Family law attorney’s special certification an invaluable asset for clients
By Marlena Medford
After more than 20 years of professional experience, family law attorney Jim Ratzer has developed a skill set that distinguishes him from most. Ratzer is a Certified Family Law Specialist, meaning he is among a select group who has completed an extensive certification process — and he also has worked many years in commercial litigation, which has provided him with valuable trial experience that is not common for family law attorneys.
“Whether you litigate or mediate, you need to work with an attorney who has enough time in the courtroom to know how the judge will apply his or her discretion,” Ratzer explained, who is also a Judge Pro Tem with the San Diego County Superior Court.
Ratzer’s extensive knowledge of the courtroom means he also knows when it may be possible to avoid it.
“You only want to go to court when you have to. If you don’t have that knowledge, you may end up going to court to fight over something that’s not necessary, which is a waste of time, money and energy.”
Ratzer, who lives in Solana Beach and has offices in Carmel Valley, said he ultimately transitioned from commercial litigation into family law because he found it to be a natural fit for his personality, and feels it is highly rewarding work.
“In family law, I really feel like I am helping someone every day,” he said.
Ratzer also prides himself on providing plenty of personal attention to his clients by ensuring that he is highly accessible, and delving into the details of each case that he takes on.
“My cases are not just another file — I care about each one,” he said. “During a divorce, emotions can run high and cause things to spin out of control. It’s important you have an attorney who can provide you with sound legal advice, and help make good decisions for you and your family.”
Understanding all the legal implications of divorce can be overwhelming. For that reason, Ratzer volunteers his time every month to a divorce workshop at Mira Costa College. Some of these workshops are geared toward women and some are tailored toward men. A schedule and descriptions of these clinics can be found at secondsaturday.com.
Ratzer Family Law is located at 12750 High Bluff Drive, suite 100. For more information, please call 858-793-7700 or visit www.jimratzer.com.
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