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Randall L. Winet

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Schools & Education Attorney in Vista, CA

Winet Patrick Gayer Creighton & Hanes
1215 West Vista Way
Vista, CA 92083
Phone: 760-758-4261
Fax: 760-758-6420
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1984
Practice Areas: Schools & Education, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Defense
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Randall L. Winet has been representing clients in the Vista, California, area as a partner at the law firm of Winet Patrick Gayer Creighton & Hanes. With over 37 years of experience, he has handled a number of cases in the state courts of California and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Winet has dealt with a variety of legal matters pertaining to personal injury, employment litigation, commercial and business litigation, wrongful death, public entity law, school district and education law, and insurance defense litigation. He has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients and has tried nearly 100 trials to verdict.

As a student at the University of San Diego School of Law, Mr. Winet received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1984 after graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the United States International University. He was chosen as the class valedictorian for getting the top grades and excelling in his class as an undergraduate.

As a result of Mr. Winet’s accomplishments, Martindale-Hubbell rated him AV Preeminent*, the highest rating one can get in the peer review process. He was listed among the Top Lawyers in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine and Top Lawyers in San Diego County by San Diego Magazine. He was chosen as the Attorney of the Year by the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County in 2014.

Mr. Winet engages in a variety of pro bono work and community activities through the help of organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Fund, the San Diego Humane Society and Father Wassen's Orphanage.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Winet is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County and San Diego Defense Lawyers. A talented speaker and published author, he has written a number of articles and spoken at various educational conferences and seminars across California.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Schools & Education
  • 30%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Defense
Focus Areas

Education, Schools, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

About Randall L. Winet

First Admitted: 1984, California

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • YMCA
  • Father Wassen's Orphanage for Haitian Children
  • Member, Donor---San Diego Humane Society, 2020
  • Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church 
  • Member, Donor--St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 2020
  • Member, Donor--ASCPA, 2020
  • Member, Donor--Village Presbyterian Church, 2020
  • Member, Donor--St. Damian's Pediatric Fund for Haitian Children, 2020

Educational Background

  • Valedictorian at United States International University/Bachelor of Science in Business Management, summa cum laude, 1981


  • Selected by attorneys as North County Bar Association attorney of the year, North San Diego County Attorney of the year, North San Diego Bar Association, 2014
  • Los Angeles Magazine as one the top lawyers in Southern California.
  • Recognized by San Diego Magazine as one of the top lawyers in San Diego County
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers has provided its preeminent (AV) rating
  • Award provided by other attorneys at North County Bar, Best Storyteller, North San Diego Bar Association, 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed California Real Estate Broker, 2015


  • Swischuk v. Lister/ represented pedestrian/ seven figure settlement, 2018
  • San Diegans for Open Government v. San Ysidro School District/alleged improper reporting and employment conduct/ defense verdict for school district, 2020
  • Gaumer v. Lascar/breach of contract/ represented defendant and defense verdict, 2017
  • Brooks v. Castellanos/wrongful death claim regarding child/represented defendant and obtained defense verdict, 2017
  • Bell v. Vallecitos School District/claimed wrongful termination/defense verdict for school district, 2017
  • Cuff v. Grossmont Union High School District/ claim of release of child abuse report/ defense verdict for school district, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker on how to mediate a catastrophic personal injury case , Lecturer, Mediating the Catastrophic Personal Injury Case, San Diego Bar Association, Attorneys, Mediators, 2020
  • Training on how to protect against and prevent negligent supervision, abuse and molestation claims, Lecturer, Prevention of Negligent Supervision, Abuse and Molestation Claims, Southern California Relief School Districts, Schools; Claim Handlers For Schools, Risk Managers, 2016
  • Discussed key issues of subrogation relating to insurance, Lecturer, Insurance/ Subrogation, Insurers; Claim Representatives, 2018
  • School District Contract and Risk Management, Lecturer, School Contracts/Risk Management Seminar, Keenan Risk Managment/Contracts, School Districts; Business Officers; Risk Managers, 2019

Representative Clients

  • Capital Insurance Company, 2020
  • Horton Plaza LLC, 2020
  • Corona Norco Unified School District, 2020
  • Wawanesa Insurance Company, 2020
  • Progressive Insurance Company, 2020
  • State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, 2020
  • San Ysidro School District, 2020
  • Moreno Valley Unified School District, 2020
  • Hemet Unified School District, 2020
  • Calexico Unified School District, 2020
  • South Bay Union School District, 2020
  • Sweetwater Union High School District, 2020
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District, 2020
  • Cajon Valley Union School District, 2020
  • Grossmont Union High School District, 2020
  • San Dieguito Unified High School District, 2020
  • Escondido Union School District, 2020
  • San Diego Office of Education, 2020
  • San Marcos Unified School District, 2020
  • Vista Unified School District, 2020
  • Oceanside Unified School District, 2020
  • MiraCosta Community College District, 2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, San Diego Bar Association, 2020
  • Instructor and Arbitrator for the San Diego Inn of Court Evidence Workshop
  • Member, North San Diego County Bar Association, 2020
  • Member, former Board member of San Diego Defense Lawyers, 2020
  • Member and Mentor in Fiorenzo Leopardo American Inns of Court, 2020
  • Member, Advocate in American Board of Trial Advocates from 1994 to present, 2020

Industry Groups

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Schools
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Office Location for Randall L. Winet

1215 West Vista Way
Vista, CA 92083

Phone: 760-758-4261

Fax: 760-758-6420

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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