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Jean M. Lawler

Civil Litigation

Insurance Coverage + Litigation

Ms. Lawler serves as a Neutral in litigated and non-litigated matters.  Given her 39+ years as a lawyer - 37 of which were as coverage, litigation and trial counsel, she understands the realities of litigation and the benefits of mediation and arbitration as alternatives to trial. She has a proven ability to resolve even the most complex of lawsuits and over the years has negotiated settlements in thousands of disputes.

Ms. Lawler serves on the Mediation panels for the US District Court, Central District of California and the California Court of Appeals, 2d District. She is also a panelist for The CLM Dispute Resolution Program and The Mediation & Conciliation Network (FICM-MCN).  Based in Southern CA, Ms. Lawler is available to mediate or arbitrate matters in California and across the world.

Comments provided by Counsel re mediations with Ms. Lawler include:

“Ms. Lawler was prepared and considerate.”

“Mediator had right disposition to deal with all parties.”

“You are a miracle worker!”

Recognized internationally for her expertise in the field of Insurance, Ms. Lawler knows insurance policies (primary, excess, reinsurance and surplus lines, including those issued by the London Market and insurers in Europe, Asia and Bermuda) and the insurance industry. She has advised underwriters and drafted policy forms and endorsements.  

She is a Past President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and the Insuralex Global Insurance Lawyers Group and was a Founding Regent and Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel. As President of the FDCC, she co-founded the inaugural “National Summit on the Right to Trial by Jury” which was jointly sponsored by FDCC and ABOTA in 2005 and continues today by ABOTA as its 7th Amendment Summit.

Ms. Lawler is rated AV-Preeminent and has been included for many years on Martindale’s Bar List of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She has been recognized on Super Lawyer’s annual lists of Top Southern CA Attorneys (2018 & 2019 - Alternative Dispute Resolution; 2006-2017 - Insurance Coverage) and Top Women Attorneys in Southern CA (one of only 20 women in 2016 for Insurance Coverage).

When in private practice, Ms. Lawler represented North American, European, UK and Asian corporations, professionals, non-profits, individuals and insurers in a broad range of matters, most recently matters involving professional liability (non-medical), insurance litigation, business litigation and complex civil litigation. She served as managing partner of her former law firm, a well-known regional firm with 5 offices in CA and NV, from 2008 through 2013 and at various times over the years chaired the firm’s Insurance Law, Cyber & Privacy Law, International Law and Business & Real Estate Transactions practice groups.

Contact Ms. Lawler directly at 310-504-7400 or by email at

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areas of experience:


  • Bad Faith, Declaratory Relief + Coverage Disputes

  • Primary, Excess, Surplus Lines, Reinsurance

  • Personal, Commercial & Specialty Lines

  • Professional, D&O, LH&D, EPLI, Pollution, Cyber, Financial Lines

  • Property, Marine & 1st Party Coverages

  • Fine Art & Specie

  • London, Bermuda, European & Asian markets

  • Brokers, Agents, MGA's, TPA's and other insurance industry service providers

  • Underwriting

Civil litigation

  • American Disabilities Act

  • AgriBusiness & Equine

  • Appeals

  • Breach of Contract

  • Business Torts & Commercial Liability

  • Construction Defect

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Breach

  • Directors & Officers

  • Emerging Risks

  • Environmental & Toxic Torts

  • General Liability

  • Health

  • Homeowner & Condo Associations

  • Intellectual Property Liability (“personal injury” and “advertising injury” disputes)

  • International Matters

  • Personal Injury/Catastrophic

  • Product Liability

  • Professional Liability (Insurance Brokers & Agents, Lawyers, Real Estate Brokers & Agents, Allied Health, Architects & Engineers, Miscellaneous E&O)

  • Technology

finding common ground = SOLUTIONS + closure