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Vasko R. Mitzev

VASKO R. MITZEV is a partner with FERRUZZO. He was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and immigrated to Los Angeles in 1979, two years after his parents escaped the Communist regime.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1993. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Ohio State University in 1999 and was admitted to the California State Bar in June 2001, District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 2004, and United States Supreme Court in 2010.

During law school, Vasko served with a legal team in the property management arm of Nationwide Insurance, and negotiated and arbitrated commercial real estate contracts and leases. After graduating from law school, he marketed and organized a pre-IPO division of Owens-Corning, and directed teams there in a large-scale asbestos class action litigation and claims administration.

Vasko is in the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group and he focuses on commercial litigation and trial work.  Vasko has extensive first and second chair trial experience in commercial litigation and defending employment claims, catastrophic personal injury and product liability matters.  He regularly defends civil and administrative claims against automotive dealership clients and environmental actions involving governmental regulatory agencies.  He also represents real property owners in commercial land use, lease, zoning, partition and easement disputes.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Business & Commercial Law (Including IP/Trade Secret Disputes)
  • Real Estate Disputes & Litigation over Leaseholds, Easements &     
  • Employment Law
  • Administrative Hearings and Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar, 2001
  • District of Columbia, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals- 9th Circuit, 2006
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010


University of Chicago
B.A., Chicago, IL, 1993

Ohio State University College of Law
J.D., 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Peter M. Elliott Inns of Court
  • Orange County Auto Dealers Association
  • National Automobile Dealer Counsel
  • San Clemente City Leadership
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Imperial County Bar Association
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers


Vasko routinely serves as a Temporary Superior Court Judge in San Diego County (Small Claims and Probate) and is a qualified Administrative Hearing Officer for Orange County.