April 30, 2020

If you are one of the many who have tried virtual dispute resolution, then you no doubt recognize its primary benefit--eliminating the need to travel to an office. But perhaps this format is new to you and slightly intimidating. I would like to offer some guidance.

March 13, 2020

Lance was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal for his skills in getting rid of excesses in cases. The article, "Lance LaBelle is skilled at getting rid of excesses in cases, attorneys say," was written by Justin Kloczko, and published Friday, March 6, 2020. Read...

November 1, 2019

Confidentiality is one of the hallmarks of mediation in California. But when does a mediation end such that communications may no longer be confidential?

     California Evidence Code §1125 provides, in pertinent part, as follows: 

(a) For purposes of...

August 14, 2019

For his fourth consecutive year, Lance has been included in the Best Lawyers of America list for Southern California in recognition for his excellent work in Insurance Law. This esteemed list celebrates only the top 3% of the Bar. Lance has been demonstrated over 35 ye...

June 3, 2019

Lance, along with David Ezra and Alexis Myer, will be speaking at the Orange County Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Law, and Insurance Law Joint Section Meeting later this month. The Topic, "The Use of Mediation and Insurance in Construct...

April 6, 2019

A mediator’s proposal is best described as settlement terms presented by the mediator to parties that have reached an impasse in their settlement negotiations. 

Generally speaking, the proposal should not invite a counter-offer or new terms. It is important that the p...

November 5, 2018

While mediation related communications have long been confidential pursuant to Evidence Code §§ 1115-1128, the Legislature has enacted a new law to address a concern that clients may not understand that information exchanged in mediation cannot be used in a subsequent...

September 17, 2018

For the eleventh consecutive year, Lance LaBelle has been named to the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list.The esteemed list of Super Lawyers is a peer-reviewed ranking service identifying the top 5% of the Bar.

July 13, 2018

It is now commonplace to find an arbitration clause in a wide variety of contracts. Many consumer contracts now contain arbitration clauses.

  1. Contracts

    Many consumer contracts now contain arbitration clauses. Contracts with doctors, cell phone providers, cable, sat...

April 27, 2018

Mediation is a process. That process begins well before the day of the mediation. Unfortunately, all too often, inadequate preparation means that the mediation may be headed for failure. But there are ways to maximize the chance that the mediation will be productive an...

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