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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Avvo Top Contributor 2013||Avvo||2013|
|Certificate of Appreciation for Dispute Resolution Neutral||Los Angeles Superior Court||2011|
|Distinguished Professor||Peoples College of Law||2006|
|Certificate of Recognition as Legal Educator||City of Los Angeles by Antonio Villaraigosa||2004|
|Voluntary Attorney Certificate of Recognition||Bet Tzedek Legal Services||1998|
|Senior Attorney||Lauria Law Office||1998 - Present|
|Professor of Civil Procedure and Evidence||Peoples College Of Law||1990 - 2007|
|Appeals Board Judge||California Department of Labor||1990 - 1997|
|Attorney||Lauria Law Office||1981 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|Los Angeles Consumer Lawyers' Association||.||1981 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||N/A||1981 - Present|
|Fed. National Mort. Ass. vs. Marisol Recinos||Stipulated Judgment of $8,000 to tenant for relocation|
|HRF-SAI, LLC vs. Annabel Sierra and All Occupants||Stipulated Judgment of $30,000 to tenants for relocation|
|Tenant Joyce Nesbitt vs. Landlord Sheila Bennett||$138,340 Judgment for Plaintiff Tenant|
|See all legal cases|
|UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Univ of California San Diego||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
Posted by anonymous
I spoke to Mr.Lauria briefly outside the courtroom and found him to be very reasonable and easy-going. Overall, I had a pleasant experience with Mr. Lauria.
Posted by Martin
I had the pleasure of hiring Christopher Lauria to handle my eviction matter in rent controlled City of West Hollywood. I was well organized, had all my paperwork together and filed my own response, relieving him of this obligation. I simply needed his expertise on my strategy to fight the unlawful eviction and the many flaws found in my 3-day notice. Everything went fine, he allowed me to pay half of my fees up front.
On the night before the hearing, I receive a call from Mr. Lauria stating he would NOT be joining me at my hearing the next day as we agreed to but his partner would cover for him. I never met his partner, had no rapport with him and was a bit distressed by this. Mr. Lauria also began back pedaling on our strategy, which he said was solid prior to the hearing. He claimed he doesn't, know can go either way. i reiterated to him all the flaws that both the State of California and City of West Hollywood claim make a flawed 3 day notice.
As it turns out, Mr. Lauria has a prior engagement in DTLA and my hearing was in Santa Monica. Mr. Lauria knew of this hearing date at least a week before so why this other hearing was such a surprise caused me concern. I hired Mr. Lauria, not his partner.
I meet his partner at the court house and he stopped answering his phone as I tried to contact him on my way there. I then could NOT find his partner as they began to call the cases. Since I was not able to find my attorney, I had to sign a document relieving my hired attorney the right to represent me and I would do it myself.
All this time, his partner is not answering the phone but he finally appears. He begins to question our strategy but says he will manage it. This is now causing me undue stress, I believed we had this buttoned up and now I have a new unknown player representing me and my housing situation is now on the line.
He meets with opposing counsel, they dismiss the case and as we approach the clerk the clerk states the agreement is invalid. Mr. Lauria's partner did not submit paperwork which allowed him the right to represent me. He was aware of what I had did and had the form in his hand. This means the agreement made with the opposing attorney is now invalid and we are back to where we started.
It is me, Mr. Lauria's partner, opposing counsel and the court clerk standing together and I am thinking I am screwed. Opposing counsel stated she waived her right to reinstate judgement and basically did Mr. Lauria's partner a favor by allowing him this slip up.
I was then chastised by Mr. Lauria's partner for doing changing representation even though I had every right to as it appeared to me he was not at the court to represent me. All of this was unnecessary if Mr. Lauria had followed through with his commitment to me. I hired HIM and HIS expertise, not to spend an hour on the phone with the two of them the night before to go through everything AGAIN for his partner. Unbelievable.
Mr. Lauria is somewhat knowledgeable of Rent Control laws for City of West Hollywood, so if your case is in West Hollywood I recommend finding an Attorney who knows West Hollywood rent control law inside and out, he can mean you winning or losing the case and your home.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Lauria fights for his clients! He knows the law completely and will do whatever it takes to win. He kept me updated, and his communication was terrific. When everyone else said no, he said yes....and we won!
Richard Granvold, Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Why? Having practiced bankruptcy law 29 years and on AVVO, I have read Christopher's answers and if you do , you will notice he provide fully detailed and accurate advice to the questions posed! If you want to employ an attorney is that not what you want from one so you know your options, the law and what action to take? I am sure you would . For those wanting both bankruptcy advice in the landlord tenant area of law too you can discuss those options with him too as he practices in both those areas! As a result, I endorse Christopher and hope you give him a call!