Stacie Feldman Hausner, Esq. has successfully mediated hundreds of cases in the areas of business, personal injury, employment, real estate, construction defect, and entertainment law. She has an exceptionally high settlement rate due to her tenacity, calm and friendly demeanor, creative “out of the box” thinking, and keen insight. Ms. Hausner draws on her broad mediation experience, as well as her extensive study and understanding of the fields of negotiation and mediation. After a 15-year career as a litigator, practicing law at both defense and plaintiff firms, Ms. Hausner launched her mediation practice because she understood the perspectives and interests of the opposing sides to a dispute, as well as the benefits of alternative dispute resolution. She received an LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law, and prior to joining ADR Services, Inc., she successfully mediated over a hundred settlement conferences at the Santa Monica Courthouse. In addition, she has spent considerable time mediating for the Central District Court, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, and the Center for Conflict Resolution.

Counsel have consistently praised Ms. Hausner for settling disputes in an empathetic, caring, and tenacious manner, and for showing the intelligence and skills needed to guide parties toward settlement, regardless of the emotional or legal complexity of the matters in dispute. Counsel appreciate her use of effective tools and creative resolutions to reach settlement, even when impasse seems imminent. Ms. Hausner is praised for remaining invested in the process even after the time allotment for the mediation, and for diligently following up with cases that do not initially settle through the final resolution of the case.

Ms. Hausner is enthusiastic in her passion for mediation. When she is not mediating, she teaches mediation skills to practitioners, attorneys and law students. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching “Mediation Theory and Practice” and “Mediating the Litigated Case” at the Straus Institute. She also trains mediators for the United States District Court, Central District, Pro Bono mediation program. Ms. Hausner presents frequent MCLE trainings on various topics (including optimizing settlement and negotiation outcomes), trains women in a yearly Women’s Negotiation Academy, coaches businesspeople on effective negotiation strategies, and educates women negotiators in the workplace.

Areas of Specialization

  • Business / Commercial Contract 
  •  Employment 
  •  Insurance Coverage
  •  Landlord / Tenant 
  •  Personal Injury 
  •  Civil Rights/Government Entities
  •  Real Estate, Construction Defect
  •  Malpractice

Mediation Experience

ADR Services, Inc.

  • Mediator of various types of civil disputes
  • Presenter of CLE trainings for law firms, bar associations, mediation groups, women’s groups

United States District Court, Central District of California

  • Mediator of complex business, insurance coverage, real estate, construction defect, lemon law, and civil rights cases

Department of Fair Employment and Housing

  • Mediator of employment and housing discrimination cases

Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Santa Monica Courthouse

  • Mediated more than one hundred mandatory settlement conferences of various types of civil litigation cases

Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

  • Mediated approximately one hundred civil litigation cases

Center for Conflict Resolution

  • Mediated small claims cases in several Los Angeles Superior Court locations

Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School

  • Adjunct Professor: “Mediation Theory & Practice”; “Mediation Clinic”
  • Acting Associate Director
  • Coach, Women’s Negotiation Academy
  • Professor, “Mediating the Litigated Case” Program

Legal Experience

Fogel, Feldman, Ostrov, Ringler & Klevens, A Law Corportation

  • Litigated all aspects of business, entertainment, employment and complex personal injury cases

Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, LLP

  • Litigated business cases, often complex, multi-party litigation

Externship for Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Ninth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals


LL.M. in Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University (2016)

  • 3 CALI Awards – awarded for excellence in academics

J.D., Boston University School of Law (1996)

  • Graduated Cum LaudeExecutive Editor of The Law Review

B.A. in Political Science, University of California at San Diego (1993)

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Provost Honors

Professional Affilations

  • Provisors
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • California State Bar
  • Santa Monica Bar Association


  • BUSINESS AND CONTRACT DISPUTES: Partnership dissolutions; large scale services contracts; fraud; embezzlement; shareholder issues; misappropriation of funds; breach of fiduciary duty; breach of contract (oral and written); class action violations of the TCPA; lemon law; usury law; distribution contracts; growth and distribution of cannabis; esports; class action workers compensation classification; business purchase agreements; deeds of trust; business investments; construction and development contracts; investments in production companies; unjust enrichment; interference with prospective opportunity; unfair dilution of interest; apartment building services contract; misappropriation of funds; health care facilities; hotel services contracts; defective apparel and product disputes; false advertising; and energy contracts.
  • EMPLOYMENT: Wrongful termination; Civil Rights violations; sexual harassment; whistleblower retaliation; discrimination based upon race, sexual orientation, age, national origin, and disability; pregnancy and lactation discrimination; non-compete clauses; wage and hour claims; constructive termination; hostile work environment; family leave; employee commission disputes; ADA claims and failure to accommodate claims.
  • CONSTRUCTION DEFECT: Disputes between owners, contractors, engineers, subcontractors and architects in commercial (including large scale development projects) and residential (including condominiums) matters; disputes involving mold, flooding, water intrusion, plumbing, landscaping, soil, roofing, entertainment, swimming pools, atriums, and security systems in remodels; new construction and mixed use buildings.
  • REAL ESTATE: Claims of buyers, sellers and agents in the resolution of residential and commercial property purchase agreement disputes; neighbor disputes; easement disputes; property line disputes; multi-party Homeowners Association (HOA) disputes; income producing property disputes; section 1031 exchange disputes; failure to disclose allegations; fraudulent conveyance allegations; neighborhood ordinance regulation disputes; real estate broker liability disputes; broker fee disputes; mold exposure disputes; management of commercial property and condominium disputes; commercial development disputes.
  • LANDLORD-TENANT: Landlord-tenant disputes involving commercial and residential leases; habitability (mold, rats, roaches, noise); security deposits; unlawful detainers; exclusivity provisions in lease; constructive eviction; breach of lease; manager harassment; mixed-use building conversions; lease extensions.
  • ELDER ABUSE & FAMILY DISPUTES: Disputes between family members dividing inherited property; financial and physical elder abuse allegations involving elder and senior care facilities, nursing homes, and family homes.
  • PERSONAL INJURY: Automobile, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents; slip and fall; dog bites; premises liability; product liability design defect; catastrophic injuries; assault; sexual harassment and sexual battery; and disputes involving injuries obtained while in custody.
  • INSURANCE: Disputes involving bad faith and coverage issues relating to medical insurance, professional liability insurance, various business insurance policies, homeowners insurance, life insurance, title insurance, and automobile insurance; disputes involving excess insurance, UIM and subrogation issues.
  • BANKING: Mortgage claims; illegal lending practices; usury claims; wrongful foreclosures.
  • CIVIL RIGHTS/GOVERNMENT ENTITIES: Cases involving local governmental homeless programs; civil rights violations in prisons and jails; police conduct at traffic stops and in detention facilities; bullying at schools; Title IX claims; community activism; medical care in prison; disability services in prison.
  • HEALTH CARE: Hospital liability; nurse liability; doctor liability; psychiatric and orthopedic injuries; the entry of billing codes for insurance companies; discrimination claims from hospital staff; issues involving exclusive leases for medical providers.
  • PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY: Malpractice claims against lawyers, doctors, hospitals, senior care facilities, real estate brokers, and accountants.
  • ENTERTAINMENT/INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Licensing agreements; trademarks; investments in film projects; digital copyright infringement; celebrity “entourage” employees; film distribution deals.

