Ray Hartman


I guide clients through their most challenging matters by leading teams of trial lawyers with proven courtroom success.

1 858 550 6001

Ray Hartman focuses his practice primarily on environmental litigation, real estate litigation and commercial litigation. Throughout his legal career, he has excelled at delivering victories for his clients during all stages of litigation, including at trial. His successes include obtaining a complete defense verdict at trial for an agricultural company; securing a reversal of a $100 million judgment against a major pipeline company; and obtaining the dismissal, with prejudice, of a breach of contract case brought against a major real estate holding company. More recently, he obtained a favorable settlement in environmental litigation alleging $400 million in damages involving Qualcomm Stadium, and defeated certification in putative class actions related to pipeline easements in railroad rights-of-way. He also has obtained the complete dismissal of numerous product liability cases filed by California municipalities involving alleged contamination of groundwater. Ray is also presently serving as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, in his second semester teaching a class entitled Experiential Advocacy Practicum: Litigation.

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  • Complete Victory for Agricultural Company Following Breach of Contract Bench Trial 

  • Appellate Win for Major Pipeline Company in Easement Rental Disputes 

  • Favorable Settlement Reached for Technology Company in Facility Rent Reassessment Dispute 

  • Dismissal of All Claims Related to Groundwater Claims 

  • Summary Judgment Obtained in Administrative Writ Proceeding 


  • UC Hastings College of the Law

  • University of Southern California
    MA, Political Science, Law and Public Policy

  • University of San Diego
    BA, Political Science, cum laude

Admissions & Credentials



  • California Bar Foundation, Board Member and Director (2009-2012)

  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyers

  • San Diego Rotary Club

  • UC Hastings Alumni Board of Governors, Director (2009-2012)

  • Asian Business Association, San Diego Chapter

  • Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego, Director (2004-2008)

Rankings & Accolades

    San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program: Distinguished Service Award

    State Bar of California: Wiley W. Manuel Award

    Daily Journal: Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines Case Named 1 of 5 "Top Appellate Reversals"

    Financial Times: Cooley Recognized for Impact on Innovation


1 858 550 6001 office
1 858 550 6420 fax

4401 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121-1909