Luis M. Chavez is an associate attorney with our Long Beach office. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Long Beach, Mr. Chavez graduated with honors from Long Beach City College. He continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies through the Ethnic Studies Department. Mr. Chavez went on to become a middle school educator in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) before continuing his pursuit of a law degree at the University of Southern California Law Center. While at USC, he received a Public Interest Law Foundation scholarship, which allowed him to work a summer at the Long Beach Legal Aid Foundation. In addition, while at USC, Mr. Chavez interned a semester at the California State Attorney General’s Office and worked at a private law firm in the area of immigration law.
After graduation from law school, he went on to work as a civil litigator as a defense attorney in various areas of law, including personal injury, premises liability, employment, real estate, construction defect, title insurance and construction law. Mr. Chavez has experience in case management from inception of the case through post jury motions. He has tried cases before juries in the Superior Courts of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties. He also has experience in arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Chavez has served as a litigator in the area of workers’ compensation law for nearly the last decade, working primarily on the defense side, handling cases from inception through trial. He has taken numerous depositions and defended them as well. Mr. Chavez has tried cases in different phases at Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards in Long Beach, Santa Ana and Anaheim. His approach to case handling centers around aggressive collection of evidence to best advise his clients on appropriate resolution strategies, whether it be early resolution options or extensive discovery, including depositions, motions/petitions, witness statements, and medical evidence. Mr. Chavez is fluent in Spanish, which in the past has served him well in dealings with Applicants and witnesses in both informal and board settings.