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Edward O Lear

Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

3.9   8 reviews

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About Edward

Learn Edward’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Business
    35%
    As a business litigation specialist, Attorney Edward Lear represents partnerships, corporations, sole proprietorships, joint ventures, and limited liability companies in shareholder disputes, contract disputes and collections disputes. Our team of Ivy-League attorneys at Century Law Group represents our clients through every stage of business, from consultations on formation questions to aggressive litigation.

    33 years

  2. Ethics and professional responsibility
    35%
    At Century Law Group we are attorneys helping attorneys understand the complex area of legal ethics in their own practices. The Rules of Professional Conduct and the State Bar Act provide guidelines for proper behavior and ethical practice management, but these rules are frequently changing and can be difficult to understand for lawyers who do not deal with them on a regular basis.

    29 years

  3. Real estate
    30%
    Our attorneys represent individuals and businesses in both residential and commercial real estate matters. We advise our clients in real estate transactions, negotiate the terms of these transactions, prepare lease agreements, and represent clients in litigation if and when disputes arise.

    33 years

Licensed for 35 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 11/30/2022

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

Contact Edward

Edward O Lear
5200 W Century Blvd #345
Los Angeles, CA, 90045

Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
Posted by Ben Herron | May 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If I could give Edward 6 stars, I would
Edward Lear and his team at Century Law Group are the best in the business. He is smart, prepared, and confident. Reinstatement after disbarment is nearly impossible. However, fear not. Edward will guide you every step of the way with impeccable judgment and instincts. I would not have been reinstated to the practice of law without his guidance. I owe my career to Edward Lear.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2015
Pure Greatness
I sought Mr. Lear's advice on moral character issues I was having before the bar. His candid, honest, and tough advice laid out the tools I needed to put my best foot before the Bar. Now I am a grateful and happy attorney.
Posted by Charles | September 28, 2012
Great Job
I hired this attorney to defend a State Bar action against me. He is well respected by State Bar attorneys and did a great job.
Posted by Jeff | September 26, 2012
Attorney
I came to Mr. Lear with some ethics questions and was able to get thorough answers to them quickly and cost-effectively. I would highly recommend Mr. Lear based on his experience and his body of knowledge. Don’t bother shopping around, call him first.
Posted by Ahren | September 26, 2012
Former Client
I hired Mr. Lear to represent me regarding a disciplinary complaint made by a former client against me. The complaint was frivolous, however the State Bar was making me jump through many hoops and I was concerned. Mr. Lear was able to make a few phone calls to his former colleagues at the State Bar Prosecutor's office and get all of the allegations dropped. He did an outstanding job. If you are facing any type of licensing issues (State Bar or DRE) then I would definitely hire Mr. Lear.
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Posted by Luz Eliana Phelps | February 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Lawyer
I consider Mr. Lear a good lawyer in his area of expertise. He is knowledgeable and I have been impressed by the results he obtained in some published cases that prove the ability he has to mitigate the circumstances of his clients and obtain the less intrusive and damaging outcome, lowering the level of discipline that was initially intended for his client. I believe he is a good lawyer and it is worth to consult and have into consideration when making a decision for representation before the bar. I have referred him to some of my colleges that are in need of representation and they have been satisfied with the advice and guidance during their process before the State Bar.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If there was a rating less than one star, he would deserve it.
After hiring Mr. Lear for defending me in a State Bar action I can say it was the worst legal experience I have witnessed in 30 years of legal practice. I found Mr. Lear non-responsive to emails. He generally responded with as few words possible and did not communicate what his legal opinion was, or give advice. He did not know my case, even to the day of trial. He actually asked me to write part of an opening brief. And when I told him I had hired him for that, he wrote a brief that was not accurate. Finally, we went to trial and he was woefully unprepared. Result, we lost.
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Posted by Dawn | January 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible attorney
He left a death threat which I did not make in the letter. Allowed them to question if I was a player and generally did nothing for 5000.00. He's terrible at defending nurses who are accused of wrongdoing and thinks that if you know pushing potassium chloride faster than 10 meq an hour can result in death means you'd do it.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Century Law Group LLP
  • 2001 - Present
  • Co-founding Partner
  • Gerry & Lear LLP
  • 1994 - 2001
  • Prosecutor in the Office of Trials
  • State Bar Of California
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Thelen Marrin Johnson & Bridges
  • 1987 - 1992
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Education

  • Dartmouth Coll
  • undergraduate
  • N/A
  • UCLA SOL
  • law
  • N/A

Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Discipline Defense Counsel
  • Founding Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • International Right of Way Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Attorney Member
  • 1995 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Voted Inductee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2014

Publications

  • CAALA Advocate
  • Legal Malpractice
  • 2002
  • Los Angeles Lawyer
  • Going Through Withdrawal
  • 1998
  • Barrister Magazine
  • Client Trust Accounting
  • 1997
  • Los Angeles Lawyer
  • The Attorney-Client Relationship
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Association Meeting
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2014
  • Association Meeting
  • Legal Ethics in the Courtroom
  • 2014
  • Association Meeting
  • REEL Ethics
  • 2014
  • Inn of Court Meeting
  • Reel Ethics
  • 2013
  • Association Meeting
  • Legal Ethics of Social Media
  • 2011
  • California Association of Realtors Annual Convention
  • How to Prevent Fraud in Real Estate
  • 2011
  • Association Meeting
  • Legal Misconduct on the Big Screen
  • 2009
  • MCLE program
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2008
  • MCLE program
  • Misconduct and Ethics
  • 2008
  • MCLE program
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2007
  • Inn of Court MCLE program
  • Ethical Dilemmas for the Litigator
  • 2004
  • LACBA MCLE event
  • ABC's of Ethics for Newer Attorneys
  • 1998
  • MCLE program
  • Legal Ethics
  • N/A
  • CLE Eminent Domain Annual Conference
  • Issue in Eminent Domain
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
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Business Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. O Lear took the deposition of my client in a business dispute. He was thorough and well-prepared. Moreover, his professionalism was front and center and we managed to get through the deposition without incident. I only wish all opposing counsel were as civil. Top attorney."
Business Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I was fortunate enough to work for Mr. Lear for a number of years. His expertise in business litigation, eminent domain, and professional licensing defense is second to none. I highly recommend his counsel!"
Real estate Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ed Lear and have been referring cases to him for over 15 years. All of the clients I have referred to Ed received the highest level of service and expressed great satisfaction with the representation. They also consistently remarked about Ed’s professionalism and determination to win. Ed gives 110% every day and the results are clear—he wins (or obtains very favorable settlements). I unequivocally endorse Ed Lear."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have been referring cases to Ed for over 15 years, and I do so because I know that my clients will always receive great results and the highest level of service from Ed. Results matter, and Ed's record of success is exceptional. He is smart, talented, and tenacious -- and these qualities, along with his deep experience and unsurpassed client commitment, equal a winning formula."
Administrative law Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ed and I have become friends because of our shared practice areas. I have referred clients to him when I am unable to take a case and without fail those clients are satisfied with his representation. Ed is honest, knowledgeable, and effective. I heartily endorse him."
Business Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Administrative law