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  • Rita Lauria
  • Camie Lauria
  • Marcela Lauria-White


Rita M. Lauria, PhD

Attorney and Counselor at Law




Rita Lauria



Dr. Rita M. Lauria founded Metalaw®.US to develop a legal and consulting practice that would build upon her years of experience in media, communications, and the law. Her headquarters are in Los Angeles. She teaches New Media Law and other courses at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School and has taught Cyberspace Law and Media Law at the University of La Verne College of Law.


Rita Lauria's broad experience enables her to offer an array of legal services that span several areas. She offers general counseling and representation on matters related to criminal law and cybercrime, internet, media, and communications law, intellectual property acquisition and protection, privacy, education, and business development. She represents media and technology interests, business interests seeking both national and international advice and counsel, and helps individuals with their family matters as related to co-habitation and pre-nuptial agreements.


Prior to founding Metalaw®.US, Rita Lauria served the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles as judicial clerk extern in Major Crimes. There she assisted the Honorable Kathleen Kennedy on death penalty and other complex capital cases, on Writs of Habeas Corpus, and on other major felonies and matters before the court.


Dr. Lauria builds her practice upon years of experience in media, communications, and the law. She was Advisor for Communications to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Communications, and Infrastructure of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). She served also as Associate Professor of Media Law, Ethics, and Emerging Technologies in the University of North Carolina system and was Director of the Global Virtual University there.


As Advisor for Communications to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Communications, and Infrastructure of the Federated States of Micronesia, Rita Lauria helped establish the laws, policies, and institutional framework for communications for a newly independent country transitioning in the aftermath of the United Nations Trust Territory (U.S. administration) to international recognition and sovereignty in international communications. She helped draft legislation, regulations, and agreements related to international and national communications and represented the Federated States of Micronesia as National Delegate in intergovernmental fora concerned with telecommunications. During her tenure in the FSM, the nation achieved national self-sufficiency in radiocommunications and eligibility for full membership into the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Telecommunication Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT).


Rita Lauria has directed various experimental communications projects, including an international distance-learning project constituted as an international partnership between the state of North Carolina, its University, and several Japanese Prefectures (states), universities, and industry segments. This Global Virtual University project ultimately sparked reformulation of Japanese national education laws and regulations related to distance learning for credit and international exchange.


Metalaw®.US continues Rita Lauria's work at the frontier of media and communications science where she has investigated the impact of cyber and satellite communications upon legal regimes and other societal systems.



Attorney and Counselor at Law


  • Admitted to practice, California.

  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Central District of California

  • Attorney, law professor, published author, and businesswoman

  • Trained Mediator & Negotiator

  • Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent Veterans' Claims

  • Practice is international in scope.


Legal Interests & Practice Areas


  • Criminal - Felony, Misdemeanor, White Collar, Cybercrime

  • Cyber Law, Ecommerce, Internet Law

  • Family Law, particularly Co-Habitation & Pre-Nuptial Agreements

  • General Business Development

  • Education

  • Intellectual Property, Trademark & Copyright Acquisition and Protection

  • International Law

  • Media, Communications, Telecommunications

  • Mediation & Negotiation

  • Privacy Law





University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law, Dean's List


University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC


University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC


University of Southern California, Los Angeles Cum laude


Bar Admissions

California State Bar
North Carolina State Bar (inactive)
United States District Court for the Central District of California


Current Legal Experience


  • Founder & Principal, Metalaw®.US, an alliance of Metalaw®; Marina del Rey, CA

  • Adjunct Professor of Cyberlaw & Media Law, University of La Verne College of Law

  • Part-time Faculty, New Media Legal Issues, University of Southern California


Representative Former Experience


  • Co-Investigator / Consultant, Communications Consulting; (NASA - Virtual Worlds Training to Enhance Conflict Management, Communication, Leadership, and Team Performance Skills)

  • Research Associate, Media Interface & Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs; (Advanced Cyber Communications Technologies)

  • Associate Professor of Communications Law, Ethics, & Emerging Media; NC A&T State University

  • Judicial Clerk Extern, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles; Major Crimes Division: Complex Capital Cases & Death Penalty Trials, Writs of Habeas Corpus, all other matters before the court)

  • Principal Investigator / Consultant, Communications Consulting; (Higher Education - Reorganization Study & Plan - Reorganizing the Largest Academic Unit in the College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences from a Department into a School)

  • Advisor for Communications to the Secretary, Department of Transportation, Communications, & Infrastructure; Federated States of Micronesia

  • Director, Global Virtual University; University of North Carolina Wilmington

  • Lecturer Public Speaking; University of North Carolina Wilmington

  • Lecturer Public Relations; NC State University


Certifications and Licenses


  • Employment Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training Program, Carolina Dispute Settlement Services, Raleigh, NC, December 2003

  • Oxford University, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Cardozo School of Law Summer Program in Comparative Media Law: Legal Responses to New Communications Technologies.

  • Private Pilot License

  • California Real Estate License (Inactive)




  • Volunteer Neutral Award, Los Angeles Superior Court, ADR (2010)

  • Certificate of Tribute Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (2010)

  • Book Nominee for Certificate of Merit of the American Society of International Law: The Law and Regulation of International Space Communication (Artech House)

  • Eric Sevareid Program Information Award, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Team Production

  • Profiled in Who's Who in American Women; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in the World


Professional Associations & Memberships


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    Entertainment Law & Intellectual Property Section
    International Law Section

    • Executive Committee

    • Chair: New Initiatives & Strategic Planning Committee

  • Italian American Lawyers Association

  • Accademia dei Pari (Founding Member)

  • Internet Society, Global Member

  • LA Mediators


Language Proficiencies

Spanish: Speaking, Reading, & Writing Proficiency
French and Italian: Reading Proficiency






Camie Lauria

Administrative Director · Legal Assistant


Camie Lauria

Before coming to Metalaw®.US, Camie held several significant positions in which she organized and managed the affairs of different companies. She reported directly to the company CEO or Principal as Corporate Account Manager, Executive Assistant, or Legal Assistant. Camie's interests include Information Technology, New Media Production, and Music. With these interests, she not only brings administrative and managerial skills to Metalaw®.US, she also brings a rich background in Social Media, Wiki Design and Hosting, Markup Languages, Open Source Code, and experience with music and event promotions.


At Metalaw®.US, Camie directs Office administration and assists with legal tasks. In Alliance with Metalaw®, she also blogs and manages social media. Read her blog at She tweets at


Camie hopes to continue developing other special interests involving innovative approaches to learning through life experience. Specificly, she seeks ways to improve availability of support and help for troubled young adults and increasing public exposure to music education through workshops, performances, group talent showcases, and large music festivals.





    Bachelor of Arts (BA)


    • Major - History

    • Concentration - Information Science



Marcela Lauria-White

Community Liaison · Accounts Manager


Marcela Lauria-White

Marcela Lauria-White comes to Metalaw®.US with an accomplished background. She attended the University of Southern California on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Thornton School of Music where she emphasized Vocal Performance. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to attend the Thornton School, her musical education now blossoms. She currently performs for various non-profit and other organizations, while remaining committed to her other focused concerns for children and for animals.


While Marcela ultimately inspires to build a career in veterinarian medicine, she comes to Metalaw®.US now to assist with building relationships within our communities and keeping our books. As Community Liaison and Accounts Manager, Marcela is charged with developing community partnerships, events planning, and helping to track our records.





    Bachelor of Arts

    • Major - Music
      Concentration - Vocal Performance

    • Minor - Environmental Science