Representative Cases

Business / Commercial Contract

  • A private lender/jewelry company owner alleged that a downtown LA jewelry company owner/friend owes him $1 million to repay money he loaned him for his business.
  • An entertainment company alleged that one of its partners owes money and props stolen from the company. It also wanted the partner to return access to the social media platforms in the company’s name. Case was resolved with an accounting, return of property, and the company’s purchasing of the partner’s interest.
  • Former business partner of a construction company sued the accountant and former business partner for breach of fiduciary duty and conversion for money allegedly taken and unaccounted for prior to and during the business partners’ separation of their business into 2 separate entities.
  • Technology company owner sued the purchaser of his technology for fraud.
  • An elderly woman sued brokers, lenders, title company, escrow company and notary for fraudulent deeds taken on her property without her knowledge. She settled for cancellation of the deeds and monetary compensation.
  • Designer sued distributor and manufacturer of hotel mirrors for design defect given its failure to meet the specifications with regard to illumination
  • Large biofuel company sued a service provider for failure to deliver the contracted services
  • Company sued a former employee for stealing money and accounts while employed.
  • Plaintiff sued defendant for breach of contract for default related to sale of auto loan.
  • Business dispute involving cross claims related to a services contract between an engineering firm and a large biofuel company.
  • Case involving an entertainment company owned by family members with accusations of embezzlement and fraud. Resolution involved buying out one of the family member’s interest in the company, as well as, numerous other creative components.
  • Class action lawsuit involving allegations of defendant violating the TCPA and involving potential issues with class certification.
  • Plaintiff sued defendant bank for allegedly placing an inquiry on plaintiff’s credit report without authorization and then refusing to remove it.
  • Numerous lemon law cases in which a car owner sued the manufacturer for numerous problems with his/her luxury cars.
  • Class action lawsuit involving an alleged violations of the TCPA.
  • Lemon law dispute involving 15 repair orders for transmission and seat belt system issues in a luxury car that had less than 60,000 miles.
  • A usury case in which multiple parties invested money with their friend for various business opportunities over the course of many years. The friends argued that the payments involved usurious loans at a rate of 15% interest.
  • Breach of contract dispute relating to the distribution and sale of solar energy.
  • Multi-million dollar dispute involving the alleged breach of contract between an e-gaming company and its distribution platform.
  • Dispute involving the alleged failure to compensate a health insurance agent for continual enrollments after termination of his association with the agency. Many accounting issues were involved in the dispute.
  • Dispute involving a forged deed of trust and failure to pay on a large personal loan.
  • Breach of contract dispute involving a textile manufacturer and distributor who would purchase the materials overseas and deliver them to the United States manufacturer.
  • Dispute involving job duties and compensation for a family-run advertising partnership.
  • Numerous disputes involving the division of assets following the separation of partners under partnership agreements.
  • Business dispute involving a television station and the its television broadcasting network. Case was resolved by entering into a new favorable contract for both parties that involved advertising time, revenue sharing, and crawlers.
  • Class action lawsuit in which the class sued for wrongful collection letters due to the discharge of debt from an earlier settlement agreement.
  • Married couple sued their credit card company for failing to reimburse the couple for money paid to wedding venue due to guests suffering from food poisoning.
  • Workers Compensation Insurance case in which worker classification codes were allegedly erroneous in order to get lower workers compensation premiums from a PEO.
  • Dispute for promissory fraud in which plaintiff alleged that defendants promised him a regional distributorship in the solar energy industry.
  • Students sued their now defunct vocational school, as well as the owner, for fraudulent representations during recruitment as to job placement as well as predatory collection practices.
  • The seller of a pharmacy sued to rescind a purchase agreement that sold the pharmacy for $20 million in a secured note, due to the failure of the purchaser to pay money on the note. The purchaser of the pharmacy sued for fraud, alleging that the purchase price was obtained by seller’s fraudulent representation of revenue in the reporting of PPO compounding versus workers’ compensation claims. Additionally, the son of the seller cross-complained against the purchaser for breach of an oral agreement for the purchaser to reimburse him for out-of-pocket marketing expenses.
  • Breach of contract case in which billing service provider for doctors alleged that client doctor breached the terms of their contract for services when he failed to timely and fully pay 5.5% fee on amounts collected from insurance providers and Medicare/Medical, and when he then discontinued his use of billing services for the year remaining on the contract.
  • Commercial landlord sued his tenant, a martial arts studio, for breach of contract when the studio failed to make timely and complete lease payments due to a loss of funding from an investor.
  • Dispute involving a photographer who sued a storage property owner for conversion when the storage facility allegedly removed and lost millions of dollars in photographs from the photographer’s leased storage unit 3 days after the expiration of her storage lease.
  • Fraud dispute in which the buyer of a multi-million dollar bank note sued the seller of the note for fraudulent representations regarding the price that the seller had initially paid for the note.
