Law Offices of Louis Spitters

Seasoned Litigator - Personal Injury & Business Law

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Firm Overview

My law firm is dedicated to providing my clients with individualized, effective, responsive, professional and affordable services in a manner designed to obtain for them their personal or business objectives through expeditious negotiation and litigation.

My practice is devoted to serving individuals and small businesses that require effective litigation counsel able to respond to the client's particular needs and objectives. After working for a decade in large law firms and in the public sector, I founded the Law Offices of Louis Spitters in 1993 to provide more personalized representation of my clients. I personally handle my clients' matters from beginning to end in a collaborative manner. My practice has developed over the ensuing dozen years because of my dedication to my clients, and due to my background and experience which have enabled me to present my clients' cases in a manner that has permitted them to achieve their objectives. I maintain the highest ethical standards in dealing with my clients, attorneys and the courts.

My practice is limited to litigation matters only. Before commencing any litigation, I encourage my clients to attempt to negotiate a settlement of their dispute. Most controversies are resolved by negotiated settlement. Sometimes litigation is required in order to obtain the information necessary to achieve a satisfactory resolution. Some cases simply must be presented to a jury. I have over two decades of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation matters. I am able to assist you in determining the best means for resolving your dispute in a manner that achieves your objectives.

Whether your dispute arises from a construction project, a business transaction, a contract, an accident, an insurance company's failure to pay policy benefits, a workplace dispute, a landlord-tenant relationship, membership in a homeowners association or other transaction in which you have been wronged, I urge you not to delay in seeking the representation and advice you require to resolve your dispute. Please call or email me to arrange for a free consultation.

Example cases

Banks v Dominican College (1995) 35 Cal.App.4th 1545. This decision established that a school district has broad discretion in supervising, retaining and discharging teaching credential candidates.

Williams v Foster (1989) 216 Cal.App.3d 510. This decision refined the dangerous condition liability of a public entity and an adjacent property owner.

City of San Jose v Superior Court (1987) 195 Cal.App.3d 743. This decision clarified unsettled issues concerning the seizure and disposition of drug-tainted assets.

Main Office

Main
96 North Third Street
Suite 500
San Jose  CA  95112

Phone
  • (408) 293-0463
Fax
  • (408) 293-9514

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I do not charge for an initial interview or consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I will handle matters on a fixed fee basis after consulting with the client to determine if a matter is best handled in such a manner. These matters usually entail brief engagements.

Hourly Rates

My hourly fee is $250.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Sally Wallace, x113

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

None

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I decided upon a litigation practice because it best suited my abilities as a problem-solver and my desire to advocate for parties wrongly injured.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage my clients to educate themselves about and to discuss with me any aspect of their case or legal issue involved, so that they will better understand the litigation process in which they are involved.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

In appropriate cases I am willing to review documents which clients have prepared.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Depending upon the circumstances, I am willing to assist clients representing themselves, primarily in Small Claims Court matters.

Laurence Louis Spitters, Jr.

Law Offices of Louis Spitters July 1993 to Present San Jose, California My law practice focuses on civil trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts. Areas of emphasis include business law, construction law, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith law, and public entity law, personal injury, employment, premises liability, common interest community law and commercial and residential landlord tenant law. For a complete list of practice areas, see my website at lawyers.com/spitlaw. Gassett, Perry & Frank 1989 to 1993 San Jose, California With this medium sized AV rated civil litigation firm, my practice included representation of public entities (including cities, school districts and community college districts) in public liability cases, common carriers, construction contractors and various commercial businesses in liability cases, and insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation. Office of the City Attorney 1987 to 1988 City of San Jose, California As a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Jose, I advised and represented the City, its departments and employees in a variety of cases involving public liability (bodily injury and premises liability) issues, police practices, constitutional issues, inverse condemnation, personnel issues, insurance issues, and municipal, zoning and housing code enforcement in state and federal court, and before administrative bodies. Lynberg & Watkins 1984 to 1987 Los Angeles, California With this medium sized AV rated civil litigation firm, I managed a personal injury and premises liability cases, and assisted the firm's most senior partners in preparing complex cases for trial. These cases involved insurance coverage and bad faith litigation; medical, psychiatric and legal malpractice, and products liability litigation, and the Asbestos Coverage Litigation.

My work experience before entering the law with construction, food processing, and retail businesses gave me a broad range of experience which has helped me represent my clients more effectively.

My unique strength and expertise is my ability to assess the client's problem quickly, advise the client on their best course of action, and to pursue vigorously a successful resolution of my client's case. I handle my client's matters myself from their inception to provide my clients with individualized attention to their needs.

I deal with my clients and their cases in a relaxed, personable, and businesslike manner. When, however, the actions or position of the other party necessitates it, I will pursue my client's objective with dogged persistence.

Personal interests:

Music, cycling, traveling.

License
  • Bar Number: 112064
    California , 1983
Education
  • Washington University
    Juris Doctorate , 1983
    St. Louis, MO
    Staff Member, Journal of Urban & Contemporary Law, 1982-1983
    Winner, 1983 American Planning Association Writing Competition
    Honor Council
  • Santa Clara University
    Bachelor of Arts, English , 1980
    Santa Clara, CA
    Contributed to University newspaper and magazine.
    Intercollegiate Soccer; Disc Jockey-KSCU

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