Stacy L. La Scala, Esq. has experience resolving construction disputes arising out of a wide array of commercial projects, including hotels, mixed-use residential/commercial buildings, railroads, infrastructure, schools, medical facilities, and pipelines. He has experience mediating matters involving breach of contract, business-loss, fraud, deficiency, and delay issues, as well as nearly all aspects of insurance coverage for construction projects.
Prior to becoming a full-time neutral in 2011, Mr. La Scala litigated insurance, construction, and business cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He commenced his legal career with the representation of developers, architects, engineers, and subcontractors in complex multi-party construction proceedings. He later served as a national litigation director for a large property casualty carrier, handling numerous matters throughout the country.
- $18.6 million resolution of mixed-use commercial/residential multi-building construction defect, breach of contract, and contractor lien dispute. Matter included ten ancillary suits—including bad faith, contribution, and subrogation actions
- Commercial business interruption dispute stemming from multi-building hotel construction deficiency claim, loss of use, and impact on goodwill of business
- Railroad bridge collapse involving national contractor, transit district, and local association of government entities
- Public entity action—against builder, tier 1 and tier 2 subcontractors—involving $100 million defect and business-loss claims
- Case involving custom glass panel wall system on university parking structure
- Breach of contract, fraud, and misrepresentation suit related to cost-plus construction agreement on multi-million-dollar renovation project
- Four-story, 80-unit hotel construction deficiency suit, including significant loss of use claims
- Medical building construction action, including claims that HVAC and plumbing contaminated operating room
- Structural engineering suit involving deficient load calculations for mid-rise apartment complex and professional liability policy carrier
- Public works project—involving municipal water district, local government agencies, engineers, contractors, and suppliers—over recycled water pipeline and asphalt concrete overlay
- Delay damage/change order claim against community college district involving HVAC design and installation in multiple academic buildings
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.
- National Conflict Resolution Center, Mediation Skills Training, 2010
- 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, 2016-2022
- United States District Court - Central & Southern Districts, 1990-2022
- California State Bar, 1990 - 2022
- Author, “Torts,” Thomson Reuters’ California Civil Practice, 2013-2022 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
- Co-Author, “When Catastrophes and Construction Defect Litigation Collide”, Construction Claims Magazine, Summer 2018 edition
- Author, “2 Dispute Resolution Choice for Construction Contracts”, Law 360, May 7, 2018.
- Co-Presenter, “Overcoming Conflict with Co-Mediation”, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Webinar, December 15, 2021
- Moderator, “Virtual Mediation and Arbitration – Today and in the Future”, 2021 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 7, 2021
- Co-Presenter, “All’s Well That Ends Well: How to Prepare for and Navigate Conflict Resolution”, 2021 CLM Annual conference, Atlanta, Georgia, August 12, 2021
- Moderator, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”, 2018 CLM Construction Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 27, 2018
- Moderator, “New Developments in California Coverage and Construction Law 2018”, Orange County Bar Association, Joint meeting of Insurance Coverage and Construction Section, Irvine, Ca., April 25, 2018
- Moderator, “Out Of The Frying Pan, Into The Fire: When Reconstruction Goes Wrong Following A Property Loss Claim and How to Prevent The Future Perils Through Mediation and Claim Resolution”, CLM 2018 Annual Conference, Houston, Tx., March 15, 2018.
- Co-Presenter, “The Buss Stops Here”, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 1, 2018
- Co-Presenter, “Recent Coverage and Construction Cases”, Claim Litigation Management Southern California Chapter Annual Meeting, San Diego, Ca., February 1, 2018
- Presenter, “Ethics in Alternative Dispute Resolution”, Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter, January 24, 2018
- Co-Presenter, “Ethics in Alternative Dispute Resolution”, APALIE Riverside Chapter, January 23, 2018
- Co-Presenter, “Recent Coverage and Construction Cases”, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, November 30, 2017
- Co-Presenter, “Ethics in Alternative Dispute Resolution”, JAMS Orange, Ca., October 31, 2017
- Co-Presenter, “Reallocation Actions and Settlement Agreements: What did we settle?”, OCBA – Construction Section, Newport Beach, Ca., August 2, 2017
- 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
- "People Savvy," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, August 11, 2017
- Owner, JAMS 2020
- Judge Pro-Tem, San Diego Superior Court, 2010-2017
- 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
- J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1987-1990
- B.A., cum laude, University of California, San Diego, 1983-1987
- University of Sussex, United Kingdom, 1985-1986
- "Stacy La Scala went above and beyond to help resolve our matter. Although it did not settle during mediation, he continued to work with us afterwards until we could reach a point where informal resolution was possible. Without him, we would have most likely ended up in lengthy and costly trial."
- "Our mediator, Stacy La Scala, worked under some fairly adversarial circumstances. He was very understanding and accommodating."
- "Stacy La Scala did a great job bringing the parties together, despite a very wide gap between them. He was excellent."
- "I don't know how you pulled that off yesterday, but as a litigator with 34 years experience I think it was nothing short of a miracle. You were quite impressive and I can highly recommend you to others."
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