About Attorney Joseph D. Raskin

  • + Background

    Joseph D. Raskin opened the Raskin Law Office in 2003. Having been an associate for one of San Diego's premiere law firms, he saw the need (and opportunity) for high-quality legal services tailored to the needs of individuals, professionals, and small entities that had been "priced out" of the highest quality representation and client service at larger firms with large staff.  Mr. Raskin handled civil litigation, high net-worth family law and specialized criminal defense matters and quickly realized that working with individuals rather than large corporations enabled him to make a rewarding impact for his clients. By maintaining the high degree of quality in his legal work, while scaling the legal work to meet the needs of the client and issues of the case, Raskin Law Office is able to produce enviable results in an economically efficient manner.

  • + Practice Areas

    Raskin Law Office represents clients in Family Law and related matters. Family law cases encompass a broad ranges of disputes, from child custody issues to complex business valuation. Because of his knowledge in criminal defense, Mr. Raskin is able to leverage the defense of domestic violence accusations in Family Court to defend clients in related criminal cases.  This can present an opportunity to save clients thousands of dollars. Similarly, Mr. Raskin is able to represent his Family Law client's interests in enforcement actions regarding court orders; he can prosecute and defend charges of contempt of court.

  • + Education


    Mr. Raskin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1988, and later earned his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of San Diego, School of Law.


    In law school, he earned several awards for academic excellence and outstanding advocacy, including the Order of the Coif, San Diego Law Review, Merit scholarships, "Child Advocate of the Year (2000)" by The Child Advocacy Institute, and academic awards in subjects such as: Intellectual Property, Civil Procedure, and Child Rights and Remedies.

  • + Professional Experience

    Mr. Raskin was an associate at one of San Diego's top law firms from 2000-2003. His responsibilities included managing all aspects of litigation from inception to conclusion, and post verdict matters, covering nearly all areas of law. This experience laid the foundation for Mr. Raskin's excellence in advocacy, legal research, and confidential client counseling. In 2004, he opened the Raskin Law Office.


    Prior to entering the study and practice of law, Mr. Raskin was a Special Operations Officer (EOD) in the United States Navy. He graduated at the top of his class in both specialized dive training, and also in an intensive 52-week explosives and demolitions training program. He led teams specially trained to defeat all explosive devices on land and undersea. He personally conducted and directed demolition, closed-circuit diving, and hazardous ordnance render-safe procedures in the Middle East, East Asia, and the United States. He planned and conducted numerous missions in support of the United States Secret Service protection of the President, and other VIPs. He received combat decorations in Operation Desert Storm. He retired as a Commander from the United States Navy Reserve in 2014.

  • + Professional Affiliations & Recognition



    - United States District Court, Southern District of California

    - State Bar of California (Family Law Section)

    - San Diego Family Law Bar Association

    - Top Lawyers in San Diego - Family Law, Semi-finalist (2006, 2008, 2013)

    - Child Advocate of the Year (2000)

  • + Presentations, Publications & Television

    - Presenter, "Judges' Orientation Program for New Attorneys - Family Law" (Attorney education program sponsored by San Diego County Judges & the San Diego Bar Association) (2012, 2013, 2014)


    - Author, "Representing Military Members in Domestic Violence cases under The Lautenberg Amendment" - Trial Bar News, March 2009


    - Author, "Words Create Prejudice" - Trial Bar News, October 2007, Vol.30 Issue 8


    - Featured interview for news documentary segment regarding collection of Spousal and Child Support, KUSI-TV (2005)


    - Featured interview for news documentary segment regarding rights and recent changes to the law, KUSI-TV (2004)


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Raskin Law Office routinely handles cases in the Chula Vista (South Bay) , El Cajon (East County) and Downtown San Diego (Sixth Avenue and Madge Bradley) Courthouses.  While Raskin Law Office handles several cases in the North County (Vista) courthouse, Mr. Raskin reviews with potential clients the costs and benefits of Raskin Law Office handling North County cases. Raskin Law Office never loses sight of the need for cost-effective, efficient representation of clients - regardless of their resources.


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