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My inspiration to become a trial lawyer was Al Pacino's file "And Justice for All," a 1979 courtroom drama about a lawyer trying to free a wrongly imprisoned client while battling corruption.  


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 40%
    26 years
  2. Business: 40%
    26 years
  3. Class Action: 20%
    26 years



Contingent (25-45%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Walter Lewis Haines

    I endorse this lawyer. Great trial attorney.


    Walter Haines Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Nick Anthony Ortiz

    I worked with Pat Barrera when I started doing plaintiff's work in California. He was a good mentor and a knowledgeable attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


    Nick Ortiz Employee benefits Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

1500 Rosecrans Avenue
Suite 500
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266


TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative199807/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
CELAMember2008 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Abyane v. County of Los Angeles, LASC$1,923,640.02 Verdict/Judgment
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CELA Annual Judges SurveyJudicial Evaluations2015
CELA Annual Convention, San Jose, CAClient Intake Process2013
LACBA Employment Law SymposiumRecent Developments in Employment Law2011
Deposition WorkshopDepo Live!2011