About Us

D​eClercq Law PC is a high-quality boutique legal practice delivering client-centered results in civil litigation, business and commercial law, real estate, employment law, estate planning, corporate compliance, mediation/arbitration, and entertainment law.

The firm was founded in 2011 by William DeClercq to serve the Southern California area. Today, we have attorneys admitted in California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and the Republic of the Philippines. The firm has a proud history of providing cost-effective, high-quality legal advice and guidance to its valued clients throughout the US and around the world.

The firm’s core team of attorneys leverage their deep experience and training at the world's largest and most prestigious law firms to deliver unparalleled service and cost. Using technology combined with low overhead, and tailoring our work to focus on essential client-driven services, DeClercq Law delivers excellent results at a fraction of the cost demanded by other firms.

Our Team

Affiliates

  • Ramin Rabeian, Esq., Beverly Hills Bike Law, APC
  • Eugene S. Alkana, Esq., Law Offices of Eugene Alkana
  • Brett R. Strauss, Esq., NEXT Legal Advice
  • Michael McCollum, Esq., McCollum Counsel

William B. DeClercq, Esq.

Founder

William DeClercq

William (Billy) DeClercq is an experienced business litigation attorney and the firm's founder. He leads the firm's litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice and assists clients with business formation and compliance issues, with an emphasis on employment practices and human resources risk management. Litigation matters have included complex commercial disputes, partnership disputes, employment litigation, and real property actions.

As a civil litigator and business advisor, he aims to be a peacemaker with a creative “aggressive but reasonable” approach that focuses on achieving the client’s desired objectives, always considering the costs and benefits of any approach, while maintaining a healthy sense of humor.

He seeks to treat every client's challenges with equal vigor and commitment, no matter the size, and he brings a unique personal approach to every valued client by emphasizing practical, cost-effective, tailored solutions to challenging legal problems. In that past he has represented a range of clients including small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, private individuals and Fortune 500 companies, large banking and financial services companies, real estate investment trusts, federal government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare agencies, logistics firms, manufacturers, and retailers.

He is actively involved in pro bono and public interest representation, including adoptions, immigration, and education advocacy.

Billy enjoys working as a comedy writer/performer and legal commentator. He wrote, produced and performed in a full-length comedy show, “Law & Disorder – LIVE” and performs improv and sketch comedy in Hollywood with his troupe, "You're on Mute!" Billy is the creator and host of a long-running legal/comedy podcast, “Laying Down the Law,” which combines real legal cases with improvised comedy and interviews. To learn more about Billy's comedy, visit www.Comedy.Lawyer.

Education

  • J.D. — University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law, 2005, with honors
  • California State University - East Bay, Teaching Credential, Education, 2001
  • Whittier College, B.A. - cum laude, Theatre Arts/Philosophy, 1997, cum laude

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Formation and Compliance
  • Employment Compliance and Litigation
  • Real Estate Agreements and Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of California
  • California Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California

Awards

  • Selected to Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Service
  • John Greenleaf Whittier Scholar - full tuition scholarship to Whittier College

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Special Counsel to Board of Directors of Gifted Research & Outreach, Inc.
  • Boy Scout Leader - Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 351, San Marino
  • Focus Out Group Leader, Arcadia, CA
  • AYSO Regional Referee
  • Knights of Columbus Council 1174 - First Degree Knight

Ken Mallernee, Esq.

Of Counsel

Ken Mallernee

Ken Mallernee is a results-oriented professional, contract negotiator, problem solver, and transactional specialist with more than thirty years of legal experience in all aspects of commercial real estate with an emphasis in commercial leasing, franchise, disposition and acquisition, property management, and real estate closings.

As a former in-house counsel for a nationwide retailer, Ken brings extensive practical and strategic business experience to the representation of his clients and a thorough understanding of the retail real estate industry. Ken also works with local restaurant operators and franchisees of national chains in the leasing, purchase, and sale of business assets and real property.

Ken’s clients in office leasing include general and medical office leasing and cover a wide spectrum of industries and sizes, and he has negotiated leases and subleases for office locations across the country. In addition, his leasing practice includes warehouse and industrial locations and manufacturing facilities, and specialty leases such as airports and solar farms.

