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Edward Hall Cross

Construction and development Attorney at Palm Desert, CA

4.8   22 reviews

also known as Ed Cross

  • State Years
    Texas - TX 1 year
    Hawaii - HI 4 years
    California - CA 28 years
  • Licensed for 1 year
    State TX
    Acquired 2022
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2019
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Edward

Learn Edward’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    Contract review and drafting. Representation of general and sub-contractors on disputes involving residential and commercial projects, especially involving insurance repairs and emergency service.

    28 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Real estate
    Mechanic's liens, lien foreclosures, actions against homeowners associations, neighbor vs. neighbor disputes, real estate non-disclosure, fraud, contract disputes, liquidated damages claims and problem-solving.

    28 years, 100 cases

Edward H. Cross, Esq. is the President of the firm.   Edward Cross received a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Public Speaking from California State University at Northridge in 1986 (Dean's Honor Roll), and  his Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University in Fullerton, California. He was the recipient of Director's Scholarships from Western State University, and successfully completed the school's accelerated 2-1/2 year Juris Doctorate program. He graduated in the top 25% of his class. 


Mr. Cross has been litigating business, real estate and property damage cases since 1995.  His litigation practice has included cases in California, Arizona and Florida.  His transactional practice has dealt with real property transactions, construction contracts and other commercial agreements and in California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, and Utah.


He has earned certifications as a Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultant (CIAQC), a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT) by the IICRC, an organization he has been  very active with.  He chaired the committee on Administrative Procedures and Insurance for  the IICRC's Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation - S520 .  In 2006, he is participating in the legal review of IICRC's standard on water damage restoration.


Before law school, he was the Operations Manager of Dockmasters, Inc., a specialty sub-contractor in Burbank, California furnished and installed material handling equipment for new construction and to users. It was there that he learned about the construction and contracting industries.

Mr. Cross learned the real estate industry as an assistant publisher for three prominent real estate magazines in the Los Angeles area for nearly a decade: Homes & Land Magazine of Glendale/Burbank Homes & Land Magazine of Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley , and Homes & Land Magazine of the Central San Gabriel Valley/Foothills 


Before law school, Mr. Cross was the drummer for the million-selling hard rock group, Autograph .  He played on Autograph's Missing Pieces CD and Autograph's last American tour in 1989.  He subsequently played with rock legend Alice Cooper and members of Poison, Ratt and Cinderella, and sang on Steve Plunkett's solo album My Attitude.  He now plays drums in The Incisors.


Mr. Cross founded Cross & Associates to provide legal services to small businesses and high net worth individuals-with a focus on business law, construction and real estate. The firm experienced rapid growth, from two to ten employees in its first two years. This occurred during an era in which many firms were downsizing or closing. The difference was a well-researched strategy focusing on client satisfaction.


Mr. Cross began handling indoor environmental /toxic mold and water damage cases in 1995, while working on a number of large scale building-related illness cases.   Much of the success of those cases can be attributed to the special interest Mr. Cross took in the sciences of occupational medicine, microbiology, industrial hygiene, mycology (the study of fungi), construction and remediation/restoration. 


Mr. Cross has given over 54 invited presentations across the U.S. on legal issues affecting the world of business and construction.   


Mr. Cross has published or edited more than 50 legal articles or treatises, more than 30 of which related to construction law, including Litigation a la Mold , published as the cover story of the Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine.


Mr. Cross has been a member of the IICRC Task Force for Mold Remediation Certification.  For over one year he published a monthly column in Cleaning and Restoration Magazine (the monthly journal of the Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration) .


Mr. Cross wrote for The Synergist (published by the American Industrial Hygiene Association).  He authored an extensive article in the widely-discussed proceedings from the Third International Conference on Bioaerosols, Fungi and Mycotoxins .




