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Lance Alen LaBelle

Lance Alen LaBelle

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Mediation, Insurance, Alternative Dispute Resolution

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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.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Mediation: 34%
  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution: 33%
  3. Insurance: 33%

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

Berger Kahn A Law Corporation

2 Park Plaza, Ste 650
Irvine, CA, 92614

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198402/13/2015
MNInactive198204/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100 Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerIDR Mediation Services2006 - Present
AttorneyBerger Kahn A Law Corporation1986 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionADR Section Chair2014 - 2015
Orange County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionSection Chair2009 - 2010
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Association of Southern California Defense CounselMemberN/A
American Arbitration AssociationPanel of Commercial Arbitrators and MediatorsN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Dynamic Concepts v Truck Insurance ExchangeDefense verdict at trial --affirmed on appeal

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
O.C. Attorney JournalPrincipal Lance LaBelle Recognized for his Service to the Bar as Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Chair of the O.C. Bar Association for 20152015
Super LawyersNine 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 SpeaksUnder 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 Year2014
Super LawyersEight 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 MetroO.C. Register Metro “Top Attorneys” Features Managing Partner Craig Simon, and Principals David Ezra and Lance LaBelle2014
Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”2014
National Law JournalNational Law Journal Identifies Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law”2014
O.C. Bar AssociationO.C. Bar Association Recognizes Berger Kahn for Top Honors in O.C. Metro, Super Lawyers2014
Daily JournalDaily Journal: “Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts2013
Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”2013
Super LawyersSix 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 SpeaksBerger Kahn Community Sponsor of O.C. Autism Speaks Walk for Second Consecutive Year2013
Yahoo Finance'Team Berger Kahn' Autism Walk Team to Be Led by Partner Lance LaBelle2012

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamline University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of MinnesotaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
ADR Section MeetingPanel on Alternative Dispute Resolution2015
Orange County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionPrincipal Lance LaBelle in ‘Mediation as Music’ for the Orange County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – July 24, 20142014
OCBA Insurance Law Section Meeting“The Rights and Responsibilities Under Cumis (Civil Code Sec.2860)”2014
Seminar for a Major CarrierDeeper Dive Into Directors and Officers Liability Coverage2013
OCBA ADR SectionA Musical Presentation About Mediation2013
Seminar for a Major CarrierCoverage Approach and Analysis Under Directors and Officers Policies2012
OCBA Joint Section MeetingInsurance Issues in Mediation2012
Farmers Commercial Advanced Liability SchoolContractual Indemnity, Risk Transfer & Related Coverage Issues2012