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Bonolyn Lee Lutz

Bonolyn Lee Lutz

also known as Bonnie Lutz, Bonnie L. Lutz

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About Me

Bonnie is a Shareholder in the firm's Orange County office. She has been practicing law for 11 years. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a public health microbiologist for the Orange County Health Department and owned a medical device manufacturing company.


Bonnie's practice consists of defending veterinarians in litigation and administrative actions in addition to providing general counsel services for humane societies throughout California. Due to her unique practice areas, she has extensive knowledge of the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act and the laws which regulate humane societies. She is also an experienced litigator and has defended over 100 veterinarians and humane societies. Bonnie also assists other animal rescue organizations and occasionally defends owner in dangerous dog hearings.


Bonnie is an accomplished lecturer and writer. She frequently speaks at conferences and seminars held by the SCVMA, CVMA and VetPartners in addition to speaking to veterinary and law students. She has published articles in The Pulse, California Veterinarian and Veterinary Economics and has been interviewed for articles in Sheltering Magazine. She is the advisor to the State Humane Association of California and on the advisory committee of the National Canine Research Counsel.


Bonnie was born in Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts and California Western School of Law.


Practice Areas


  1. Animal Law: 85%
  2. Litigation: 15%

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Contact Info

5 Hutton Centre Dr Ste 1000
Santa Ana, CA, 92707



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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderKlinedinst PC2010 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationChair, TIPS Animal Law Committee2015 - Present
American Veterinary Medical Law AssociationPresident2011 - 2012
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
VetPartners (previously known as AVPMCA)MemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Inns of CourtMemberN/A
American Veterinary Medical Law AssociationMemberN/A
California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)MemberN/A
Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA)MemberN/A
Society of Animal Welfare AdministratorsMemberN/A
State Humane Association of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Community Associations Institute, Orange County ChapterMemberN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
ABA Animal Law Committee NewsletterMaryland's Highest Court Modifies Common Law Regarding Liability for Dog Bites2012
Pulse, The Official Publication of the Southern California Veterinary Medical AssociationYour Duty to Report Animal Cruelty: Both Sides of a Difficult Issue, Part II2012
California VeterinarianMicrochip Scanning and the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship2011
California VeterinarianGuidelines for 'Firing' Clients2010
California VeterinarianHow to Respond to a Veterinary Medical Board Complaint2008
Veterinary EconomicsI've Been Sued. Now What? What to do if it happens to you - and how to protect yourself2008
Veterinary EconomicsDon't Make Me Defend You2006
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of MassachusettsN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1968
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
State Humane Association of CaliforniaShelter Liability Webinar2013
California Animal Control Directors Association, Southern California Meeting and WorkshopHow to Avoid Individual Liability2013
California Animal Control Directors Association, Southern California Meeting and WorkshopEvolving Trends Being Considered by Stakeholders in the Public and Private Sectors Which May Impact Animal Care and Animal Welfare Agencies2013
Risk Management 2012Veterinary Medical Board and Malpractice Law Update2012
Pacific Veterinary ConferenceSteps to Take To Avoid a Malpractice Lawsuit2012
Pacific Veterinary ConferenceNuts, Bolts and Avoidance of a VMB Complaint and Discipline2012
Animal Care Conference 2012Animal Hoarding2012
American Bar Association's Animal Law SymposiumAnimal Shelter & Rescue Law Symposium: What You Need to Know2012
Whittier Law School Animal Law SeminarCareers in Animal Law and Damages for Injury to Animal2011
VetPartners Fall MeetingHot Rocks Presentation: Protecting Your Assets2011
Animal Law SymposiumAnimal Abuse Reporting, Elective Procedures, and Mandatory Spay and Neuter2011
Animal Care ConferenceContract Negotiations for Veterinarians2009
Wild West Veterinary ConferenceNon-economic Damages in Veterinary Malpractice and Alterations of Computerized Medical Records2008
VetPartners Fall MeetingHot Rocks Presentation: Alterations of Computerized Medical Records2008
Pacific Veterinary ConferenceCalifornia Veterinary Medical Board aka the VMB2008
Animal Care ConferenceContract Negotiations for Veterinarians2008
AVPMCAHot Rocks Presentation: Standard of Care for Veterinarians2007
Animal Care ConferenceShelter Medicine and Management2007
AVPMCAHot Rocks Presentation: Indemnity Agreements for Veterinarians with Students2006
Animal Care ConferenceShelter Medicine and Management2006
Animal Care ConferenceLegal and Ethical Implications of Using Shelter Animals as Blood Donors2005
Animal Care ConferenceNon-Economic Recovery for Pet Loss2004
Southern California Veterinary Medical AssociationPreventing Veterinary Malpractice Lawsuits2003
California Veterinary Medical AssociationThe Tale of a Lawsuit, What to Expect If You Get Sued2003
American Veterinary Medical Law AssociationNew Causes of Action Against Veterinarians in Malpractice Lawsuits2003