World-Class Team.
World-Class Results.

We are a boutique law firm focused on business litigation involving clients in California and nationwide.

Experienced Business And Commercial Law Representation

Lawrence Bartels LLP is a litigation and transactional boutique law firm specializing in high-end business litigation. With over 50 combined years of litigation experience, our attorneys handle a broad range of business disputes, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, usurpation of corporate opportunities, unfair competition, false advertising, securities violations, copyright and trademark infringement, wrongful termination and sexual harassment. Although the bulk of our work is in California (primarily Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area), we represent individuals and businesses throughout the United States. Regardless of the complexity of your legal issue, our experienced attorneys are committed to providing the highest-quality advice available.

Our Practice Areas

Who We Are

Lawrence Bartels LLP is a litigation and transactional boutique specializing in high-end commercial litigation and business disputes throughout California. All our lawyers have substantial trial experience and are alumni of AmLaw 100 law firms.

What We Do

Pure and simple, we prepare every case as if it is going to trial. From multimillion-dollar partnership disputes to routine breach of contract cases, every case is handled with the same diligence and attention to detail.

Where We Work

We provide legal services throughout the United States, primarily in California (Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area), but we also accept discrete assignments in other parts of the country.

Big Law Firm Experience. Small Law Firm Service.

Since our firm’s founding in 2019, we have taken pride in providing our clients with an exceptional quality of representation and service that is not often found in smaller law firms. All our lawyers have substantial trial experience, are alumni of AmLaw 100 law firms, are well-known in the legal community and have broad networks of connections with local attorneys, experts, consultants and investigators.

Our aim is to obtain the best results possible for you. We accomplish that by listening to you, learning your business and drawing upon our considerable knowledge and experience to advise you on the best course of action to achieve your goals. When your business faces legal challenges, we are not afraid to go to trial. We have the expertise inside and outside the courtroom to secure the most favorable resolution of your issue possible.

What Our Client Says

“Robert Lawrence has represented me and my company in ongoing scorched earth litigation – including two trials over the last 7 years. I trust his judgment completely.”

Raymond Harper, Owner, Aurora Western Pacific Advisors

What Our Client Says

“David Bartels provided the company great insights through some very difficult times. His hard work and effort allowed the company to move forward and stay focused on its core values, resulting in the most profitable quarters in its history as opposed to the problems of the past. I would recommend and hire David again.”

Dale Fuller, Interim President and CEO, McAfee

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Meet Our Attorneys

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Robert Lawrence

Senior Partner

Prior to founding Lawrence Bartels LLP in 2019, Mr. Lawrence was a partner at several prominent West Coast litigation boutiques. He is AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell and has been ranked as one of Orange County’s top attorneys in litigation (Los Angeles Magazine, 2019) and intellectual property (OC Register Metro, 2014). He was also selected for inclusion in California Super Lawyers in 2019, 2020, and 2021.


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David T. Bartels

Senior Partner

David T. Bartels is an experienced business attorney, representing businesses and their officers and directors in government enforcement actions, class actions and complex commercial litigation as well as transactional and regulatory issues.