Overview

Overview

Ms. Lagasse is one of our four founding partners and oversees the Professional Liability and Tort Liability practice groups in the firm.

Ms. Lagasse’s professional liability practice focuses on the defense of architects and engineers in construction defect and delay claims. She spends a significant part of her practice providing advice to her clients of their contractual obligations, such as insurance, indemnity, defense, and other liability issues. The balance of her professional liability practice includes the representation of real estate professionals, accountants, inspectors, pharmacists, health care providers, and insurance agents. 

Ms. Lagasse’s tort liability practice covers the entire spectrum of personal injury litigation, ranging from wrongful death cases to premises liability matters to catastrophic losses (including burn, electrical shock, quadriplegic, paraplegic, and traumatic brain injury cases). Ms. Lagasse also spends a considerable part of her practice advising building owner and management companies on indoor air quality claims, risk management, avoidance of litigation, and the development of operation and maintenance plans.  

Prior to founding Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP in 2007, Ms. Lagasse was a partner at a national law firm.

Outside of her law practice, Ms. Lagasse enjoys yoga, travel, baking, and spending time with her husband and identical twin teenage boys.  

Honors, Awards, Recognitions

Honors, Awards, Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers of San Diego in the area of Liability: Defense, Super Lawyers® (2009-2019)
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in San Diego, Super Lawyers® (2012-2015)
  • Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego, Super Lawyers® (2014)
  • Top Attorney in the area of Construction and Real Estate Law, San Diego Daily Transcript (2007)
  • Women Who Mean Business, San Diego Business Journal (2010)
Publications, Press

Publications, Press

  • Establishing Medical Causation – An Uphill Battle for Plaintiffs, published in Defense Research Institute and Harris Martin’s Mold Columns
  • 30 States and Counting: Mold Legislation Continues to Sweep the Nation; and Mold Legislation: Easier Said Than Done, published in Defense Research Institute and Harris Martin’s Mold Columns
  • Expanded Liability for Design Professionals: What Does It Mean and What Can We Do?
    • Conference Materials for Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Navigating the Waters of Large Self-Insured Retentions & Deductibles
    • Conference Materials for West Coast Casualty Conference  
  • Ethics & Good Faith: Tripartite Conflicts
    • Conference materials for multiple presentations for a global insurance company
Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

The following is a selection of presentations given by Ms. Lagasse to various insurance clients and industry groups (including CLM, PLUS, West Coast Casualty, and PLDF) over the past few years:

  • Expanded Liability for Design Professionals: What Does It Mean and What Can We Do? 
  • Navigating the Waters of Large Self-Insured Retentions & Deductibles  
  • Into the Void: Self-Insured Retentions and the Insolvent Insured
  • Ethics & Good Faith: Tripartite Conflicts
  • The Highs and Lows of Arbitration and Trial – Does Arbitration Get a Fair Shake?
  • An Update on Privacy Protection Act (Insurance Code. 791.13), SIRs, and Indemnity Provisions
  • The Defense of Mold Claims: An Overview
  • Assessing, Limiting & Avoiding Design Professional Liability Exposures
  • Getting Back to Basics – Everyday Issues in Defending Design Professionals
  • How(ell) to Evaluate Plaintiff’s Medical Damages
  • Effective Claims Handling Practices of Design Professional Claims
Bar/Court Information

Bar/Court Information

  • State Bar of California
  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California