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Laura Lynn Crane

Laura Lynn Crane

also known as Laura Lynn Spalding

Practice areas:

Litigation, State, Local And Municipal Law, Real Estate, Business

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About Me

Laura Crane is an award winning trial lawyer who represents public entities, business organizations and individuals in a broad range of real estate and business related litigation. In 2013, Super Lawyers named her a Southern California Rising Star for government law among the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in the region 40-years-old or younger or practicing law for 10 years or less.


 


Laura’s real estate litigation experience includes development related litigation, land use issues, inverse condemnation, landlord/tenant disputes, dangerous condition allegations, and title disputes. She also helps clients with business litigation matters such as breach of contract, trade secrets and unfair competition disputes. Some of her successes include the following:


 



  • Multiple evictions of commercial tenants on behalf of public and private clients for a variety of reasons including failing to pay rent or to procure appropriate insurance coverage.


 



  • Defeated, at the earliest possible litigation stage, a junior lienholder’s attempts in both state and federal courts to rescind a lender’s acquisition of property through foreclosure because the junior lienholder believed the loan was usurious.


 



  • Resolved a title dispute regarding subdivided property encumbered by deeds of trust secured by parcels that no longer existed due to a lot line adjustment. The resolution resulted in the lender being able to acquire title to the property without violating the Subdivision Map Act.


 



  • Obtained favorable resolution for an ex-employee alleged to have stolen customer lists and trade secrets.


 



  • Obtained a judgment in favor of a bankruptcy trustee to avoid the transfer of real property despite the grant deed being dated multiple years before the bankruptcy filing.


 



  • Obtained preliminary injunctions prohibiting the operation of five separate marijuana dispensaries after extensive oral argument against multiple opposing counsels.


 



  • Prevented the disclosure of police officer employment records.


 



  • Avoided the return of deadly weapons taken during Welfare and Institutions Code section 5150 detentions.


 



  • Part of a team of lawyers that successfully avoided a public agency’s attempt to recoup $102 million paid to a developer as part of a settlement that was alleged to be the result of one of the largest corruption cases in California.


 


Laura is a lifelong resident of the Inland Empire where she continues to reside with her husband and children.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. State, Local And Municipal Law: 30%
  3. Business: 10%
  4. Real Estate: 10%

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Contact Info

Cota Cole LLP

3401 Centre Lake Drive
Suite 670
Ontario, CA, 91761

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200505/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 40 Under 40 Litigation LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerCota Cole LLP2014 - Present
AttorneyBest Best & Krieger LLP2005 - 2014

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Inland Empire Legal Association of WomenFounding Board Member2009 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Daily JournalChange in law puts guns back on the street2014
PublicCEO.comLittle-Used State Laws in California Can Help Keep Weapons Off the Street2013
The Daily Journal; The Business Press; The Public RecordLandlords renting to dispensaries may end up in legal battles2011
Press-EnterpriseBank Buys Riverside Ex-Condo ProjectN/A
Press-EnterpriseThe Recession Comes to Court as More Seek Out Legal Aid FundsN/A
Press-EnterpriseNew Legal Group Aims To Help Female Lawyers SucceedN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
California State University, San BernardinoBusiness Administration - AccountingBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Up in SmokeVape and Hookah Regulation2013
Spring Training Conference 2013Weapon Confiscation Laws2013
California Foreclosure CrisisEffects of Commercial Foreclosure CrisisN/A