Brian P. Trela

Brian Philip Trela has been practicing consumer-oriented law since 1986 in both trial and appellate practice. His primary emphasis involves representing injured people in cases involving motor vehicle and bicycle accidents, defective products, government and highway liability, worksite accidents, dog bites, and equine accidents. He also represents consumers in disputes with contractors on issues ranging from substandard work and mechanic’s liens.

Education Background:

Mr. Trela received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from UCLA, and obtained his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Western State University College of Law, where he was associate editor of the Law Review. He also serves as a court-appointed arbitrator, assigned by the Orange County Superior Court to hear civil disputes involving personal injury claims.

Mr. Trela is also an avid horseman as an owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses. He can be seen every weekend morning atop his stable pony at the racetrack at Fairplex Park in Pomona.


Represented consumers and tort victims from 1986 to 2002 and 2003-2005 with Russell S. Kerr & Associates, Fountain Valley, California. Represented defendants in major injury cases and construction litigation from 2001 to 2002 with Donner, Fernandez & Lauby, Riverside, California.

Appointed by the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Divisions Two and Three, to handle appeals of approximately thirty criminal defendants.

Taught as Adjunct Professor of Law, Western State University College of Law, 1993-1994.

Volunteer Attorney, Coastline Community College Legal Clinic, 1995 to present.

Bar Admissions:

California, 1986
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1986


Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California, 1986
Juris Doctor
Honors: President’s Scholarship and Deans Scholarship Award
Law Review: Western State University Law Review, Associate Editor

University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 1981
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Member, Political Science Honor Society
Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:

State Bar of California

Orange County Bar Association

OCBA Appellate Law Section

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Adjunct Professor of Law, Western State University College of Law, 1993 – 1994

Pro Bono Activities:

Volunteer Attorney, Coastline Community College Legal Clinic, 1995 – Present

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