Lawrence Imel is an aggressive litigator representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in Trusts and Estates disputes and shareholders, professionals and individuals in Complex Business Litigation.  His highest priority is to understand each client’s interests and achieve their objectives.  Whether representing the trustee of a multi-million dollar estate or an individual in a simple business dispute, Mr. Imel treats his clients with the highest level of respect and gives their cases the attention they deserve.   As a result of his honest and candid counsel and open communication, Mr. Imel’s clients are able to meaningfully and intelligently participate in the formulation and deployment of strategic decisions.

Mr. Imel has tried numerous cases in probate courts and has successfully settled contentious decedent’s estate and trust matters outside of litigation.  Among his recent cases, Mr. Imel negotiated a favorable result for a beneficiary in a breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust case against a successor trustee; negotiated a favorable resolution of a successor trustee’s claims against a trust beneficiary based on claims that the beneficiary misappropriated trust assets; and, negotiated an advantageous settlement on behalf of the co-executor of a decedent’s estate in a dispute with the other co-executor regarding the administration of the estate.

In representing clients in business disputes, Mr. Imel has prosecuted and defended business tort claims involving partnership disputes, contracts, fraud, real estate, intellectual property and other assets.  Among his recent cases, Mr. Imel tried a breach of contract and collection action for an attorney-client, resulting in a jury verdict in excess of $4 million; successfully defended a real estate developer in a $16 million lawsuit alleging the developer had publicized a city’s intent to take plaintiff’s property through eminent domain; and, in an adversary proceeding in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, preserved a real estate owner’s breach of contract claim against a lender and the lender’s assignee, despite defendants’ multiple attempts to have the case dismissed.

Education
  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2001
    • First Honors Award, 2000 & 2001
    • Staff Writer, Loyola Los Angeles Law Review
    • Moot Court Participant
  •  University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science, 1998
Bar & Court Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. District Court (Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts, CA)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Cir.)
Honors & Awards 
  •  Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2007, 2009, 2010
Professional Associations/Memberships
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, Editorial Board, 2004-2010
  • ProVisors
  • Bruin Professionals
Charitable / Community Involvement
  • Loyola Law School 1L Mentoring Program, Volunteer, 2007 – present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project, Volunteer, 2008-2010
  • Residents of Beverly Glen, Inc., Board Member, 2013 – present

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