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Ethan C. Surls

Ethan Surls received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Mr. Surls is admitted to practice in all California State Courts.


Prior to starting at Stansbury Brown Law, PC, Mr. Surls worked for a variety of organizations whose purpose was to provide legal services to disadvantaged workers including the Wage Justice Center as well as an internship with the Labor Commissioner’s office. Additionally, Mr. Surls has worked pro-bono with the organization Kids In Need of Defense (K.I.N.D) by defending undocumented minors in deportation proceedings and facilitating their petitions for asylum. After graduating Law School, Mr, Surls worked for a plaintiff’s employment firm focusing on wage and hour class actions and individual wrongful termination and discrimination suits, where he worked on a number of landmark cases in California wage and hour litigation.

From 2006 until 2019, Mr. Surls worked in the restaurant industry as a minimum-wage employee and was personally subjected to the gross mistreatment of workers. These experiences have fueled his desire to fight with vigor for the rights and dignity of employees who have faced similar experiences.


Mr. Surls is a native of the South Bay of Los Angeles and an avid surfer and snowboarder. Mr. Surls, a Spanish speaker, frequently travels to the various countries of Latin America to enjoy the beautiful beaches and explore the wildlife in the rainforests.

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