Lisa L. Peterson is a trial attorney at the firm’s Orange County office. Ms. Peterson’s legal practice revolves around the representation of both private and public entities in civil litigation matters involving general casualty and premises liability, labor and employment issues, civil rights issues, and professional liability.
In the employment arena, Ms. Peterson’s has handled wrongful termination claims; sexual harassment, discrimination (gender, race and national origin), retaliation, Title VII, and DFEH claims. She also handles labor law claims, including wage and hour claims brought before the Labor Commissioner.
Ms. Peterson has also represented various public entities in State and Federal Court in in wrongful death, dangerous condition claims, and automobile claims in the general liability arena. She has handled warrantless detentions, child abuse and sexual molestation claims, social worker liability, and civil rights claims in the social services arena; and First and Fourth Amendment, due process, and equal protection violation claims and excessive force claims within the law enforcement arena. Ms. Peterson has won many motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment on behalf of public entities which have been upheld by the appellate courts and has tried several cases to verdict.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Peterson practiced at a boutique law firm in Chicago, Illinois, focusing in the field of commercial litigation. She has also served as a judicial extern for federal judges in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Peterson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in political science. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and competed internationally in the Vis Moot Court Competition in Hong Kong.
Ms. Peterson is also proficient in Chinese in both the Cantonese and Mandarin dialects.
Summary Judgment Awarded For Child Protective Services in Sexual Abuse Case: Plaintiff alleged that she had been repeatedly physically and sexually abused by her father starting at the age of 5 and then between the ages of 12 and 18 which continued on and off during various times that Child Protective Services had an open case and was monitoring the family while she was placed with her father. Plaintiff alleged that Child Protective Services failed to properly monitor and supervise her and should have known that her father was sexually abusing her. Defendant Child Protective Services filed a motion for summary judgment , which was granted in its entirety in favor of Child Protective Services and the defendant social workers on the grounds that they had met and exceeded their mandatory duties. Judgment of costs was awarded in favor of Child Protective Services and against the plaintiff.
Obtained Nominal Verdict in Law Enforcement Lawsuit: Plaintiff alleged violations of his First and Fourth Amendment rights for freedom of speech and unreasonable search and seizure. Plaintiff made a $4 million dollar settlement demand a month prior to the jury trial. The case proceeded to trial and the jury awarded plaintiff minimal damages in the amount of $12,500.
$3 Million Construction Defect Case Settled for Nuisance Value: Plaintiff alleged a litany of constructions defects identified throughout a hotel, causing significant damage to the inside and outside of the hotel and leading to destructive testing and temporary closure of the hotel. Client manufactured floor joists that were alleged to have caused damage to the floors and walls of all rooms and cracking of the tile flooring. Plaintiff’s initial global settlement demand was upwards of $3 million dollars with a direct settlement demand to our client for upwards of $700,000. After extensive negotiations, our client paid a nuisance value settlement amount of $10,000 as part of the global settlement.
Demurrer Sustained in Suit Against Probation Department: Plaintiff brought claims for negligence, declaratory relief and Civil Code Section 52.1 on behalf of a putative class of probationers based on his having paid probation supervision expenses which he claimed were unjustified. Defendant probation department filed a demurrer requesting the court take judicial notice of the criminal proceedings establishing that plaintiff’s payments had been ordered by the court and plaintiff’s payments did not even cover all fees assessed, including the cost of probation supervision and that following termination of his probation, the probation department had closed its files and was not pursuing plaintiff for any balance owed. The demurrer was sustained without leave to amend.
Nuisance Value Settlement Reached for Childcare Facility: Client, childcare facility, was alleged to have improperly cared for and/or abused plaintiff’s minor daughter, leading to alleged bruises and injuries while in client’s care. A nuisance value settlement was reached on the eve of trial for an amount much less than what was previously offered at mediation.
Obtained Full Judgment Paid Plus Interest in Fee Dispute Case: Our client, an architect, had been involved in a fee dispute case involving a restaurant chain’s remodels and renovations for several of its locations. A large judgment including attorney’s fees was entered in favor of the architect plus interest, but the debtors failed to pay the judgment amounts for over a year. After several exchanges of demand letters, the debtors agreed to pay the full judgment plus interest.
- State Bar of California
- American Bar Association
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
- Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association