  • Breach of contract dispute involving an oral agreement in which plaintiff gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to defendant to invest in his businesses, including the production of a movie. Plaintiff alleged that defendant inappropriately gained large returns on the investment and managerial fees, while plaintiff lost his entire investment.
  • Contract dispute in which plaintiff alleged that he loaned several hundred thousand dollars to defendant friend and that, pursuant to an oral contract, the defendant promised to pay back a certain amount monthly plus interest. When the payments stopped, which happened relatively quickly, plaintiff sued defendant for the remaining amount.
  • Breach of contract case involving a contract in which defendant agreed to restore plaintiff’s vintage car. Plaintiff alleged that defendant breached the contract by taking an unreasonable amount of time to restore the vehicle and then returning the vehicle in a state of disrepair. Defendant cross-complained for breach of contract, arguing that he incurred additional expense in trying to restore the vehicle, was not given enough time to finish the vehicle, and was required to return the vehicle without receiving full payment.
  • Dispute involving a breach of contract between a vending machine company and a gymnastics studio. The vending machine company alleged that the gymnastics studio breached the contract by failing to cancel the automatic year renewal provision in the written contract, and by putting the vending machines into an off-site storage facility.
  • Fraud and breach of contract dispute in which a celebrity sued his friend for a million dollars in fraud, alleging that his friend defrauded him when he colluded with the celebrity’s girlfriend to take his money. The celebrity alleged that his friend encouraged him to write company checks to cash, so that the friend could then give the cash to the celebrity’s girlfriend. The celebrity also alleged that his friend wrongfully took some of that money for his own personal use. The friend counterclaimed for breach of an oral employment contract, alleging that he provided employment services for which he was never compensated. The celebrity claimed that defendant’s compensation solely included the perks of being part of his entourage.
  • Dispute in which a company, who provided nurses for in-home care to a medical provider who needed additional assistance, sued for breach of contract when the medical provider allegedly failed to make full payment pursuant to the terms of the contract.
  • Lemon Law Case in which plaintiff sued car company for failure to adequately repair the car despite numerous attempts
  • Breach of contract dispute arising when a production company failed to return an investment into the production of a movie.
  • Dispute in which an investor sued a start up company for unfair dilution of interest resulting from subsequent rounds of financing.
  • Dispute in which a landowner sued a mortgage company for damages resulting when the mortgage company used an allegedly adhesive and unfair contract for the extension of the mortgage.
  • Dispute in which a janitorial service company sued an apartment building owner for breach of a 3 year contract when the apartment owner terminated the contract and use of janitorial staff after 2 months of work.
  • Dispute in which a senior care company sued family members of an elderly woman staying at the facility to collect on money owed for senior care emergency services while living at an assisted living facility. The family argued that they owed no money because they never consented to the emergency services and the billing constituted financial elder abuse.
  • Dispute in which a homeowner sued a home entertainment and alarm system installation company for negligence and breach of contract. The homeowner alleged that the company failed to install a properly functioning system and, despite numerous attempts to make repairs, it was unable to repair the system. The homeowner sued for $1 million dollars, alleging that the improperly functioning upscale entertainment system decreased his enjoyment of his property and caused him to lose several hundred thousand of dollars when he sold his house. The company counter-claimed for failure to pay the full amount due under the contract.
  • Purchaser of a violin for $100,000 sued the seller of the violin and his alleged agent after receiving an appraisal more than 10 years later that valued the violin at a nominal amount.

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  • Wage and hour dispute involving claims that a full-time nurse providing elder care services was inadequately paid for his 24/7-hour care.
  • Employee alleged wrongful termination based on disability discrimination related to the time off she needed for a miscarriage and alleged wage and hour violations.
  • Employee sued a fast-food chain restaurant for pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination. There were many bankruptcy issues and insurance coverage issues that impacted the ultimate resolution of the dispute.
  • Attorney employee sued her law firm for damages she alleged occurred because she was erroneously terminated for her alleged poor performance.
  • Employee sued her employer medical clinic for racial discrimination and hostile work environment.
  • Employee in a large manufacturing company sued her employer for racial and gender discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. She sought lost wages and emotional distress damages. She also brought wage and hour claims based on unpaid overtime and shortened meal breaks.
  • Employee administrative assistant sued her large national employer for pregnancy discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment.
  • 20 year employee sued her large international employer for racial discrimination and wrongful termination due to the alleged discriminatory behavior of her new supervisor.
  • A part-time employee sued a national coffee franchise company for wrongful termination and sexual harassment when a supervisor made sexual advances toward her after work while drinking at a bar.

  • An employee sued a large national franchise store for sexual orientation discrimination due to repeated homophobic comments made by supervisors and others during her employment, even after she lodged complaints. 

