By Tony Cagala
Evan A. Drexl has returned to Ramona with a law degree in hand and a key to an office on Main Street.
“People are still coming in saying ‘are you open?’ because I don’t have a lot of furniture and stuff on the walls, but to be a lawyer, all you need is a place and a key — and a law license, of course,” Drexl said.
Drexl grew up in Ramona and spent his years going through the Ramona Unified School District before going to Point Loma High School.
In college, he majored in philosophy at University of California Irvine and continues to enjoy reading philosophy books when he isn’t trying to build up his two law offices or search for a home to purchase in Ramona.
He earned his law degree from Concord Law School, an online institution, while working for his family’s import/export business. He took the bar in February 2007 and received his law license in October of the same year.
He opened his first law office in El Centro last year. Drexl wanted to come back to Ramona because it’s just a nice place to be, he said.
“I believe it’s a growing community and that they need the kind of things I offer, which is helping consumers and helping people that are in a little bit of trouble with debt,” he said.
Drexl is the third generation of businessmen in his family to come to Ramona. His grandfather, Samuel S. Sloan, O.D., was an optometrist, and his father Walter J. Drexl, DDS, was a dentist in Ramona until moving his practice to Santee.
Drexl has been practicing bankruptcy law for about three years, including evictions and landlord tenant type situations and real estate disputes.
He’s beginning work on consumer litigation, fighting against creditors who are stepping outside the bounds of what the law permits in terms of collecting, he said.
Interest is starting to build in his Ramona office and more people are coming in, Drexl said.
His caseloads revolve mainly around bankruptcy and evictions, offering flat fees for his services.
“I’m about trying to resolve problems for people rather than destroy people by fees and costs,” he said. His law office is at 1174 Main Street and he may be reached at 760-789-1485.