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Octavio Velarde

Of Counsel

Octavio Velarde grew up and was educated in Southern California. He speaks Spanish fluently and understands the challenges his clients face dealing with exorbitant housing costs, managing debt, and fighting for fairness in the workplace.

Octavio spent over a decade working with labor unions. Throughout his years in labor, Octavio worked closely with workers. He focused on empowering union members to advocate for their own rights through community engagement and worksite organizing. That experience impressed Octavio with the importance of advocacy, which includes working closely with community members and developing their understanding and attention to empowering his clients.

Octavio believes that access to the legal system is vital for all communities. These are challenging and important times wherein the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the financial and workplace uncertainties across many communities. Octavio is passionate about social justice and economic issues, and the practice areas on which he focuses reflect that.

Education
  • Pomona College, Claremont, CA – Bachelor of Arts
  • University of California – Irvine School of Law, JD
Awards and Accolades
  • Co-drafted brief and argued published decision Martinez v. Barr, 941 F.3d 907 (9th Cir. 2019)
  • Lead Editor for the UC Irvine Law Review
  • Externed with the Hon. Dean D. Pregerson in the Central District of California
  • Public Service Scholarship at UCI Law
Member of the following Bar Associations
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association


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