The legal world is changing. The 21st century has brought new technology and new markets to the world. It's time your law firm kept up. 



As attorneys, we take an oath to practice in the most ethical manner possible. We at Arete Law take that oath seriously. 


It is our goal to ensure that everything we do whether in practice or client interaction is of the highest virtue and pristine ethics. 


We want you to trust that your attorneys are doing the right thing. 


The word "Arete" stems from the Greek philosophy which stands for "excellence in everything that you do." It is a personal and professional mantra that Arete Law subscribes to. 

Whether it be through litigation, corporate structuring, or simply communicating with clients, our everyday activities are guided by this principle that we seek excellence in everything we do. 



As attorneys, we have the incredible privilege and ability to help people every single day. This means more than just running a business, but how we conduct ourselves. 


We are driven to be active members of our community and welcome the opportunity to help those who are in need. 


We seek to be professionals who treat others with respect and dignity. 




Of Counsel Patent Attorney

J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses a unique perspective to their patent needs. J.D. works with clients that are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patent in the market.

His background in business and experience as an engineer and patent attorney empowers him to clearly communicate to a broad range of clients about their immediate and long-term needs for patenting in order to protect assets, leverage opportunities, and limit liabilities. 

J.D. brings this experience earned at the cutting edge of technology to his clients by recognizing the complexities and subtleties of the problems being solved today.

Founding Attorney

Phil is driven to help passionate and innovative business leaders build and grow their business. His passion stems from his time as a business owner and seeing all the challenges business owners face. 

Before going to law school, Phil worked in the restaurant business where he learned the importance of quality customer service. He took those lessons and honed them even more when he and his family opened their own restaurant. During his time as a business owner, he saw first hand the ins and outs of the daily struggles a business owner faces.


That experience has helped him to combine his real-world experience and legal training to help business owners find logical and practical solutions to their issues. 

He started Arete Law with the goal of improving the legal field for the future and to provide a better experience for clients. 

Of Counsel

Thomas Murray has been practicing estate planning exclusively since he was barred as an attorney. He handles probate matters, conservatorship, and trust administration. 


Mr. Murray enjoys meeting with San Diegans to discuss the benefits of having a Trust drafted and executed.


Primarily, a proper Estate serves two main purposes:

1) Avoiding Probate; and

2) Ensuring that your assets are transferred to exactly who you want when you pass away. 


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San Diego, CA 92109



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