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Stacy La Scala

Stacy L. La Scala, Esq.

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T: 714-937-8219
F: 714-939-8710
500 N. State College Blvd. , 14th Floor , Orange , CA 92868

Stacy L. La Scala, Esq. has extensive experience handling insurance-related disputes as a full-time neutral and previously as coverage counsel. He has mediated a wide range of matters, including coverage disputes among carriers, bad faith, subrogation, contribution, and allocation actions—among others.

Mr. La Scala previously served as a regional director and national litigation director for a large property casualty carrier. In private practice, he represented individuals, policyholders, and businesses in insurance matters. His litigation experience provides him with an in-depth working knowledge of the insurance industry and its nuances and complexities. He is well versed in the issues important to all sides of a dispute, having served as plaintiffs’, defense, and in-house counsel.

Mr. La Scala also authors the insurance tort sections for Thompson Reuters California Civil Practice.

Representative Matters

  • Bad faith action for denial of duty to defend and duty to indemnify based upon unsatisfied self-insured retention. Action arose out of construction defect dispute that included Brandt fee and punitive damage claims.
  • Bad faith claim against non-admitted carrier on modified insuring agreement language and duty to defend
  • Bad faith claims against insurer for failure to defend based upon ongoing operations versus completed operations endorsement
  • Contribution, subrogation, and declaratory relief action involving defense fee and indemnity claims among numerous commercial general liability (CGL) primary and additional insured carriers
  • First-party bad faith claim by insured involving denial of coverage arising from property fire loss and improper valuation
  • California Insurance Code §11580 action by assignee to insured’s claims arising from breach of duty to defend and stipulated judgment
  • Intervention action by carrier against subcontractors for subrogation and indemnity in and arising from underlying 202 single-family home tract construction defect action
  • Subrogation action involving multi-million-dollar indemnity claims among primary and excess carriers, including evidence and timing of exhaustion of policies
  • Subrogation, contribution, and Buss action by national insurance carrier against its insured, co-carriers, and subcontractors for re-allocation of defense fees and costs
  • 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
  • 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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