Joseph A. Lara, Senior Associate

Joe Lara, Senior Associate, is an experienced litigator who represents clients in commercial litigation disputes. His litigation practice includes experience in trade secrets, employment law, real estate disputes and complex business disputes. He focuses on wage and hour and complex litigation defense involving high value cases. He is a skilled trial lawyer who litigates cases in both State and Federal Courts. A navy veteran, he brings the discipline and teamwork skills that he learned to his practice. Common litigation topics involve trade secrets misappropriation, trademark infringement, complex business contracts, shareholder disputes, SLAPP litigation, commercial lease disputes, wrongful termination and discrimination, and wage and hour law.

Areas of Practice:

  • Trade secrets
  • Trademarks/Trade Dress
  • Employment
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate
  • Shareholder/LLC Member Litigation
  • General Business Litigation
  • Insurance Defense


  • Bachelor of Arts, Military History and International Politics, Hawai’i Pacific University
  • Juris Doctorate, Trinity Law School

Membership and Activities:

  • San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)


Joe is California-born and raised, and lives in Temecula. He enjoys his family, travelling, and reading.