Raymond P. Boucher
Raymond P. Boucher, a veteran trial lawyer specializing in complex consumer litigation, class actions, product liability, toxic tort litigation, employment discrimination and bad faith, is the Founder and Senior Partner of Boucher LLP.
During his professional career, which spans three decades, Boucher has tried more than 50 cases, and has helped obtain verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients in excess of $3 billion. In two of his more notable cases, he served as lead attorney in the landmark $660 million sexual abuse settlement with the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles in which he represented over 250 abuse victims in the July 2007 settlement as well as obtaining nearly $200 million for 144 survivors in a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Boucher has briefed and argued more than 20 appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California Courts of Appeal.
For his professional achievements, Boucher has received a diverse array of honors and awards, to include recognition as: “Top 100 Attorneys in California” (2002) by the Daily Journal; “Trial Lawyers of the Decade, “ (2001-2010) by the Daily Journal; “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year” (2008) by California Lawyer; “Consumer Attorney of the Year” (2007) by the Consumer Attorneys of California; and “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (additional awards listed below).
A noted author and lecturer, Boucher has lectured at numerous law schools (e.g. Stanford, Pepperdine, Loyola) and has delivered hundreds of presentations to bar associations and other legal organizations as well as legal media sponsored events and educational and government forums.
Prior to founding Boucher, LLP, Boucher served several other Los Angeles area law firms, including: Kiesel, Boucher & Larson LLP (Partner), Law Offices of Raymond P. Boucher (Founder/Senior Partner), Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette & Jefferson (Of Counsel), Sayre, Moreno, Purcell & Boucher (Managing Partner), and Gould & Sayre.
A native of Massachusetts, Boucher received his undergraduate education at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Business Administration and Political Science.
He was Student Body President, on the Dean’s List and later was honored as its “Alumnus of the Year” (2007). He matriculated to Colorado State University where he received a Master of Science degree in Management. Boucher obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law While in law school, Boucher ranked in the top 15% of his class, was a member of the Phi Delta Phi honor society and later honored in 2002 with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received an Honorary Doctor of Law by Whittier College School of Law in 2005.
Boucher is admitted to the State Bar of California as well as the United States District Court for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California. He is a member of, and has held leadership positions in, numerous legal professional entities, including:
- American Association for Justice, Member
- American Bar Association, Admitted as a Fellow of the American Bar
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, State of California Delegate Member
- Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member
- California Courts, Administrative Office of the Courts (2002 to 2007), Committees: Court Funding, Complex Courts System, Court Integration
- California State Bar Association, Member
- Civil Justice Foundation, Member
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (Formerly the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association) President (2005), Board of Governors, Emeritus
- Member (2005 to present), Board of Governors, Member (1996 to 2006)
- Consumer Attorneys of California (Formerly the California Trial Lawyers Association, President (2007), Board of Governors (1997 to present)
- Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (2001 to present), Consumer Advocate of the Year (2007)
- Diversity in Law Foundation, Board of Directors
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Board of Trustees (2000 to 2002)
- Los Angeles Superior Court Bench and Bar Committee (2001 to 2008)
- National College of Advocacy, Fellow
- Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Pepperdine School of Law, Board of Visitors (1997 to present)
- Public Citizen, Member
- Public Justice (Formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice), Board of Directors (1996 to present), Member (1984 to present)
- The Roscoe Pound Foundation, Member
Among the other honors, awards and other forms of recognition Boucher has received for his professional achievements and accomplishments from legal, community, educational, nonprofit and media entities, include:
- Named a Top 20 Leading Lawyer by Law Dragon
- Named a Top 500 Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer by Law Dragon
- American Association for Justice Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award (2008)
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Ted Horn Memorial Award in recognition of service to the California State Bar (2002), Finalist, Trial
- Lawyer of the Year (1996) , Several Presidential Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Trial Bar
- Consumer Attorneys of California Legislative Champion Award (2002), Several Presidential Awards of Merit
- Consumer Attorneys of San Diego David S. Casey, Jr. Consumer Advocate Award (2006)
- California League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Award (2005) for dedication to the environment and for fostering the public health rights of individuals
- Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado Alumnus of the Year (2007)
- Law Dragon Named one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2009-2014)
- Los Angeles Daily Journal Law Business Named one of the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California several times
- Los Angeles Magazine Super Lawyer (2001 to present); named one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California (2010 to present)
- Loyola Law School Champion of Justice Award (2008)
- Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Reviewed AV (highest rating)
- Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Top Gun Award (2008)
- Pepperdine University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award (2002)
- Project Sister Family Services Justice Armand Arabian Award (2006) for outstanding efforts to secure justice for victims of clergy abuse
- Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year (1994)
Additionally, Boucher has been the recipient of presidential awards, awards of merit, recognition and commendation from federal, state and local government entities as well as a variety of bar associations.
Boucher, who resides in Tarzana, CA, is active in numerous business, civic, community and charitable organizations (e.g. Ambassador, Make a Wish Foundation). He is also active in fund raising for various local, state and national organizations for whom he has raised millions of dollars. He spends significant time doing pro bono work and frequently advises California Senate, Assembly and constitutional offices about legal and political issues.