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Lance Raymond Claery

Family Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.0   31 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 22 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 15 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2009
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

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

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Lance Claery has been successfully practicing family law for more than a decade. He has assisted numerous clients with their divorce and family law matters such as child custody and child support matters. Don't hesitate to consult with attorney Lance Claery in regarding your family law matter today. 

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Lance Claery, Esq. 
Founding Partner, Claery and Green, LLP
Family Law Attorney, Lance Claery, was featured for his expertise in family law advocacy both in 2013 and 2015.
Claery and Green, LLP


Claery & Hammond, LLP
2121 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 2900
Los Angeles, CA, 90067
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Suite 370
San Diego, CA, 92108
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
I had an excellent overall experience
Lance Claery is kind, intelligent, and knows how to get things done in the courtroom. He kept my divorce moving along and I am very happy with the ultimate resolution. Very prepared, knows the law and he is experienced. I recommend him for any divorce related issues.
Posted by Stefani | July 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Expert Attorney & Fought Hard for My Young Child! Ten Stars!
Lance was great. It's very hard to find someone who knows family law as well as Lance, and willing to take on my complex custody case involving my 2 year old son & his abusive father. I didn't have alot of money, but Lance and Eli worked with me, and I will never be able to thank them enough. When my ex's aggressive attorney wanted to go to trial, this law firm was on it, and believed in my fight, securing a restraining order including my son as a protected party. I liked Lance from the start, and he's a busy guy. But he'd call me to reassure me all hands were on deck, and they were. If you have doubts, or are worried, and quite frankly you should be becuase the courts don't always get it right or do what is in the childs best interest, I strongly suggest you do everything you can to get anyone from Lance's firm to represent you in your family law case. I interviewed several law firms, and I am not an easy client, but Tim, Charlene, Eli, and Elizabeth went to bat for me and my son, and they were the best I could have asked for!
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2021
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Lance is THE BEST hands down, w/ child custody.
Lance developed a game plan the Friday before my Monday morning hearing. At 4:50p.m. Overall, the associate attorneys Lance directed did a good job, worked long hard hours, & genuinely fought for my 2 yo son to kept out of the unsupervised care of his violent father. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. I regret terminating services the last day of trial because I felt I was not being heard. Opposing counsels salacious lies were excessive, impossible to keep up With & convincing even to me. I was overwhelmed, caring for a new baby, & failed to provide much supporting documentation for anything really. But I felt like I knew more aboit my case, & could do better, so I terminated Lances services. Foolishly. Rudely. They still didn’t give up. Answered my emails, gave advice, etc. Even on the last day, final hearing I requested to no representation before the xoie, Charlene & Tim stayed on the line the entire hearing, free of charge, to hear what the orders were. I lost everything in the next 3 months, including custody of my very attached baby boy, shortly after his 2nd birthday. He knew when he went with his Dad what was in store for him, crying, screaming, etc. He fought hard, regressing in speech to 1 word “mam”, now rapidly shakes his head no, squeezing caregivers necks at exchanges 2 months ago, before he was taken by police 8/6/21 to live with his Dad bc I didn’t follow orders of 50/50 & missing the last hearing. I don’t see that I’ll ever get him back. I regret not keeping this office on my case, failing at handing over all medical reports & photos as uncomfortable & full of shame as they made me. I’m sorry for not answering their calls, or a helping them with answers they requested. Because now it’s too late . I’ve had no contact for over a month with my child. I’m not on drugs (all negative yes results), not mentally ill ( psychiatrist & counselor for PTSD verifying this), provided a happy & healthy living environment, & met all basic child needs. I am a credentialed teacher. I can’t comprehend how this can happen to innocent KIDS. But it did. Without Lance & his team, my angel was placed in grave danger almost IMMEDIATELY. I didn’t have a chance to say anything. I was refused a guardian ad litmum, continuance to respond to a declaration I wasn’t served, & my son hasn’t had any contact w his mother’s in a month. It’s a nightmare that never ends. I wish I told Lance how lucky I was, gave the staff everything they asked for, and timely. I wish I never let them go. My innocent Landon will never recover. There was never any evidence or proof to any of my ex’s claims, yet he was recently granted a DVRO, potentially blocking me from my son for 5 years, the reverse of what was on the table when Claery & Hammond were my attorneys. Out of all the attorneys Lance was THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE, REALISTIC, HONEST, & COMPASSIONATE. A child doesn’t have ANY guarantee at getting just & fair orders. Eevery parent has an obligation to protect their child’s interests through competent representation, WHO wil fight in their behalf, aggressively.. Lance, Tim, Eli, Charlene, & Elizabeth did that, until I stopped them. It was the worse mistake of my life. Hire this firm the second you get the chance.
