Stacy L. La Scala, Esq.

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Construction Defect

Stacy L. La Scala, Esq. is a full-time mediator and arbitrator with JAMS who has resolved a wide array of construction defect disputes. Mr. La Scala began his neutral career in 2011 following 21 years as an attorney handling litigation involving complex, multi-party construction defect and insurance issues.

Mr. La Scala commenced his legal career with the representation of developers, architects, engineers, and subcontractors in complex multi-party construction defect proceedings. He later served as a national litigation director for a large property casualty carrier, handling numerous defect matters throughout the country.

Representative Matters

  • Breach of contract, fraud, and misrepresentation claim related to cost-plus construction agreement on multi-million-dollar renovation project
  • Commercial business interruption claim stemming from multi-building hotel construction deficiency claim, loss of use, and impact on goodwill of business
  • Condominium projects involving homeowners associations, builders, subcontractors, and carriers
  • Five-story hotel construction deficiency claim, including significant structural and loss-of-use claims
  • Master homeowner’s association action against contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers for alleged deficiencies in the construction of the community’s private streets
  • Mid-rise apartment buildings with alleged defective cast-iron plumbing manufactured in China, as well as defective curtain wall and balcony systems
  • Numerous single-family home disputes involving 1 to 300 homes, general contractors, developers, subcontractors, and suppliers

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, 2010-2013
    • California Horse Racing Board - Licensed Owner, 2002-2006
    • Claim and Litigation Management Alliance - Mediator/Arbitrator Member, 2016 - Present
    • United States District Court - Northern, Central & Southern Districts, 1990-present
  • Recent Publications
    • Co-Author, Thomson Reuters’ treatise Torts (California Civil Practice Series), 2013-2017 editions
    • 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
    • Presenter, “Reallocation Actions and Settlement Agreements: What did we settle?”, Orange County Bar Association, Newport Beach, CA., August 2017
    • Panelist, “Leveling The Playing Field To Avoid Problems Down The Road”, West Coast Construction Defect Seminar, Anaheim, CA., May 2017
    • Moderator, Riverside Superior Court Judges Roundtable, Construction Defect Claims Managers Biannual Meeting, Anaheim, May 2017
    • Presenter, “Ethics in Alternative Dispute Resolution”, Multiple Law Firms throughout California, 2016-2017
    • Moderator, “Groundhog Day – Negotiating Settlement Agreements to Avoid Re-Litigation”, 2016 Claims Litigation Management National Construction Conference, San Diego, CA., September 2016
    • Presenter, “Reallocation Actions – Round 2 Actions the New Normal, Orange County Bar Association, Newport Beach, CA., August 2016
    • 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
  • ADR Profiles
    • "People Savvy," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, August 11, 2017

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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