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Personal Injury Attorney
J. Daniel Holsenback

J. Daniel Holsenback

Senior Trial Lawyer

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J. Daniel Holsenback didn’t start out in personal injury litigation. Over a wide-ranging legal career that started in 1989, Dan has handled commercial breach of contract cases, construction defect litigation, employment law and wrongful termination (he even argued the first "suitable seat" case in California), insurance disputes, legal malpractice and anti-SLAPP motions, real estate, and intellectual property - copyrights, trademarks, and patent litigation. Oh yes, and personal injury litigation. (With representation equally split between plaintiff and defense.)

Out of law school, Dan cut his teeth at Gray Cary Ames & Frye, the largest law firm in San Diego with numerous clients in high-tech industries, as a member of the civil litigation and intellectual property departments. After more than three years with the firm, Dan left to start his own firm as a Gray Cary-trained attorney. In 2000, he served as general counsel for software manufacturer bleem! and as co-counsel in precedent-setting copyright, trade secret, trademark, and patent litigation against media giant Sony.

In 2015, Dan started a new career - as a mediator. What prompted this established trial attorney, who was considered for federal and state judgeships, to focus on conflict resolution instead? Having been embroiled in high-conflict stakes for years, he wanted to help people find common ground. His experience in the courtroom translated well for his mediation clients, from powerful businesses to individuals.

Now, at Jurewitz Law Group, J. Daniel Holsenback provides more than 25 years of trial experience and mediation for client cases that end up in front of a jury. Before joining the firm, Dan tried more than thirty lawsuits to settlement or verdict before juries, judges, and arbitrators.

People who work with Dan say he’s calm, cool, and collected - but at the same time, "his ability to absorb, process, and then act upon information brand new to him is quite impressive." "Great intelligence and a keen sense of humor." "Experienced and tenacious…. His results are far better than anyone else we have seen and his integrity is impeccable." "Dan is an excellent problem-solver and a quick-thinking litigator with good people skills."

Dan currently lives in San Diego with his son and their dog, and spends his free time volunteering for Solana Beach Little League and weightlifting. Dan is also an actor who has appeared in plays, movies, and television shows.

Mr. Holsenback has been profiled in The National Law Journal, California Lawyer, San Diego Attorney Journal, San Diego Lawyer®, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Daily Transcript, and San Diego Union-Tribune.


AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Since 1999, J. Daniel Holsenback has achieved the highest possible ranking on Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest legal information services provider in the country.

Rated 10/10 by Avvo
The top lawyer listing service, Avvo, has rated J. Daniel Holsenback a perfect 10/10.

Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
J. Daniel Holsenback has membership in the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to trial attorneys who have won settlements or verdicts over $1 million for clients.

Named 2017, 2015, 2013 Top Lawyer by San Diego Magazine
J. Daniel Holsenback was selected in 2017, 2015, and 2013 as a top lawyer in San Diego in the area of Civil Litigation. The ranking is based on peer reviews, ethical standards, and professional excellence.

Winner of 2002 Silver-Tongue Award
The McAlister Institute, which provides drug and alcohol treatment services to the people of San Diego, invited the top lawyers in the area to compete for charity in a contest of quick wits. Dan’s winning speech was a closing argument in defense of his randomly selected “client” - Vito Corleone, the Godfather.

Named One of the San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Attorneys
J. Daniel Holsenback has been named a top attorney in Real Estate Litigation, Corporate Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation multiple times since 2007.

Delegate to the Annual California State Bar Conference
Mr. Holsenback is a five-time member of the San Diego delegation to the annual California State Bar Conference of Delegates.


Mediating the Litigated Case, Straus Institute (Pepperdine University School of Law), CA, 2016

Mediation Training and Certificate, Northwestern University, CA, 2015

J.D., University of California, Davis, CA, 1989

  • Senior Notes and Comments Editor, UC Davis Law Review
  • Recipient, Patrick Hopkins Memorial Award for Outstanding Law Review Writer

B.A., Politics & Government, University of Pudget Sound, WA, 1986

  • Recipient, Charles T. Battin Trophy for Demonstrated Success in Politics

Bar Admissions:

California, December 1989

Court Admissions:

United States District Court, Northern District of California, October 2000

United States District Court, Central District of California, August 1991


Community Activities:

San Diego County Bar Association
Member since 1989
Vice-President and Director

Greater North Park Community Planning Committee

Sushi Performance & Visual Art
President and Director

Actor’s Alliance of San Diego
Vice-President and Director

Lawyers Club of San Diego
Member since 2016

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