We focus our practice upon the most complex areas of the legal system: business, real estate, corporate, asset protection, and estate planning. Experienced and reliable attorneys who are up to date on all changes that take place within these areas.

Firm Overview

We understand that every clients legal service needs are unique and should be handled as such. Our team of attorneys have generations of combined experience in the areas of law in which we practice. This gives you direct access to business, real estate, corporate, asset protection, and estate planning lawyers that can deliver results. At Bagula, Riviere, Coates and Associates, LLP you are enlisting the legal services of attorneys that care about you and your legal needs. We can guide you through the rough waters of a lawsuit, and guide you to shore with the best resolution possible by settlement or trial. We can also help you reach your transactional goals. Whether you are looking for the advice of a competent real estate lawyer that can oversee a purchase agreement for a piece of property; or you have a more complex legal need requiring a professional business attorney that can handle your business contracts, you will find that our office can meet all your legal service needs. We aim to provide the most honest and reliable legal services in Southern California.

Main Office

Main Office
Suite 235


(619) 272-4235


(619) 272-4309



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Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Office Manager

Danielle Carlson

Emergency After Hours


Mark Bagula


Mr. Bagula is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He graduated early from both schools.

Mr. Bagula is admitted in all California Courts, and before the Southern, Central, and Eastern Federal District Courts of California. In addition to briefing an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he has briefed and orally argued appellate cases before both the Second Circuit and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Mr. Bagula has appeared in the courts of other states with the sponsoring of local counsel, such as: Vermont, Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, South Carolina, Washington, and Colorado.

Attorney Mark Bagula believes in the cost efficiencies associated with resolving cases through mediation and settlement conferences. Although most cases settle before a trial, Mr. Bagula has tried to conclusion more than 80 cases before juries, judges, arbitration panels, and administrative law judges. Mr. Bagula has obtained more than $60 million in settlements, judgments, awards, and verdicts for plaintiff clients. Mr. Bagula has obtained numerous defense verdicts, summary judgments and favorable defense settlements for defendants. Mr. Bagula has resolved cases for defendants well below the claimed damages. In dollar terms, a conservative estimate of what Mr. Bagula has saved defendants over the years equates to more than $40 million (in settlements, judgments, awards, and verdicts).

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Bagula is active in the legal community. Mr. Bagula is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and serves as a Trustee on the San Diego County Law Library Justice Foundation. He is likewise active in various social organizations. Mr. Bagula previously served as President of the Democratic Professional Club, and the Mission Valley Rotary Club. He is currently Vice-President of Understanding Climate Change, a non-profit organization, which works with Scripps Institute scientists to educate the local community about climate change.

Russell Riviere


Russell Riviere is a zealous advocate for his clients business and personal interests. Mr. Riviere earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1996, followed by his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999. That year, Mr. Riviere moved to San Diego, where his practice has since flourished.

Mr. Rivieres estate planning and probate practice includes drafting trusts, wills, advance health care directives, durable powers of attorney and related documents, administering trusts and handling probates of estates. Mr. Riviere is committed to ensuring that with proper advice and guidance, his clients families and assets are protected.

Mr. Rivieres business and transactional practice involves all aspects of his clients businesses, including, but not limited to, forming companies, managing mergers and acquisitions, negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, promissory notes, security agreements and service agreements. Mr. Riviere also has extensive experience representing franchisees, negotiating and preparing franchise agreements and enforcing franchisees rights.

Mr. Riviere is also an experienced litigator having litigating cases involving probate law, employment law, business law and securities law, representing employees in discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination cases, representing individual shareholders in fraud, misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty cases and representing institutional shareholders in complex class action securities fraud litigation in federal courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Rivieres diverse professional experiences ensure he can provide the full measure of legal services that clients seek and deserve.

Robert Coates


As an attorney, Robert Coates practice spanned from criminal up to and including murder, civil cases involving both State and Federal Courts, and environmental and mining, injury and mental health law. His present firm feaures lawyers, civil litigators, and out-of-court transactional attorneys: an experienced and knowledgeable team.

Judge Robert C. Coates knows his way around the legal world; around the worlds of community and public life; around the worlds of service. He has served as a Rotary Club President, and as Politics President or chair of a dozen legal and community organizations including the County Public Law Library. He currently chairs the Homeless Women Task Force and Rotarys Project, Understanding Climate Change.

He also serves as an Advisor to the Girls Think Tank and the United Way Commission to End Chronic Homelessness by 2015, and he is active in the Lawyer’s Club, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and the California and San Diego County Judges Associations. “Part of being understood, is understanding your audience. That is why trial and jury selection are our focus, with Judge Robert C. Coates as a litigation consultant.”

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