Jean M. Lawler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in El Segundo, CA

Lawler ADR Services, LLC
 | 106 Standard Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: 3106834332
Fax: 310-504-1699
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Profile

Jean M. Lawler is the principal mediator at Lawler ADR Services, LLC. With decades of legal experience in private practice before becoming a full-time mediator in 2017, she has a proven ability to successfully resolve even the most complex of issues and lawsuits and has a unique level of familiarity with the benefits of negotiation and mediation as an alternative to trial.

As a mediator, Ms. Lawler works with parties to civil litigation, pre-suit claims and business and insurance disputes, providing them with her detail-oriented yet creative assistance to help them settle their disputes outside of the courtroom. Her mediation practice, although based in Southern California, serves litigants on a national and international basis, with her local practice encompassing Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside and San Bernardino. Always one with a deep sense of obligation to "give back" to the legal community and our court system, she is especially enjoying serving as a volunteer Mediator on the Mediation panels of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and California's 2nd District Court of Appeal.

For the first 37 years after earning her law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and being admitted to the CA bar, Ms. Lawler was in private practice, handling a wide variety of matters for clients throughout the world and negotiating thousands of settlements, in cases ranging from the simple to the most complex.  She was a Senior Partner, and served as Managing Partner, of her former firm, Murchison & Cumming in Los Angeles. Recognized for years as a leading Southern California lawyer in the field of insurance, she is conversant with insurance policies of all kinds – primary, excess, reinsurance, program, specialty and surplus lines - including policies issued by the London Market insurers and those domiciled in Europe, Asia and Bermuda.

She has also donated innumerable hours in service as a leader of the bar, having served as President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), as President of the Insuralex Global Insurance Lawyers Group and as a Founding Regent and Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC). She is especially honored to have been the first woman to serve as President of the FDCC and to have been entrusted by her peers with leading two groups with members from around the world; to have been one of the attorneys who helped form the ACCC, a group of the top insurance coverage and bad faith lawyers in the country – policyholder and defense; and of having been a co-founder of the initial national summit on the future of jury trials in the court system, jointly sponsored by the FDCC and ABOTA in 2005 when she was FDCC President, which in later years became ABOTA’s Seventh Amendment Summit.

Ms. Lawler’s background and personality are well-suited to helping parties explore options and find solutions that they can live with — solutions that will provide closure and let them move on with their lives and businesses, unburdened from the uncertainties of litigation.

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution (100%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (100%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Arbitration, Mediation


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Jean Lawler

Admitted: 1979, California

Professional Webpage:


  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell (from 1990's to present)
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Martindale - Hubbell (since inception in 2011). Rated 5.0 out of 5.0. 
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2018; Insurance Coverage, 2006-2017
  • Southern California Top Women Lawyers - Insurance Coverage, 2011 - 2017; Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2018 (Superlawyer's Annual List)

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Advanced Mediation Training - Association of Attorney-Mediators, 2017, 2018
  • Federal Court Mediation Panel Advanced Mediation Training Program, 2017, 2018
  • Admitted to Oregon Bar, 1981
  • Admitted to California Bar, 1979

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Panelist, United States District Court for the Central District of California, Mediation Panel
  • Panelist, California Court of Appeals 2nd District Mediation Panel
  • Panelist, CLM Dispute Resolution program
  • Member, Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • Member, Southern California Mediation Association
  • Member, Mediators Beyond Borders
  • Past President & Emeritus Member, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Founding Regent and Fellow, American College of Coverage & Extra-Contractual Counsel (2012-2017)
  • Past President - Insuralex Global Insurance Lawyers Group
  • Global Pound Conference, Los Angeles, 2017
  • Delegate, International Fine Art & Specie Conferences (IFASIC), 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Be My Eyes Volunteer (2018 - present)

Educational Background:

  • Advanced Mediation Training - Edwards Mediation Academy (40 hours), 2017
  • Mediating the Litigated Case, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School, Malibu (42 hours), 2007
  • JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1979
  • BBA (Finance) - Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 1976

Industry Groups

  • ADR
  • Agribusiness
  • Art
  • Civil Litigation of All Types
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Financial Institutions
  • General Business
  • Homeowner & Condo Associations
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Tech
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Office Location for Jean M. Lawler

106 Standard Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

Phone: 3106834332

Fax: 310-504-1699

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Last Updated: 5/23/2019

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