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Posted by Jennie | December 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent last minute representation!
I rarely write reviews, but I have to say that Attorney Charlene Wong did an excellent job representing me on such short notice. I thought I would be able to handle my custody hearing on my own but the more I thought about it the more I felt like I would need someone in my corner to advocate for me. And the day before my hearing I spoke with Charlene and decided to hire her on a limited scope basis. I met her at the courthouse on the day of my hearing and I was SO glad to have her by my side. She didn't rush me at all and she took her time getting familiar with the details of my case. I didn't get everything that I was asking for but that's understandable since she didn't have much time to prepare. However, I'm sure she got me a far better judgment than what I could've has if I represented myself. Charlene is an excellent attorney and I highly recommend that anybody going thru a high conflict child custody case give Cleary & Hammond a call.
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Posted by Lawrence | November 23, 2017
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Attorney Lance Claery Review
Lance Claery is a brilliant attorney. I am very happy to say that this Thanksgiving I will be with my kids! This is because Attorney Claery fought hard for me. He is a smart lawyer and at the same time a wonderful person. This combination is great in custody matters. I needed this approach.
Posted by Esteban | November 12, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I am thankful for Mr. Claery's assistance
Mr. Claery is compassionate and caring. He listened to everything I had to say when other attorney's didn't. I needed help with my child custody matter. I contacted Mr. Claery and he immediately made me feel better because he had a clear plan of action that I understood to seek custody of my son. I went with Claery and green and am so glad I did. I have primary custody of my child and was able to get fair orders. My ex is very unreasonable so this was quite an accomplishment. Thank goodness for Claery and Wong. This is an excellent lawyer.
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Posted by Craig | October 6, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer Charlene Wong was excellent! !!
Ms Wong did an excellent job with my alimony. retirement untouched. back child support and I'm extremely happy with the settlement and excellent attentive service I received.
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Supple Matters
I was having post judgment issues. I had to go back to court on a request for additional child and spousal support that was truly unfair. I was facing very stressful and difficult child custody and child support issues. My ex-spouse was in complete denial as to what my actual earnings were. I do not know how to put into words how difficult it feels to try to reason with an expert house who just doesn't get it. She was asking for outrageous amounts of both spousal support and child support too. Mr. Claery was very non-knowledgeable, aggressive and was highly effective. I highly recommend this firm for anyone seeking aggressive representation. I am very happy with my personal results. The ultimate orders that were made are favorable.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2015
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Review of Mr. Lance Claery, Esq
I am extremely pleased with my attorney, Mr. Lance Claery. He was very smart, informative and aggressive. He was able to get me the information I needed to resolve my support matter and provide the best experience I could hope for in such a situation.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2015
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My overall experience with this firm was very nice. Mr. Cleary is an excellent lawyer. I would suggest this firm to any person who needs a lawyer for help.