  • An employee sued for wrongful termination and discrimination that occurred repeatedly by co-workers at a large national retail store.
  • An employee sued a national pharmacy for wrongful termination, age discrimination and disability discrimination when she was terminated after 20 plus years of employment and an injury to her arms that made it difficult for her to perform her existing job duties.

  • An actor sued for wrongful termination when he was terminated by the theater after rehearsals but before opening night. The actor alleged that he was fired for racially discriminatory reasons and because he asked for a copy of the signed employment agreement.

  • An independent contractor who performed construction sued a construction company for wrongful termination and harassment when they sent him home from the construction project for marijuana. He claimed that he suffered from a repetitive pattern of sexual harassment and bullying from supervisors at the job.
  • An employee sued a technology company for sexual harassment because the supervisor allegedly made repeated sexually-themed jokes and comments.

  • An employee sued his company for wrongful termination, age/race discrimination when he was terminated from long time employment due to complaints about work conditions, job duties and her supervisor.

  • Claimant sued HOA and property manager for FHA, FEHA, Unruh Act and Bane act violations due to sexual harassment by the property manager of her condominium complex. She also sued for retaliation after she complained.
  • An adjunct professor sued the college where she worked for age discrimination when the college no longer asked her to teach classes at the college after 7 years of allegedly good reviews.

  • A faculty member sued the college where she worked for failing to grant her tenure despite her reputation, alleged hard work and good reviews.
  • Assisted family members, who jointly owned and operated a family publicity management company, in defining their job responsibilities and determining a fair compensation structure so as to avoid future family resentment and discord.

  • Segment producers of a popular television talk show sued employer television talk show when they were terminated for refusing to perform job duties that conflicted with their morals.
  • A nurse sued the medical provider where she worked for many years alleging that she was wrongfully terminated because of age discrimination and retaliation for reporting poor work by some of the attending doctors.
  • Professor of a University sued the University for fraudulent hiring, failure for reappointment, failure to award tenure, discrimination and harassment.
  • Low wage car washer sued car wash company and manager for sexual harassment.

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Personal Injury & Civil Rights

  • Auto accident occurring in an intersection with severe back injuries.
  • Auto accident in a parking lot with contested liability and knee and shoulder injuries.
  • Family of an elderly woman alleged elder care abuse by an elder care worker providing services in her home.
  • Auto accident with severe injuries and potential future back surgery.
  • Auto accident with significant foot injuries and a pre-existing foot condition.
  • Plaintiff alleges that her civil rights were violated when she was arrested for making a criminal threat. She made this threat to 911 when she learned that animal services came to her residence to post her citation for having her dog off leash. She alleged that animal services only came to her residence to harass her in response to her call to the agency to complain about how the officer initially interacted with her and her dog.
  • Person sued a railroad company who conducted it’s own criminal investigation for negligence because the investigation led to his wrongful arrest and alleged wrongful incarceration for 9 months. The railroad contended that it did not make the independent decision for the arrest (and rather, simply provided the authorities with information) and that the incarceration was due to the person’s failure to appear to his mandatory criminal court hearing.
  • Woman sued the city and a mall for severe injuries she suffered when she tripped and fell at night on a stationary, permanent object in the tree planter at the mall.
  • Plaintiff sued a national retail company when she slipped and fell on liquid spilled in the store.
  • Plaintiff sued insurance carrier for failure to provide underinsured motorist coverage
  • Plaintiff sued hotel for severe injuries when a glass shower door exploded.
  • Student sued School District, School and its staff for its handling of a bullying situation
  • Plaintiff sued the county and city for excessive force during an arrest when the officer’s knee broke his neck. Plaintiff also sued the county for failure to provide handicap accessibility in the shower and his cell, allegedly causing plaintiff to fall and suffer further injury.
  • Driver of a cement trick sued the US for damages to his back, neck, and shoulder that occurred when a postal truck collided with him after entering his lane on the freeway. He sued under the FTCA.
  • Driver and passengers of a car sued the government under the FTCA for damages suffered in a car collision with a secret service agent.
  • Plaintiff sued the federal government and drug manufacturer for severe injuries allegedly resulting from his medical care during his immigration detention.
  • Civil rights dispute in which an inmate sued LA County for violations of rights due to excessive force during handcuffing, improper search in which his private parts were allegedly fondled, and improper removal of court documents from his cell.
  • Plaintiff sued the federal government for its failure to grant DACA immigration status and for wrongful detention and removal proceedings done in alleged retaliation for her immigration activism.
  • Large products liability case in which plaintiff alleged damages as a result of a faulty medical implant used for an off label indication.
  • Student sued the city and school district for alleged civil rights violations related to a school bullying situation.
  • Person alleged personal injury as a result of damages suffered while visiting a national large retail company.
  • Slip and fall case with alleged extensive damages that occurred at a multi-billion dollar international retail store.
  • Students sued each other and their university as a result of an alleged sexual assault and alleged botched Title IX investigation.
  • Personal injury dispute arising from significant damages to a passenger because of the airline’s alleged failure to provide her with a wheel chair and luggage assistance when she arrived to LAX. Alleged damages included damage to arms, shoulders, knees and cervical and lumbar spine. She required surgeries, injections, rehabilitation and future surgeries.
  • FHA case in which an alleged “tenant” of a low income mobile home park owned by the City sued the City and its management companies for failing to provide a “reasonable accommodation” for parking due to tenant’s alleged back disability. The City alleged that he was only a guest of the mobile home park, not a “tenant,” and accordingly, had no right to park nor reside at the mobile home park.
  • Car accident in which plaintiff suffered severe injuries to her cervical and lumbar spine.
  • Case involving a child who drowned in a swimming pool at a birthday party
  • Case involving a truck driver who lost his leg when his truck collided with an automobile
  • Brain damage case as a result of automobile accident
  • Pedestrian death as a result of an automobile accident
  • Catastrophic automobile accident involving severe injuries to cervical and lumbar spine
  • Numerous railroad cases involving union members injured on the job
  • Case involving a paraplegic injured while playing wheelchair basketball at his rehabilitation facility
  • Car accident in which plaintiff suffered severe injuries to her cervical and lumbar spine.
  • Slip and fall case arising when a woman suffered significant back and leg injuries from slipping on water on the floor of a hotel bathroom during a work convention.
  • Numerous slip and fall cases involving a large national franchise stores where plaintiffs were injured when slipping on liquids resulting from broken products.
  • Dispute in which a family sued for personal injury damages due to alleged toxic mold in their residence during their tenancy.
  • Person sued his friend for damages to his back when he fell off a bridge when entering his friend’s swimming pool. He alleged that the pool was in an unsafe condition because it had no handrails and a sharp object on the step where the handrail used to be attached.
  • Civil Rights dispute involving the alleged excessive use of police force during a traffic stop.
  • Civil Rights dispute involving alleged excessive police force during a police visit to someone’s home, resulting in brain and emotional distress injuries.
  • Plaintiff sued defendant in a road rage case for damages to his car, emotional distress damages, cost of medical bills and punitive damages when defendant blocked the road with his car, and then exited his car to hit plaintiff and plaintiff’s Ferrari with a crow bar.
  • Plaintiff sued defendant for an accident in which defendant’s car collided with plaintiff’s motorcycle. Plaintiff alleged millions of dollars in damages, including costs for medical treatment, spinal surgery, rehabilitation and emotional distress. Plaintiff also made a large claim for future damages, which defendant contested on the ground that, after plaintiff’s surgery and recovery, plaintiff had a subsequent motorcycle crash and injury.
  • Plaintiff sued defendant for sexual assault when her then husband allegedly repeatedly physically forced her to have sex with him, leading to infertility and emotional distress.
  • Plaintiff sued a high profile defendant when he was allegedly hit and severely injured by defendant’s car while walking in a parking lot.
  • Claimant sued HOA and property manager for FHA, FEHA, Unruh Act and Bane act violations due to sexual harassment by the property manager of her condominium complex. She also sued for retaliation after she complained.
  • Dispute resulting when defendant’s dog allegedly attacked plaintiff neighbor’s dog. The dog died of the injuries after plaintiff incurred $40,000 in medical and rehabilitation expenses.
  • Plaintiff attorney sued his client for defamation, alleging that his client posted disparaging and defamatory remarks on AVVO.
  • Plaintiff, who was a pregnant obstetrician, sued defendant for rear-ending her car. She alleged significant lost wages, claiming that the accident forced her to go on bed rest, thereby preventing her from treating patients and obtaining new clients.
  • Plaintiff was bit in the arm by defendant’s dog in an apartment building where they both lived. Plaintiff sued defendant and the apartment building. Plaintiff asked for $1 million in damages due to medical costs, emotional distress, and future medical costs.
  • Numerous car accident cases involving contested liability issues, large damages, and/or insurance coverage/reservation of rights issues.
  • Dispute brought by the Homeless Task Force against a city for it’s alleged unconstitutional actions involving the impoundment and storage of homeless persons’ property.