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The Law Offices of Edward H. Cross & Associates
75100 Mediterranean Avenue
Palm Desert, CA, 92211-9069


4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Marianne & Kevin | March 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional service
We engaged Ed to help us in an action to recover the costs from a contractor &/or subcontractor for a failed tile floor installation on a major house renovation. We were pleased in every respect with the engagement. Ed was very upfront with us on possible outcomes to manage our our expectations rather than create false hope for his benefit. He recognized and accepted things we could do to keep his costs focussed in the value add services. And he and his team were professional and responsive throughout the multi-year process. While we ultimately prevailed in court, he helped us negotiate a reasonable settlement such that we felt wemoptimized the amount of recovery without pushing the other paries to a point of insolvency. We highly recommend Ed and his team.
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Posted by Todd | March 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
THE Restoration Lawyer
Mr. Cross has been our "go to" at both Oakwood and BELFOR for many years now. Ed handles everything from contracts to litigation and is absolutely the most knowledgeable professional when it comes to the Restoration "World." With such great depth or experience in our business, we feel we have only one option for legal guidance. Law Offices of Ed Cross.
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Posted by Anthony | March 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The shinning light at the end of the tunnel
I had a big issue with our contractor not performing and leaving us in a real bind. We reached out to Mr. Cross, not sure if he had any options or we were going to be left high and dry. Once the contractor was served with a demand letter and letter to preform, the fire was lit! And what seemed like a no hope situation turned out pretty well. None of this would have been possible without the help of Mr. Cross. THANK YOU
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Posted by Peter J D | March 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Services
I have been a client of Ed across for some time now. He handles all of my personal and business affairs legally. I couldn’t be happier. Ed across is an excellent attorney who has my best interests at heart and is always reasonably priced when it comes to fees. I always feel like I get exceptional value and exceptional service. I highly recommend him for any of your legal needs.
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Posted by Robert Patterson | February 7, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr Cross provided guidance on how to persue my nondisclosure of mold claim.
Posted by richard | October 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
Responds well to all issues....definitely the guy you want on your side.
Posted by Kelly | October 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
The best service I have ever received!
Ed provided prompt and professional service! He listened to my case and agreed to take it on. I had the results I wanted and so much more within the month!
Posted by Ed | March 20, 2015
Solved my Problem
I had a complex mold problem involving owner interior modifications and external roof leaks in a ski resort condominium. It resulted in a significant difference of opinion as to the cause between me and the HOA board. Ed was recommended to me by a neighbor condo owner who knew of Ed's experience in building construction, mold, and condominium ownership, and had employed him in the past. In addition to the complex issues presented by the interior construction and roof design, Ed also understood the details of the HOA insurance and HOA liabilities. After lengthy discussions and correspondence between the various involved parties, Ed was able induce the HOA insurance company to completely reimburse me for all of my expenses without reservation. Even though the HOA board had insisted throughout that the mold problem was caused only by my interior modifications, the final resolution tacitly disputed that. In the end everyone involved was "completely satisfied." Ed handled the entire process very professionally, with great aplomb and competence. Also, he is a very nice person to deal with, and I would highly recommend him in the future.
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Posted by Ron | February 6, 2015
A Friend in Need
I am in the Construction "restoration" Industry and have been for over 35 years. I have known Ed for several years now. We have helped each other out on numerous occasions. When he's needed my assistance I've made myself readily available and like wise, he was there to help me, just as a friend in need. He is very knowledgeable in the construction restoration industry & has written articles in industry trade publications such as the IICRC. For being a Lawyer, he's actually a pretty good guy and really knows his business.
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Posted by Beth - local attorney | October 31, 2014
Experienced, honest, and friendly.
During my career I have been an in-house attorney for a couple of corporations for a total of 14 years. As an in-house attorney it was often my role to hire outside counsel to represent the company for either litigation matters or transactional matters. So I have hired a lot of different attorneys over the years and I know there are good ones and bad ones. Ed is one of the good ones. He is experienced, honest, and friendly. I would recommend him.
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Posted by Debby | October 30, 2014
Restoration Lidigation Expert
The offices of Ed Cross and Associates have proven to us that they hold themselves to a higher standard. They are Trustworthy, Honest and Communicate in a professional manner . We have been working with Ed Cross for over a year on a very complicated case. Ed has had to overcome large obstacles on a number of different levels, which he has done with great compassion and ease! Ed has shown exceptional attention to detail and confidence when faced with adversity. Ed Cross and Associates are true professionals on every level, it is a pleasure to work with them, even in the toughest of times. I would highly recommend Ed Cross and his team to anyone seeking a lawyer that comes highly recommended in the Restoration Industry and beyond.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2013
