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E. H. La Velle, III grew up in Lake County and graduated from the 

Middletown Unified High School.  After completing college, law school 

and several tours in the United States Army JAG Corps, Ed returned to 

his childhood home on Big Canyon Road, near Middletown.  Upon his 

return to Lake County he was asked to join the law firm of Crump, 

Bruchler and Crump, the very first law firm ever established in Lake 

County.  After only a year Ed became a partner and after only a few 

more years his hard work and legal talent was rewarded by 
being promoted to managing attorney.

After rigorous testing, investigation, demonstration of experience and

peer evaluation, in 1994 The California State Bar recognized Ed's expertise

in the area of family law when he was certified as a Family Law Specialist.

To this day Ed is the only Family Law Certified Specialist in Lake County, 
which is not surprising where approximately less than 1000 attorneys in the

entire state have achieved this distinction.

In addition to supervising the activities of the other members of the office, 

Ed is actively engaged in advising clients and when necessary taking cases 

to trial in court.  In the 22 years that Ed has been practicing law he has helped

thousands of clients and participated in hundreds of court proceedings.

The firm's goal is to deliver quality legal services.  Ed has defined "quality

legal services" as a high quality legal product, timely delivered, at a reasonable

price.  All of the firm's present and future clients benefit from this philosophy.

Professional Licenses and Certifications:

Certified as Family Law Specialist by California
Board of Legal Specialization of the California
Bar of California; September 22, 1994

Licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California and all

subordinate courts; February 22, 1983

United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit, 1983

United States District Court, Northern District of California, 1983

United States Tax Court, 1983


California State University, Sacramento, 1977
B.A. Sociology and Speech Communication -
Dual Majors; With Honors

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1981
Juris Doctorate

Golden Gate University; University of Virginia; and
William and Mary School of Law; 1987-1988
Many post graduate legal courses

National College of District Attorneys - Career
Prosecutors Course, 1985

Professional Experience:

U. S. Army Judge Advocate, 1984-1988
Army Prosecutor and Special Assistant
U. S. Attorney, 1984-1986
Army Defense Counsel, 1986-1987
Chief, Military Justice, Training and Doctrine
Command, U. S. Army, 1987-1988

Crump, Bruchler and Crump, Associate Attorney; 1988-1990

Crump, Bruchler and La Velle, Managing Attorney,
1990 to present

Memberships in Professional Organizations:

State Bar of California
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

Honors and Awards:

Army Commendation Medal - Impact, 1985

Army Commendation Medal - First Oak Leaf Cluster, 1986

Army Commendation Medal - Second Oak Leaf Cluster, 1987

Meritorious Service Medal, 1988


Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
    33 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    33 years
  3. Child Support: 20%
    33 years
  4. Probate: 15%
    33 years
  5. Landlord & Tenant: 15%
    33 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Thomas Charles Quinn II

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Ed is one of the best family law attorneys in Northern California.


    Thomas Quinn Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • William Conwell

    I endorse this lawyer's work. As a Lake County attorney, I have seen Ed Lavelle work very hard on his client's behalf and get great results.


    William Conwell Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1175-C North Main St
Lakeport, CA, 95453


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Family Law Since 1994State Bar of California2011
Meritorious Service MedalAmy1988
Army Commendation Medal - Second Oak Leaf ClusterUnited States Army1987
Army Commendation Medal - First Oak Leaf ClusterUS Army1986
Army Commendation Medal - ImpactUnited States Army1985
American Jurisprudence Award - Estate PlanningBancroft-Whitney1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyCrump, Bruchler and La Velle1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Board of Legal Specialization - Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsCertified Family Law Specialist1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1983 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Majer v. Hunt (representing Respondent)Dismissed with Sanctions payable by Appellant & his attorneys to Respondent and Court
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California State University, SacramentoN/AOther - BachelorsN/A