Posted by E.A. | December 26, 2014
Divorce and Custody Matter
After speaking with many lawyers, I was relieved to find this one. He definitely understood my child custody problems and made me feel really good about a very difficult process. The staff was very attentive to my needs, they communicated very well with me , and I could tell they really cared about my divorce case. My job provides me with an always changing schedule, and the staff went out of their way to make things easy for me which was really important for me. I recommend this law firm to any person who needs assistance with a divorce especially if you have contested issues related to custody over your children.
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Posted by Mike | September 23, 2013
Professional, Friendly & Knows The Law
As far as issues related to my children go, there is nothing more important to me. Mr. Claery clearly understood this and he chose a custody and support course of action that made sense. His understanding of my predicament, knowledge of the law and his ability to talk "law" to me in plain english helped me so much I cannot even put it into words. All I wanted were fair orders. My attorney delivered results in the court. He was prepared, clear with the judge and I am happy with the judge's orders from the court action.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2013
Great experience
I had an excellent experience with Lance Claery. I'm on my own having my first baby and he helped me so much. I didn't understand the process of getting support and just had no idea what to do until I hired this law firm. They prepared all the papers and went to court for me. I am happy with the service, results and am happy to recommend Claery and Green for child support matters.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2012
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Its awful when one day you wake up and your wold changes. My divorce was necessary but stressful. I tried on my own and the court clerks kept refusing to take my papers as written and then wouldn t tell me how to fix it! I decided I needed a lawyer to help andClaery and Green was very helpful. I decided to let them deal with my divorce and my attorney truly cared. That is rare.
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Posted by Stephanie | September 27, 2012
Lance Claery
Lance Claery was as compassionate as he was knowledgeable. He seemed to truly care about me and my children and our future. His entire firm was friendly and helpful. I cannot imagine going through my divorce with out his assistance and guidance.
Posted by Tanya | September 25, 2012
So Impressed
I was so fortunate to have found and retained Claery & Green for my divorce and post judgement issues. While the divorce itself was hard enough, in the year after my divorce, financial issues arose with my ex which were unbelievably stressful. After my divorce was final, I called Claery &Green at 4:00 Friday evening in an absolute panic (I am not sure what I expected them to do at that moment), I was transferred to Mr. Claery who advised me of what my next steps should be and assured me that I was protected should the matter need further action. A few weeks ago, another issue came up and again I called Claery & Green very upset and again they were there for me by providing counsel and services. What impressed me most is that they not only addressed the immediate issue but also provided strategies to preemptively address future problems. Knowing that I had competent and compassionate advocates on my side really helped me though a very difficult year. I would recommend Claery & Green for legal services without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2011
super lawyer and nice person
This attorney is one of a kind. He listened to me and really wanted to help me. I worked with him and Brent, his associate, and both of them were great. Dissolving a domestic partnership is tough trust me on that and they made it feel easy.
Posted by maneli | September 7, 2011
Complicated Family Matter
Highly recommended!! I don't usually write reviews, but Mr. Lance Claery's commitment/work on my complicated legal case was outstanding. I cannot thank Mr. Claery and his staff enough for the outstanding job they did on my legal case. You and your staff made the best of a very difficult time in my life. From my initial phone call with Mr. Claery, I got the feeling that he was interested, focused and committed to my case. Once I started with his firm, I no longer felt scared and confused by my rights and how to negotiate the legal world. Anytime I had an issue, concern or question with my case, Mr. Claery or his associate attorneys, were available to answer my question or address my concerns. Over the next twelve months it took to get to trial, we faced many challenges. I say we faced, because I felt like the entire staff was there with me every step of the way. What could have been a continued disaster ended with the outcome that I desired. Throughout my case, Mr. Claery was always meticulously prepared. He handled my negotiations and the detailed documentation preparation in a manner consistent with the highest business standards. As we went to court he provided a clear agenda of my case, while the other party was trying to confuse and prolong the case, Mr. Claery pushed forward through this nightmare. In the end, I was ecstatic with the courts decision. I interacted with both Mr. Claery and Mr. Green, and would like to thank both of them. I have found both to be very knowledgeable, competent, dedicated, hard working, trustworthy, professional and kind. They took a weight off my shoulders and handled everything from start to finish. I will be forever grateful. While I hope that I do not need their services again, if I have any issues I will not hesitate to go back to this law firm for future services. I would also like to mention that the support staff also embodies the same level of excellence as Mr. Claery and Mr. Green. I am forever grateful to Claery and Green. Without hesitation I recommend this firm!!!
