Law Offices of Edward H. Cross has been in continuous, full-time operation as a construction law firm since the day Ed was sworn into the California bar in 1995. He began on the owner/occupant side, spending the first few years achieving big wins in construction defect, water damage, and mold-related illness claims against restoration contractors, builders, developers, homeowners associations, and landlords.
Those wins garnered significant media attention, particularly in regard to indoor air quality issues. In 1997, Ed accepted an invitation from the Carpet & FabriCare Institute (CFI) to “Come give a presentation about what we need to do so that you won’t sue us.” A restorer who attended the presentation approached Ed to draft a contract and, later, to represent the restorer in litigation. That led to referrals that blossomed into a broad array of work for hundreds of restoration contractors across the country, and in 2000, Ed dedicated his practice entirely to representing cleaners and restorers, and has never looked back.
Since 1997, Ed and his team have recovered many tens of millions of dollars for cleaning and restoration companies across the country, defending them in court, drafting their contracts, and helping them develop practical risk management strategies. He has drafted many hundreds of customized contracts for insurance repairs, emergency mitigation, reconstruction, and contents restoration for many of the biggest names in the disaster recovery industry. Hundreds of companies sign many millions of dollars of contracts every week using his contracts, for everything from small carpet cleaning projects, to coronavirus disinfection, to major fire repairs. Ed received the Joe Laurino Memorial Award for Continuous and Unselfish Support of the Carpet & FabriCare Institute. Restorers ultimately nicknamed him “The Restoration Lawyer.”
Ed received a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Public Speaking from California State University at Northridge, where he earned a place on the Dean’s Honor Roll. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University in Fullerton, California, where he received Director’s Scholarships. He successfully completed the school’s accelerated, 2-1/2 year Juris Doctorate program, graduating in the top 25% of his class.