Carlos De La Paz

When you hear Carlos explain his Oahu North Shore surfing expeditions you would not also believe that he is an avid corporate lawyer. After all, lawyers are typically risk adverse, right? Actually, Carlos believes that surfing has trained him to be a better lawyer.

“The attraction to surfing is the constant opportunity to make decisions that are crucial to the outcome of your safety…surfers understand the necessity of competent decision making in the most dire of moments in order to ensure a positive outcome. Decision making as a corporate lawyer is no different,” explains Carlos. He believes decision making for material matters is intellectually challenging and only a few persons are up for the challenge. That challenge seems to be Carlos’ main motivator.

Carlos has sought out intellectually challenging activities prior to graduating law school at the University of Illinois. As an accountant, he worked closely with casinos auditing their financial statements and ensuring their compliance with various gaming regulations. “One mistake can easily materially affect the operations of your casino clients, and in effect, thousands of jobs,” he explains.

After graduating law school with honors, Carlos immediately began his legal career with the boutique litigation firm MoloLamken in New York City. He gained extensive experience with commercial litigation, corporate internal investigations, and complex e-discovery matters. His experience working with current technological trends and contract attorneys has shaped his ideology for the future of the legal industry.

Carlos now resides in Southern California managing the Rostam West Coast headquarters. He spends most of his free time honing his surfing skills and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • United States District Courts for the Central District of California, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Federal Circuit


J.D., University of Illinois,
College of Law, 2011,
Cum Laude

B.S., Accounting, Brigham Young
University – Hawaii, 2007,
Cum Laude