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Adam Christopher Aparicio

Business Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Adam

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Academic Achievements

In 2000 Mr. Aparicio received his Bachelor of Arts Degreefrom Claremont McKenna College (“CMC”) with a Concentration in Business, PublicPolicy, and Public Law, while serving as Research Fellow for both the prestigiousKravis Leadership and Pacific Researchers Institutes.  Mr. Aparicio served as an intern for Senator DianneFeinstein in Los Angeles and the Senator’s Chief Judiciary Counsel in . 


In 2003Mr. Aparicio received his Juris Doctor Degree from UC Hastings College of theLaw (“Hastings”).  Mr. Aparicio receiveda Certificate in Taxation from the renowned Hastings Tax Department, as well asboth the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence from the Witkin Legal Instituteand the Excellence of the Future Award from the Center for Computer-AssistedLegal Instruction. 



In 2000Mr. Aparicio worked as a Legal Analyst for Ajalat, Polley, Ayoob & Matarese,California’s premier law firm for State and Local Taxes, analyzing State Boardof Equalization and Franchise Tax Board positions regarding a variety offranchise, business and property taxes. Mr. Aparicio participated in landmark multi-million dollar settlementswith the City of San Francisco ($69 Million) and City of Oakland ($2 Million) resultingfrom each city’s unconstitutional business license tax.    

In 2001Mr. Aparicio externed with Presiding Justice Roger Boren of the CaliforniaCourt of Appeal.  He worked closely with JusticeBoren to understand the inner workings of analyzing and drafting appellateopinions addressing both criminal and civil litigation.  


In2002, Mr. Aparicio worked as an associate with Best, Best & Kriegercovering public law, natural resources, corporate transactions, and taxation.

In2003, as a result of his academic record, legal writing skills, and impressive workethic, Presiding Justice Boren of the California Court of Appeal, awarded Mr.Aparicio a semester clerkship for academic credit.   


In2004, Mr. Aparicio joined Edison ESI (“ESI”), a wholly-owned subsidiary ofSouthern California Edison.  He spent thenext six years managing risk and negotiating nearly $80 Million dollars ofthird-party utility contracts.  In 2007,ESI named Mr. Aparicio the chair of both the Internal Controls Committee andRisk Management Council, the youngest employee ever at either position.  Mr. Aparicio also received certificates in ProjectManagement and Frontline Leadership.



In2005, Mr. Aparicio joined the Claremont McKenna College Alumni AssociationBoard of Directors, and serves on the Executive Committee.  In 2008, CMCAA named him Chief FinancialOfficer, the youngest ever at the position. 

Mr.Aparicio is a former director for the St. Nicholas Orthodox ChristianElementary School and Child Care Advisory Board.    


Mr. Aparicio is a pastVice-Chairman of Antiochian Archdiocese Parish Life Conference

Mr. Aparicio is an avid supporter of numerous charitableorganization in California which include


Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles

Monterey Aquarium

Aquarium of the Pacific

Pantages Theater

Norton Simon

FORUS Foundation


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Aparicio Law
959 E. Colorado Boulevard
Suite 217
Pasadena, CA, 91106


