Rancho Santa Fe residents open legal firm in Fairbanks Ranch

On April 1, Lincoln Horton and Colleen Curtin opened up their private law company — the Horton Village Law Group ­— in Fairbanks Village Plaza, Fairbanks Ranch.

It’s a boutique firm, with the husband-and-wife legal team joining forces. “Right now, it is just the two of us, but we are planning on expanding, adding a third attorney in a month or two and hopefully a fourth within the year,” said Horton about their plans. “And we aim to do things a little bit different than we have done before in our past lives,” he stressed.

Horton had been a partner at a 115-attorney firm for 15 years. Curtin was formerly with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, which is ranked the top law firm in Southern California.

Curtin’s expertise is employment law, on the employer side, having represented many Fortune 100 companies. Horton’s focus is on corporate and business work, representing high-net-worth individuals and businesses of all sizes.

Horton is one of the few attorneys who makes house calls, he said. A self-described “360-degree lawyer,” he assists his clients in all aspects of their lives.

For example, Horton represents a billionaire who needed a premarital agreement, which Horton drew up for him. He can also help families draw up trust agreements, and if a business-owner needs an employee handbook, he can do that too, he said.

“I have a 90-year-old Beverly Hills woman for a client. I’ve been representing her for 20 years, and I just got her driver’s license back for her. In short, I am willing and able to do everything I can to make a client’s life easier,” Horton stressed.

Horton is a third-generation San Diegan who grew up in La Mesa. He is musically talented and an avid surfer. After graduating from high school, he attended UC San Diego and the University of San Diego School of Law.

As a young adult in the late 1980s, Horton was a long-haired lead singer of a rock band that headlined at venues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

“We had a lot of fun. We’d take our friends up to LA in a bus and we’d play Whisky a Go Go and The Roxy; we had a great time.”

With looming responsibility, he began to take life more seriously. He cut off his hair after he graduated from law school and entered the corporate world of law.

Curtin received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law — cum laude — and was elected to the honorary scholastic society of The Order of the Coif. She also holds a master’s degree in Labor and Employment Law — with distinction — from Georgetown University.

“What makes Colleen a great lawyer is her ability to vigorously and relentlessly advocate and litigate for her clients, while never losing hold of her impeccable manners,” said Horton of his Irish-born wife. “This enables her to problem-solve and to reach resolution where others cannot.”

Curtin is a sustaining member of the Junior League of San Diego and in her free time she enjoys creative writing. She comes from a family of writers. Her great-uncle, John Jay Daly, was a writer for the Washington Post who crafted a famous poem, “A Toast to the Flag,” in 1917.

Horton considers his wife to be his polar opposite. “She is a New York preppie from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,” he joked.

The two met in San Diego and were married 12 years ago. In 2006, they moved back to San Diego from Los Angeles to start a family. Deciding that they wanted to send their two young children to public schools, they felt they couldn’t do any better than Solana Santa Fe Elementary School.

Opening their own firm in Fairbanks Ranch means that they are going to be closer to their children, closer to home in The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe, and able to do things exactly as they desire in their firm.

“We can’t think of a better place to live. It’s far enough away from the hubbub so you can have serenity, but it’s close enough to anywhere you want to get to, allowing you to interact in the fast lane if you want to,” said Horton.

“We love Rancho Santa Fe and are the quintessential All-American family.”

Horton Village Law Group is in the Fairbanks Village Plaza (16236 San Dieguito Road), Building Five, Suite 24. Call 858-832-8685.

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