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About Me

Edward H. Cross, Esq. is the President of the firm.   Edward Cross received a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Public Speaking from California State University at Northridge in 1986 (Dean's Honor Roll), and  his Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University in Fullerton, California. He was the recipient of Director's Scholarships from Western State University, and successfully completed the school's accelerated 2-1/2 year Juris Doctorate program. He graduated in the top 25% of his class. 


Mr. Cross has been litigating business, real estate and property damage cases since 1995.  His litigation practice has included cases in California, Arizona and Florida.  His transactional practice has dealt with real property transactions, construction contracts and other commercial agreements and in California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, and Utah.


He has earned certifications as a Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultant (CIAQC), a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT) by the IICRC, an organization he has been  very active with.  He chaired the committee on Administrative Procedures and Insurance for  the IICRC's Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation - S520 .  In 2006, he is participating in the legal review of IICRC's standard on water damage restoration.


Before law school, he was the Operations Manager of Dockmasters, Inc., a specialty sub-contractor in Burbank, California furnished and installed material handling equipment for new construction and to users. It was there that he learned about the construction and contracting industries.

Mr. Cross learned the real estate industry as an assistant publisher for three prominent real estate magazines in the Los Angeles area for nearly a decade: Homes & Land Magazine of Glendale/Burbank Homes & Land Magazine of Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley , and Homes & Land Magazine of the Central San Gabriel Valley/Foothills 


Before law school, Mr. Cross was the drummer for the million-selling hard rock group, Autograph .  He played on Autograph's Missing Pieces CD and Autograph's last American tour in 1989.  He subsequently played with rock legend Alice Cooper and members of Poison, Ratt and Cinderella, and sang on Steve Plunkett's solo album My Attitude.  He now plays drums in The Incisors.


Mr. Cross founded Cross & Associates to provide legal services to small businesses and high net worth individuals-with a focus on business law, construction and real estate. The firm experienced rapid growth, from two to ten employees in its first two years. This occurred during an era in which many firms were downsizing or closing. The difference was a well-researched strategy focusing on client satisfaction.


Mr. Cross began handling indoor environmental /toxic mold and water damage cases in 1995, while working on a number of large scale building-related illness cases.   Much of the success of those cases can be attributed to the special interest Mr. Cross took in the sciences of occupational medicine, microbiology, industrial hygiene, mycology (the study of fungi), construction and remediation/restoration. 


Mr. Cross has given over 54 invited presentations across the U.S. on legal issues affecting the world of business and construction.   


Mr. Cross has published or edited more than 50 legal articles or treatises, more than 30 of which related to construction law, including Litigation a la Mold , published as the cover story of the Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine.


Mr. Cross has been a member of the IICRC Task Force for Mold Remediation Certification.  For over one year he published a monthly column in Cleaning and Restoration Magazine (the monthly journal of the Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration) .


Mr. Cross wrote for The Synergist (published by the American Industrial Hygiene Association).  He authored an extensive article in the widely-discussed proceedings from the Third International Conference on Bioaerosols, Fungi and Mycotoxins .





Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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Practice Areas


  1. Construction & Development: 60%
    20 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Business: 25%
    20 years, 400 cases
  3. Real Estate: 15%
    20 years, 75 cases


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • G. Henry Welles

    Ed is an experienced and smart lawyer that I endorse.


    G. Welles Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Julie Beth Isen

    Ed Cross is a passionate and dedicated attorney. I consider it a great privilege to be able to work for and learn from Ed. He is extremely knowledgeable and works with a wide variety of clients.


    Julie Isen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

The Law Offices of Edward H. Cross & Associates

72-980 Fred Waring Drive
Suite C
Palm Desert, CA, 92260-2898



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 70 LawyersPalm Springs Life Magazine2014
The Joe Laurino Memorial AwardCarpet & Fabricare Institute2007
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentEdward H. Cross & Associates1995 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Desert Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Indoor Air Quality AssociationMember2011 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Law Offices of Edward H. Cross & AssociatesLegal Rights & Mold2003
Proceedings of The Healthy Indoor Environments Conference, University of Tulsa Indoor Air ProgramCalifornia Mold Claims — 2003 Update2003
Los Angeles LawyerLitigation a la Mold2002
UnknownTop 10 Legal Issues Affecting the Restoration Industry2001
Mealey's PublicationsToxic Mold for Lawyers 1012001
UnknownSex, Lies and Videotape [Discovery and File Documentation in Water Damage Restoration]2000
Synergist MagazineThe Industrial Hygienist as Expert Witness2000
UnknownThe Joy of Sewage [Litigation Issues in Sewage Backflows]2000
UnknownShow me the Money! [Collections and Post-Trial Proceedings]2000
UnknownContractual Interference [Insurance Adjusting Issues in Water Losses]2000
UnknownLegal Issues in Water Damage Restoration2000
UnknownMold and Lawyers: A Toxic Combination.2000
Water Loss Institute, International Association of Specialists of Cleaning & RestorationLegal Issues in Failed Water Damage Projects1999
Aerotech MonitorLegal Issues in Water Damage Restoration1999
International Association of Specialists of Cleaning & RestorationLegal Issues in Water Damage Restoration1999
Aerotech MonitorToxic Mold...Construction Defects1999
Orange County Lawyer MagazineToxic Mold: The 4th Wave of Construction Defect Litigation?1998
Orange County Lawyer Magazine$600,000 Toxic Mold Case1998
Emanuel Law OutlinesLaw In A Flash — Evidence1995
Emanuel Law OutlinesLaw In A Flash — Torts1995
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
California State University, NorthridgeSpeech CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1986