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Posted by Eric | March 11, 2013
I highly recommend Adam to anyone.
My wife and I are in our mid-forties and decided it was time to create a living will and trust. We researched a few options and attended two seminars to understand the scope of what we needed to know. Unfortunately, the attorneys running the seminars seemed to be more focused on volume rather than the quality of their service. So when a close friend referred us to Adam a few days later, I wasn’t tripping over myself to speak to another attorney, but I’m so glad I did. From the first phone call, I knew Adam would be able to help us. He was a great listener and very patient. We truly felt that Adam was completely focused on our needs and helped us craft a will and trust that was exactly what we wanted. He was easily available by phone and responded very quickly to emails as well. Adam Aparicio was an excellent choice for our will and estate planning and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by david | February 28, 2013
Appreciated his patience, guidance, and his willingness to go the extra mile
I seriously goofed up a property transfer which resulted in the reassessment of the property taxes of my home. I literally went from paying $1500 a year to nearly $5000! Despite me missing several deadlines, Mr. Aparicio was able to secure a roll back of my tax value on my property when I thought all hope was lost. He was very generous with his time and didn't nickel and dime me for every call. He has a certain way about him, its very calming, and its nice to have someone do what they say they're going to do.
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Posted by Eddie | February 9, 2011
A Lawyer who cares
I'm not one for writing reviews, but my experience with Adam Aparicio Law Offices prompted me to spread the word. Finding a good lawyer is a daunting task, scarier than finding a good mechanic, or dealership, or dentist, or sushi restaurant. Your life is literally in this persons hands. I can't believe the Law Gods smiled on me when they dropped Mr. Aparicio into my lap. I was talking to a good friend about my problem with an insurance company. I had signed some documents without really understanding all of the fine print. I made a grave mistake and trusted the insurance agent when she explained what everything in the documents meant. Little did I know, that she had failed to mention some pretty important clauses that were to my great disadvantage. I spent sleepless nights once I realized my mistake. The mistake had cost me in the thousands of dollars, and in this economic climate, it was heartbreaking. My friend mentioned he knew of a good lawyer and this is where Mr. Aparicio came in. I was reluctant to call his offices at first, I was feeling apprehensive in trusting anyone, since I had been let down by my own insurance company just previously. I had that same fear people have when trying to choose a good doctor. You want the best. But my mind was put at ease once I walked in. His staff was courteous, his office intimate, and his handshake firm. I felt comfortable with him right away. I was highly impressed by his initiative. He read my documents thoroughly, he answered my questions, he brought his staff together and they started on a plan of attack. Things were getting done right away and I felt at ease about it. I felt confident about having good people behind me. Adam and his staff were there for me every step of the away. They were always a phone call away. Even after they were able to get the contract retracted and annulled. They still called to make sure that I was happy and satisfied with the results. Was I happy? My lord! They saved me thousands of dollars and they still call to ask if I'm satisfied? Wow! They don't make lawyers like this anymore. I highly recommend Adam Aparicio Law Offices. It feels good to know that If I ever have legal problems again, I have no problem knowing who to turn too. I just want to give a big thanks to Adam Aparicio and his staff. It was a magnificent honor knowing you were all on my side.
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Posted by Deon | February 8, 2011
Raised to be a gentleman
Mr. Aparicio is very professional. Many of the younger generations do not realize the importance of treating people with respect, especially in the business world. I was raised to respect my elders, respect my peers, and to be courteous and well-mannered. That is typically not the case with many employees in stores, restaurants and offices these days. When Mr. Aparicio came to my house for our meeting he was a complete gentleman and I appreciate the way I was treated. It's nice to know that there are still people that are brought up to be polite.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2011
Great Advice from a Lawyer
Adam Aparicio satisfied all my requests in a timely and professional manner, and I rate him at the top of his profession.
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2011
More than just a lawyer... a friend.
They say a sign that a doctor/lawyer is great is when they make their clients feel better just by their presence. Adam definitely has this gift. He has a wonderful personality that is jovial and relaxed. A very refreshing change from the other lawyers I have worked with in the past. I was lucky enough to meet him a few years back and throughout the years he has become a confidante. He has helped me and my family with various issues with his prompt responses and expert advice. His staff is so professional and they always follow up and check in to see how things are which is something I really appreciate as most firms do not have that personal touch. Adam has the unique ability to not only solve your law issues but to put your mind at ease. I would recommend him highly to all my friends and family.
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Posted by Richard | February 4, 2011
He's the Jerry Maguire of attorneys!
Adam helped me with gifting money to my son. But that's not what I want to talk about. Adam was very friendly and I felt very comfortable working with him. It doesn't feel like he is my attorney, it feels like he is a friend. Every time we have a meeting, it always ends with us hugging goodbye. Now how many lawyers can you say that about?
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Posted by Gerardo | February 4, 2011
Makes estate planning less difficult than it already is.
Talking about your own mortality isn't always easy. I wasn't sure what to expect when we met with Adam to begin our trust, advance medical directives and wills. Adam was very understanding and used stories and examples to help us better understand. My wife and I felt very comfortable and often found ourselves laughing. Not only was he very personable, he even spent about 8 hours at our house for our meeting to make sure that we were completely satisfied with everything. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Anthony | February 4, 2011
Helped me when other lawyers said they couldn't!
I was wrongfully terminated from my job. I had been admitted to the hospital and was put on disability for a few months. My employer was upset because he didn't want to have to pay anything. After I was released to return to work, I was "let go" for reasons that were contradictory. I decided to get a lawyer to help me. After meeting with two different lawyers, I basically paid about $300 to be told that I had a case but they weren't going to take it because they wouldn't benefit from it. My niece referred me to Adam. Not only was his consultation free, he took on my case and has done everything he can for me. We are still in the process of accomplishing our goal but I can't thank him enough for agreeing to help me. Other attorneys only care about money, but Adam cares more about his clients!
