Edward O. Lear

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Century Law Group LLP
 | 5200 W Century Blvd, Suite 345
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 310-642-6900
Fax: 310-642-6910
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense
Attorney Profile

A highly regarded trial attorney, Edward O. Lear is a partner at the Century Law Group, LLP. Based in the firm's office in Los Angeles, California, he represents individual and business clients in a wide variety of disputes, and he also provides defense representation to attorneys, health care practitioners, real estate agents and brokers, and other professionals who are involved in licensure proceedings. Admitted to practice before all California state courts, Mr. Lear is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The types of cases that Mr. Lear has worked on have included contract breaches, partner and shareholder disputes, eminent domain proceedings, and real estate litigation involving agent and broker commissions. He has been able to obtain successful results in many of these matters, and his successful track record and high degree of ethics have resulted in his receipt of a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Lear is frequently asked to deliver presentations on various topics related to his practice, including legal ethics, and some of the groups that he has spoken before have included the American Board of Trial Advocates and the California Association of Realtors.

Mr. Lear attended Dartmouth College as an undergraduate and obtained a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 1983. He then pursued his legal education at UCLA School of Law, and he served on the UCLA Law Review and participated in the UCLA Moot Court Honors Program before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1987. Prior to founding his current firm in 2001, Mr. Lear was a deputy trial counsel with The State Bar of California. His professional memberships include the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

 
Practice Areas

Civil Litigation: Defense (100%)

Civil Litigation (100%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020

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About Edward Lear

Admitted: 1987, California

Professional Webpage: http://centurylawgroup.com/people/edward-o-lear/

Honors/Awards:

  • Voted Inductee, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2014
  • Moot Court Honors Program, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Right of Way Association, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • California, 1987
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1995
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2013
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1987
  • Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, 2008

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chairman, Manhattan Beach Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Legal Malpractice, CAALA Advocate, 2002
  • Member, UCLA Law Review, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 1986 – 1987
  • Going Through Withdrawal, Los Angeles Lawyer, 1998
  • Client Trust Accounting, Barrister Magazine, 1997
  • The Attorney-Client Relationship, Los Angeles Lawyer, 1996
  • Speaker, REEL Ethics, Association Meeting, 2014
  • Speaker, Legal Ethics in the Courtroom, Association, 2014
  • Speaker, Legal Ethics, Association Meeting, 2014
  • Speaker, REEL Ethics, Inn of Court Meeting, 2013
  • Speaker, How to Prevent Fraud in Real Estate, California Association of Realtors Annual Convention, 2011
  • Speaker, Legal Ethics of Social Media, Association Meeting, 2011
  • Speaker, Legal Misconduct on the Big Screen, Association Meeting, 2009
  • Speaker, Misconduct and Ethics, MCLE, 2008
  • Speaker, Legal Ethics, MCLE, 2008
  • Speaker, Legal Ethics, MCLE, 2007
  • Speaker, Ethical Dilemmas for the Litigator, Inn of Court MCLE program, 2004
  • Speaker, ABC's of Ethics for Newer Attorneys, LACBA MCLE event, 1998
  • Speaker, Legal Ethics, MCLE
  • Speaker, Issue in Eminent Domain, CLE Eminent Domain Annual Conference

Videos:

  • Most government agencies have the power of eminent domain. In fact, over 380 municipalities in California have created redevelopment agencies with eminent domain power. However, on occasion there are instances where a successful challenge of a taking could be made when necessity or public use is not found. More likely, a successful challenge can be made to the government’s initial compensation offer for the taking. Century Law Group can assist you in your attempt to seek a higher compensation for your property interest., San Diego Eminent Domain Attorney, Eminent Domain, 2014
  • You can negotiate with the Government. Typically, after the government agency has given the initial offer, you can try to negotiate a higher amount directly with the government official. However, once a complaint has been filed and a lawsuit has commenced, the informal negotiation period has ended. An answer to the complaint must be filed within 30 days of the complaint being served. After the complaint has been answered, yourself or your attorney will participate in mandatory settlement conferences during the pre-trial stage of the lawsuit., Sacramento Eminent Domain Attorney, Eminent Domain, 2014
  • Eminent domain (also known as condemnation) is the inherent power of local, state, or federal government agencies to take a citizen’s private property. The government can take the property without the owner’s consent so long as the property will be used for “public use” and the owner is paid “just compensation.”, Orange County Eminent Domain Attorney, Eminent Domain, 2014
  • Once the government has filed and served you with a complaint, a lawsuit has commenced. Property owners sometimes think they can ignore the complaint, or continue negotiating with the government agency. However, once a complaint has been served, you have thirty days to respond to the complaint by filing an answer with the court. If you do not file this answer, you may have a default judgment entered against you. This means the government will pay you the amount stated in the complaint, which is often a lower amount the property owner truly deserves. , Eminent Domain Lawyer, Eminent Domain, 2014
  • Depending on the terms of your lease, if you are a tenant of property being condemned, the government still needs to pay you just compensation if the taking has interfered with your enjoyment of possessory rights in the property. A tenant can often receive the present value of his or her future right to possess and use the property if the lease does not contain a condemnation clause. Under certain circumstances, even if the lease does contain a condemnation clause, the tenant also has a right to compensation for removable fixtures and equipment, relocation costs, and business goodwill., Los Angeles Eminent Domain Attorney, Eminent Domain, 2014
  • The government’s right to take personal property for public use so long as it pays just compensation is enumerated in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and article I section 19 of the California Constitution. People often refer to it as the takings clause., Riverside Eminent Domain Attorney, Eminent Domain, 2014
  • Century Law Group | Eminent domain (also known as condemnation) is the inherent power of local, state, or federal government agencies to take a citizen’s private property. The government can take the property without the owner’s consent so long as the property will be used for “public use” and the owner is paid “just compensation.”, Condemnation Lawyer, Condemnation, 2014
  • The government will often just take a portion of someone’s property, in order to widen a road, for example. If the government does not take your entire property, it is still required to pay you just compensation, called severance damages. In this case, severance damages will usually include the value of the part of property taken, plus the damage to the remaining property. Depending on the circumstances, the damage to the remaining property can be quite high., What Is Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain, 2014

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law - Juris Doctor, 1987
  • Dartmouth College - cum laude, 1983

Industry Groups

  • Business
  • Professional Licensing
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management & Compliance
Office Location for Edward O. Lear

5200 W Century Blvd
Suite 345
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Phone: 310-642-6900

Fax: 310-642-6910

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Last Updated: 3/13/2019

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