2300 Clayton Rd. Suite 350
Concord, CA 94520
Admitted to Practice
– All courts in the State of California
– U.S. District Courts, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
– U.S. Supreme Court
J.D., Golden Gate University
B.A., University of Wisconsin
Presentations and Articles
– “Fair Claims Practices Regulations,” for private clients, 2008, 2006, 2005
– “Avoiding Malpractice: Standard of Care for Therapists,” presented to the Contra Costa Chapter of Psychologists, 2005
– “What is Harassment in the Workplace?,” private client, 2004
– “Important Elements of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA),” private client, 2000
– “GAPOSIS – Gaps of Coverage in the Commercial General Liability Policy Forms,” presented to the Insurance Educational Association, CPCU Contra Costa Chapter, Women’s Insurance Organization and Independent Insurance Agents
– Cage Match! Insurance Litigation Perspectives from Both Sides of a Claim, RIMS Sacramento, 2014
– Fair Claims Practices Act, 2014
Lois Co-Chairs the Healthcare and Insurance Coverage practice groups for the firm and is a member of several other groups as well. Lois is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell - an honor less than 5% of women lawyers attain. She is also listed in the Bar Register of Woman Preeminent Lawyers. Lois has also been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada and chairs the Insurance Liaison Committee for that organization.
While Lois has developed experience in several areas of practice, the primary focus of her practice is Professional Liability, including healthcare professionals. This includes assisting her clients in matters involving their professional boards, and administrative hearings and appeals. She has successfully appealed an Administrative Judgment which resulted in restoring a psychologist's license and dismissing all claims by the Board of Psychology against him.
Before becoming an attorney, Lois worked in the insurance industry handling litigated matters and serving as a claims manager. She continues to use her knowledge from this experience in her practice involving insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.
Lois also handles a diverse practice including employment law, premises liability, products liability, governmental entities and construction matters.
With her extensive and successful experience in mediation, Lois is well respected by mediators, including judges and other attorneys.
Lois has trial and appellate practice experience with published and unpublished cases. Some of her published cases are: Dunham v. Condor Insurance Co. (1997) 57 Cal.App. 4th 24; Cheema v. Livingston Unified School District, Ninth Circuit, 67 F.3d 883 and Guideone Mutual Insurance v. Utica National Insurance Group, D059833, 4th appellate district.
She provides seminars and training in several areas including presentations to local therapist groups on malpractice, insurance and client groups on regulations and coverage, and on healthcare matters involving MICRA. She also has presented on employment law issues involving harassment and discrimination.
She is a member of the Tort Practice Group and Management Group of the California Bar Association, American Bar Association, Alameda County Bar Association, Contra Costa Bar Association, Defense Research Institute and California Psychological Association.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, American Lawyer Media celebrated women attorneys who have achieved leadership status in their field by naming them Women Leaders in the Law in 2014. Lois was named a Woman Leader in the Law.
CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.