A Legacy of Successful Litigation 

Arias & Lockwood, Attorneys at Law, is *AV rated for legal ability, experience and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell. One of its members holds both *AV and **AV Preeminent ratings. He also holds the rank of ***Diplomat in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Another member is a California board-certified specialist in appellate law.

Arias & Lockwood has a combined 85 years of experience conducting civil jury and bench trials, law and motion practice and appeals in both state and federal courts. The firm’s attorneys have conducted approximately 225 jury trials to verdict, and have a successful record of disposing of cases before trial through dispositive motions, including motions for summary judgment.

Christopher Lockwood, a California board-certified appellate specialist, is counsel of record in more than 230 appeals in both state and federal courts, including three cases in the California Supreme Court. He is also counsel of record in one precedent setting en banc decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. (Armendariz, et al. v. Penman)

Messrs. Arias and Lockwood’s experience covers all aspects of civil litigation that includes a wide range of subjects and legal issues including general torts litigation, public entity liability, civil rights, employment law-based claims, defamation, ADA-based disability access discrimination claims, land use, family law (appeals only) and general business disputes.      

Mr. Lockwood is available on short notice to assist trial counsel with trial preparation and during trial, then to assist with post-trial motions and, of course, appeals.

Arias & Lockwood takes pride in offering its clients prompt and individual attention and the highest quality services at competitive rates. The firm is located in San Bernardino, in the heart of the Inland Empire, a few minutes from the downtown San Bernardino County Superior Court and a short distance from the Riverside County Superior Court and the U.S. District Court in Riverside. However, the firm represents clients in all Southern California state and federal courts, all California courts of appeal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation and Appeals

Trial, post-trial litigation and appeals in both California and federal trial courts


Representation of business owners in disability access discrimination claims under both the ADA and California law

Personal Injury & Employment Law

Representation in personal injury and employment law claims

Business Litigation

Representation in business disputes