Allan O. Cate

Title: Attorney
Phone: (858) 224-5865
Fax: (858) 228-9885

Attorney Allan Cate is a fearless litigator and zealous advocate for his clients’ rights and interests.

After working as a private practice attorney following graduation from law school, Mr. Cate founded his own firm so that he could dedicate his full energy to serving his clients’ needs.  Mr. Cate strongly believes in good attorney client relationships and providing prompt attention to his clients.  He understands that people seeking legal services are often times dealing with traumatic events in their lives.  This understanding enables him to better serve his clients and give them due consideration and compassion, while obtaining the best results possible.

In litigated matters, Mr. Cate is totally ruthless and prefers to take a strategic or contemplative approach, with his clients' overall situation in mind.  He gives his opponents absloutely nothing, and strongly believes in preparing well—early on—to win at trial or arbitration.  This not only gives his clients the advantage of having a greater understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their case, but it also helps foster the best possible settlements with opposing parties.  Mr. Cate also believes in obtaining the best possible results for his clients by working cooperatively, when possible, to find creative, efficient and practical solutions.

Educational Background

In 2005, Mr. Cate graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, where he was accepted on a merit scholarship and was a high-achieving Honr Roll student. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2002. 

Professional Associations & Admissions

As a member of the State Bar of California, Mr. Cate is admitted to practice in all California state courts, and is also certified to practice before the United States Court for the Southern and Central Districts of California. 

In addition, Mr. Cate is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker with experience in residential and commercial real estate.

Practice Areas
Mr. Cate’s practice focuses primarily on business and real estate litigation, in addition to consumer and small business bankruptcy.  

♦ Business Litigation

Real Estate Litigation (commercial leases, boundary disputes, adverse possession, quiet title)


Financial Fraud

Contract Litigation

Partnership Disputes

Landlord/Tenant (Evictions)

Auto Fraud/Lemon Law

Loan Modification