Lisa Lampkin is a Partner in Selman Breitman’s Los Angeles office, and a member of the firm’s Insurance and Commercial Litigation practice groups.  She represents insurance and private business clients in a variety of litigation and transactional matters, including the prosecution and defense of cases involving declaratory relief, equitable contribution, subrogation, rescission, reimbursement, unjust enrichment, indemnity, bad faith, breach of contract, negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, unfair competition, and professional liability. 

Lisa's insurance practice involves counseling her clients regarding their coverage obligations and rights against others, litigating insurance actions, and advising her clients on program-wide issues such as claims handling, litigation management, and underwriting.  Her insurance clients frequently seek her advice regarding claims made under commercial general liability, aviation, professional liability, commercial property, wrap/OCIP, employers liability, umbrella and excess liability policies.

With a thriving business litigation practice, Lisa represents private clients in connection with contract disputes and general civil litigation.  Her clients in this area have included major accounting firms, apparel manufacturers, construction companies, and film production companies. 

Of particular note, Lisa has also participated in a rigorous secondment program in both the United States and London insurance markets.  During her secondment, Lisa worked directly with a client's in-house legal team to provide daily guidance on a wide-range of issues involving specialty insurance risks in the global market. 

Lisa’s vast experience allows her the ability to evaluate complex claims and properly assess the benefits and risks of litigation. She works closely with her clients to find practical solutions that will enable her clients to resolve disputes and achieve their goals in a cost-effective manner. 

Particularly adept at helping her clients manage their monetary exposure and reputational risk in large catastrophic claims, Lisa has experience representing clients throughout the country in disputes that involve complex legal issues, multiple parties, and significant monetary exposure.  She has represented clients in numerous jurisdictions across the United States.

A native of Southern California, Lisa resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.  

Representative Matters
Insurance

  • Represented insurer client regarding its rights and obligations under multiple CGL and Excess Liability policies in connection with numerous class action cases filed across the country alleging sports-related concussions, mild traumatic brain injuries, post-concussion syndrome, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). 
  • Represented insurer client regarding its obligations under Employers Liability Insurance for numerous claims made by former and current NFL players.
  • Represented insurer client in a coverage dispute with two public entities, both claiming insured status under client's policies.  The public entities sought coverage under multiple insurers' policies, including the excess policy issued by client, with respect to several consolidated lawsuits filed by more than 2,000 claimants in connection with a wildfire that allegedly resulted in damage to more than $1 billion in property in connection with several wildfires.
  • Represented insurer client regarding its coverage obligations to multiple claimants seeking recovery in connection with a fatal airplane crash. 
  • Conducted audits for client insurers to improve overall program and claims management.

Litigation

  • Represented insurer client in an action filed by a judgment creditor to recover amounts awarded in an underlying trial against client's insured, along with bad faith damages because of client's refusal to satisfy the entire underlying judgment based on various coverage defenses.  Settlement achieved for a small fraction of the total amount sought by the judgment creditor.
  • Obtained a dismissal of insurer client in a bad faith lawsuit filed by subcontractor claiming insured status under client's Home Builders Protective Insurance policies in connection with four underlying construction defect lawsuits.
  • Represented insurer client in litigation against its insured, a nationwide printing company.  Insured had sought a defense and indemnity in a misappropriation of trade secrets case pending in California under the advertising injury coverage of the client's CGL policy.  Client denied coverage, and the coverage issues were litigated in Texas, where the policyholder maintained its principal place of business.  Insurer client obtained a favorable ruling from the Southern District of Texas, and that ruling was subsequently affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in a published decision.
  • Represented insurer client in two different coverage lawsuits filed to recover amounts paid in defense and indemnity in nearly 100 underlying construction defect cases. On the eve of the fourth phase of trial for one of the cases, achieved settlement for the client that resulted in a recovery of more than $10 million.
  • Represented insurer client in a rescission action involving a professional liability policy. After insurer client initiated suit to rescind the policy, the insured attorney agreed to settle the matter and provide client with a release of all coverage obligations under the policy, as well as a hold-harmless agreement should any third-party claimants or judgment creditors attempt to make claims against the policy.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a shoe distributor in a professional liability action filed against the distributor's prior counsel.  Prior counsel had failed to take reasonable steps to defend the distributor or file a compulsory cross-complaint against other parties. 
  • Represented insurer client in a coverage action concerning a dispute regarding whether the CGL or Professional Liability insurer had responsibility for underlying defense and indemnity amounts paid on behalf of a mutual insured.  Settlement was achieved on behalf of the CGL insurer, which resulted in a recovery for our client in the amount of $500,000.
  • Represented multiple insurance companies in three separate coverage actions filed by the same plaintiff insurer. Although plaintiff initially sought several million dollars from our clients based on alleged coverage obligations owed to a mutual insured under various CGL policies, the cases settled weeks before two of the coverage actions were scheduled to go to trial.  Notably, the settlement amount was less than one-tenth of the initial demands made by plaintiff.

Published Cases
Litigation

  • Continental Cas. Co. v. Consolidated Graphics, Inc.
    Selman Breitman represented an insurer in litigation against its insured regarding the duty to defend and indemnify a misappropriation of trade secrets case under the "advertising injury" coverage of a CGL policy.  In granting the insurer's motion for summary judgment, the federal court agreed with Selman Breitman that an insured's direct solicitation and misappropriation of a competitor's customers does not constitute an "advertising injury" for purposes of triggering coverage under the policy.  The insured appealed, and following oral argument, the Fifth Circuit's published decision affirmed the trial court's ruling in favor of Selman Breitman's insurer client.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rated Distinguished® by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers Top 50 Southern California Women, 2017-2018
  • Super Lawyers, 2014-2018
  • Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys Southern California Rising Stars, 2009-2013
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Member
  • DRI, Member

Bar Admission

California, 1998
U.S. District Court Southern District of California
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California

  • Juris Doctor - 1998
  • Honors: Recipient, Trial Advocacy Honors
  • Honors: Certificate in International Law

University of California, Irvine, California

  • Bachelor of Arts - 1995
  • Honors: Member, Campus-wide Honors Program
  • Major: Philosophy
  • Minor: Politics & Society