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R.C. Lim

Appeals Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   2 reviews

also known as R. Chris Lim

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About R.C.

Learn R.C.’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Appeals

    19 years, 50 cases

I am a State Certified Appellate Specialist.

I have practiced appellate law continuously since 2012 when I got my start serving as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. As Judge Noonan's elbow clerk, I prepared bench memoranda on a wide array of issues including civil rights, employment discrimination, and tort law and worked on over 25 different federal appeals. Since then, I have briefed and argued many civil and criminal appeals in both state and federal courts. All told, I have worked on approximately 50 separate appeals that have included both serious criminal felonies and civil cases involving multimillion dollar judgments. I am also a proud graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming and am committed to the cause of being a people's lawyer.

My prior successes include favorable settlement of decades-old prison litigation originating from an inhumane, year-long lockdown at a California prison; dismissal of an action that reunited a wrongfully accused Native American woman with her children; and a total reversal on appeal of a criminal conviction based upon a faulty plea agreement.

I graduated from New York University where I double majored in mathematics and history. After law school, I worked as a waiter, a high school math teacher, and a computer programmer at a fintech firm in New York City and San Francisco. Later, I received my law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in Los Angeles. During law school, I was an extern to the Honorable Robert H. Henry of the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Oklahoma City.

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R.C. Lim
2046 Hillhurst Avenue, #13
Los Angeles, CA, 90027

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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2015
An excellent attorney
RC Lim assisted me with filing bankruptcy. I do not have much experience with lawyers but I think he did great job. He explained all of it real well and did alot to help me and my family.
Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2008
A will, a trust, and more
He did my will for me and my wife. We were very pleased with his services. He walked us through the process step-by-step in plain language and was very patient when we did not understand something. He was also very helpful in guiding us through some tough questions about euthanasia and that sort of thing.


  • Hourly Rates $ 1-775 per hour
  • Contingency 1%-40%
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of R. Chris Lim
  • 2020 - 2022
  • Associate
  • Pine Tillet Pine LLP
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Los Feliz Law
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of R.C. Lim
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Judicial Extern
  • Tenth Circuit US Court of Appeals
  • 2001 - 2001
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  • University of Southern California
  • J.D.
  • 2004
  • New York University
  • B.A.
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Do v. Raytheon
  • Affirmance
  • People v. Goldfreed
  • Reversal
  • Chappelll v. Pliler
  • Favorable Settlement
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  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • California Lawyers Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Writers
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Philippine American Bar Association
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Amicus Briefs Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation -- State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2022 - 2023
  • Los Feliz Neighborhood Council
  • District D Elected Representative
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Appellate Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2021
  • Graduate
  • Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College
  • 2018
  • Graduate
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • 2015
  • Graduate
  • LACBA's iTAP and tTAP Programs
  • 2014
  • Merit Scholarship
  • USC Law School
  • 2004
  • Graduate Fellowship
  • USC Department of Philosophy
  • 2004
  • Graduate Fellowship
  • USC Center for Law History and Culture
  • 2003
  • Public Interest Law Scholarship
  • LeBouef, Lamb, Green, and McRae, LLP
  • 2002
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  • Current Anthropology
  • "Comment: Guess Workers" with Nomi Maya Stolzenberg
  • 2011
  • Modern Painters
  • "Book Review: The Healthcare Fix: Universal Insurance for All Americans"
  • 2007
  • Modern Painters
  • "Book Review: Making Globalization Work"
  • 2007
  • Social Issues in America
  • "Medicare Reform"
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Law Course in Torts
  • Law Course in Torts
  • 2022
  • Law School Course in Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates
  • 2017
  • Law School Course in Evidence
  • Evidence
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (15)
Endorse R.C.
Appeals Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is an amazing lawyer. He brings a special insight to appellate practice due to his training within the realm of psychodramatic techniques from the Trial Lawyers College. I have seen Chris be able to connect with others in a manner that I know will serve his clients best."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Lim is a dedicated and intelligent lawyer. Tireless in his effort and caring, Chris will work to solve the puzzle of your appeal."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Lim, he is an outstanding attorney and treats his clients and colleagues with compassion and respect. I value his opinion and would not hesitate to consult with him again."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity and the privilege to know and work with Chris first at the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, and then here, in Los Angeles. Hi is a great colleague and an amazing attorney, who would go above and beyond and would do everything he can to ensure a great outcome for his clients. Chris is a pleasure to know and deal with."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked alongside Chris on a number of matters. His writing and knowledge of the law are surpassed only by the dedication and commitment that he brings to each and every matter he takes on. I learned a lot working with Chris. I trust him implicitly and would recommend him to any of my own clients without qualification."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a very talented lawyer. He is intelligent, personable, and good in a courtroom. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the community."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to always represent clients the best way possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you find yourself in need of a litigation attorney it is important to retain an experienced, knowledgeable and tenacious lawyer. Attorney Lim is well respected in the legal community for those reasons."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Other
"I have know Chris for many years. He is intelligent, hard working and approachable."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris for many years. He is a very thorough attorney with a good touch for explaining legal complexities to his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have consulted with Mr. Lim regarding a variety of bankruptcy, estate planning and tax issues. He has a keen analytical mind and is able to quickly cut to the crux of the most nuanced issues. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recommend R.C. to my friends and clients. He is an expert in a variety of practice areas including Bankruptcy, Wills, & Trusts. He provides personal service, top-tier representation, and has reasonable rates."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He has gone through enormous lengths to enrich himself in education and tools so he can assist clients in reducing or eliminating the estate tax, avoid probate and provide a detailed and customized plans."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I regularly refer clients and friends to R.C. Lim for estate planning work. Everyone I have sent to him has been very positive about the quality of his work. I trust him with my clients. I recommend him highly."
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