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Real Estate & Construction Defect

  • Homeowner sued handyman who did a remodel of his house, alleging negligence, failure to obtain a contractor’s license and failure to obtain necessary permits.
  • A cousin sued his cousin who was managing a construction project, alleging that he stole his money, rather than pay the subcontractors. The cousin counterclaimed for failure to pay compensation pursuant to the oral contract.
  • Homeowner sued contractor for damages allegedly resulting from problems with the pool construction and retaining wall on his property. Significant insurance coverage issues were at play in this dispute.
  • Homeowner alleged that the HOA damaged him by delaying his construction project for years by not approving his plans.
  • Landlord filed an unlawful detainer action to remove a commercial automobile repair business tenant from the large outdoor premises owned by the landlord for failure to pay rent and asked for a large award of damages in the amount of unpaid rent. The tenant argued that it couldn’t pay rent due to economic hardship as a result of the Covid pandemic.
  • Tenant sued residential landlord alleging statutory fraud and discrimination as it related to Section 8 Housing and the energy distribution arrangement during his tenancy.
  • Residential tenants alleged breach of warranty of habitability and injuries from toxic mold in the unit.
  • Quiet title action between separated spouses and the wife’s mother who had originally purchased the property.
  • Tenants sued their landlord for habitability issues associated with an apartment that had not been permitted by the City.
  • Tenant sued her landlord for habitability issues related to mold and water intrusion.
  • Homeowner sued seller of real estate for failure to disclose conditions with the electricity and lack of permitting in the house. He alleged that he bought the house for $15 million and that it was worth much less because the seller had rehabilitated the property without permitting and without safe electricity and foundation in the house.
  • Homeowners sued their HOA for refusing to pass their plans for building an enclosed structure on their deck.
  • Commercial landlord tenant dispute regarding unpaid rent, utilities and property damage when a restaurant removed everything inside the restaurant before returning the property to the landlord
  • Alleged failure to disclose water intrusion event
  • Habitability case related to rental of an unpermitted unit – a storage unit converted into an apartment. Allegations involved treble and punitive damages.
  • Beauty salon owner sued commercial landlord for retaliation and interference with quiet enjoyment of property
  • Residential tenant sued landlord for failure to return security deposit
  • Commercial landlord sued tenant for breach of contract, waste, and conversion for destroying fixtures upon vacating the premises.
  • Brother and sister dispute involving the potential sale and/or buyout of a mutually owned income property
  • Seller allegedly failed to disclose termite issue to buyer
  • Alleged breach of commercial lease in which tenant gutted warehouse premises to use for cannabis industry and allegedly breached the lease when it defaulted on rent payments for business reasons. Case involved the potential triggering of many penalty provisions in the lease.
  • Tenant, who lived in an unpermitted garage, sued landlord for return of rent and damages related to mold and destruction of photo memorabilia and original music tapes that had been destroyed by a water leak in the closet.
  • Breach of lease dispute in which the owners of a multi-million dollar rental property wanted the tenant and social influencers living on the property to vacate the premises due to a breach of lease.
  • Breach of commercial lease case and failure to return a security deposit.
  • Owner of property sued his contractor for negligence and breach of contract arising from a remodel. Case involved issues of whether the contractor was licensed (given alleged failure to obtain worker’s compensation insurance), and many other construction defect and breach of contract issues.
  • Dispute involving the sale of a large property for building of condominiums contingent upon approval of construction plans. Allegations of fraud and misrepresentation were made.
  • Family members sued each other regarding the division of property from their parents’ estate.
  • Case in which buyer purchased a property to develop into condominiums subject to seller obtaining city approval of the project. Two and a half years later, buyer wants rescission of the purchase agreement because none of the plans have been approved.
  • Four siblings involved in a dispute regarding the division of three properties soon to be inherited from their elderly parents and held in trust in individual sibling’s names.
  • Landlord-tenant dispute in which tenant sought damages for remediation of mold and reconstruction of a storage facility and garage in a long-term residential tenancy.
  • HOA case in which a homeowner had unknowingly bough a townhome with an unlicensed storage facility built atop a common area. This facility had been there for 20 plus years with the HOA’s knowledge, yet no prior complaint.
  • Investor invested in the development of income producing property. The developer who had sought her investment transferred the property, prior to development, to a different entity for the infusion of capital from the sale of a different property, thereby diluting investor’s interest. Investor alleged violation of the operating agreement.
  • A borrower transferred property to plaintiff who paid the borrower’s mortgage for several years without assuming a transfer of the mortgage to plaintiff’s name, without paying off the mortgage, and without receiving at third party authorization from the borrower. When the plaintiff wanted to sell the property, the mortgage company refused to release the payoff amount (necessary for the sale) because plaintiff’s name was not on the mortgage, it is an alleged violation of borrower’s privacy rights, and the borrower refused to give authorization to release the payoff information. As a result, the sale on the property fell through and the plaintiff alleged resulting damages.
  • Dispute between neighbors and a developer who wanted to construct apartment buildings and was limited by a 1946 restrictive deed that limits development to duplexes and single family residences.
  • Dispute arising from a contractor’s alleged negligent construction of a new swimming pool and deck in the backyard of landowner. It also involved significant insurance coverage issues under a CGL policy.
  • Tenants sued landlord for retaliation when landlord served a rent increase and then a 60 Day Notice within a few weeks of tenants calling the Health Department regarding habitability issues in the unit, including sewage backups.
