Richard Custin

Richard Custin
Phone: (619) 260-4854
Office: Alcala Park West - Coronado 216

Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics

  • LLM, University of San Diego School of Law (cum laude), Business and Corporate Law
  • JD, Drake University Law School, Hathaway Kemper Insurance Law Fellow
  • MEd, Carthage College, Social Science
  • BA, Carthage College (magna cum laude), Business Administration and Public Management

Richard E. Custin exercises a practical approach to teaching based upon his experience as owner and manager of a law office, mediator and as a litigation attorney. Custin is a member of the California Bar Association and the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  He was also appointed to a judge pro-tem assignment in Los Angeles, California. He served as a judicial law clerk in the Iowa District Court and was the recipient of the Hathaway Kemper Insurance Law Fellowship. Custin holds active bar memberships in California and Illinois. He is further admitted to practice law before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, The United States Court of Federal Claims, The United States Court of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit and United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of California and Southern District of California. In 2016, he was appointed an affiliate professor of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. 

Areas of Expertise

business law, mediation, health law, medical malpractice, legal research


  • Fred Lane Mediation Coach of the Year Award, 2017
  • Alumni Beacon Award, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 2017
  • School of Business Faculty Service Award, 2014
  • San Diego County, The Daily Transcript, Top Attorney (Academic), 2014
  • School of Business Faculty Teaching Award, 2012
  • School of Business Faculty Innovative Undergraduate Business Educator, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Dalton, T., Custin, R., Barkacs, L. (2011) Debt Cancellation in the Age of Mortgage Foreclosures, Real Estate Taxation, 38(3), 100:104.
  • Dalton, T., Custin, R. (2016) Social Security: Projecting The Optimal Collection Age In An Era of Low Investment Returns, Practical Tax Strategies / Thomson Reuters, 4(October).
  • Custin, R., O'Connor-Ratcliff, M., Ratcliff, R. (2013) The Mensing Conundrum: Litigating Generic Drug Injuries in California (Featured Article), California Business Practice(2),
  • Custin, R., Tehrani, S. (2012) The Golden Standard? California as a Model for National Medical Malpractice Tort Reform, Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, 18, Custin, Richard E. and Te.
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The Hill, We Need to Stop Denying Active-Duty Service Members Due Justice, November 2018

Kaiser Health News, 'Grossly Unfair'? Widower Takes Ban On Military Injury Claims To Supreme Court, October 2018

The Daily Transcript, Co-working Space Operator Questions Tactics of Rival, October 2017

SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States Blog), Legal Remedies for Corporate Human Rights Abuse, September 2017

USA Today Network, Military Medical Malpractice articles, July 2016

Military Times, Justice Department Offers Settlement on Feres Case, June 16, 2016