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Calvin R. House

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Pasadena, CA

Gutierrez Preciado & House
3020 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: 626-449-2300
Fax: 626-449-2330
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1988
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Defense (50%), Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%), Appellate (10%), Employment & Labor: Employer (10%), State, Local & Municipal (10%)
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Attorney Calvin R. House is a partner with Gutierrez Preciado & House, LLP, an employer-oriented law firm located in Pasadena, California. Nationally ranked as among the preeminent trial lawyers in the country, Mr. House has more than 43 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Pasadena, Woodland Hills, Wilmington, Harbor City, Carson, Torrance, San Pedro, Long Beach, Compton, Gardena and the rest of Los Angeles County who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Employment law defense

· Sexual harassment defense

· Wage and overtime defense

· Gender discrimination defense

· Government defense

· Business litigation

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. House has achieved considerable success defending the interests of his clients in state, federal, superior and appellate courts across his region. He has convinced the courts that his clients did not discriminate, retaliate or engaged in any other unlawful conduct.

Among those successes, Mr. House obtained a published decision on appeal that reversed a previous jury verdict of more than $450,000 in damages against his client. He has also obtained many other favorable verdicts for his clients, saving them considerable amounts in compensation, legal fees and other costs. In honor of his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

A 1973 graduate of Columbia College, Mr. House obtained his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1976. He is licensed to practice in California, and he is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in California as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th and 11th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 10%State, Local & Municipal
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employer, Appeals, Wage & Hour Laws, State, Local & Municipal Litigation


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

About Calvin R. House

First Admitted: 1977, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Escobar v. Los Angeles County of Department of Children and Family Services, U.S. Dist. Ct. Case No. CV 06-00918-RG
  • Brown v. County of Los Angeles, Second Dist. Ct. App. Case No. B229993
  • Diaz v. County of Los Angeles, U.S. Dist. Ct. Case No. CV10-7329-SVW-RZx
  • Sandoval v. Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, L.A. Superior Court Case No. BC345719
  • Persuaded the United States Court of Appeals to reverse the trial court's refusal to apply qualified immunity to claims against a school police officer for wrongful conviction. Tobias v. East, Case No. 18-56245 (9th Cir.)., 2020
  • Secured a unanimous defense verdict in federal court for an LAPD Officer accused of excessive force in connection with a search of an arrested at the police station jail. Aguilar v. City of Los Angeles, Case No. 17-cv-4382., 2019
  • Secured a published opinion from the California Court of Appeal affirming dismissal of an action seeking to dictate a school district's school meal program. Physicians Committee v. Los Angeles Unified School District, 43 Cal.App.5th 175 (2019)., 2019
  • Secured a defense verdict for the employer of an employee who alleged that she was a victim of retaliation when not selected for a promotion. The evidence established that the candidates who were selected had better qualifications. Stewart v. County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC579814., 2016
  • Convinced the judge in a bench trial that an employer properly processed the discharge of an employee during company-wide layoffs. Ofilas v. Molina Healthcare, Case No. NV061472 (L.A. Superior Court)., 2018

Educational Background

  • Columbia University, B.A., 1973

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • California, 1988
  • New York, 1977


  • AV® Preeminent, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Industry Groups

  • Employers
  • Government Entities
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Office Location for Calvin R. House

3020 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107

Phone: 626-449-2300

Fax: 626-449-2330

Last Updated: 10/21/2021

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