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Ronald J. Lauter

Ronald J. Lauter

San Diego, California
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Ronald J. Lauter is a partner of Campbell, Lauter & Murphy, and has been practicing as a successful litigator and advocate for his clients since 1986. Mr. Lauter was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1961, and graduated magna cum laude in 1983 from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Deciding that law was his true calling, he attended Indiana University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate (cum laude ) in 1986. Mr. Lauter practices law in both Arizona and California in commercial and tort litigation, and is the managing partner of the Arizona office.

Mr. Lauter prides himself on working closely with his clients, not only to resolve their current litigation matters as expeditiously and inexpensively as possible, but also to put in place preventative measures to avoid future losses. "By being proactive, you can substantially reduce your potential exposure to lawsuits - and successfully settle early those few that still arise."

Mr. Lauter is a seasoned trial attorney, with extensive experience in construction defect, personal injury, legal malpractice, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, mobile home park, employment, "lemon law" and other automobile related litigation, as well as other areas. Many of his cases are highly complex lawsuits with millions of dollars at stake, but he also enjoys handling smaller cases for companies who may be overwhelmed by litigation. "What drives me is not only my competitive nature and desire to win, but also the sense of purpose gained from shepherding a client through the judicial system."

His success in his cases has been obtained through a combination of hard work, grit and perseverance. Recently, he successfully argued a case before the Arizona Supreme Court which led to a published, leading case entitled Nielson v. Patterson.

Mr. Lauter takes particular pride in his writing abilities, which has allowed him to be very successful in winning cases through motions for summary judgment, thereby avoiding the need for trial. This has also allowed him to prevail in the various appeals that he has handled.

In his free time, Mr. Lauter enjoys scuba diving, tennis, biking, jogging, rooting for his beloved Indiana Hoosiers basketball team, and other social and athletic activities.

Trial experience:
Lead trial counsel in more than ten state court jury and bench trials in California and Arizona in his various areas of expertise. These cases include both plaintiff and defense assignments. In addition, he has been involved in numerous arbitrations.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Defects
  • Personal Injury
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Mass Tort and Class Action
  • Toxic Tort
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mobile Home Park Litigation
  • Lemon Law
  • Employment
  • Lemon Law and Other Automobile Related Litigation
  • Premises Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • Arizona, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1986


  • Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1986
  • Indiana University
    • B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1983
    • Major: Accounting

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Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, 1986 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • Association of Southern California Defense Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
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