"It was quite an honor to meet and be sworn in by the Chief Justice. Her willingness to take time out of her busy schedule shows that she is committed to working with trial lawyers as our court system is forced by budgetary constraints to undergo dramatic changes in the administration of justice," said LaRochelle.
LaRochelle served as treasurer of the prestigious organization in 2012 and is the first Ventura County trial attorney to be elevated to statewide office since the local California Coast Chapter – which covers Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties – was formed in 1988. He is in line to serve as president of CAL-ABOTA in 2015.
As vice president of CA-ABOTA, LaRochelle will continue to strengthen relationships with the best trial lawyers in the state, giving his firm’s clients top resources statewide if matters arise outside this region.
CAL-ABOTA is a regional chapter of a national jury trial lawyers association, the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA's mission is to preserve the right to a jury trial in civil cases and to promote civility in trial practice. Membership in ABOTA is by election and limited to those trial attorneys who have met stringent trial experience criteria.
A recognized leader among trial attorneys, LaRochelle has practiced civil litigation exclusively for more than 35 years. He has tried or arbitrated more than 100 cases, including business, commercial and real estate litigation, serious personal injury cases and a variety of other business-related matters. He has served as president of the California Coast Chapter of ABOTA, the Ventura County Bar Association and the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, among other professional leadership positions.
Established in 1990, Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel LLP (A to Z Law) is one of Ventura County’s most distinguished law firms, noted for its expertise and reputation. The firm’s eight practice groups provide individuals, businesses and government agencies with superior counsel in a wide range of matters, including business, real estate and personal injury litigation; real estate and business transactions;