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Jean M. Lawler

Civil Litigation

Insurance Coverage + Litigation

Jean Lawler is a lawyer and mediator with a proven ability to resolve even the most complex of lawsuits, having negotiated settlements in thousands of disputes over the years. Based in Southern CA, she is available to mediate or arbitrate matters in California and across the world.

Jean serves as a panelist for NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) and the Mediation & Conciliation Network (FICM-MCN). She also is a panel mediator with the ADR programs in the US District Court, Central District of California and the California Court of Appeals, 2d District.

Comments by Counsel re mediations with Jean include:

“Ms. Lawler was prepared and considerate.”

“You are a miracle worker!”

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

“Ms. Lawler understood all of the issues on appeal. She was very compassionate, dedicated and continued to follow-up even though we were at an impasse. I would strongly recommend her.”

“You were exceptional as a mediator.”

Well versed in insurance, tort, personal injury, business and contract related litigation, Jean is also experienced with cutting-edge legal issues presented by emerging risks such as cyber insurance, the IoT, AI, machine learning and privacy.

She is recognized internationally for her expertise in the field of Insurance, including for her knowledge of the insurance industry, insurance policies (primary, excess, reinsurance, program and surplus lines, London Market and international insurers), and the risks they insure against . She has advised underwriters and drafted policy forms and endorsements, including one of the first CA Dept. of Insurance approved Montrose Endorsements.

When in private practice, Jean represented North American, European, UK and Asian corporations, professionals, non-profits, individuals and insurers in a broad range of matters, including professional liability, insurance coverage & bad faith litigation, business litigation and complex civil litigation, at trial and on appeal. She served as Managing Partner of her former law firm and at various times chaired the firm’s Insurance Law, Cyber & Privacy Law, International Law, and Business & Real Estate Transactions practice groups.

She is a Past President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and the Insuralex Global Insurance Lawyers Group (ranked Band 1 for Insurance by Chambers). 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.

Jean was a Founding Regent and Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, FDCC, LEA, The CLM, the Southern California Mediation Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Attorney-Mediators.

Rated AV-Preeminent and recognized for many years on Martindale’s Bar List of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Jean has also been recognized on Super Lawyer’s annual lists of Top Southern CA Attorneys each year since 2006 (2018 & 2019 - Alternative Dispute Resolution; 2006-2017 - Insurance Coverage) and Top Women Attorneys in Southern CA since its inception in 2011 (one of only 20 in 2016 for Insurance Coverage).

A frequent speaker and author on topics relating to negotiation, civil litigation, insurance, risk management, professional liability, law firms and emerging areas of liability - including cyber, privacy, AI and other tech-related issues, Jean would be pleased to provide a CLE presentation at your office on a topic of your choosing.

Please contact Jean at 310-683-4332 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 & First Party Claims

  • Fine Art & Specie

  • London, Bermuda, European & Asian markets

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

  • Underwriting

Civil litigation

  • Appeals

  • Business Torts

  • Climate Related Litigation

  • Construction Defect

  • Contracts & Business Disputes

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Breach

  • Directors & Officers

  • Emerging Risks

  • Environmental/Toxic Torts

  • Financial Institutions

  • General Liability

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

  • International/Cross-Border Disputes

  • Personal Injury/Catastrophic

  • Premises Liability

  • Product Liability

  • Professional Liability

  • Property Damage

  • Technology (incl. AI, IoT & Machine Learning)

  • 2860 Cumis Counsel Fee Disputes

Please visit our Scheduling page to Schedule your Mediation or Arbitration.

finding common ground = SOLUTIONS + closure