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A leading consumer attorney, Mitchell Ostwald is committed to making a difference for his clients and to contributing to the improvement of life in our community. Ostwald offers superior legal counsel to consumers and businesses. His expertise is in securities law, business and investor disputes, and real estate, including construction defect litigation. Ostwald represents his clients in the most professional, thorough and imaginative manner. Years of challenging casework has taught him the value of keeping cases moving along and finding creative solutions to his client's best interests. Some say that his success is due to a "tough" attitude. He attributes it to having a passion for fairness and justice. He believes the difference between earning an expedient settlement and a just award often comes down to an attorney's innate determination and spirit. Several of his most renowned victories involved civil litigation and securities arbitration. Ostwald has obtained for his homeowner clients settlements and jury awards of $3.5 million and $4.4 million respectively. These cases mark some of the largest construction defects awards in Sacramento County history. Ostwald won a $2.6 million jury verdict that included punitive damages for a business client involved in a lender liability action against a major national bank. He has also recovered millions of dollars through settlements and arbitration awards for investors. Mitchell Ostwald was born in San Jose, California. He is a graduate of UCLA, University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School, and has received a Diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies from the University of Salzburg, Austria. A member in good standing with the State Bar of California, International and American Bar Associations, Consumer Attorneys of California, the Capital City Attorneys of California, and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), Ostwald also serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.


Languages spoken: German, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Investment Fraud: 30%
    29 years
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    29 years
  3. Trusts: 20%
    29 years
  4. Probate: 15%
    29 years
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    29 years



Hourly ($300/hour), contingent (35-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Mitchell. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John Thomas Stralen

    Mitch and I worked as opposing counsel on a case several years ago. He was diligent, professional and trustworthy. He represented his clients well and obtained an excellent result.


    John Stralen Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Mitchell S. Ostwald

3001 I Street
Suite 300
Sacramento, CA, 95816-4442


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
ArbitratorFinancial Industry Regulatory Authority1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of Mitchell S. Ostwald1987 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Financial Industry Regulatory AuthorityArbitrator1996 - Present
Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)Member1992 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
International Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
American Bar AssociationOfficer1987 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
Capital City Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
Mosaic Law Congregation Board of TrusteesPresident2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Settlement with Large Securities Investment Firm$550,000 settlement
Settlement with Large Securities Investment Firm$215,000 settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Sacramento BeeDebunking the Myth of Construction-Defect Litigation1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning SeminarEstate Planning2010
Assets & AgingRadio guest with Bob Scrivano2010
Estate Planning SeminarEstate Planning2009
Your MoneyRadio Co-Host with David Oldenberg2005
Your MoneyRadio Co-Host with David Oldenberg2004
Your MoneyRadio Co-Host with David Oldenberg2003