Meet Lara Gressley

Lara was raised in Northern California. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lara graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law. While there, she won the Witkin Award for Constitutional Law and the Best Brief Award in the Sutherland Cup National Moot Court Competition. She worked in the Santa Cruz Public Defender’s Office and studied law at the University of Oxford in England.

A highly-regarded Southern California attorney, Lara worked as Deputy Public Defender, Deputy County Counsel, and a Court-appointed Trial Attorney. Now in private practice, Lara focuses on criminal appeals and petitions for writ of habeas corpus and has done work before the United States Supreme Court.

Lara lectures lawyers across California on appeals, writs, motions, and trial work. She was a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University School of Law. Lara has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Lara lives in the Temecula Valley with her husband and son.

Lara Family