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Edward Lara

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE:

Edward Lara is a trial lawyer and partner of LARA & LUNA, APC. Mr. Lara has been practicing law since 2000 and has successfully litigated numerous disputes before Courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the State of California. Mr. Lara is a dedicated advocate of employee rights and regularly prosecutes claims relating to discrimination, retaliation, and harassment on the basis of disability, age, sex, race, and other protected categories under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act. Mr. Lara also prosecutes claims relating to Labor Code violations, including wage & hour claims and claims of retaliation under California's Whistleblower laws designed to protect employees who report what they reasonably believe are legal violations by their employer. Mr. Lara has represented both management and non-management level employees in a wide variety of industries including but not limited to: manufacturing, construction, hotel, entertainment, job staffing, restaurant, sales and marketing, large and small retail business, aerospace, medical, home-care, hospice, non-profit, grocery, automotive, property management and technology industries.

Prior to co-founding Lara & Luna APC Mr. Lara spent several years practicing law and learning his craft with large prestigious firms in West Los Angeles, a boutique litigation firm in Long Beach, and his own private practice. Mr. Lara's passion for employment law stems from his working-class family upbringing in the southeast region of Los Angeles County (in the areas of Pico Rivera, Whittier, and Santa Fe Springs). Mr. Lara frequently draws upon not only his legal experience and education, but also the common sense and "street smarts" he learned growing up in the area which he now proudly serves. Mr. Lara is a staunch advocate of the legal protections he seeks to enforce and sincerely believes that adherence to and prosecution of these laws benefits not only employees but also employers and ultimately our society.

Mr. Lara is proud that Lara & Luna APC always seeks to staff its matters with teams of highly qualified trial lawyers who passionately believe in their clients and who can readily confront any large or small defense counsel retained employers or their insurance companies.


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. He is a Golden Bear Lifetime Member of the California Alumni Association.

BAR ADMISSIONS:

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

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

California Employment Lawyers Association
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Mexican American Bar Association
Orange County Hispanic Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association


LANGUAGES AND INTERESTS:

Mr. Lara is fluent in Spanish and his interests primarily include raising his two boys. He also enjoys basketball, hot yoga, traveling, art, movies, and is an avid sports fan.



Attorney Linda Luna Lara

Linda Luna Lara is a partner of LARA & LUNA APC and is dedicated to enforcing employee's rights in the workplace and prosecuting claims against employers for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation and wrongful termination. She has successfully represented a wide variety of employees, from executive management to hourly staff, who work in different industries. She has recovered over millions of dollars in settlements for her clients. Her litigation experience includes obtaining verdicts in jury and bench trials, participating in arbitrations, opposing motions for summary judgment, taking depositions and successfully litigating matters to conclusion for her clients against employers who violate the law. Ms. Lara has been featured on the cover of the Orange County Lawyer Magazine as the "Employee's Advocate", has been named as a "Super Lawyer", and has a rating of 10/10 on AVVO. From a very young age, Ms. Lara nurtured a passion for the rights of employees which she gained not only by navigating through injustices not only in her own workplaces, but also those of her family members.

She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2005 and has spent several years successfully prosecuting claims of illegal discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and wage and hour violations, on behalf of employees whose legal rights were violated in the workplace. Prior to co-founding LARA & LUNA APC, Ms. Lara practiced with respected litigation firms in Orange County in the areas of employment law, class actions, insurance defense, and personal injury. Ms. Lara gained valuable experience handling trials on her own very early on in her career. Ms. Lara also served as in-house corporate legal counsel for a major international airline. As part of her duties Ms. Lara managed and oversaw outside legal defense counsel in connection with investigation of employment claims, class actions and intellectual property issues. This experience provided Ms. Lara with critical insight into the legal relationships between companies, any insurance adjusters, and outside legal counsel. Ms. Lara uses that insight to this day in litigating matters, negotiating with defense counsel, and trying cases.


EDUCATION:

Linda received her Juris Doctor from Chapman University, School of Law in 2005. She also did a legal study abroad at Universidad De Cantabria, Santander, Spain.

Linda obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton. At CSUF she served as Executive Vice President of the student body and studied at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy created and taught by former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
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:

2016- Orange County Lawyer Magazine – Lawyer of the Month for December 2016
2016 – Chapman University School of Law Alumni Panel Speaker
2014-2015 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 AND INTERESTS:

Ms. Lara is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Lara enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, traveling, hot yoga, running and doing volunteer work.



Attorney Inna Kaminer, Esq.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Kaminer joined Lara & Luna and has successfully represented our clients in court by participating in a jury trial and assisting in securing a verdict for violation of meal and rest break policies, taking depositions, defeating employers’ motions for summary judgments, obtaining sanctions for successful motions to compel and has assisted in securing positive resolutions on behalf of our clients for various employment matters.

During law school Ms. Kaminer also gained litigation experience externing for the Employment Litigation Department of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office and working as a law clerk for litigation firms in Los Angeles from 2013 through 2016.

Ms. Kaminer grew up in West Hollywood in Los Angeles County and enjoys reading crime novels, dancing, cooking and spending time with her dog Rocco.


EDUCATION:

Inna obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of California, Irvine.

Inna received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2016. At Loyola, Ms. Kaminer was on the Deans Honor list, Moot Court and she served as a Note and Comment Editor on the Entertainment Law Review Journal where was published in 2016 for her Note, “Set the Statutes Straight: Amending the Lanham Act to Dispel the Confusion Regarding Reverse Confusion," which was republished in Thomson Reuters 2017 Intellectual Property Law Review.

BAR ADMISSION:

State Bar of California, 2016; United States District Court for the Central District of California 2016

Practice Areas
Discrimination/Harassment
Sex/Sexual Harassment
Age
Race
Disability
Pregnancy
Sexual Orientation
Hostile Workplace
Wrongful Termination
Whistleblower
Layoffs
Forced Resignation
Discrimination
Retaliation
Wrongful Demotion
Broken Promises
Leaves
Medical
Pregnancy
Family Leave
Violence
Privacy
Safety
Class Action Litigation
Defamation
Slander
False Accusations
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