Stacy L. La Scala, Esq.

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Stacy L. La Scala, Esq. is a highly regarded mediator who has resolved a wide array of disputes, including construction, insurance, business/commercial, and professional liability matters.

Mr. La Scala began his neutral career in 2011 following 21 years as an attorney handling complex, multi-party litigation involving construction defect, insurance, commercial, and contract issues. In private practice, Mr. La Scala represented individuals, policyholders, and businesses. He also served as a national litigation director for a large property casualty carrier. Mr. La Scala knows the issues important to all litigants involved in a case and is able to work closely with the parties to foster resolution.

Mr. La Scala is also an accomplished author and lecturer on topics relating to construction and insurance. In addition to many articles, he co-authored the 2013-2015 editions of Thomson Reuters’ California Civil Practice: Torts.

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Breach of contract involving multi-million-dollar real estate construction agreement
    • Breach of contract, fraud, and misrepresentation claim related to cost-plus construction agreement
    • Commercial business interruption claim stemming from hotel construction deficiency claims, loss of use, and impact on goodwill of business
    • Dental partnership dispute involving accounting, management, and dissolution issues
    • LLC disputes over member distributions and claims of management fraud
    • Owner/trainer dispute over allocation of training and vet fees for thoroughbred horses
    • Thoroughbred horseracing partnership dissolution regarding dispute over manager fees and direction/goals of partnership
  • Construction
    • Commercial disputes between owner and builder involving hotel construction
    • Condominium projects involving homeowners associations, builders, subcontractors, and carriers
    • Public entity action against builder, tier 1 and tier 2 subcontractors involving multi-million-dollar defect and business loss claims
    • Public works project involving transit district in the construction of a railroad bridge
    • Residential/single family home disputes involving 1 to 200 homes
  • Insurance
    • Additional insured carrier Buss action against insured
    • Additional insured carrier defense fee reallocation dispute with unrelated subcontractors
    • Breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing in denial of duty to defend and indemnify arising out of construction defect claim, including Brandt fee claims
    • Contribution action involving defense and indemnity claims among primary carriers with both ISO and Manuscript endorsements
    • First party bad faith claims involving denial of coverage arising from property fire loss
    • Insurance Code §11580 action by assignee to insured’s claims arising from breach of duty to defend and stipulated judgment
    • Subrogation action by national insurance carrier against its insured, co-carriers, and subcontractors for re-allocation of defense fees and costs
    • Subrogation action involving multi-million-dollar indemnity claims among primary and excess carriers, including evidence and timing of exhaustion of policies
  • Professional Liability
    • Architect negligence claim involving deficient waterproofing details
    • Structural engineering claim involving deficient load calculations for mid-rise apartment complex

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • ADR Trainings
    • National Conflict Resolution Center, Mediation Skills Training, 2010
  • Memberships
    • American Bar Association - Forum on Construction Law and Litigation Sections
    • California Board of Realtors, 2010
    • California Horse Racing Board - Licensed Owner, 2002-2006
    • United States District Court - Northern, Central & Southern Districts, 1990-present
  • Recent Publications
    • Author, “Torts,” Thomson Reuters’ California Civil Practice, 2013-2015 edition
      • Chapters on Arbitration; Bad Faith Actions; Duties of Insurer; Duties of Insured; Declaratory Relief Actions; Complaints and Cross-Complaints in Bad Faith Actions; Answers and Pretrial Proceedings in Bad Faith Actions
  • Recent Seminars/Presentations
    • Panelist, “If it Ain’t Broke, It Doesn’t Pay to Sue: Why Products Claims in CD Cases Are Not Easy Money,” West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar, Anaheim, CA, May 2016
    • Panelist, “Summary Judgments & Their Impact Across Multiple West Region States,” MC Consultants Construction Litigation and Insurance Coverage Conference, San Diego, CA, September 2015
    • Speaker, “Crawford Collections, Insurer Interventions, and Additional Insured Buyouts: A ‘New Normal’ in Litigation and Mediation of CD Claims?” Construction Defect Claim Managers Association, San Diego, CA, September 2015
    • Speaker, “Vanishing AIS and Crawford,” California Developer and General Contractor Counsel, San Diego, CA (March 2014) and Los Angeles, CA, February 2014
    • Speaker, “Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIPS)/Wraps and SIRS,” May 2013
    • Panelist, “Can Coverage Issues be Resolved Prior to Mediation?” MC Consultants Construction Litigation and Insurance Coverage Conference, San Diego, CA, September 2012
    • Speaker, “Additional Insured Endorsements and Contractual Indemnity Provisions,” Burlington Insurance Company, 2006

Background and Education

  • Full-time Mediator, Arbitrator, Settlement Referee, and Special Master, Arbitration, Mediation & Conciliation Center, 2011-2015
  • Partner, La Scala & Associates, 2008-2011
  • Attorney, Selman Breitman LLP, 2007-2008
  • Attorney, Weston & McElvain LLC, 2003-2007
  • Attorney, Travelers Insurance, 1997-2003
    • National Litigation Director – Construction Defect Claim Department
    • National Trial Committee Director
    • Regional Claims Director – California, Nevada & Arizona

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