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Posted by Ric | January 31, 2011
Adam Did What He Said He Was Going To Do!
Adam is such an unusual lawyer because he possesses traits you usually don’t find in a lawyer. He’s friendly, he’s kind and he’s down-to-earth. Sure he did an amazing job with our Living Trust, but that’s expected. As a top casino marketing executive in my industry my schedule is sporadic, and I have very little time outside of my office. Adam made preparing a Living Trust absolutely painless. He told me that he would be willing to meet me at my home for all our meetings and it wouldn’t cost me any more to do so. That was completely unexpected! Even better, he made what I thought was going to be a difficult process simple and easy to understand! Before I knew it, my wife and I had a legal Living Trust and now I can relax knowing I’ve done the responsible thing for me, my wife and my family. But without a doubt what made the whole process so amazing was Adam and his great team of professionals; they were truly a pleasure to work with, and I even said to my wife “I don’t think I’ve ever met a lawyer I would actually want to have dinner with till now.” Thank you Adam for doing what you said you were going to do and at the price you quoted me at the start!
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Posted by Gabriel | January 28, 2011
Exceptional! Trusted Partner for all business matters legal, contractual, tax, and strategic.
Adam was more than just a lawyer, but a trusted adviser to my business and tax inquiries. He is highly knowledgeable, professional and ethical. I most valued the candid discussions and guidance he and his team would provide... covering all possible outcomes good or bad for my business and tax decisions. He really has a skill at breaking down a problem, explaining it clearly, and presenting a path forward. I continue to work with Adam and his team on many of my business needs as a trusted partner.
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Posted by Demetria | January 27, 2011
Unique Business Advice
I recently experienced the tragic loss of a very close loved one. I had started to write down memories that I had of him to make sure that I would never forget. What began as a healing process quickly turned into a possible book. I researched ways to get my book published but soon became extremely discouraged, until I spoke with Adam. The various publishing methods I had originally found were either extremely difficult or extremely expensive. Adam proposed the idea of creating my own publishing company and publishing my own book. I can't begin to describe the excitement I felt at this proposed venture. After hearing the same methods over and over, it was nice to hear the advice from someone who thinks outside of the box. Adam doesn't just find solutions, he makes them happen! I feel very comfortable working with him and recommend him to all my family and friends. During such an emotional time in my life, I feel truly blessed to have found someone that I trust and that shares my excitement in this new endeavor!
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2011
Property Tax – Professional, Organized and Honest – Saved me $30K in Property Taxes
The probate process for my father’s estate was poorly handled by the previous attorney I sought out and hired. The process seemed disorganized and took approximately three years; and still resulted in numerous major errors that caused the property to be reassessed at the current market value, instead of maintaining the base value at the time of my father’s purchase 19 years prior. The backdating of the reassessment to the year my father passed allowed the state to bill me for increased property taxes for all three years the probate was taking place. In the end, the adjusted property tax bills totaled near $30,000 ($10,000/year), versus the original property tax bill of $3000/yr. I was put in touch with Adam by a friend that had a good experience working with him. After having an initial consultation with Adam to describe the situation, he immediately began discussing my options and possible outcomes, both positive and negative. After such a bad experience with my previous attorney, one thing I really appreciated was that when working with Adam, I always felt I had the whole picture, and he never led me down the path of becoming overly optimistic as many other attorneys tend to do. Adam’s extensive research, eager approach in obtaining the required information, and persistence in meeting with the appropriate State personnel, allowed him to make a case for why my property should not be reassessed. Adam not only saved me approximately $30,000, but he completed my probate process, which was long overdue. I will continue to use Adam for all my private and business-related legal matters. Finally, someone I can trust.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2011
Outstanding Firm!
After contemplating a Living Trust for years due to the fear of the process, I was fortunate to meet Adam Aparicio and his partner Devanand Singh. Their professionalism and knowledge made the experience of creating a Living Trust so easy. All my needs and concerns were treated with the utmost respect and patience. Everything was done around my schedule, in a timely manner and they even came to my home! They made the whole experience so painless for me. I am so grateful and appreciative for all their guidance and support throughout the process. I highly recommend Adam C. Aparicio, Attorney at Law for all your legal needs!
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Posted by Roman | January 25, 2011
Exceeded my expectations
I already had a lawyer that did my estate plan stuff but he was retiring so I needed to find a new one. When Adam stepped in, not only was he able to pick up where my previous attorney left off, but he went above and beyond. He created an estate plan that better fit my life now. He drives two hours round trip for every meeting with me and he always answers his phone. I ended up needing a different type of legal advice later and, even though that area wasn't his specialty, he went out of his way to give me all the basic information I needed to head in the right direction. He even called me occasionally to see how things were going and to make sure there wasn't any other way he could help my situation. I, to this day, continue to work with Adam and I recommend him to everyone I know. I used to think lawyers were all heartless, liars who just wanted to cheat you out of as much money as they could, but Adam changed my opinion. He isn't just a lawyer, he becomes your friend in the process and I am proud to say that I feel very lucky to have him on my side!
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Posted by Mike | January 25, 2011
Great Business Advice! Amazing Personal Attention! I would definitely recommend Adam to anyone who needs a lawyer!
