Attorney Profile

Paul J. Estuar

Paul Estuar

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
1550 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Los Angeles

California (CA)

Contact Contact Paul J. Estuar
T: 213-640-3881
F: 213-640-3850

Visit: www.lafla.org
Practice Areas: Legal Aid/Pro Bono (50%), General Litigation (30%), Civil Rights (20%)

Legal Aid/Pro Bono

General Litigation

Civil Rights

Languages Spoken: English, Tagalog

Profile

 

Paul J. Estuar is a Senior Housing Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). There he focuses on a number of issues including representing individuals and organizations from marginalized communities litigating cases on affordable housing, housing conditions and government benefits.

Prior to LAFLA, Paul was a partner at Litt, Estuar & Kitson, LLP (LEK), where he specialized in litigating civil rights class actions in areas such as housing, employment discrimination, jail conditions and privacy rights. Much of his recent work involved class actions under the Fourth Amendment and other constitutional claims arising in the administration of jails and prisons.  While at LEK, the firm developed a national reputation for litigating cases which have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements including, Williams v. Block, Case No. CV-97-03826-CW (C.D. Cal.) and related cases (a series of cases county jail overdetention and strip search cases, settled for $27 Million and a complete revamp of jail procedures); Bynum v. District of Columbia, Case No. 02-956 (RCL) (D.D.C.) (certified class action against the District of Columbia for over detentions and strip searches of persons ordered released from custody, settled for $12,000.000); Craft v. County of San Bernardino, EDCV05-0359 SGL (C.D. Cal.) (certified class action against the Sheriff of San Bernardino County for blanket strip searches of detainees, arrestees, and persons ordered released from custody; settled for $25.5 Million); and Lopez v. Kern County, CV-F-07-0474 DLB (E.D. Cal.) (settled for $7 Million).  Beyond trial, Paul’s practice also consisted of extensive appellate work.  He has argued before the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit.

He is a 1993 graduate of Loyola Law School, where he received the Dean’s Service Award for his outstanding service to the law school community immediately after the civil unrest of 1992. He is a 1990 graduate of Columbia University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Apart from his legal work, Paul has a long and distinguished history of community and public service.  He was recognized by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, for his community service and dedication to the legal needs of indigent clients.  He is a past president of both the Philippine American Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles.  He has served on a number of community boards, including the Filipino American Library.


Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2014

About Paul Estuar

Admitted: 1993, California

Professional Webpage: members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/167764

Honors and Awards:

  • The Distinguished Advocate Award was established by the Philippine American Bar Association in 2012 to recognize individuals or organizations who provide an exemplary contribution in the advocacy of civil or human rights above and beyond those of their peers. The criteria is based on a person's work in the following areas: leadership; commitment; breadth and depth of efforts; and impact., Distinguished Advocate Award, Philippine American Bar Association, 2013
  • Paul Estuar received the Pro Bono Service Award from APALC for his dedicated service to APALC clients. Paul represented clients in immigration and family law matters, as well as served for several years on APALC's Pro Bono Committee., Pro Bono Service Award, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, 1996
  • Paul Estuar received the Dean's Service Award from Loyola Law School for his contributions to the law school community while a student there., Dean's Service Award, Loyola Law School, 1993

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California; U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 11th Circuit and the D.C. Circuit; U.S. District Court Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California.
  • Past President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association Past President, Philippine American Bar Association Regional Governor, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Member, National Police Accountability ProjectMember, Los Angeles County Bar Association Member, National Lawyers Guild

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Recipient of the Pro Bono Award from the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Los Angeles Recipient of the Dean's Service Award from Loyola Law School Boardmember of the Filipino American Heritage Institute and the Filipino American Library

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $7 Million - Lopez v. Kern County (certified class action challenging illegal strip searches at Kern County Jails)., 2011
  • $25.5 Million - Craft v. County of San Bernardino (certified class action against the Sheriff of San Bernardino County for blanket strip searches of detainees, arrestees, and persons ordered released from custody). , 2007
  • $12 Million - Bynum v. District of Columbia (certified class action against the District of Columbia for over detentions and strip searches of persons ordered released from custody)., 2006
  • $27 Million - Williams v. Block (a series of cases county jail overdetention and strip search cases). The settlement was the largest settlement in LA County history and included a complete revamp of jail procedures., 2002

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, New York NY, 1990
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