Stacy L. La Scala, Esq.

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Engineering and Construction

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.

Representative Matters

  • $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

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
  • 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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