Fredric W. Trester, formerly an equity partner with a prominent international law firm, joined Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP as a partner in July 2000. Mr. Trester was born in Chicago, Illinois and admitted to the California Bar in 1980. He attended college at the University of Arizona (BA, 1976, History) and graduated cum laudefrom Santa Clara University School of Law in 1980. Mr. Trester is also a graduate of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Trial Attorney Project, including five weeks as a Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney, and the prominent Hastings College of Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Trester has been a California Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1984, and acts as a volunteer mediator and arbitrator for the Los Angeles Courts. He was formerly a Commissioner on the Advisory Commission to the California Senate Committee on Business Insurance (1988‑1990) and is currently a member of The Legal Forum of the California Association of Realtors (CAR) and a founding member of the CAR Strategic Defense Counsel Panel.
Mr. Trester is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Litigation and Real Estate Sections. He has extensive experience in civil litigation; professional liability defense, including real estate licensees; architects and engineers; insurance agents; and brokers. He also has considerable experience in construction defect, general liability, and real estate litigation. He has tried numerous jury and court trials and arbitrations with a 90% win ratio.
Mr. Trester is a frequent lecturer and author on issues involving risk management and recent developments in the law that impact real estate brokers, design professionals, businesses, and property owners. He was an adjunct professor of Law at Southwestern Law School where he has taught real estate transactions. He is also a repeat panel member on the annual CEB course titled, Developments in Real Estate Law and is a certified instructor for the California Department of Real Estate.
Mr. Trester resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.