Lance A. LaBelle, a principal in Berger Kahn’s Irvine office, leads the firm’s third-party Insurance Coverage Practice Group. With more than 30 years of experience, Lance focuses his practice on liability insurance coverage in the commercial and personal lines areas. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator on the Commercial and Complex Coverage panels of the American Arbitration Association. He is current Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution section and serves on its Executive Committee.
Lance has been named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of Insurance Coverage from 2009-2015. Fewer than five percent of attorneys receive this honor. Additionally, Lance was honored to be named to two of the SuperLawyers “top” lists: the “Top 100″ Southern California Super Lawyers in 2013 and the “Top 50″ Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers from 2013 – 2015.
Lance’s extensive background in the commercial coverage area includes opinions and assistance in the areas of aviation, complex tort, construction defect, directors and officers, habitability and professional liability claims.
He also has substantial experience handling opinion work arising under homeowners, automobile and various other personal lines coverages.
Lance also handles all aspects of coverage litigation including declaratory relief actions. A particular focus of his practice is addressing additional insured and “Cumis” issues. Amongst his many successes at both the trial and appellate level, includes the case of Dynamic Concepts, Inc. v. Truck Insurance Exchange, 61 Cal.App.4th 999 (1998), a precedent-setting California decision involving “Cumis” issues.
Lance is co-founder of IDR Mediation Services, an alternative dispute resolution service that specializes in resolving insurance coverage disputes as well as wide variety of commercial matters. He is often retained as an expert in the area of insurance coverage as well as to lecture before insurance professionals at company seminars, Bar associations and other insurance-related events. He also has authored and contributed to various articles for both consumer and trade publications.
In terms of his overall work philosophy, Lance views his role as that of a problem solver —to help clients come to viable and oftentimes creative solutions. “My approach is big picture but at the same time thorough. I partner with the client, mindful of the client’s pocketbook, while at the same time ensuring the client receives my very best efforts.”
Lance resides in Orange County with his family.
Licensed since 1984
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2009|
|AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Owner||IDR Mediation Services||2006 - Present|
|Attorney||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||1986 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||ADR Section Chair||2014 - 2015|
|Orange County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||Section Chair||2009 - 2010|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||N/A|
|Association of Southern California Defense Counsel||Member||N/A|
|American Arbitration Association||Panel of Commercial Arbitrators and Mediators||N/A|
|O.C. Attorney Journal||Principal Lance LaBelle Recognized for his Service to the Bar as Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Chair of the O.C. Bar Association for 2015||2015|
|Super Lawyers||Nine Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2015|
|Autism Speaks||Under the Leadership of Berger Kahn Principal Lance LaBelle, Berger Kahn is Proud to be a Community Sponsor of Autism Speaks Orange County for a Third Consecutive Year||2014|
|Super Lawyers||Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2014|
|OCR Metro||O.C. Register Metro “Top Attorneys” Features Managing Partner Craig Simon, and Principals David Ezra and Lance LaBelle||2014|
|Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”||2014|
|National Law Journal||National Law Journal Identifies Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law”||2014|
|O.C. Bar Association||O.C. Bar Association Recognizes Berger Kahn for Top Honors in O.C. Metro, Super Lawyers||2014|
|Daily Journal||Daily Journal: “Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts||2013|
|Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”||2013|
|Super Lawyers||Six Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2013|
|Autism Speaks||Berger Kahn Community Sponsor of O.C. Autism Speaks Walk for Second Consecutive Year||2013|
|Yahoo Finance||'Team Berger Kahn' Autism Walk Team to Be Led by Partner Lance LaBelle||2012|
|Hamline University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|University of Minnesota||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|ADR Section Meeting||Panel on Alternative Dispute Resolution||2015|
|Orange County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||Principal Lance LaBelle in ‘Mediation as Music’ for the Orange County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – July 24, 2014||2014|
|OCBA Insurance Law Section Meeting||“The Rights and Responsibilities Under Cumis (Civil Code Sec.2860)”||2014|
|Seminar for a Major Carrier||Deeper Dive Into Directors and Officers Liability Coverage||2013|
|OCBA ADR Section||A Musical Presentation About Mediation||2013|
|Seminar for a Major Carrier||Coverage Approach and Analysis Under Directors and Officers Policies||2012|
|OCBA Joint Section Meeting||Insurance Issues in Mediation||2012|
|Farmers Commercial Advanced Liability School||Contractual Indemnity, Risk Transfer & Related Coverage Issues||2012|