Babak "Bob" Semnar is passionate about representing individuals who have been wronged by big corporations. He takes great pride in obtaining maximum compensation to the extent the law allows for those who have been harassed by debt collectors, have inaccurate information on their consumer credit report, or are getting unsolicited robo or pre-recorded calls on their cell phones. Mr. Semnar routinely sues corporations on behalf of consumers for violations of FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act), as well as the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).
After opening his own law office in Riverside County (Temecula), Mr. Semnar moved his practice to Vista, California where he co-founded Semnar & Hartman, LLP, focusing on Debt Collection Abuse, Credit Reporting Rights, Harassing Calls, Civil Rights and Criminal Defense. At Semnar & Hartman, LLP we serve individuals within San Diego County (Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Escondido), Orange County, as well as Riverside County (Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, and Lake Elsinore). Semnar & Hartman, LLP has recently expanded its services to include Los Angeles County, as well as Northern California.
Mr. Semnar graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1998. Thereafter, he attended Whittier Law School while working full-time at Bollington, Roberts, Hunkins & McDonald, a law firm specializing in insurance defense. Upon graduating in 2002, Mr. Semnar worked for the personal injury law firm, Madison and Margolese, located in Santa Monica. Soon thereafter, he joined the law firm of Clinton and Clinton (located in Long Beach) where he handled cases involving partnership disputes, personal injuries, toxic torts, and excessive use of force by law enforcement.
In 2005, Mr. Semnar moved to San Diego County where he worked as an Associate at the Law Offices of Robert W. Jackson. There, he prosecuted personal injury claims and business litigation disputes. During this time, he was accepted into Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. He spent three weeks at the Trial Lawyers College living on a ranch in Wyoming, refining his trial skills, enhancing his litigation techniques and ultimately strengthening his ability to persuasively present each client's story to a jury.
Upon graduating from the Trial Lawyers College, Mr. Semnar started his own law firm in San Diego where he focused on business litigation, civil disputes and criminal defense. In addition, Mr. Semnar taught trial skills to the advanced trial advocacy teams at California Western School of Law located in San Diego. In 2006, Mr. Semnar attended the graduate program at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, to further refine his trial skills.
In 2008, Mr. Semnar joined the Riverside County Public Defender's Office, whereby, he represented over 2000 clients. While at the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Semnar handled thousands of criminal defense cases, some of which included preliminary hearings and jury trials.
In 2011, Mr. Semnar founded the Semnar Law Firm located in Beverly Hills and Temecula, California. Thereafter, Mr. Semnar began to focus his firm on representing individuals who have been harassed by debt collectors and creditors. Thereafter, he expanded his practice to include individuals who had inaccurate information on their consumer credit report in violation of the California and Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. He soon spent most of his time seeking damages on behalf of individuals who were entitled to damages under the FDCPA, Rosenthal Act, TCPA, and FCRA. Since starting Semnar & Hartman, LLP in October 2014, Mr. Semnar has provided each potential client with a free confidential case evaluation.
Mr. Semnar is currently a membership of the Trial Lawyers College, the American Bar Association, National Consumer Law Center, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates. He is also admitted to practice law in various Courts within the United States District Courts (Northern District, (Oakland), Eastern District (Riverside), Central District (Los Angeles), and Southern District (San Diego) as well as continuous appearances in North County (Vista) Superior Court and South Riverside County (Murrieta) Superior Court.
Mr. Semnar has represented clients in over 30 trials and conducted approximately 100 preliminary hearings, where he obtained successful outcomes in almost all the majorityof his cases. Mr. Semnar has accomplishes such success because he is dedicated to aggressively investigating all facts, researching all legal issues, forming a comprehensive plan of action in each case and zealously representing each of his clients. He regularly makes himself available to talk via phone or in person. For questions about your specific situation, please do not hesitate to call him for a free confidential consultation.
The Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) regulates how debt collects can attempt to collect a debt from consumers. These laws only apply if the alleged debt is a consumer debt, meaning it was incurred for personal or household purposes. If you are not sure whether your circumstances fit in this area of law, please contact us immediately to discuss whether a different violation has occurred. Learn More ...
The statute authorizes a private cause of action by a person, including the debtor or any other person affected by the provisions of the statute, to be brought against the collector within one year from the date of violation.You may be entitled to up to $1,000, actual damages, and attorney's fees, so there will be NO FEE for asserting your claim. Also, they could owe you $500 per phone call. Learn More ...
A couple minutes into my first phone conversation with Jared and Bob, I knew I found the right team. I felt like I was talking with family. They never sugar-coated anything, but I never felt scared or worried because I had so much confidence in their experience, knowledge of the law, and professionalism. I can confidently recommend Jared Hartman and Bob Semnar without hesitation and wish them continued success down the road.
Bob is an excellent attorney. He has helped me resolve issues that I had thought would never get fixed. He is extremely knowledgeable about consumer rights and really does fight for the little guy. After years of trying to fix multiple errors and dealing with collection agencies that didn't bother to follow the rules even when I did, Bob was able to get everything fixed for me and forced these companies to follow the law.
Jared is an exceptional Lawyer. He handled all aspects of our case providing very good advise. He knew what needed to be done and did it. Without his diligence and guidence throughout the process we would have been totally lost. I can honestly give him my highest recommendation.