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Nathan Perea is a partner at Smith Law Offices, LLP.  He is rated "Excellent" by AVVO, and received the Clients' Choice Award in 2013.  


Mr. Perea has invested himself in the legal profession for over 15 years. His primary focus is civil litigation handling a diverse range of claims, for a diverse client base.  For the greater part of the decade Mr. Perea has handled large, complex civil rights cases representing social workers, law enforcement officers, public health staff and public agencies. He has published and non-published opinions in his favor, and has litigated cases in federal and state courts, as well as before arbitrators.

Mr. Perea has spent the greater part of the last ten years handling large, complex Civil Rights cases for public entities in California.  He has successfully defended over 50 social workers, law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and public agencies against claims of Constitutional Rights violations including claims arising from the First, Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. He has defended claims asserted by parents suspected of abuse, children placed into protective custody and examined by healthcare officials, as well as inmates claiming unlawful confinement and jail conditions.

Mr. Perea is one of a very small, select group of lawyers well-versed in handling lawsuits arising from the placement of children into protective custody and alleged injuries sustained by children in foster care. His work with social workers and public entities has set precedent. He is at the forefront of the developing law surrounding the Constitutional Rights of children and families, and alleged violations of the rights by child welfare and foster agencies. He is also at the forefront of the law surrounding California’s mandated reporting laws, and social worker regulations including reporting and cross-reporting obligations.

Mr. Perea’s work with social workers and public agencies resulted in the seminal case limiting vicarious liability to a public agency for social worker criminal conduct. (Z.V. v. County of Riverside). He has been successful in obtaining dismissals of many cases before trial in both federal and state courts through diligent motion practice and advocation for the client. He has also worked with opposing counsel to resolve cases with dismissals in exchange for waiver of cost when it is apparent the claims for whatever reason no longer have merit.  

Mr. Perea has experience handling a wide range of litigation matters for businesses, employers, employees, and individuals, including matters involving the Clean Water Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); California Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act; Breach of Contract; Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Premises Liability; Product Liability; Negligent Hiring; Negligent Supervision; Breach of Non-Disclosure Agreement; Magnussen-Moss Warranty Act; Song-Beverly Act; Unlawful Detainer; Breach of Commercial Lease; Interference with Business Contract; Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage; Elder Abuse; Invasion of Privacy; Defamation of Character; Dental Malpractice; Catastrophic Automobile Accidents; Catastrophic Brain Injuries; Bivens claims.

Mr. Perea is admitted to practice every state Court in California, as well as the federal district courts of the Southern, Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California. He is licensed with the the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is a member of the San Bernardino and Riverside County Bar Associations, and Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA). He is a former board member and board chair for The Unforgettables Foundation and received numerous philanthropic awards including the foundations’ Heart Award. He has also received Certificates of Recognition for his philanthropic work from Richard D. Roth, Senator 31st District of California, The County of San Bernardino, and the California Legislature Assembly.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    11 years
  2. Civil Rights: 30%
    11 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    11 years
  4. Business: 5%
    11 years
  5. Other: 15%
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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jason Alexander Kirkpatrick

    Nathan is an excellent attorney. He is diligent, hard working, and is a fierce advocate for his clients.


    Jason Kirkpatrick Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Mark Daniel Perryman

    Mr. Perea is an extremely caring and competent attorney. I have worked with him on several cases and each time he maintained the highest level of professionalism and integrity.


    Mark Perryman Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Smith Law Offices, LLP

4204 Riverwalk Parkway
suite 250
Riverside, CA, 92505


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of RecognitionRichard D. Roth, Senator 31st District2014
Unforgettables Foundation Heart AwardThe Unforgettables Foundation2014
Certificate of RecognitionCounty of San Bernardino2014
Certificate of RecognitionCalifornia Legislature Assembly2014
ScholarshipOregon State Bar2001
MemberAnimal Law Review2000
Chancellor's Undergraduate InternshipUniversity of California Santa Cruz1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyVarner & Brandt, LLP2006 - 2010
AttorneyCihigoyenetche Grossberg & Clouse2005 - 2006
Law ClerkHon. Michael McShane2004 - 2004
Law Clerk/J.D.The Gilroy Law Firm2002 - 2004
Law ClerkUS Attorneys Office, District of Oregon2001 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
The Unforgettables FoundationChairman of the Board2012 - 2013
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2013
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Williams v. ClientMotion for Summary Judgment granted
Anderson v. ClientClient Dismissed With Prejudice
Client v. Secure Horizons, et alFavorable resolution
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Publication nameTitleDate
California ReportersZ.V. v. Cty. of Riverside, 238 Cal. App. 4th 889, 189 Cal. Rptr. 3d 570 (2015), review denied (Sept. 23, 2015)2015
9th Circuit App'xWilliams v. Stolar, 616 F. App'x 253 (9th Cir. 2015)2015
Westlaw ReportersGoodrich Corp. v. City of Rialto, No. E045057, 2009 WL 4021580, at *1 (Cal. Ct. App. Nov. 23, 2009), as modified on denial of reh'g (Dec. 17, 2009)2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of California - Santa CruzPoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
§ 1983 Civil Rights SymposiumChild Protective Services Investigations and the Constitution2013
Lights for Little LivesCo-Presentation Top Doctor Award2012