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H. LARRY ELAM III
CIVIL LITIGATION / FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY

Larry works in the firm’s business litigation group. He has been practicing law for over 25 years. Larry was born in April 1962 in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in Pasadena, California. He always knew that when he “grew up,” he would be a veterinarian. He loves animals, but despite his love of animals, he was drawn and guided to the practice of law to help people.

Instead of seeking admittance to veterinary school, Larry embarked on a journey to become an attorney. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from California State University – Los Angeles while working full-time at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles as a grand jury coordinator. His experiences with the United States Attorney’s office and his experience as a paralegal convinced him that he should pursue a career in the law.

In August 1992, at the urging of the Assistant United States Attorneys he had worked with for several years, Larry started his law school education at Santa Clara University School of Law. Larry was a finalist in moot court during law school and worked several semesters in the Law School’s pro bono clinic. Larry graduated from law school in May 1995 and was admitted to the California Bar in December 1995.

After graduating from law school, Larry became an associate at a Washington D.C. based civil defense firm in San Francisco. Larry would work as a civil defense lawyer from 1995 to 2004, when he left the international law firm of Holland & Knight in September 2004, to start a Plaintiff’s practice with his good friend and former law partner at Holland & Knight, Mark Venardi. They called their Plaintiff’s firm “Venardi Elam LLP.” During this time at Venardi Elam, Larry found his life’s mission – helping those who have been preyed upon, marginalized, exploited, and ignored.

Since 2004 Larry has taken on the cause of individual clients instead of defending large corporations. Larry believes that representing real people with real problems and issues is what he was born to do.

For more than 26 years, Larry has provided quality legal services to a wide range of clients located throughout Northern and Southern California. He is dedicated to helping clients achieve the results to which they are legally entitled, whether it is a favorable resolution in an employment dispute or an award of damages that fully compensates them for the life-altering severe injuries they have suffered. With a wealth of litigation experience, Larry has the skills and expertise needed to advocate for his clients’ rights in litigation, settlement negotiations or trials in both State and Federal Courts.

In recognition of his work on behalf of clients, the national directory of attorneys at Martindale Hubbell has awarded Larry its AV Preeminent rating, indicating the highest standards of professional excellence.

In his spare time, Larry enjoys cooking, golfing, spending time with his family and training his rambunctious rottweiler puppy “Nala.”

Larry states that the unquenchable desire to help people is why he became a lawyer. He did not realize how transparent this had been until his daughter, who is currently a third-year student in law school, decided that she also wanted to become a lawyer. HE made sure she understood that he would be proud of her no matter what vocation she pursued. He asked her why she wanted to be a lawyer. Her response moved him. She said, “I have wanted to be a lawyer since I was four years old.” When Larry asked her why, she said, “because I want to help people like you.”

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury 
  • Amputation injuries
  • Catastrophic injury from automobile incidents
  • Wrongful Deaths 
  • Locomotive/train-related injuries
  • Products liability
  • Wrongful termination/harassment of employees
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblower
  • Asbestos 
  • Automobile Lemon Law
  • Construction defects (residential/commercial)
  • Business disputes
  • Executive severance negotiation 

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1995
  • All California State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor – 1995
    • Moot Court Finalist
  • California State University – Los Angeles
    • B.A. – 1991
    • Dean’s List
    • Major Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker:  Managing Your Law Career – “The Pros and Cons of running your own law office.” Practicing Law Institute, April 2010