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After a pre-law school life as a journalist, then three years of training as a research attorney for a Justice on the California Court of Appeal, I turned to private civil litigation practice, eventually earning the distinction of certification by the California State  Bar as an appellate law specialist.  About 80% of my practice is devoted to civil appeals and writs thoughout southern and central California.  I have handled over 100 appeals through decision and I have consulted on hundreds of other, in areas of law including family law, probate, insurance coverage, labor law, environmental law, business litigation, class action law, and professional liability.  I maintain offices in Santa Barbara and Century City.  I am AV rated by Martindale Hubble and I have been named a Southern California Superlawyer for the past three years.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 100%
    30 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($400-600/hour), contingent (10-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Herb is an outstanding attorney and an exceptional person who goes out of his way to assist his fellow peers. I am extremely impressed by his knowledge, support, and kindness.


    Alisa Goukasian Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jaime Halscott

    Attorney Fox is an asset to the appellate community and has a thorough and detailed knowledge of the appropriate laws and rules critical to appeals.


    Jaime Halscott Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Law Office of Herb Fox

1875 Century Park East
Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA, 90067


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Herb Fox1999 - Present
PartnerKirker & Fox1996 - 1999
Associate AttorneyGrokenberger & Wilson1993 - 1996
Associate AttorneyNichols Guthrie and Sims1990 - 1993
Senior Research AttorneyCalifornia Court of Appeal Second District1987 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember2010 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts CommitteeMember2003 - Present
American Bar Association Appellate Lawyers DivisionMember2000 - Present
Ventura County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rice v. Clark (2002) 28 Cal.4th 89Affirmed
Estate of Griswold (2001) 25 Cal.4th 904Affirmed
Parks v. Safeco Insurance Co. (2009) 170 Cal.App.4th 992Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
The AdvocateThe SLAPP Trap2011
The AdvocateProfessional Liability from on Above: Avoiding Appellate Malpractice2011
Los Angeles County Bar Association Appellate Tips for Trial LawyersThe De Novo and Independent Judgment Standards of Appellate Review2010
Los Angeles County Bar Association Appellate Tips for Trial LawyersThe Abuse of Discretion Standard of Review2010
Santa Barbara LawyerChutzpah on Review2010
Santa Barbara LawyerThe Walls of Moncharsh Keep Tumbling Down2009
Santa Barbara LawyerRisky Reliance on Clerk’s Erroneous Advice2009
Santa Barbara LawyerThe Sound of One Juror Clapping? Verdict Affirmed!2008
Santa Barbara LawyerReviewing Standards of Review2008
Santa Barbara LawyerWrits, Prayers and Appellate Facts and Figures2006
Santa Barbara LawyerCute Appellate Maneuvers Bite Back2006
Santa Barbara LawyerNinth Circuit Tidbits from Those in the Know2005
Santa Barbara LawyerWhen Does a Non-Appealable Order Gain Appeal?2005
Santa Barbara LawyerWhat The Court Needs To Know About Your Appeal2004
Los Angeles Daily JournalSeven Points Your Clients Need to Know About Appeals2004
Santa Barbara LawyerAppellate Counsel: Use 'Em Or Lose 'Em2004
Santa Barbara LawyerWhen is a Writ Worthy? Lawyers are Dying to Know2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
City University of New YorkN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Golden Gate University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigation Section MeetingStatement of Decision and Verdict Forms On Appeal2015
Estate Planning Section MeetingProbate and Trust Litigation Appeals2015
Probate and Estate Planning SectionProbate and Trust Litigation Appeals2013
SBCBA Bench and Bar ConferenceAppealing Your Arbitration Award2011
Ventura County Family Law Bar Association Annual MeetingAppellate Law for Family Lawyers2009
California Alliance of Paralegal Associations Annual MeetingPracticing Appellate Aforethought2009
SBCBA Bench and Bar ConferenceStaging the Case for the Appellate Arena2008
SBCBA Bench and Bar ConferenceProtecting Your Client (and Making Appellate Counsel Happy): Preserving and Preparing the Record for Appeal2007
Pincus Seminars MCLE PresentationDemystifying Appeals2006
VCBA MCLE LuncheonWhat Your Clients Need to Know About Civil Appeals (And When They Need to Know It!)2004
SBCBA MCLE LuncheonStatements of Decision: Don’t Leave Court Without One!2004
SBCBA MCLE LuncheonWhere’s My Check? Staying Civil Judgments2003
SBCBA MCLE LuncheonInside (and Outside) the Court of Appeal (with the Hon, Justice Steven Z. Perren2001