Mayra Fornos Has Been In Your Shoes

Mayra Fornos knows how fast life can change. She has her own personal experience and knows first-hand the unmet and unrecognized needs and demands of a loved one suffering from a devastating injury.  

Mayra became involved with the disabled community more than 25 years ago when her late husband, Ralph, suffered a C5-6 spinal cord injury that rendered him a quadriplegic as the result of a surfing accident. Mayra understands the indescribable physical and emotional challenges the injured and their loved ones face.  

Mayra’s personal experience is one of the many attributes that sets her apart from other attorneys. As a result, Fornos Law Firm has an unparalleled approach towards individuals and families that have been similarly affected and are seeking legal help.  

Mayra’s goal is simple. To work tirelessly on behalf her clients, and force the wrongdoer — whether it be an individual, a corporation, a governmental agency, entity or a medical provider — to take responsibility and to compensate her client for the devastation and suffering caused as a result of their actions.

Our Resource Team

Fornos Law Firm works with individuals that have sustained life-altering injuries and are disabled, thus having tremendous knowledge and experience on the needs of those living with a devastating injury or disability.

Briana Walker, a consultant for the firm, became a paraplegic after suffering a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident. Brianna, a former legal secretary, uses her extraordinary insight and compassion to empower clients with information, resources, and support. 

Gerard Moreno, legal administrator of Fornos Law Firm, has been with the firm since its inception, Gerard has been a T-8 paraplegic, since 1981.  He has served on numerous boards that provide services and support to the disabled. Gerard has represented the United States in fencing at the Paralympics.

Anthony Orefice, a consultant for the firm, is a paraplegic as the result of a motocycle accident.  He also volunteers for organizations around Southern California providing peer support to individuals who have suffered similar catastrophic injuries.

Bobby Rohan, a consultant for the firm, is a C5-6 quadriplegic who relentlessly volunteers for organizations around Southern California providing peer support to individuals who have suffered similar catastrophic injuries.

Margarita Elizondo, a consultant for the firm, is a C6-7 quadreplegic and the Founder of Rolling With Me, a 501c3 nonprofit that advocates inclusion of people of all abilities in the community and offerrs peer support and resource to individuals who have suffered similar catastrophic injuries.



Mayra Fornos has been that ‘voice’ of compassion and knowledge of what people in wheelchairs need . . .with the help of Mayra and her staff, boundaries [for people in wheelchairs] are being conquered one day at a time.” 

– ERNIE ESPINOZA, Colours ‘N Motions National Sales Manage


Mayra Fornos is a brilliant attorney with over twenty years of personal experience of knowing what it is to live life on a daily basis with a person wheelchair bound due to a spinal cord injury. This knowledge, coupled with her amazing legal expertise and passion for her clients gave me the confidence to be at peace while awaiting the outcome of my legal matters. Thank you Mayra for the very favorable outcomes.” 

– TOMMY HOLLENSTEIN, Artist and Advocate for the Disabled


“A few years ago, I had the privilege of being represented by Mayra Fornos... My case was handled with professionalism and sensitivity. I felt that my best interests were protected at all times. I highly recommend Fornos & Associates.” 

Former Executive Director of WYNGS


"Mayra represented me in a lawsuit. As a result of her efforts, I was able to obtain financial security for my future medical needs and I will be forever grateful to Mayra for enabling me to cope mentally and emotionally as well as financially. Thank you, Mayra the professionalism and friendship of you and your staff will always be remembered." 

– SANDRA HERRERA, Xtreme Medical Inc

  • Best Law Firm – in the area of Personal Injury  (2017, 2018)
  • Best Law Firm – in the area of Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers – (2012 - 2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America – in the practice of Personal Injury (2011-2019)
  • Top Attorneys in Southern California – (2011-2018)
  • Best Law Firm Tier 1 in the area of Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice (2014, 2015) Edition of US News & World Report.
  • Los Angeles Women Leaders in the Law – as featured in Los Angeles Time Magazine (2012-2015)
  • Advocate of the Year Award nominee by the Consumer Attorneys of California – Women’s Caucus (2012)
  • Ed Roberts Independent Living Award, by the Dayle McIntosh Center, recognizing work with those seriously injured and disabled (2010)
  • Woman of the Year by the Westside Women’s Network (2010)
  • President’s Award by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Certificate of Commendation – Culver City
  • Certificate of Recognition – State of California for the Ralph’s Riders Foundation
  • Chairpersons Award – from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Commission on Disabilities for her legal work for the severely injured and disabled.

Professional Associations:

  • Admitted to California State Bar, 1993
  • State and Federal Courts
    • Board of Governors
    • Former Governmental Relations Committee, Co-Chair
    • Legislative Committee
    • Education Committee
    • Public Relations Committee
  • Civil Justice Program, Loyola Law School
  • Trial Lawyers Charities
    • Founding Friend
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Former Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court
    • Culver City Disability Advisory Committee, Board (former)
    • Disability Rights Legal Educational Advocacy Project
  • California Woman's Law Center
    • Board Member