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Kirk A. Lauby has a varied and comprehensive background in business management which is of particular benefit to the firm's business and business litigation clients. Mr. Lauby was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1978, and has combined his legal practice with business endeavors in the food marketing industry, oil and gas exploration, and real estate building and development.


Mr. Lauby is an experienced trial attorney with a focus on business litigation, construction defect litigation, construction injury litigation, premises liability, contractor general counsel assignments and personal injury. He has the distinction of having represented the developer defendants in what was at the time the largest construction defect jury trial held in Riverside County. Mr. Lauby has vast experience representing plaintiffs, developers, manufacturers and subcontractors in all construction trades.


His published opinion in Lopez v. C.G.M. Development, Inc. (2002) 101 CA 4th 430 is an established and often cited authority which limits liability of owners, developers and general contractors for injuries sustained by subcontractor employees.


Additionally, Mr. Lauby has had the opportunity to participate with multiple insurance carriers in their special investigation unit (SIU) automobile defense activities. He has tried and arbitrated several hundred SIU cases.

Mr. Lauby is licensed to practice in the State of California, and before the United States District Court. He is available to represent appellants in the California Appellate Court system.


He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Riverside County Bar Association, and the American Inns of Court and a former member of the American Bar Association, and the Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Associations.


Fernandez & Lauby LLP strongly supports alternative dispute resolution programs as the best means to control litigation costs and exposure. Mr. Lauby has successfully completed the mediator's training certificate from the Strauss Institute for Mediation at Pepperdine University School of Law. Mr. Lauby serves as a private mediator for construction, business litigation, real estate and personal injury disputes and is on the panel of mediators for Dispute Resolution Services. He also serves on the panel of arbitrators for the Riverside County and San Bernardino County courts.


Mr. Lauby received his Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C.L.A. in 1974 and his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University in 1978.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 40%
  2. Construction: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Oil & Gas: 20%



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Fernandez & Lauby LLP

7700 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 800
Irvine, CA, 92618

Fernandez & Lauby LLP

74-361 Highway 111
Suite 1
Palm Desert, CA, 92260



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A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2010
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2009
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2008
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2007
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2006
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2005
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2004
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2003
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2002
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2001
A-V Rated Attorney Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inns of CourtMember1999 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1978 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1991 - 2007
American Bar AssociationMember1978 - 1991
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1978 - 1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawStrauss Institute for Dispute ResolutionMediating the Litigated Case2004
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974