Construction and Building dispute
My husband, myself and several neighbors retained Ed Cross in 2007 for a building / construction dispute involving the invasion of privacy of three homes by one neighbor's construction. Our lawsuit was against the neighbor and the Home Owner's Association who approved the construction. During this 3 1/2 year lawsuit Mr. Cross worked relentlessly on our case and always made himself easily accessible by phone or e-mail. He was hardworking and always prepared for the many court appearances during this time. He was patient and made sure we always understood the language of the law and his staff always cheerful and personable to work with. Mr. Cross won our Preliminary Injunction and settled our case. We would highly recommend Ed Cross to anyone seeking a five start attorney in his field of law.
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Posted by Robin | April 4, 2013
The best attorney!
Absolutely, he is the most hard working and dedicated lawyer I've ever met. I've worked with many lawyers in my profession and he's the very best I've known. He's compassionate, honest, upfront and extremely knowledgeable.
Posted by Candace | March 30, 2013
Review for Edward Cross
My case is still ongoing and has not reached a resolution. It involves the loss of property due to a fire while my business was in escrow. Ed is working resolutely with both the insurance company and the real estate agent to produce an optimal outcome. Ed has approached this case methodically ensuring that all options have been explored. He has kept me informed of the progress of the case and answers my questions to my satisfaction. He is knowledgable in his field but does not hesitate to seek counsel from others when he deems necessary. It is a pleasure to work with him and feel confident that this case will be resolved to my satisfaction.
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Posted by John | July 6, 2011
Review of Edward Cross
Used Mr. Cross in a lawsuit, which he won. Mr. Cross is extremely thorough in his preparation and presentation of the case. He understands what the opposition is going to present and is always prepared to counter any argument presented. Mr. Cross's opening and closings were clear and concise and to the point so that the judge had no trouble comprehending the crux of the case and pertinent points to be discussed. Mr. Cross is very professional in every aspect. He is courteous to court officials and opposing attorneys at all times. I trust Mr. Cross completely and would not hesitate to use him again should the need arise.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2011
Mr. Cross aways kept us infomed which gave us a feeling of security and confidence.
Mr. Cross always responded to our many questions in a prompt and informative manner. He understood our concerns and put emphasis on communication always keeping us informed which gave us a feeling of security and confidence. Mr. Cross is trustworthy, reliable and focused on saving his clients money and went way beyond our expectations. His knowledge of the law and attention to detail was outstanding. We would recommend Mr. Cross to anyone inquiring about an attorney in his field of law.
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Posted by O.P. | June 23, 2011
The Industry Expert!
Ed Cross worked with CRA (Cleaning Restoration Association) in developing a very informative, detailed & valuable presentation for our Southern California members. Our members & I were extremely pleased with Ed's expertise in the Insurance Industry and glad to find a true professional who can be our advocate!
Posted by Neil | June 21, 2011
The best in the industry...?
It's not often that I would give a five-star review to someone. The choices are Trustworthy...yes,...completely...Responsive...without a a fault....kept me informed....always. I would like to find fault with Mr. Cross on some level, but it's difficult to do so, so I won't. I've had the pleasure of using Cross & Assoc. for the last 5-6 years. They have worked on more than a dozen cases for my company with overall very satisfactory results. In some cases, they have literally pulled off legal miracles (one case the entire contract was crossed out and initialed and he still got it paid in full) and in other difficult ones, they got the best results we could reasonably expect. Ed's knowledge of the industry I am in (Disaster Restoration) is truly remarkable. As far as I know, he is the only attorney in the country who specializes in this field....and it shows. In some cases, it's wise to retain Ed simply for the fact that you don't want him on the other side of the table. Not a good place to be.. In summary, his ethics, skills, knowledge, work habits and ability to effectively communicate and outline legal situations in a cogent and concise manner are fantastic. I feel very confident taking his advice and I almost always do. I have mentioned this to others...the one drawback with Ed is that he is so enjoyable to speak with it's easy to forget that one is on the clock. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Tom | June 20, 2011
True Professional
Ed Cross had helped me with outstanding debts, document creation, and risk management council. He is timely, accurate, and resourceful. I would recomend his service to any company looking to protect their position and exel in their field with confidence.
Posted by Tim | June 19, 2011
The Right Guy
I retained Mr. Cross many years ago when I heard him speak at a restoration seminar and wanted to make sure he was never on the opposing side. Our professional relationship has grown through the years as he has successfully handled numerous issues for me and my company. Ed is always well prepared and assertive while still being resonable and giving wise counsel.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Edward H. Cross & Associates
  • 1995 - Present


