Jean M. Lawler

Top rated Alternative Dispute Resolution attorney in El Segundo, California

Lawler ADR Services, LLC
Jean M. Lawler
Lawler ADR Services, LLC

Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in California since: 1979

Education: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Lawler ADR Services, LLC

106 Standard Street
El Segundo, CA 90245 Visit website


  • I have mediated hundreds upon hundreds of litigated matters, as a coverage and trial attorney in private practice, and since 2017 as a full-time mediator. I know litigation and what it is like to try a case to a jury.

  • I have been a law firm managing partner and know what it is like to run a business and meet a payroll. I understand insurance policies and have a deep understanding of the insurance industry.

  • My mediation approach adapts to the needs of each matter. I am a fan of pre-mediation conference calls, factual clarity, practicality and openness to creative solutions.

  • I have extensive experience in conducting online mediations - 250+ online sessions since March 2020.

  • CIPP/US certified and ready to help resolve your data breach/ransomware subrogation, cyber + "silent cyber" insurance cases, and privacy lawsuits.

  • Use my online calendar to check dates, hold or book a mediation 24/7.

  • Am also available to serve as an arbitrator, chair or umpire for arbitration of insurance and business disputes, including insurance industry and reinsurance disputes


Based in Los Angeles, CA, I am an attorney and mediator, focusing on commercial, insurance and civil litigation matters pending at the trial and appellate levels - wherever filed. I regularly mediate a wide variety of insurance, business, and tort matters, as well as federal ADA accessibility lawsuits re architectural barriers and websites. CIPP/US (Certified Information Privacy Professional) certified, I also mediate matters involving data breaches, ransomware, and cyber losses. I have mediated hundreds upon hundreds - thousands - of cases over the years with a myriad of issues. For a more detailed sampling of the types of mediations that I have conducted and participated in, both when in practice and as a full-time mediator, please refer to my web page detailing Representative Matters.

Prior to becoming a full-time mediator in 2017, I was a Senior Partner in a Los Angeles based litigation firm, representing corporations, professionals, non-profits, individuals, and insurers in a broad range of matters, at trial and on appeal - mediating hundreds upon hundreds of cases over the years. My legal experience has been diverse and international, and I have a deep knowledge of the insurance industry, insurance policies and the various risks they insure against (primary, excess, reinsurance, program, surplus lines, London Market, and international insurers). I also served as a Managing Partner of my former law firm, at times chairing the firm’s Insurance Law, Cyber & Privacy Law, International Law, and Business & Real Estate Transactions practice groups and, ultimately, served my many clients as counselor and trusted advisor. 

As I would tell you if asked: “I absolutely love what I do! I would be honored to serve as your Mediator or Arbitrator.”

