Defending Your Business is Our Business

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Professional Liability and Employment Defense

Defending Your Business is Our Business

Are you looking for a top-ranked law firm to defend your business in professional liability, labor/employment or ADA litigation? Are you tired of paying mega-firm rates for impersonal service rendered by people whose initials you don't recognize on your billing statements? Would you like to work with attorneys who get excited about your business and your business needs? Would you like your law firm to help you stay ahead of the curve in avoiding litigation altogether?

For nearly three decades, the attorneys of Rheinheimer Smigliani + Drake, APC have been successfully counseling and defending Southern California businesses in professional liability, labor/employment, directors and officers and ADA litigation. We're into long-term relationships. Many of our institutional and private clients have been with us for well over a decade, some of them for over two decades. That's because your business matters to us. We give you smart, practical advice and we won't let you waste your money. To learn more about our firm and practice areas, contact our office today at (619) 503-1437.

Our Practice Areas Include:

Optimum Results Without Waste

We know you have lots of choices when it comes to choosing a defense firm. All of them promise "aggressive defense" and "proven track records", and of course we deliver those things, too. What sets us apart is our small size, our commitment to earning your business for the long term, and our unique expertise in a few specific practice areas that impact nearly every Southern California business at one time or another.

We put our focus on what's important. We work out of small offices in San Diego's Little Italy. No interior staircase. No original works of art. No "I love me" walls of accolades. We don't waste our money on fancy offices, and we don't waste your money on unnecessary litigation expense.

There is no "cookie cutter" defense at Rheinheimer Smigliani + Drake. We tailor each defense to the case, and to the client's needs, budget and expectations. We promise to give you a straightforward assessment of your options. It is our job to give you wise counsel, not just to tell you what you want to hear. If we can't help you, we'll tell you so. If we can help you, we'll go to the mat for you.

If you find yourself on the receiving end of a lawsuit in any of our areas of practice, or if you think one might be lurking out there waiting to find you, contact us to see if we are the right fit. We think you might just find yourself a new law firm.

Professional Recognition:

  • We have proudly received Martindale-Hubbell®'s AV Preeminent 5.0 rating since 1997.
  • We are honored to have been named to Southern California's Super Lawyers list again for 2015 in the area of employment litigation - only 5% of attorneys statewide achieve this distinction
  • San Diego Magazine includes us on their list of San Diego's Top Lawyers
  • We have been a member of the California Association of Realtors® exclusive Strategic Defense Panel Counsel since its inception
  • We are members of the California Association of Realtors ® Legal Affairs Forum
  • We are a member of the San Diego Association of Realtors® Risk Management Committee

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We Offer You

  • Forthright Assessment of Your Legal Options
  • Agile & Accomplished Legal Representation
  • Small-Firm Commitment to Earning & Keeping Your Business
  • Optimum Results Without Waste
  • Practical Litigation Avoidance Counseling