At DuRoss & DuRoss, we value family. In 1933, Joseph C. DuRoss set out to build a law practice based on professionalism and integrity. He would pass these values on to his son Dan, who since 1976 has practiced estate planning and probate law in the South Bay with distinction. With the addition of Joe’s grandson Tom, DuRoss & DuRoss, LLP is proud to serve Southern California for a third straight generation.
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Joseph C. DuRoss (1906-1991)
Joseph C. “Joe” DuRoss was born in Angeleno Heights in 1906. Joe graduated from Loyola High School ('24), Loyola University ('28), and Loyola Law School ('32) in the days when each school was located in the same building (the current site of Loyola High School on Venice Boulevard). During his time at Loyola, Joe played guard on the football team, and served as editor of the Loyola Law Review.
After passing the bar, he went into law practice with two friends, Lydon Callahan and George Andre. They opened two offices in 1933: the first in the Higgins Building, which still stands in Downtown Los Angeles, and the second in Manhattan Beach. Thus, Joe helped establish Manhattan Beach's first law practice, which to this day holds the distinction of being Manhattan Beach's longest running business.
Along the way, Lydon Callahan introduced Joe to his cousin, Alice DeMott. Joe and Alice married in 1938, and went on to raise seven children, including Dan, and Tom's father, the late Tom Sr. Joe died in 1991 at the age of 84, surrounded by family and friends. Joe is survived by 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild (and counting).