We are a limited liability company developed in June 2014 by Pat Barrera, apc, of Barrera & Associates. Pat Barrera has 26+ years of professional trial attorney experience and has tried over 20 cases to verdict and taken hundreds of depositions.
President + CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Catherine Gonzalez is an experienced marketer and cultural architect originally from Austin, Texas. As the CEO of Trial and Depo Services (TADS), Catherine is responsible for running all facets of the business: overseeing the growth, stability, direction and daily operations of the company. She produces deposition videography, coordinates mock trials and facilitates trial equipment rentals for attorneys and court reporting firms. She routinely reviews financials, marketing campaigns, personnel, and technology to verify that goals are met and are in line with the vision and objectives of TADS.
Mr. Barrera is proud to be a trial lawyer. He knew he wanted to be a trial lawyer at a young age, after watching "And Justice For All," a film in which Al Pacino portrayed a lawyer trying to free a wrongly imprisoned client while battling corruption. Since 1990, Mr. Barrera has been committed to obtaining justice for hardworking individuals and businesses and to protecting the rights of his clients from wrongdoing.
Mr. Barrera has tried or settled cases resulting in recoveries exceeding $45 million for his plaintiff clients and he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Barrera successfully handled Prata v. Superior Court, 91 Cal.App.4th 1128 (2001), a case where the Court held that a credit card company engaged in deceptive advertising. Mr. Barrera has been appointed by the Court as class counsel on behalf of California consumers and on behalf of employees. Mr. Barrera has also obtained defense verdicts for the firm's business clients.
Pat Barrera has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer for eleven consecutive years by Los Angeles Magazine and California Super Lawyer Magazine. The Super Lawyers selection process is a combination of balloting, blue ribbon panel review and independent research. Mr. Barrera is also AV-Rated, for ethical standards and legal ability, which is the highest ranking issued by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Barrera was profiled in South Bay Magazine. Mr. Barrera was also profiled in Forbes magazine.
Mr. Barrera is licensed to practice law in California and Texas. He is admitted to practice in federal court. Mr. Barrera is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Texas, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and California Employment Lawyers Association.
Mr. Barrera is frequently asked to speak on panels at continuing legal education seminars. Mr. Barrera has served as a Judge Pro Tempore with the Los Angeles Superior Court and he has guest lectured at the University of West Los Angeles on litigation topics. Mr. Barrera previously served as a volunteer prosecutor with the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. Mr. Barrera served on the Board of Directors of Inside Out Community Arts and on the Board of The Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D. - 1990
Honors: Legal Research Board
TEXAS STATE UNIVERISTY
San Marcos, Texas
B.B.A. - 1987
Honors: Student Government - Supreme Court Justice
Activities & Affiliations
•Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1990 - Present
•California Employment Lawyers Association, 1999 - Present
•U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1991
•U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2012