Law Offices of Alan L. Pitcaithley


Alan L. Pitcaithley

Alan L. Pitcaithley maintains his offices in Carlsbad near the Palomar Airport in North San Diego County. Mr. Pitcaithley’s practice is devoted entirely to plaintiff’s personal injury, wrongful death, premise liability and property damage cases. These cases involve people who have been victimized or killed as a result of vehicle / roadway negligence (car, truck, motorcycle, bike, pedestrian collisions), as well as other persons seriously injured by dangerous conditions on private and/or public property, product/construction defects and intentional misconduct including fraud, civil theft, trespass, assault, battery, sexual harassment and insurance bad faith claims denial.

Mr. Pitcaithley has been an active member of the California State Bar for 42 years. He is licensed to practice before all State and Federal Courts, all Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. During the mid-1980’s, for a period of four years, Mr. Pitcaithley worked as legal counsel for a major insurance brokerage and claims adjusting firm where he served as insurance defense counsel for several nationwide insurance companies. From this experience, as well as his prior experience in handling vehicle accident and premises liability cases, in 1989 the emphasis in Mr. Pitcaithley’s law practice shifted to plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death litigation. This practice background gives Mr. Pitcaithley a unique perspective from “both sides of the table” in personal injury cases where an insurance company is generally responsible for payment of the damages. Mr. Pitcaithley has achieved an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Ratings Service continuous since 2004. This rating is the result of peer review ratings attesting to Mr. Pitcaithley’s abilities and professional ethics and reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. This rating can be verified by going to and typing in the name Alan Pitcaithley.

Mr. Pitcaithley majored in Journalism at the University of Oregon where he received his B.A. Degree in 1970. Mr. Pitcaithley received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in the summer of 1976 from Western State University School of Law in San Diego, California (now known as Thomas Jefferson School of Law). Mr. Pitcaithley was admitted to the practice of law in the State of California in 1977. Mr. Pitcaithley is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD). He is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and past member of the American Association For Justice (AAJ formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association).

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Auto Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Western District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • California State Courts and Courts of Appeal
  • Supreme Court of California


Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California

  • J.D. – 1976

University of Oregon

  • B.A. – 1970
  • Major: Journalism

Honors and Awards

  • AV PREEMINENT RATING, MARTINDALE HUBBELL, Since 2004 to present: The highest peer rating standard available from Martindale Hubbell. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers (attorneys and judges in the community).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD), Active Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), Active Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Active Member
  • American Association For Justice (AAJ formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association), Past Member

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