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About Attorney William M. Slaughter


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Attorney William M. Slaughter is the founding partner of the firm. A trial attorney for 30 years, his practice focuses on commercial and real estate litigation, complex insurance defense cases (including insurance bad faith, personal injury, habitability and mold cases). He has arbitrated and tried dozens of cases to conclusion.

Attorney Slaughter serves as a judge pro tem and provides mediation services on a private basis. Attorney Slaughter brings the same innovative and result-oriented approach to mediation that he does to litigation. He focuses heavily on pre-mediation preparation and aggressively pursuing resolution.

Attorney William Slaughter has an excellent reputation as a lawyer across Southern California. He was given an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating possible) more than 25 years ago. He was named a “Super Lawyer” every year from 2009 through the most recent listing in 2017 and he was named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” beginning in 2012.


  • Humboldt University – Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science, with honors, 1979
  • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law – Juris Doctor, 1982
    - American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law recipient
    - Pacific Law Journal, Member of Law Review and Associate Articles Editor
  • Pepperdine University Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, 2002


  • Community Associations Institute
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • AV Rated (Highest Possible Rating) by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a Super Lawyer in 2009 - Present
  • Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, The Top Trial Lawyers in America®

    Published Cases

    • Geffcken v. D'Andrea (2006) 137 Cal.App.4th 1298
    • Ostayan v. Nordhoff Townhomes Association, Inc. (2003) 110 Cal.App.4th 120.


    Raised in Santa Paula, Mr. Slaughter currently resides in the Upper Ojai Valley with his wife, Rain Perry. His family has lived in Ventura County since 1903. He has volunteered his time over the years to many organizations as a board member including Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation, Notes for Notes, Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club and Sisar Water Company.

    A lifelong climber and outdoor sports enthusiast, Mr. Slaughter has participated since the mid-1980s as a member of the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue Team. It is a part of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. He has served as the Captain of this mountain rescue team for the last 15 years. In that capacity, he participates in and manages search and rescue activities in Ventura County and across California.

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