  • Multi-party dispute involving water leakage from the roof into 4 units. Unit owners sued the roofer, owner in unit above, owner in charge of the roof deck, and the Homeowners Association.
  • HOA case in which a homeowner had unknowingly bought a townhome with an unlicensed storage facility built atop a common area. This facility had been there for 20 plus years with the HOA’s knowledge yet no complaint.
  • A dispute arising out of a commercial grant of utility easement by previous owners of both commercial properties. One side argued there was a violation of the easement in a new construction project while the other side argued that the easement allowed for the construction. The dispute involved significant insurance coverage issues.
  • Dispute in which the tenants sued their landlord for personal injury damages and lack of habitability due to pervasive toxic mold during the tenancy.
  • Dispute in which a commercial tenant sued the its landlord developer for interference with business relations when its landlord developer engaged in a neighboring very large development project that restricted the tenant’s ability to physically access its business.
  • Dispute in which the tenant and landlord sued one another due to the condition of a large beach-front Malibu property during the tenancy and upon return of the property to the landlord.
  • Dispute involving the division of a joint tenancy property in which the property was held in an LLC, and one of the joint tenants had newly inherited the property after the passing of his father and multiple renovations by the other joint tenant.
  • Dispute involving damages incurred to personal property when a metal rod was stuck deep in the ground during a water well project in which the driller passed away prior to the completion of the project. There were many CGL coverage issues involved in the dispute.
  • Dispute involving the alleged intentional fire in a condominium complex that damaged the property of the other residents. Insurance subrogation, homeowners association and coverage issues were involved in the case.
  • Dispute involving a commercial lease in which the tenants built out the space to convert into a restaurant and when returning the property, they had removed the kitchen and other built-ins without landlord approval and knowledge.
  • Dispute between a landlord and tenant for a commercial space when the work done to the property was done by an unlicensed contractor, which allegedly devalued the purchase price of the property.
  • Plaintiff contractor sued defendant contractor for breach of contract regarding profit sharing arrangement on a public works project.
  • Dispute in which plaintiff home purchaser sued defendant seller and real estate agent for failure to disclose flooding.
  • Dispute in which defendant’s alleged water and pipe damage in his medical office caused extensive water damage to a tenant renting medical office space on a lower floor.
  • Breach of residential lease case and habitability case due to construction at a beachfront expensive residential property.
  • Breach of commercial lease and interference with business due to owner’s development of an adjacent property and the impact of that development on the leased property.
  • Dispute involving a commercial lease and issues surrounding construction done by the tenant during the terms of the lease and the condition of the property when the tenant vacated.
  • Dispute involving the issue as to whether the exchange in ownership interest of a piece of commercial property should be characterized as either a sale for a section 1031 property exchange or a loan at a 6% rate secured by the commercial property. The minimal written agreement referenced the property as a “sale,” but the transaction was structured as a loan and extrinsic evidence referred to the transaction as a loan. The characterization of the property transfer had implications on whether plaintiff or defendant/cross-complainant was owed money due to the fact that the subsequent sale of the commercial property was at a significantly smaller purchase price than the initial transfer of the property.
  • Dispute involving a commercial real estate lease that contained an exclusivity provision negotiated by a doctor tenant. Doctor tenant argued that, pursuant to the negotiated exclusivity provision in the lease, the landlord could not lease space on the ground floor to an urgent care facility. He alleged significant damages based upon the interference it would have with his medical practice.
  • A commercial lease dispute with tort and breach of lease claims. The dispute resolved with a six-figure settlement and an agreement for the leasing party to move to another one of the landlord’s property for no rent.
  • Dispute in which tenants sued their landlord for return of security deposit, ADA discrimination on basis of refusal to allow for an emotional support animal, fraud in the lease, and bad faith.
  • Dispute involving the sale of a house in Santa Monica canyon by the bank. Prior owner of the house sued the buyers alleging that it involved a fraudulent sale without proper notice. The plaintiff alleged more than $1 million in damages.
  • Dispute involving the issue of whether an easement should be granted, and for what price, to a land-locked property in Topanga Canyon from a non-profit organization owning adjacent property. The non-profit organization was designed to preserve the natural habitat in the canyon and they were concerned with the use, sub-division and building of structures on the property.
  • Property line dispute in which plaintiff sued neighbor defendants for removing expensive and mature trees from plaintiff’s property and subsequently building a wall on plaintiff’s property. Defendants claimed that they were remodeling their house and that the removal was accidental because they believed that the trees and wall were on defendants’ property.
  • Property line dispute involving neighboring property owners in Mandeville Canyon. Plaintiff sued defendants alleging that defendants owed plaintiff money for improperly using plaintiff’s property for a garage, parking, pool equipment and fountain equipment.
  • Dispute involving the breach of a commercial lease. Plaintiff pharmacy sued the landlord for breach of a commercial lease when the landlord allegedly failed to properly prepare the leased space in order to meet the stringent guidelines required by the pharmacy licensing board. The landlord counter-claimed for breach of the commercial lease, given that plaintiff never moved into the property.
  • Claimant sued HOA and property manager for FHA, FEHA, Unruh Act and Bane act violations due to sexual harassment by the property manager of her condominium complex. She also sued for retaliation after she complained.
