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Edward Lear

Edward Lear

Century Law Group LLP
  • Real Estate Law, Health Care Law
  • California
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Mr. Lear is a 1983 graduate, cum laude, of Dartmouth College and a 1987 graduate of U.C.L.A. School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court Honors Program. He joined Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges immediately after law school and worked for four years as a "big firm" litigation associate before becoming a Los Angeles-based State Bar prosecutor. For three years, Mr. Lear prosecuted California attorneys, never losing a trial, before co-founding Gerry & Lear in 1994. In 2002, he founded Century Law Group LLP, now a five-attorney litigation boutique firm. In 2014, Mr. Lear was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates and was named a SuperLawyer for 2017. Mr. Lear has tried over 200 cases and has litigated matters ranging from real estate to commercial to professional liability. He regularly acts as a counselor to professionally-licensed individuals and entities regarding risk management and compliance. He is a recognized speaker at legal seminars, has published numerous articles, and has been qualified as an expert witness in state and federal courts. Civic Involvement: Mr. Lear is a member of the Manhattan Beach Mayor’s Youth Council. Previously, he served as Commissioner for the City of Manhattan Beach from 2000 through 2008 and, thereafter, served as Chairman of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee, supervising the expenditure and allocation of over $60 million of bond proceeds.

Practice Areas
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Health Care Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Eminent Domain Law
  • License Defense Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English
Professional Experience
Founder & Partner
Century Law Group LLP
- Current
Gerry & Lear LLP
Deputy Trial Counsel
State Bar of California
University of California - Los Angeles
Law Degree (1987)
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Dartmouth College
Undergraduate Degree (1983)
Honors: cum laude
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Professional Associations
Association of Disciplinary Defense Counsel
Activities: The Association of Disciplinary Defense Counsel is the bar association for lawyers who represent lawyers and others in disciplinary, admissions, and regulatory proceedings before the State Bar of California and the California Supreme Court.
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American Board of Trial Advocates
Inducted Member
- Current
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California State Bar  # 132699
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Century Law Group Website
California State Bar Defense Website
Professional License Defense Website
Contact & Map
5200 W Century Blvd
Suite 345
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Telephone: (310) 642-6900
Fax: (310) 642-6910
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