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Edward Lara

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE:

Edward Lara is a Partner of LARA & LUNA, APC. Mr. Lara is a skilled litigator and has handled a wide variety of matters involving diverse areas of law, including employment, business and commercial law, entertainment, copyright, trademark, insurance, and elder abuse law. After being admitted to the California State Bar in 2000, he has spent several years practicing in large prestigious firms in West Los Angeles, a boutique litigation firm in Long Beach, and his own private practice. Mr. Lara has experience representing a wide variety of individuals in the employment, entertainment and business industry in all levels of litigation.

EDUCATION:

Mr. Lara is a year 2000 graduate of Columbia University School of Law in New York City. While at Columbia, Mr. Lara served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Lara also served as the Vice President of the Latin American Law Student Association and was a staff editor for both the Columbia Business Law Review and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

Mr. Lara graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 with a B.A. in double major in Political Science and Sociology. While at UC Berkeley, Mr. Lara was a California Alumni Association Leadership Scholar and a Philanthropy Chair with the Mortar Board National Senior Honors Society.

BAR ADMISSIONS:

State Bar of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Beverly Hills Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association

LANGUAGES:

Spanish



Attorney Linda Luna Lara

Linda Luna Lara is a Partner at LARA & LUNA, APC and focuses her practice in employment law and protecting employee's rights. She has successfully represented a wide variety of employees, from executive management to staff, who work in a wide variety of industries. She has recovered over millions of dollars in settlements for her clients. She has assisted these individuals by resolving cases pre-litigation or pursuing litigation for a wide variety claims, including illegal discrimination, harassment, defamation and wrongful termination in state and federal court and in administrative hearings before the EEOC and FEHA.

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE:

Linda’s legal background includes experience in civil litigation. She has worked as a litigation Associate for respected litigation law firms in Orange County which represented major insurance companies and businesses, where she focused her practice on employment law, personal injury and class actions and litigated matters by taking cases to trial. Ms. Luna’s experience also includes serving as Corporate Counsel for the Legal and Corporate Affairs department of a major international airline for the United States and Canada, where she oversaw outside counsel and matters ranging from class action litigation to employment law matters, in addition to contract drafting and review for business units in North America and Europe. This corporate experience allows Ms. Luna to anticipate a defense perspective to assertively prosecute her client’s claims.

EDUCATION:

Linda obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton. While there, Linda was elected to serve as the Executive Vice President for the Associated Students and was invited to participate in the prestigious Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

Linda received her Juris Doctor from Chapman University, School of Law in 2005. Ms. Luna was a recipient of the Provst Law Academic Scholarship. Further, Ms. Luna served on the editorial board of Nexus Law Journal.

BAR ADMISSIONS:

State Bar of California, 2005
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

California Employment Lawyers Association
Chapman Law Alumni Board, President 2010/2011
Pro Bono Attorney, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
Banyard Inns of Court
Orange County Bar Association, Member of Community Outreach and Pro Bono Committee
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Executive Planning Committee
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Orange County Women Lawyers Association
Orange County Bar Association, College of Trial Advocacy
Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, Board of Director 2012-2013

ACHEIVEMENTS/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

2014 Super Lawyers Rising Star
2014 Los Angeles Magazine Top Attorney – Southern California's Outstanding Young Women Lawyers
2012 OCHBA MCLE Travel Seminar to Puerto Rico, "Employment Law Overview"
2011 DFEH Legal Clinic at UCI, School of Law
2011 Orange County Bar Labor and Employment Seminar, "Life Cycle of an Employment Case"
2011 Chapman Law Spring Employment Law Panel
2011 Orange County Bar, Labor Employment Section Case Law Updates
2010 Chapman Law Alumni MCLE Series, "Updates in Employment Law and Their Impact"
2008 Orange County Hispanic Bar Association Travel Seminar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, "Communication Between In-House Counsel and Firms They Hire"

LANGUAGES:

Spanish

Practice Areas
Discrimination/Harassment
Sex/Sexual Harassment
Age
Race
Disability
Pregnancy
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Hostile Workplace
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Forced Resignation
Discrimination
Retaliation
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Broken Promises
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Violence
Privacy
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Class Action Litigation
Defamation
Slander
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Libel
Employment Litigation
Jury Trials
Non-Compete & Trade Secrets
Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
Arbritration
Severance Package Negotiations
Negotiation of Severance Agreements
Increased Severance Benefits
Wages
Overtime
Commission
Bonus
Severance
Expenses
Vacation
Breaks