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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. Lance also offers his services as a mediator and arbitrator. He is a neutral on the Commercial and Complex Coverage panels of the American Arbitration Association. Lance is also the immediate past Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution section.


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 Innovative Dispute Resolution (IDR), an alternative dispute resolution service that specializes in resolving insurance coverage disputes as well as a wide variety of commercial matters. He is often retained as an expert in the area of insurance coverage and 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.


A highly regarded attorney in the area of insurance coverage, Lance is recognized to the list of Best Lawyers of America for 2016, an honor received by less than 3% of all attorneys. He was also named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers from 2009-2016 including two “top” lists: the “Top 100″ Southern California Super Lawyers in 2013 and the “Top 50″ Orange County Super Lawyers from 2013 – 2016.


In terms of his overall work philosophy, Lance 's approach revolves around the client: “I am absolutely focussed on what is best for the client. I partner with the client determined to achieve the desired result and provide value as well. A satisfied client is the end-game. And building long term client relationships is what we are all about."


Lance resides in Orange County with his family.

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  1. Insurance: 60%
  2. Mediation: 20%
  3. Arbitration: 20%

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Berger Kahn A Law Corporation

2 Park Plaza, Ste 650
Irvine, CA, 92614

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198411/19/2015
MNInactive198207/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America - Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America2016
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2016
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2016
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 SectionADR Section 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
Super LawyersEight 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”2016
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
O.C. Attorney JournalPrincipal Lance LaBelle Featured in Attorney Journal for Speaking on OCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America Recognizes Berger Kahn Managing Partner Craig Simon and Principals Sherman Spitz, Lance LaBelle, Stephan Cohn and David Ezra to 2016 List2015
Coast MagazineCoast Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” Features Principals Craig Simon, Sherman Spitz, Lance LaBelle, David Ezra, and Erin Mindoro2015
Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Attorneys”2015
Super LawyersNine Berger Kahn Partners Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition2015
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 Minnesota Law SchoolN/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 CarrierContractual Indemnity, Risk Transfer & Related Coverage Issues2012
Seminar for a Major CarrierCoverage Approach and Analysis Under Directors and Officers Policies2012
OCBA Joint Section MeetingInsurance Issues in Mediation2012