Language(s) Spoken by Samuel E Spital:

  • English : Spoken, Written

Practice Areas

  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
  • Juvenile Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Appeals & Appellate

Additional Practice Areas

  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Car Accidents


  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • CaliforniaSince 1971

Professional Experience

  • Special Master State Bar of California 2004 - Current The purpose of the Special Masters Program Rules and Regulations is to establish a program to implement the State Bar of California’s responsibilities under Penal Code section 1524 by which qualified attorneys serve as Special Masters to balance the interest of professionals (e.g., attorneys, physicians, psychotherapists, and the clergy) and their clients in protecting privileged materials with the interest of prosecutors in securing evidence of suspected criminal activity. Special Masters are appointed by and responsible to the appointing court. The
  • Managing Attorney Spital and Associates 1978 - 2009 Sam Spital brings 38 years of integrity, dependability and good judgment, qualities indispensable in every aspect of Sam's life and the most important attributes for your attorney. The firm has several practice areas, as follows: Administrative Law & Professional Licensing; Criminal Law and DUI; Employment Law; Education Law; Personal Injury and Real Estate Law. The law firm handles settlement, negotiation, mediation and litigation,striving to provide each client with a thorough understanding of the legal issues, economic realities and alternatives. As Managing Attorney, Sam formulates a "plan of action" after a thorough analysis of the facts and circumstances, thereby working to achieve the goals and expectations of each client.
  • Deputy Probation Officer San Diego County Probation Department 2001 - 2002 Sam served as a Deputy Probation Officer for the County of San Diego in the Adult Field Services section at the Hall of Justice in Downtown, San Diego. In this capacity, he performed the required investigation to write and submit Probation Reports to the Superior Court to be used for sentencing of defendants in a host of different criminal cases.
  • Deputy Attorney General California Department of Justice 1970 - 1978 As a Deputy Attorney General, Sam handled over 50 criminal appeals in all State and Federal Courts. Additionally, Sam nearly every State Agency, California Board and Bureau; in this capacity, he prosecuted several hundred businesses and professionals licensed by the State for unprofessional conduct, violations of criminal statutes, gross negligence, consumer fraud, white-collar crimes, fraud, breach of contract, construction defects, negligence, malpractice, health care, unprofessional conduct, unfair business practices, and other misdeeds.


  • California State University - San Diego State University American Arbitration Association Graduate Certificate (1998) | Alternative Dispute Resolution 1997 - 1998
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles J.D. (1970) | Law 1967 - 1970
  • California State University - Los Angeles B.A. (1966) | Government: Political Science 1962 - 1966


  • Client's Choice Avvo 2017 Recipient of Client's Choice Award for ten years in a row (beginning 2007 through the present, 2017).
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2016 Client's Choice in Administrative aw, Criminal Defense, and Litigation since 2007 through 2017.
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2015
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2014
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2014
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2013
  • DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD Lorman Education Services 2013
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2012
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2011
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2010
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2009
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2008
  • Client's Choice Avvo 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation UCSD School of Medicine 1980

Professional Association

  • National Tournament of Champions Speech and Community Judge 2011 - Current
  • American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics Member 1994 - Current
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys Member 2012 - 2017
  • American Bar Association Member 2010 - 2017
  • California State Bar #48722 Member 1971 - 2017
  • Smart Money Magazine Commentator: "Mortgages and Renegotiation - Bank of America aquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp." 2009
  • Fox Channel 5 News Commentator: The Important Questions to Ask when Choosing an Attorney 2008
  • LaJolla Light Newspaper Commentator: Murder Arraignment 2008
  • Conference on Bullying And Social Aggression in California Lecturer: Legal & Ethical Considerations - School Responsibilities 2006
  • Litigation Skills For Legal Staff in California Conference Lecturer: Legal Research - Developments in the Law 2005
  • American Trial Lawyers Association Member 1989 - 2005
  • American Bar Association Member 1971 - 1997
  • California Trial Lawyers Association Sustaining Member 1987 - 1989
  • National Auto Dealers Association Conference Lecturer: California Dept.of Motor Vehicles Investigations 1982
  • L.A. County Medical Association Annual Conference Lecturer: Medical Board Disciplinary Actions 1980
  • UCSD School of Medicine Health Sciences Lecturer: New Trends in Long-Term Care 1980

Articles & Publications

  • BULLYING: There's No Place For It In The Workplace! Lorman Education Services Publication January 6, 2015
  • Should California Cut Drug Possession Penalties Findlaw June, 2012
  • A Useful Guidebook To Tenant Rights BJ & Associates 1997
  • Tenant Overcharges: Pendulum Has Swung Another Direction San Diego Business Journal 1994
  • No Fault: Is It The Answer? San Diego County Bar Association DICTA Magazine 1988
  • Nip Disciplinary Actions In The Bud Western Journal of Medicine 1981
  • Reducing Risk of Negligence Dental Management 1981
  • Reducing The Risk of Medical Malpractice Western Journal of Medicine 1981
  • Check Out Legal Points in Your Medical Practice Western Journal of Medicine 1978
  • Doctor, You are Under Investigation Medical Economics 1978
  • Optometric Practice Under The Law California Optometrist 1978
  • Understanding Physician Rights and Liabilities Under The California Medical Practice Act Western Journal of Medicine 1978
  • Understanding the California Contractors License Law Pool News 1978

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Principles of Safe & Competent Nursing Department of Nursing-National University, San Diego, California February 5, 2014 Sharp Hospital


  • Alternate Dispute Resolution San Diego State University



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  • Main Offices
    8880 Rio San Diego Dr., #800 San Diego 92108
    Downtown Offices: 110 West C Street, Suite 1300 San Diego 92101
    San Diego, CA - USA
    Telephone: (619) 583-0350
    Fax Number: (619) 583-1850