  • Real Estate Broker and Brokerage Firm sued one another regarding commissions after date of termination, defamation, and insurance reserves.
  • Purchaser of a town house sued the seller for failure to disclose a flood event.
  • Multi-party dispute involving a wrongful foreclosure action and the subsequent wrongful purchase of property.
  • Commercial landlord sued his tenant, a martial arts studio, for breach of contract when the studio failed to make timely and complete lease payments due to a loss of funding from an investor.
  • A homeowner of a condominium sued his Homeowners Association and another homeowner, for the extensive damage that resulted when water dripped through the roof of their unit. The Homeowners Association also sued the homeowner in a declaratory relief action for a violation of its rules and procedures.
  • Dispute involving the alleged breach of a commercial lease agreement in Beverly Hills. Landlord sued tenant alleging that she breached the commercial lease by vacating the premises a few years early. Tenant alleged that she had to leave early because she detrimentally relied upon misrepresentations about square footage size, causing her to not have enough useable space to run her retail business. Landlord also sued real estate brokers for interference with business relations and breach of fiduciary duty because they found the tenant a new space during the terms of the lease.
  • Right of view case in which a neighbor sued another neighbor because the neighbor’s trees and hedges blocked the other neighbor’s ocean view.
  • Property line dispute in which one neighbor sued another for alleged encroachments caused by one of the neighbor’s fences and its underground footings.
  • Dispute in which a tenant sued his landlord for wrongful eviction from a rent-controlled apartment in Venice. The tenant alleged that the landlord wrongfully evicted him so that he could improperly convert the property to commercial use only, which is not subject to rent-control restrictions. The tenant sued for $1 million in damages.
  • Dispute between sibling property owners regarding two income properties, managed by one sibling, and left to both siblings in the estate of their mother. Dispute involved whether to sell each of the properties, and if so, at what value and pursuant to what valuation process.
  • Dispute between numerous family members regarding undistributed proceeds from the sale of real property transferred equally to them upon the death of parent property owners. One family member argued that he should be reimbursed for the money he spent on lawyer fees and improvements to the property made for the purposes of sale prior to the equal distribution of sale proceeds.
  • Tenant sued her landlord for the return of her security deposit and the value of her lost belongings. She alleged that, in response to complaints about the habitability of the premises, the landlord wrongfully served her with a 60 day notice to vacate and then, prior to the expiration of the notice period, the landlord locked her out of the premises, refusing to allow her to recover her belongings.
  • Tenant sued her landlord for wrongful eviction and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She alleged that, in response to her complaints about the habitability of her apartment, her landlord wrongfully evicted her after entering her apartment, without permission and the 24 hour notice provided for in the lease, to find her naked. The landlord counter-claimed for a breach of lease that he alleged had occurred because the tenant had been sub-letting rooms in the apartment in violation of the written lease.
  • Tenant sued her landlord for the return of her security deposit, when prior to moving into a leased mansion in Beverly Hills, she chose not to move in after learning that one of the guest houses was not permitted for habitability and that there was asbestos in a room in the main house. The landlord counterclaimed for breach of lease.
  • Dispute involving a tenant who sued for the return of his secured parking spot, or a substantial reduction of the rent, when the landlord took his secured parking spot away in a rent-controlled apartment, where tenant had lived for 15 years. The tenant alleged that the landlord knew the importance of the parking spot to the tenant and that he denied him of this spot solely so that the tenant would have to move, thereby allowing the landlord to rent the apartment to another tenant without rent control restrictions.
  • Dispute in which the tenants alleged that the landlord erroneously refused to pay for emergency plumbing repairs.
  • Dispute in which tenant sued landlord for rent paid over a 4 year tenancy, alleging that defendant illegally collected rent because she was living in an unpermitted guest house.
  • Dispute in which plaintiff sued to remove ex-husband defendant’s name from the title to real property that was transferred to her and her then husband through her mother’s will. Defendant had a loan on the property in his name.
  • Dispute alleging treble damages and $50,000 in attorneys fees in a case involving alleged bad faith refusal to return a large security deposit.
  • Numerous habitability disputes involving claims by tenants relating to various defective conditions, including vermin, insect infestation, noisiness and improperly working electricity and plumbing.
  • Numerous disputes involving the lease of residential property in which tenants fail to pay rent due to loss of job, imprisonment, domestic partnership separations and/or relocation. Issues typically involved whether the landlord properly mitigated damages, whether the withholding of a security deposit return was proper, and the arrangement of payment plans when money is admittedly owed on a lease.
  • Dispute in which a homeowner sued the Homeowners Association for flooding in her unit allegedly caused by a ruptured sewage pipe.
  • Multi-party dispute in which a homeowner sued the Homeowners Association and overhead unit owner for flooding occurring in his unit.
  • Multi-party dispute in which a homeowner sued the HOA and overhead unit owner for damage caused to his unit from water dripping from the balcony of the overhead unit.
  • Multi-party construction defect dispute in which the owner of a property claims that the construction of the atrium and it’s attachment to the house caused flooding in the house. The homeowner sued the roofing contractor and general contractor for breach of express warranty for the allegedly inadequate installation of and subsequent repairs made to the roof. The homeowner sought damages for the replacement of the roof, costs for years of repairs, and the resultant water damage to his interior property. Statute of limitations issues existed, as well as issues regarding whether the language of the warranty and the pleadings allowed for the recovery of resultant damages.

