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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    9 years
  2. Mediation: 30%
    13 years
  3. Internet: 15%
    9 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    9 years
  5. Media: 10%
    9 years



Hourly ($250-395/hour), contingent (29-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (8%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Theresa Suzanne Hofmeister

    great attorney - Rita is experienced & kind


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  • Arash Hashemi

    Rita is one of the most knowledgeable and professional attorneys I have had the pleasure of knowing. I highly endorse her work.


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Contact info

Metalaw®.US an Alliance of Metalaw®

13428 Maxella Ave. #545
Los Angeles, CA, 90292


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Neutral AwardSuperior Court of California2011
Certificate of TributeHarriett Buhai Centr for Family Law2010
Writing GrantNational Press FoundationN/A
Eric Severeid Program Information AwardAcademy of Television Arts & SciencesN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor of LawUniversity of La Verne College of Law2010 - Present
Teaching Faculty (Part-time)University of Southern California2010 - Present
Attorney & MediatorMetalaw®.US an Alliance of Metalaw® Group2008 - Present
Research AssociateMedia Interface & Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs1998 - Present
Co-Investigator NASA ProjectMetalaw®.PRO Communications Consulting2010 - 2011
ConsultantCollege of Arts & Sciences, NC A&T State University2008 - 2009
Judicial Clerk ExternCalifornia Superior Court County of Los Angeles2007 - 2007
Law ClerkLos Angeles County Public Defender's Office2006 - 2006
Associate Professor Media Law & EthicsNorth Carolina Agricultual & Technical State University2003 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law SectionChair, New Initiatives/Strategic PlanningN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationExecutive CommitteeN/A
International Society of Presence ReserachersBoard of Directors2001 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. MHDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
MIT: PresenceLegal, Ethical, and Policy Issues Associated with Virtual Enviornments and Computer Mediated Commuications2005
Annals of Space and Air LawLegal Rights and Accountablility of Cyberpresence: A Void in Space Law/Astrolaw Jurisprudence2004
Convergence, The Journal of Research into New Media TechnologiesIn Love with Our Technology: Virtual Reality-A Brief Intellectual History of the Idea of Virtuality and the Emergence of a Media Environment2001
Journal of Computer Mediated CommunicationVirtual Reality: An Empirical-Metaphysical Testbed1997
Cal West L ReviewThe Impact of New Communication Technologies on International Telecomunication Law and Policy1995
Proceedings of the Thirty-First Colloquium on the Law of Outer SpaceEvolving Principles of Space Communication Regulation in the ITU1988
Artech HouseThe Law and Regulation of International Space Communication1987
Communications and the LawThe Evolving Legal Status of Home Satellite Earth Stations1986
Space Communication and BroadcastingInternational Space Law and Direct Broadcast Satellites1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillMass CommunicationsPhD - Doctor of PhilosophyN/A
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillJournalismMA - MastersN/A
University of Southern CaliforniaAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Softer Side of MediationMediating through a Woman's Eyes2010