Additionally, Ken represents clients in the acquisition, disposition and development of real estate wherein he performs title, survey and site plan review, real estate closings, and loan modifications and closings. He also advises clients in multi-family leasing and residential real estate matters, including those involving apartment complexes, condominiums, and homeowners’ associations.

When he is not practicing law, Ken enjoys sailing, hiking, and cycling. He serves as a mentor to law school and high school students, and is an advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Along with his husband, he is a devoted dog owner and supporter of rescue dogs.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Commercial Leasing
    • Office/Medical Office
    • Retail/Restaurant
    • Warehouse/Industrial
  • Real Estate Disposition and Acquisition

Bar Admissions

  • The State Bar of California
  • The Florida Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Ohio State Bar Association (currently inactive)

Education

  • University of Akron School of Law, JD, 1989
  • Kent State University, BBA, cum laude, 1986

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, San Diego
  • Mentor, Crawford High School Academy of Law and Justice
  • Mentor, Diversity Fellowship Program of San Diego County Bar Association
  • Board Member and Mentor, Tom Homann LGBTQ+ Law Association
  • Member, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division of San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, Anti-Racism Group of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Action Cycling Atlanta (2013-2015)
  • Member, Atlanta Board of Realtors (2007-2012)
  • Member, Association of Corporate Counsel (1997-2008)

Robert M. Chiappetta, Esq.

Of Counsel

Robert Chiappetta specializes in entertainment, business, and contract law. His experience as a writer, producer, and development executive in Hollywood writing and developing studio level projects over the past twenty years give him a unique insight into the needs of talent and production companies. During that time, Robert also developed a screen credit arbitration practice, working with writers defending their credit on studio released features. It was working on these actions while a writer and producer that made Robert turn back to the law and focus on the legal side of the entertainment business.

Rob is also an expert witness in literary and copyright disputes. Again, bringing his deep understanding of the writing and development process to help determine who should receive credit for original authorship and ideas.

In 2001, Rob graduated from the University at Texas School of Law and passed the Texas state bar that same year. He recently passed the California Bar in 2022. He enjoys the sunny weather of Southern California and exploring the coastline and mountains.

Areas of Practice

  • Entertainment Law
  • Business Law
  • Business Transactional Work

Bar Admissions

  • The State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of Texas

Education

  • University of Texas, School of Law, Austin, Texas, JD, 2001
  • American University, Washington D.C., BA, 1996

Tracy M. Wong, Esq.

Attorney

Tracy Wong received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2012. Ms. Wong has broad experience in immigration law and litigation. As a law clerk at Southwestern Law School's Immigration Law Clinic, she worked on U-Visa and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases, helping victims of abuse and violence receive immigration relief. In addition, she has previously helped numerous applicants file for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). As a frequent volunteer at the naturalization clinics held by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (formerly Asian Pacific American Legal Center), she has helped countless Green Card holders file for citizenship. More recently, she volunteered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice in their effort to combat voter suppression during the pandemic. Her litigation experience consists mostly in the area of business; but she has also handled other general civil litigation cases including defamation, negligence, employment, real estate, and government tort claims. Ms. Wong recently returned to litigation after working a two-and-a-half-year term as a law clerk with the Los Angeles Superior Court, assisting various judges throughout Los Angeles County.

Ms. Wong received her B.A. in Philosophy, magna cum laude, from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. She is currently admitted to practice law in the State of California, and before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Her hobbies include Performance Driving, Creative Writing, and Tabletop Games.

Education

  • J.D. — Southwestern Law School, 2012
  • California Polytechnic State University, Pomona - Philosophy, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • State of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Shera Lee Mortejo

Paralegal

Shera MortejoShera Mortejo is a newly minted attorney in the Philippines. She received her JD Degree from the University of the Visayas-Gullas Law School in 2022 and passed the Philippine Bar Examinations in the same year. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines Visayas.

Shera is involved in several socio-civic organizations and programs. She has volunteered in various Legal Aid activities conducted in detention facilities and far flung communities in the Philippines. As someone who was born and raised in a Geopark island, she is passionate about environment protection and conservation.

In her free time, she is often found in the tennis court. She also enjoys karaoke and movie nights with her friends.

Education

  • J.D. – University of the Visayas-Gullas Law School, Philippines, 2022
  • University of the Philippines Visayas, Philippines – BA (Political Science), 2017

Bar Admissions

  • Republic of the Philippines