Practice areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Focus areas

Arbitration, Mediation

First Admitted: 1979, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Insurance Roundtable: Defending Bad Faith Claims (September 2015), Insurance Roundtable: The Advice of Counsel Defense and Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Coverage and Bad Faith Issues (May 2014), Insurance Roundtable: Coverage Issues Related to Data Breach, Cyber Liability, and Privacy Claims (March 2014), Insurance Roundtable: Coverage Issues Related to Directors & Officers and Professional Liability Policies (June 2013), Developing the Next Generation of Lawyers–Ethical Issues in Law Firm Management, ADTA Annual Meeting, White Sulfur Springs, WV (April 2013), Tackling Tenders – Who’s on First? Priorities of Coverage and Tools for Responding to Tenders of Defense and Indemnity, CLM Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage Conference, Boston, MA (September 2012), The Power of Persuasion, USLAW Network Women’s Collection Meeting, Austin, TX (April 2012), Primary Exhaustion of Limits in Construction Defect Litigation, CLM Webinar (April 2012), Technology for Lawyers - Best iPad Apps, FDCC Winter Meeting, Phoenix, AZ (March 2012), Mediation Strategies and Effective Negotiation, USLAW Network Client Conference, Chicago, IL (2011), Protecting Client Assets: Indemnity and Other Contract Terms - The Short List, USLAW Network Client Conference, Colorado Springs, CO (2010), Handling California Claims – The Right Way, USLAW Network Conference, NYC (2010), Litigation and Bankruptcy: Removal, Remand, Jury Trials and Everything in Between, USLAW Network Client Conference, San Francisco, CA (2009), Hot Topics in Excess Insurance: A Survey of Underwriting, Claims Handling and Legal Developments, PLRB/FDCC Critical Issues for Senior Insurance Executives and In-House Counsel, Chicago, IL (2007), Handle with Care: Discovery of Sensitive Information in the Coverage Action, DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute (2007), Insurance, Indemnity and Construction Defect Claims, USLAW Network Client Meeting (2007), What’s Hot and What’s Not in the USA – Trends and Latest Cases, DRI International Liability Program, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia (November 2004), Insurance Coverage for Employment Discrimination and Harassment Claims: Who Pays for Defense or Indemnity? DRI/FDCC/IADC and ATDA Joint International Conference, Barcelona, Spain (May 2004), Construction Defects: Coverage Under Third Party Liability Policies, PLRB Meeting, Chicago (2004), Policy Provisions, Endorsements and Exclusions - An Ever Changing Face in Construction Coverage, West Coast Casualty Seminar (2002), Fundamentals of Insurance, California Continuing Education of the Bar, The Right to Independent Counsel, DRI, Litigation Avoidance Techniques, FDCC Litigation Management College, Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, The Anatomy of an Advertising Injury Claim, FDCC, Developments in Environmental Coverage Issues, FDCC, Insurance Litigation, National Business Institute
  • Legal Analytics, Big Data and You: The Future of Litigation Management, How We Practice Law & Evolving Ethical Considerations – Tomorrow’s Tools Today, ADTA Annual Meeting, Austin TX (April 2018)
  • Mediating Before and After Judgment, FDCC Annual Meeting, Sun Valley, ID (August 2019)
  • INSURALEX Talks: Disruptors and Their Risks-Tomorrow's "New Normal" is Here. What Some of These Exposures Look Like for Insureds, Insurers and Risk Managers, Insuralex Mid-Year Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (November 2015)
  • Cyber and Data Breach Losses: Recent US Court Decisions, Risk Management & Investigations, London, England (May 2016)
  • Insurance Roundtable: Disruptors - Technology and Product Liability Exposures (June/October 2016)
  • Insurance Masters Series: Cyber Claims and Legal Trends (November 2016)
  • Legal Analytics,  Big Data and You: The Future of Litigation Management, How We Practice Law & Evolving Ethical Considerations – Tomorrow’s Tools Today, ADTA Annual Meeting, Austin TX (April 2018)
  • 9/11 Litigation and Mediation Lessons Learned, Live Webinar, FDCC (February 2021)
  • Data Breach Litigation in the 2020 Landscape: Practical Tips and Strategies to Avoid the Pitfalls, Live Webinar, The Knowledge Group (January 2020)
  • Faculty, Insurance Coverage Training Academy: CGL Boot Camp, FDCC Winter Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (March 2020)
  • Host and Presenter, FDCC Professional Women’s Forum, FDCC Winter Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (March 2020)
  • Mediating Cases Involving Liability When There is No Coverage - Part I: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Cases, Live Webinar, CLM (April 2020)
  • Online Mediation: Prepare for Settlement Success – A Zoom Webinar for Attorneys, Live Webinar, Southern California Mediation Association (June 2020)
  • Online Mediation Confidentiality, Association of Attorney Mediators (July 2020)
  • Settlement and Assignment Following Breach of the Duty to Defend, American College of Coverage Counsel Annual Meeting (September 2020)
  • “Guess What? Your Online Mediation is Not Confidential.”, Mediation: The New Possibilities Hour Webinar Series (August 2020)
  • Coverage Issues Related to Data Breaches, National Law School of India University, Law & Technology Society, Live Webinar (October 2020)
  • Mediating Cases Involving Liability When There is No Coverage - Part II: Cases with Both Covered and Non-Covered Claims, Live Webinar, CLM (December 2020)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Loss Executives Association
  • United States District Court for Central District of CA
  • American Arbitration Association - Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Panels
  • Former Member of Board of Directors - DRI, Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) and Assoc. of Southern CA Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP); Women Leading Privacy
  • Panelist, United States District Court for the Central District of California, Mediation Panel
  • Panelist, California Court of Appeals 2nd District Mediation Panel
  • Member, Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • Member, Southern California Mediation Association
  • Past President & Emeritus Member, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Fellow and Founding Regent, American College of Coverage Counsel
  • Past President - Insuralex Global Insurance Lawyers Group
  • Global Pound Conference, Los Angeles, 2017
  • Delegate, International Fine Art & Specie Conferences (IFASIC), 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • CIPP/US Designation - Certified Information Privacy Professional (IAPP), 2020
  • Advanced Mediation Training - Association of Attorney-Mediators, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Certified Mediator. MC3 - the Mediation Certification Consortium of California , 2019
  • Federal Court Mediation Panel Advanced Mediation Training Program, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Admitted to Oregon Bar, 1981
  • Admitted to California Bar, 1979
  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell (from 1990's to present)
  • , Women Leaders in the Law - 2021, 2022
  • 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 - present; Insurance Coverage, 2006-2017
  • Southern California Top Women Lawyers - Insurance Coverage, 2011 - 2017; Alternative Dispute Resolution, present (Super Lawyer's Annual List)
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
  • B.B.A. - Finance, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 1976
Industry Groups:
  • ADA
  • Business Disputes
  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Insurance
  • Cyber/Privacy
  • Employment Litigation
  • Professional Liability

Office location for Jean M. Lawler

106 Standard Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

Phone: 310-861-4902


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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