Unfortunately I had some complex contractual and business issues to deal with in my new venture. Aparicio Law came through in the clutch. They responded to my numerous frantic calls quickly, with professional courtesy and made me feel like everything would fine. Most attorneys I've dealt with talk at you, but Adam and his team really talked with me. It was like a partnership where we worked together to address my company's needs.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-425 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Adam C. Aparicio, Attorney at Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Risk Manager
  • Edison ESI
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Contract Manager
  • Southern California Edison
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Contract Manager
  • Edison ESI
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Legal Research Analyst
  • Ajalat, Polley, Ayoob & Matarese
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Extern / Semester Clerk
  • California Court of Appeal, Presiding Justice Roger Boren
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Summer Associate
  • Best Best & Krieger
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Extern
  • California Court of Appeal, Presiding Justice Roger Boren
  • 2001 - 2001
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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Business and Corporations Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Glendale Estate Planning Council
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • State Bar of California, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Saint Nicholas Orthodox Christian Cathedral School
  • Advisory Board
  • 2005 - 2007
  • UC Hastings College of the Law 1066 Foundation
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Frontline Leadership Program Certificate
  • Southern California Edison
  • 2008
  • TDBU Project Management Program Certificate
  • Southern California Edison
  • 2007
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence--Trial Advocacy
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2002
  • Excellence for the Future Award--Trial Advocacy
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Parental Education
  • Guardianship
  • 2014
  • Parental Education
  • Basic Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • 2013 Tax Practitioners' Conference
  • Recent Developments in Trusts and Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Glendale Estate Planning Council Speakers' Forum
  • How not to strike out as an Estate Planner--McCourt Case Study
  • 2013
  • 2012 Tax Practitioners' Conference
  • A Case Study: McCourt Divorce
  • 2012
  • Parental Education
  • Estate Planning and Guardianship
  • 2011
  • Parental Education--New Baby Class
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Parental Class--General
  • Estate Planning and Guardianship
  • 2011
  • Parent Education--New Baby Class
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Parent Education
  • Estate Planning and Guardianship
  • 2010
  • MOMS Club Roundtable
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
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Business Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked on many matters with Adam over the past 2+ years. His judgment, experience, and temperament are perfectly suited for his practice and I would not hesitate to recommend him."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Adam shows an incredible aptitude for corporate law and transnational work. I have referred my own clients to him and they all report back tremendous satisfaction with his services."
Business Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Aparicio is a great resource in the areas of business, negotiation and franchising. I found his insight and expertise extraordinarily helpful on more than one occasion and I highly recommend him as a resource for others."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Adam is an outstanding attorney. Not only does he provide unique solutions to complex legal questions; he does it with the patience and expertise one would expect from a quality lawyer. He is a friend, confidant, and a thorough professional."
General practice Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam Aparicio is a highly-skilled attorney who excels in quickly dissect client issues and develop practical, cost-efficient solutions. As a litigator, Adam's interpersonal skills allow him to work with opposing parties to favorably resolve matters for his clients. In addition, Adam's creativity and foresight provide him with the tools to develop estate plans that meet each of his client's unique needs. I would be pleased to refer clients and friends to Adam for effective representation."
Business Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Our firm has referred a number of business matters to Adam for handling and we have been very pleased with his work. The matters involved general legal issues involved in small business situations as well as some estate planning issues. He has been extremely attentive to the clients' needs and very prompt in his communications. He has billed in a fair manner and successfully completed each engagement we have referred. He has been particularly adept at developing solutions that take into account the client's full situation rather than solving a single problem in a vacuum. We will continue, without qualification, to recommend Adam in the future on matters outside our practice area."
Business Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Adam Aparicio is an excellent lawyer and is practical, ethical and cost-effective. He anticipated estate planning changes in 2010, while most lawyers were confused. I have seen him come up with creative ideas to complex problems. He is extraordinarily client-oriented. He is highly recommended to potential clients needing business or estate planning help."
Business Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam Aparicio is an incredible attorney all around, but his value to the small business owner is hard to overstate. Small businesses at the beginning and midpoint of their lives face a daunting gauntlet of challenges, from organizational structure, corporate formalities, managing rights and obligations of business partners to regulatory approval and compliance, employment issues, and creating tax efficient structures at both the entity and owner levels. Adam has an unparalleled ability to recognize and resolve the interplay between these issues while keeping risks under control through the use of innovative and unconventional solutions. Whenever I am discussing a particularly thorny legal problems with Adam, he often has an out-of-left-field insight that leads to a solution I was not able to see before. Lawyers generally are not (and should not be) “out of the box thinkers” but Adam will find solutions in corners of the box you never knew existed."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam has the rare ability to immediately understand complex situations and break them down into terms his clients can understand. He is extremely creative and often comes up with out-of-the box solutions that can efficiently solve difficult problems. He is exceptionally bright and personable. Adam is also one of the hardest workers I know. He will not rest until he has obtained the optimum result for his clients. Finally, Adam has a strong understanding of several different but related areas of the law. The gives him the ability to handles matters himself that might ordinarily take several lawyers."
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