  • Construction defect dispute in which a homeowner sued her pool surfacing and maintenance company for breach of express warranty, implied warranty and negligence, alleging that the pool surface needed to be replaced due to faulty surfacing and maintenance of the pH balance in the pool water.

  • Construction defect dispute in which the homeowner sued defendant home entertainment and alarm company for inadequate installation and repair of the system, leading to the alleged loss in value and enjoyment of the property.
  • Construction defect dispute in which homeowners sued roofing company for water damage to the interior of the house after heavy rains.

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Intellectual Property

  • Software company alleged violation of licensing agreement and copyright infringement by an investment bank whose manager bought single user software and shared it with other employees.
  • Dispute involving various movie studios who claimed to have the intellectual property rights to make a motion picture based on a comic book character.
  • Dispute involving allegations of a trademark violation regarding the design of the restaurant’s signage. Settlement involved creative remedies.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty / Insurance Coverage Cases / Other

  • Life insurance beneficiary sued the life insurance company for bad faith and failure to pay benefits under the policy.
  • Dispute over insurance coverage as it relates to retaining wall on a property and damage to the homeowner, rather than the neighbor.
  • Dispute over insurance coverage as a result of a judgment against the insurance holder.
  • Dispute over the implications of insurance coverage as a result of a bankruptcy hearing.
  • Homeowner sued insurance carrier due to failure to cover significant damage from water intrusion from a water heater.
  • Settled matter where the Beneficiary on a life insurance policy sued the insurance company for denial of coverage and bad faith.
  • Lawyer sued his client for failure to pay for contingency fee work performed prior to settlement and termination.
  • Case in which a person sued her insurance company for bad faith related to denial of his claim for property damage resulting from smoke from an electrical short-circuiting in the house.
  • Fee dispute in which attorney sued client for 40% of settlement amount when case was settled after the termination of the relationship and may have included occurrences outside of the attorney-client relationship.
  • Insurance Declaratory Relief action regarding a duty to defend or cover under a CGL policy in which a contractor is a policy holder in a dispute with a property owner involving negligence allegations.
  • Medical malpractice case involving a 76 year old woman who fractured her hip when dismounting from an MRI table. Her doctor had ordered her to have a sedative due to claustrophobia prior to the MRI and she was not offered one by the hospital.
  • Interpleader action to divide life insurance proceeds between wife and children of a previous marriage due to alleged problems with beneficiary designation.
  • Attorney sued his client for half a million dollars when she refused to pay plaintiff pursuant to a 36% contingency fee agreement on a judgment. Plaintiff alleged that he is entitled to 36% of the judgment given that he represented his client through a trial that resulted in a favorable judgment for plaintiff. Defendant client alleged that the money was not due because the attorney stopped providing services prior to the entry of judgment. The settlement was complicated by the fact that an attorney’s fees motion was pending on appeal after being denied by the trial court.
  • A client sued his criminal defense attorney for a return of the money that he paid to the attorney pursuant to a retainer agreement. The client alleged that the attorney provided minimal services for him, and accordingly, is not entitled to the retainer money.
  • Divorce attorney sued her client for failure to pay her full attorney’s fees resulting from her representation of her client in divorce proceedings.
  • Dispute involving homeless individuals and advocates against the city for violations regarding the storage and impoundment of personal property.
  • Numerous insurance coverage disputes regarding CGL policies.
  • Numerous insurance coverage disputes regarding homeowner’s policy.

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