Attorney E.H. La Velle III

Serving Clients in Greater Lakeport for Over 20 Years

E. H. La Velle IIIE. H. La Velle III grew up in Lake County and graduated from the Middletown Unified High School. After completing college, law school and several tours in the United States Army JAG Corps, Ed returned to his childhood home on Big Canyon Road, near Middletown. Upon his return to Lake County he was asked to join the law firm of Crump, Bruchler and Crump, the very first law firm ever established in Lake County. After only a year Ed became a partner and after only a few more years his hard work and legal talent was rewarded by being promoted to managing attorney.

After rigorous testing, investigation, demonstration of experience and peer evaluation, in 1994 the California State Bar recognized Ed's expertise in the area of family law when he was certified as a family law specialist. To this day Ed is the only family law certified specialist in Lake County, which is not surprising where approximately less than 1000 attorneys in the entire state have achieved this distinction.

In addition to supervising the activities of the other members of the office, Ed is actively engaged in advising clients and when necessary taking cases to trial in court. In the 30+ years that Ed has been practicing law he has helped thousands of clients and participated in hundreds of court proceedings.

The firm's goal is to deliver quality legal services. Ed has defined "quality legal services" as a high quality legal product, timely delivered, at a reasonable price. All of the firm's present and future clients benefit from this philosophy.

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified as Family Law Specialist by State Bar of California; September 22, 1994
  • Licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California and all subordinate courts; February 22, 1983
  • United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit; 1983
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California; 1983


California State University, Sacramento, 1977
B.A. Sociology and Speech Communication – Dual Majors; With Honors

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1981
Juris Doctorate

Golden Gate University; University of Virginia; and William and Mary School of Law; 1987-1988
Many post-graduate-legal courses

National College of District Attorneys – Career
Prosecutors Course, 1985

Professional Experience

  • Crump, Bruchler and La Velle, Managing Attorney; 1990 to present
  • Crump, Bruchler and Crump, Associate Attorney; 1988-1990
  • Chief, Military Justice, Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army; 1987-1988
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate; 1984-1988
  • Army Defense Counsel; 1986-1987
  • Army Prosecutor and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney; 1984-1986

Memberships in Professional Organizations:

  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

Honors and Awards

  • Army Commendation Medal – Impact, 1985
  • Army Commendation Medal – First Oak Leaf Cluster, 1986
  • Army Commendation Medal – Second Oak Leaf Cluster, 1987
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 1988


Crump, Bruchler & La Velle
1175 N Main St.
Lakeport, CA 95453
Phone: 707-263-5607