Lisa C. McCurdy is Co-Chair of the Women’s Initiative and a shareholder in the firm's Litigation Practice. She practices commercial civil litigation, with a particular focus on retail, consumer products & services, and real estate and financing litigation (including commercial lease litigation). She also has deep experience in trust and estate litigation, particularly trusts and estates with significant real estate and business holdings. She has wide-ranging experience in both federal and state court, as well as in administrative proceedings and regulatory investigations.
Lisa’s approach to litigation focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of the client’s business and interests. She applies that understanding through all stages of representation, including pre-litigation counseling and negotiations, developing case strategy, preparing witnesses for trial, examining witnesses and arguing key motions, through writ proceedings and direct appeals and, where appropriate, obtaining resolutions through arbitration and mediation.
Lisa also practices in the area of animal protection law, regularly volunteering her time and litigating cases on behalf of both animal protection groups and individual clients, and working on improving legislation and education in an effort to improve the treatment of animals. As a result of this work, she was appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles in March 2012 to serve as a Commissioner for the Animal Services Department of the City of Los Angeles, and served in that capacity and as Board president until February 2014. She is currently a board member and past Board President of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.
- Commercial/ Retail litigation
- Fiduciary/Trusts & estates litigation
- Real estate litigation
- Animal protection law