer
I was in a real jam. I was accused of a serious crime. My career and freedom were on the line. Bill got in there and really fought for me. I was impressed with what he did for me. I would trust him with anything.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2009
Bull Dog Divorce Lawyer
Getting a divorce was tough but calling this law office made the difference for me. My ex-wife tried every trick but they were on top of it. I got joint custody of my kids and got my stuff back. In the end I got what I wanted. Not cheap, but well worth it
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody cases
Mr. Asuman is one of the best custody lawyer in San Luis Obispo area. They are very experience and know what they are doing . I won my custody case and they did an excellent job on it. I will recommend him to anyone that needs a good lawyer .
Response from William Ausman September 29, 2020
Thank you for review and for placing your confidence in us. It is an honor to serve you and the amazing people we have the honor of serving here on the Central Coast. Our mission is to get you the very best results, best advise and put you on a course of continued success. Our goal is to provide 5 star service to you and every client. If there is anyway that we can improve our service to you, I would like to know, we strive to be the very best. Call me at 805-466-4800 or email me at [email protected] Thanks again.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of William Ausman
  • 2002 - Present
  • Legal Advisor
  • Cuesta College
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Advocate/Attorney
  • Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Court Representative
  • Correctional Alternatives, Inc.
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Small Claims Advisor
  • San Diego County Superior Court
  • 1992 - 1994
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  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2018
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Western State University, San Diego
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1994
  • California State University, Chico
  • Undergraduate
  • 1988
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Legal Cases

  • Horn vs. Lang
  • Settlement of $500,000.00
  • The People of the State of California vs. Joshua E.
  • Case Dismissed
  • People vs. Vargas
  • Large Settlement for Family Members
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  • State Bar of California
  • Fee Arbitrator
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • United States District Court Southern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1998 - Present
  • El Morro Owner's Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2019
  • Atascadero Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2002 - 2008
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French
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Honors and Awards

  • Legal Excellence Award
  • Attorney Magazine
  • 2020
  • Recognition of Excellence
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Excellent Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Nominated for Attorney of the Year 2018
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Five Star Client Review
  • Google Review
  • 2015
  • Coach
  • San Diego County Mock Trial Program
  • 2013
  • Fee Dispute Arbitrator
  • State Bar of California
  • 2012
  • Five Star Client Review
  • Yahoo Places
  • 2012
  • Scoring Judge
  • Collegate Mock Trial Competition
  • 2010
  • Real Estate Law Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2010
  • Membership Admission
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2008
  • Membership Admission
  • American Bar Association
  • 1999
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Western State University College of Law
  • 1994
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Western State University
  • 1993
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  • PMA Publishing
  • Divorce: A Practical Approach
  • 2021
  • Family Magazine
  • Child Support in California Courts
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Commencement Address
  • Local Legal Community
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (29)
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Personal injury Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I attended the prestigious Trail Lawyers College in Wyoming with Mr. Ausman (Bill). It was there that I witnessed first hand Bill's commitment to his craft. Here is a man that despite his success continues to hone his craft. Bill does not give up. He digs in and roles up his sleeves and gives his all. It is based on my personal knowledge that I proudly endorse William David Ausman!"
Personal injury Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is a zealous advocate and strives for optimal results for his personal injury clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A real fighter along the central coast."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He takes the tough cases and gets good results."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William David Ausman is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients very well. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill Ausman is a caring concerned member of the community. We recently worked together with a professional development program and I was duly impressed with his understanding of the legal community and his commitment to his clients' best interests. I urge you to call him before hiring any other lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Other
"Responses to questions show that this lawyer is a solid person to help with your legal needs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Bill for about 10 years. Simply put, if he'll take your case, hire him. Bill is sharp and dedicated--he knows when to fight and when to talk. You and your money should be very pleased with William David Ausman."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've read many of William's responses on AVVO. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable and concise. His diverse practice areas allow him to provide expert advice in many areas of the law. I recommend William without hesitation."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William Ausman demonstrates extensive knowledge and command over a broad range of legal matters. His responses on Avvo are excellent and accurate. He is an asset to our legal community. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Ausman is an intelligent, professional, and personable attorney and is a credit to the Central Coast's legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In addition to serving with Bill as a director of the University of San Luis Obispo School of Law, I have conferred with him on a number of legal matters. I have found him to be very knowledgeable and insightful. I consider him to be a man of great integrity and I hold him in very high regard."
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