Attorneys at law

Raquel M. Kuronen, Esq. is the President and CEO of West L.A. Law, P.C. and represents clients in all areas in which the firm practices—Immigration Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Business Law, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Tax Audits/Offer & Compromises and Expungement matters. With over 16 years of experience as a California licensed attorney, she is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients. 

Prior to co-founding West L.A. Law, P.C., Ms. Kuronen gained extensive court experience and utilized her Spanish speaking skills representing low-income tenants in eviction cases and domestic violence survivors in divorce and custody cases at Bay Area Legal Aid in Northern California.  Although she focused on representing individual clients, she also understood that engaging in advocacy that would impact many people at once was essential to protecting the rights of her clients and others in similar situations. Therefore, she co-created the Alameda County Family Law Task Force, whose purpose was to address the gaps in legal services for domestic violence survivors, served on the Oakland Police Department’s Community Task Force, raising issues about police response to domestic violence and tenant disputes, and served on the Oakland Code Enforcement Committee, focusing on increasing accessibility to housing inspections for persons with disabilities and non-English speakers.

Although she valued her non-profit work, Ms. Kuronen also had an interest in corporate business matters.  She expanded her areas of practice by representing businesses in trademark, employment law and other business- related matters at Carter & Singler.

As an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for 9 years, she supervised the Inglewood Self-Help Center, which provided legal assistance in Landlord-Tenant, Contract, Consumer, Family Law, Civil Harassment, Domestic Violence, Personal Injury and Expungement cases for self-represented litigants. Ms. Kuronen saw on a daily basis how intimidating and confusing the American legal system could be to so many.  She took steps to make the legal system more user-friendly by translating legal materials from English to Spanish, creating easy-to read guides and creating a video showing how to present a family law case in Court. 

Lastly, Ms. Kuronen gained employment law experience working with undocumented immigrants while an intern at San Francisco’s Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic and their Language Rights Clinic.

Because of her wide-range of legal knowledge and experience, Ms. Kuronen is able to provide one-stop legal assistance to many of her clients, who often have more than one legal issue.  She is able to explain their legal matters and procedures in uncomplicated terms so they understand the issues and steps to be taken in their cases.  Her goal is to think strategically in approaching each case based on a client’s needs and goals, to determine which legal tools would be most effective, to educate each client in the law and work collaboratively with them so they make the best decisions for themselves and their families.  And, while her job is to be their attorney, she keeps in mind that they are people, just like her, with fears, concerns, hopes and dreams.  Therefore, it is equally important to her to treat each client with respect, compassion, and understanding as she guides them through their legal journeys. 

Ms. Kuronen obtained her B.A. from UCLA in 1992, majoring in Political Science. She also received a scholarship to study at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain in 1990-1991. After college, she returned to her hometown of San Francisco and obtained her J.D. degree in 1997 from Hastings College of the Law.