AVVO EXCELLENT LAWYER - 2013 CLIENTS' CHOICE
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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Recognition||Richard D. Roth, Senator 31st District||2014|
|Unforgettables Foundation Heart Award||The Unforgettables Foundation||2014|
|Certificate of Recognition||County of San Bernardino||2014|
|Certificate of Recognition||California Legislature Assembly||2014|
|Scholarship||Oregon State Bar||2001|
|Member||Animal Law Review||2000|
|Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship||University of California Santa Cruz||1996|
|Partner||Smith Law Offices, LLP||2010 - 2017|
|Attorney||Varner & Brandt, LLP||2006 - 2010|
|Attorney||Cihigoyenetche Grossberg & Clouse||2005 - 2006|
|Law Clerk||Hon. Michael McShane||2004 - 2004|
|Law Clerk/J.D.||The Gilroy Law Firm||2002 - 2004|
|Law Clerk||US Attorneys Office, District of Oregon||2001 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Riverside County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|The Unforgettables Foundation||Chairman of the Board||2012 - 2013|
|San Bernardino County Bar Association||Member||2006 - 2013|
|American Bar Association||Member||2005 - 2007|
|Williams v. Client||Motion for Summary Judgment granted|
|Anderson v. Client||Client Dismissed With Prejudice|
|Client v. Secure Horizons, et al||Favorable resolution|
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|California Reporters||Z.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'x||Williams v. Stolar, 616 F. App'x 253 (9th Cir. 2015)||2015|
|Westlaw Reporters||Goodrich 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|
|Lewis & Clark School of Law, Portland||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of California - Santa Cruz||Politics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|