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Posted by Tanya | August 1, 2011
I am thankful
There is no easy way to end a marriage, and as divorces go, mine was fairly amicable. What I needed was some guidance and legal advice to facilitate the processing of the formal paperwork. I had retained an attorney through family recommendations prior to retaining Claery and Green. I could not get a hold of him (almost ever) and felt that I was not a priority for him as a client. At that point, I decided that I needed to consult with an attorney who only practiced family law. I am so glad that I retained the services of Cleary and Green to assist me. It was really important to me to have someone to ensure that I was protected and to tie up loose ends. I never felt that I was a burden on my attorney or that I was not a priority to the firm. I had access to my attorney and all of my emails and calls were returned promptly. Time was really important to me as I did not want to have a long and drawn out procedure (I am of the belief that you just need to rip the band aid off). I was able to finalize my paperwork in a timely manner and move forward with my life. I am truly grateful for the guidance, support and peace of mind that I gained from working with Claery and Green. I would recommend their services to anyone who is in need of a good family law firm.
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Posted by Philipmichael17 | July 10, 2011
Outstanding service!
Lance Claery was recently helpful in handling some troubles I was having at work. His guidance and help through my difficult time made me feel at ease. Thankfully, through his help, everything has been resolved and a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! Thank you Mr. Claery!
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Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Claery and Green, LLP
  • 2009 - Present


  • California Western SOL
  • law
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  • University of Maryland
  • Undergraduate
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  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
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  • California BAR Association
  • Member
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  • Washington, D.C. BAR Association
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  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
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  • San Diego County Bar Association
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition: Nationwide Top Ten Percent of Lawyers
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Expertise in Advocacy
  • Los Angeles Times
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • 10 Year Anniversary Recognition
  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Dean's LIst
  • University of Maryland
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (32)
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Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lance truly cares about his clients. He is sincere, passionate and patient. He ensures that the client understands the process and is kept involved along the way. He has a breadth of knowledge in the field of family law. I admire his professionalism. I highly recommend and endorse Lance."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lance is a very competent and compassionate professional."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lance. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Administrative law Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Claery is an incredibly aggressive and zealous attorney who loves to fight for his clients. As his former employee I gained incredible experience under his tutelage in the areas of Family Law and the business side of running a law practice. I praise Mr. Claery's desire to take on modest means clients and fight for their needs as wells as those with means to successfully fight a family law matter. I would recommend Mr. Claery to anyone seeking a highly caring and realistic attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Claery was my employer at the start of my career. He was my mentor and helped shape the lawyer that I am today. His practice is limited to family law which brings much focus and compassion to all of his clients. His intelligence and knowledge of the law will serve you well."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Claery is a competent caring lawyer who makes decisions that are focused on his client's best interests."
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Claery was my employer and mentor early in my career. He helped develop my trial skills. Mr. Cleary has the knowledge, ethics, and compassion that are required when you hire a family law attorney. His sharp attention to detail will serve you well."
Family Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lance for about eight years. He is intelligent, honest, and experienced in all aspects of family law. He knows the San Diego area well and has many contacts here, but he now practices in Los Angeles and is experienced there as well. One of the great things about Lance is that his practice is limited to family law, so he knows the field well."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Claery is professional and focused on acheiving client goals. Very knowledgeable of the law. I recommend this lawyer for all of your family law needs."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer and would recommend him in any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He believes in true advocacy."
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Los Angeles Family Lawyer Lance Raymond Claery
Lance Raymond Claery
Family Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 22 years