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Meet Attorney Robert Vaage

Robert Vaage

“I’m not a procrastinator — never have been and never will be. Being prepared and ready for trial or arbitration takes time. Being prepared, ready and willing to go to trial/arbitration also helps win and settle cases.”

Background and Legal Experience

Robert Vaage has been a trial attorney since 1982. His career in San Diego began with the defense firm of Rhoades, Hollywood & Neil, before he was asked to join the law firm of Daniel T. Broderick, where he began his career representing plaintiffs in 1986. After the tragic death of Mr. Broderick, Mr. Vaage was associated with Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire & Padilla for approximately two years before opening his own practice in 1991.

As the owner of a small downtown firm, which enjoys an excellent reputation in the community and state-wide, Mr. Vaage has spent the last 35 years developing his expertise trying cases involving personal injury, traumatic brain injuries, medical malpractice, and defective products. He is one of the few attorneys in the nation who has successfully prosecuted cases involving fraudulent conspiracies between physicians/surgeons and medical device companies.

Notable Case Results & Achievements

Mr. Vaage has tried more than 70 jury trials to verdict and has represented claimants in excess of 50 Kaiser arbitrations. The Law Offices of Robert Vaage has never lost a Kaiser arbitration. He has also been retained as an expert for both the plaintiff and defendant in legal malpractice cases involving an underlying medical malpractice lawsuit.

Robert Vaage was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Personal Injury Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Vaage has also been named Trial Lawyer of the Year, Outstanding Trial Lawyer, and Outstanding Advocate, by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He has been designated as a Super Lawyer both in San Diego and Southern California. He has received an AV rating, the highest possible rating, by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Vaage is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and San Diego, as well as the American Association of Justice. He was one of the youngest attorneys ever admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite group of trial lawyers. He is listed as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country, America’s Top 100 Attorneys, and The Best Lawyers in America. He is also a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Professional Admissions and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, admitted to practice in 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Fourth District
  • U.S. District Court, Districts of California (Northern, Central, Southern)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ, formerly ATLA)
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (SDTLA)
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America


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