Attorney Profile

Assertive, Attentive, Experienced Family Law Attorney

Top Attorney 2010 & 2011 Pasadena Magazine

James T. Raetz, a family law attorney, has built a great reputation as a client advocate, skilled negotiator, and experienced trial attorney. Upholding the highest levels of integrity and professional standards, Jim works closely with his clients, providing individualized, compassionate guidance through trying and stressful processes of divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, property division, paternity and other domestic conflicts.

Whatever the family problem, Jim seeks to take the burden off the client’s shoulders. He sees it as his job to handle the brunt of the acrimony or hostility from the other side so that his client stays as protected from bitterness and stress as possible. His advice to any client is to carry on with the business of living while he handles the legal battles.

Jim has achieved successful outcomes for his clients in a variety of matters and is not afraid to tackle cases that involve unique or difficult issues. For example, he is the lead attorney in a benchmark California case against the Social Security Administration to procure social security benefits for posthumously conceived children. It is testament to his work that the majority of his clients are referrals from other clients, attorneys and even opposing parties!

A passion for helping others first drew Jim to the field of law enforcement as a police officer in Southern California and, later, inspired him to pursue a career as an attorney. He began his practice under the tutelage of an attorney who has been practicing family law for more than fifty years. Jim now has his own law firm committed to helping clients receive what they are fully entitled to under the law and find some peace of mind in the resolution of their legal battles.

Jim is the founder of the California Police Officer’s Bar Association and a member of several bar associations in Southern California. Jim is also a frequent guest lecturer at courses and seminars.

For assertive, cost effective and personalized legal guidance to resolve your family law matter, we invite you to e-mail Jim directly at

Most Recent Speaking Engagement:

Moderator & Speaker, “Current Issues In Marital Property Law,” Lorman Education Services, Pasadena, California.