  • Western State College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986


  • Desert Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Indoor Air Quality Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Top 70 Lawyers
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2014
  • The Joe Laurino Memorial Award
  • Carpet & Fabricare Institute
  • 2007


  • Law Offices of Edward H. Cross & Associates
  • Legal Rights & Mold
  • 2003
  • Proceedings of The Healthy Indoor Environments Conference, University of Tulsa Indoor Air Program
  • California Mold Claims — 2003 Update
  • 2003
  • Los Angeles Lawyer
  • Litigation a la Mold
  • 2002
  • Unknown
  • Top 10 Legal Issues Affecting the Restoration Industry
  • 2001
  • Mealey's Publications
  • Toxic Mold for Lawyers 101
  • 2001
  • Unknown
  • Sex, Lies and Videotape [Discovery and File Documentation in Water Damage Restoration]
  • 2000
  • Synergist Magazine
  • The Industrial Hygienist as Expert Witness
  • 2000
  • Unknown
  • The Joy of Sewage [Litigation Issues in Sewage Backflows]
  • 2000
  • Unknown
  • Show me the Money! [Collections and Post-Trial Proceedings]
  • 2000
  • Unknown
  • Contractual Interference [Insurance Adjusting Issues in Water Losses]
  • 2000
  • Unknown
  • Legal Issues in Water Damage Restoration
  • 2000
  • Unknown
  • Mold and Lawyers: A Toxic Combination.
  • 2000
  • Water Loss Institute, International Association of Specialists of Cleaning & Restoration
  • Legal Issues in Failed Water Damage Projects
  • 1999
  • Aerotech Monitor
  • Legal Issues in Water Damage Restoration
  • 1999
  • International Association of Specialists of Cleaning & Restoration
  • Legal Issues in Water Damage Restoration
  • 1999
  • Aerotech Monitor
  • Toxic Mold...Construction Defects
  • 1999
  • Orange County Lawyer Magazine
  • Toxic Mold: The 4th Wave of Construction Defect Litigation?
  • 1998
  • Orange County Lawyer Magazine
  • $600,000 Toxic Mold Case
  • 1998
  • Emanuel Law Outlines
  • Law In A Flash — Evidence
  • 1995
  • Emanuel Law Outlines
  • Law In A Flash — Torts
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (9)
Endorse Edward
Real estate Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ed Cross is a terrific civil litigator. I don't hesitate to send him some my oldest clients!"
Construction and development Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ed is an experienced and smart lawyer that I endorse."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ed Cross is a passionate and dedicated attorney. I consider it a great privilege to be able to work for and learn from Ed. He is extremely knowledgeable and works with a wide variety of clients."
Construction and development Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ed Cross really is THE expert on construction law. He represents a broad spectrum of clients, including international remediation companies and local business owners. He is professional, insightful and a fabulous advocate. I am grateful to have the privilege of working with him."
Business Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this very personable and knowledgeable lawyer. I know him to be an excellent business and litigation attorney who strives to be the best in his fields of practice. If you're looking for lawyer you can trust to draft contracts or represent you in litigation, you will be glad you hired Edward Cross for your construction or real estate matters."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I referred a difficult client to Mr. Cross several years ago and she was highly satisfied with his work. We have worked together on various matters since then and always with excellent results."
Construction and development Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Edward Cross is a very experienced attorney in mold and construction law. He fights very hard for his clients and is well respected in claims dealing with mold and other water loss damage. Ed also has experience in representing homeowners against homeowner associations and is excellent at championing homeowner rights in HOA disputes."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Ed and I have known each other since we were kids. He's a great person and a great lawyer. He handled a case for my parents that other lawyers were not interested in and got a very good settlement; better than what we were expecting."
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