Edward Lara

Edward Lara

Partner
Location:
La Mirada, California
Phone:
888-397-0969
Email:

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.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Employment Law
  • Wrongful Termination/Forced to Quit
  • Medical, Family, Pregnancy and Disability Leaves
  • Failure to Accommodate Disabilities at Work
  • Workplace Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wage Theft/Unpaid Wages
  • Missed Meal and Rest Periods
  • Whistle Blower Retaliation
  • Labor Code Violations
  • Employment Litigation
  • Jury Trials

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California

Education

  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York - 2000
    • Honors: Extern, Hon. Alex Kozinski fo the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Honors: Vice President of the Latin American Law Student Association
    • Law Review: Columbia Business Law Review, Staff Editor
    • Law Review: Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Staff Editor
  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 1997
    • Honors: California Alumni Association Leadership Scholar
    • Honors: Philanthropy Chair with the Mortar Board National Senior Honors Society
    • Honors: Golden Bear Lifetime Member of the California Alumni Association
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Sociology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Mexican American Bar Association, Member
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angles County Bar Association, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Christensen Miller Fink Jacobs Glaser Weil & Shapiro, LLP
  • Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine & Regenstreif, LLP

Languages

  • Spanish