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Laurence Paul Nokes

Construction and development Attorney at Laguna Beach, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

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About Laurence

Learn Laurence’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    Representing owners, contractors, design professionals in litigation and in construction transactions.

    40 years

  2. Insurance
    Insurance coverage litigation. Representing the insured where insurer fails to extend coverage.

    40 years

  3. Land use and zoning
    Represent applicants in land use issues and entitlement cases.

    20 years

  4. Commercial real estate
    Represent parties in litigation and transactional matters. Copyright and trademark infringement litigation.

    40 years

  5. Personal injury
    Represent plaintiffs in bodily and psychological injury cases.

    40 years

  6. Real estate
    Easement, adjoining land owner disputes, trespass, nuisance

    40 years

  7. Landlord or tenant
    Residential and commercial leasing issues.

    40 years

  8. Libel and slander
    Represent plaintiffs and defendants in defamation cases.

    30 years

I am an attorney with over 30 years experience in trial practice. I live and work in Laguna Beach, but my practice is nation wide. Our clients range from Florida to Washington state. Lawyers frequently call on me to mediate and arbitrate cases, and in each case, I use the most effective methods of dispute resolution that are consistent with the goals of the client.

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Nokes & Quinn, A Professional Corporation
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2013
Real Estate Development/Construction
I have worked with Mr. Nokes on numerous real estate matters. He is extremely knowlegable about the specific laws and requirements for this complex industry. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Steve | April 3, 2013
Smart, Tactful, and Successful Representation!
Land Use issues are perhaps the most contentious cases that appear before City government everywhere, particularly in Laguna Beach. It's all there: expensive properties, competing interests, and challenging development standards and review. Larry Nokes is my lawyer of choice... he has a knack of defusing hotly contested disagreements and understands the dynamics of his hometown. He has successfully assisted both myself and my clients in numerous complex and sometimes frustrating entitlement cases. His responsiveness to my legal questions and needs is unparalleled, and his staff is friendly, efficient, and reliable. It is with pleasure that I recommend Larry Nokes without any reservation.
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Posted by Thomas | April 3, 2013
Approachable, responsive, informed and honest attorney who I would recommend to any of my colleagues in a heart-beat.
Larry has been our company's "go-to" outside general council for the past 6 years. Our company manages and sells bank-owned (REO) residential properties on a nationwide basis and has sold over 55,000 properties generating proceeds in excess of $10 billion to our clients-- many of the largest banks in the country. Although we run a tight ship, we do occasionally encounter legal issues, and Larry and his firm have been a vital resource to assist us in successfully handling the myriad of issues that have arisen. We have established a great rapport with Larry, and he is an approachable, responsive, informed and honest attorney who I would recommend to any of my colleagues in a heart-beat. I have worked for over 25 years as a Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer in insurance and real estate industries with many of the top law firms/lawyers in the country (as well as in the United Kingdom and Bermuda), and I consider Larry to be one of the most trusted people I have had the privilege of working with in my business career.
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Posted by Sue | April 3, 2013
Great experience and outcome
I engaged Larry Nokes to handle a view dispute with a neighbor. This was a somewhat complex situation because my neighbor was manipulating the ordinance in a way that was not intended. Larry represented me in 2 major hearings, both of which were decided in my favor. He understands the nuances of managing conflict and clearly articulates proposed solutions. I will use Larry again, when the need arises.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-425 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Nokes & Quinn
  • 2003 - Present
  • Partner
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • 1988 - 1993
  • Partner
  • Cummins & White, LLP
  • 1982 - 1988


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Utah
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Carew v Smith
  • Judgment awarding easement to my client
  • Ross and Brisley v Charles Williams Construction
  • $300,000 settlement for our client cross complainant
  • Marsh & McLennan, Inc. v. Superior Court, 49 Cal.3d 1, 774 P.2d 762, 259 Cal.Rptr. 733 (Cal.,1989)
  • Our client, Marsh & McLennan, successfully appealed an adverse lower court ruling.
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  • University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • South Coast
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Recognition for Service
  • State of California Assembly
  • 2012
  • Outstanding Board Member
  • Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Chairman's Distinguished Service Award
  • South Coast YMCA
  • 2001
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • AV Rated every year since 1996
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • California Society of Professional Engineers 2004 Conference - University of California at Irviine
  • Professional Engineers as Expert Witnesses
  • N/A
  • Mediation
  • The Lawyer as Mediator and Settlement Conference Judge
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
Endorse Laurence
Real estate Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Nokes is outstanding. He is very knowledgeable about the law, and in particular construction and building issues in Laguna Beach. He has a wealth of contacts in the community. He is always well prepared for anything that may arise in litigation. Anyone would be pleased to have him on their side."
Estate planning
Construction and development
Real estate

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Laguna Beach Construction and development Lawyer Laurence Paul Nokes
Laurence Paul Nokes
Construction and development Attorney
Laguna Beach, CA
Licensed for 40 years