Attorney James A. Testa founded Testa & Associates in 1991, already with fifteen years of experience in the law. His goal was to provide clients with effective legal representation while striving for economy in legal expenses.

Through the years, the firm has developed a reputation among attorney and judges in San Diego County and Riverside County for aggressive and ethical courtroom representation. Our attorneys have extensive jury trial experience handling personal injury and business law cases. Our administrative staff members have each been with the firm for more than ten years, providing a superior degree of continuity, support, and service.

Settlement: $182,500

“Our client was shopping at Thrifty Drug Store and was stopped on her way out by a security guard who accused her of shoplifting. The security guard handcuffed our client in front of other customers, then took her to a room and assulted her. Our client had not stolen anything. We sued Thrifty Drug and Pinkerton, the world’s largest security company. The case was settled on the day of trial.”

Testa & Associates lawyers take pride in finding cost-effective solutions to clients’ legal matters. In 1988, Jim Testa, along with a Vista Superior Court Judge and a handful of other San Diego attorneys, developed the two-attorney settlement panel process that is still in use today to settle legal disputes in San Diego County.

We are pleased to have had a leading role in bringing cost-effective alternative dispute resolution methods to San Diego, and to be able to help our clients achieve their goals in the courtroom, or using mediation, arbitration, or informally negotiated settlements. We have been very successful with each of these strategies. In 2005 alone, our attorneys obtained more than $7 million dollars in settlements for our clients.

The firm is actively involved in the San Diego community. We provide pro-bono legal services to those in need. Our firm serves as general legal counsel to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, and our attorneys provide legal services to the San Marcos Boys & Girls Club, a girl’s softball organization, and provides business consulting services to various church and sports organizations. In response to incidents of injury and abuse of elderly persons, Testa & Associates has also been involved in legislative efforts advocating for nursing home reform in California.

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The law office of Testa & Associates provides legal representation to individuals and businesses in the North County area of San Diego County, including the communities of San Marcos, Escondido, Fallbrook, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Rancho Penesquitos, Carmel Valley, La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Pacific Beach, Downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Rancho Santa Fe, and La Mesa, and the Riverside County communities of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Norco, Corona, Moreno Valley, Beaumont, Banning, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, San Jacinto, Menifee, La Quinta, and Cathedral City.


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