Laura S. Flynn is a trial attorney with over 25 years’ experience representing clients in civil litigation, including employment, general commercial liability, and civil rights matters. She has obtained defense verdicts in wrongful termination cases venued in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Ms. Flynn has defended clients in personal injury cases involving complex medical issues, including convincing a Marin jury the plaintiff did not suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and persuading a San Luis Obispo jury to reject a diagnosis of Lumbar Facet Syndrome. Recently, Ms. Flynn obtained a defense verdict in Santa Cruz County in a case involving a workers’ compensation carrier’s subrogation claim wherein her client rear-ended the vehicle of the injured employee. She has negotiated favorable settlements in multiple catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Ms. Flynn also defends businesses and property owners who are sued for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Federal Fair Housing Act, California Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Disabled Persons Act and Unruh Civil Rights Act.
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Education and Admissions
University of San Francisco School of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence May 1990
Executive Editor, University of San Francisco Law Review
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bachelor of Arts, Law and Society June 1987
Graduated with Honors
- Member, State Bar of California (December 1990 to present)
Professional Organization Memberships
- Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California (Board Member 2005-2013)
- Marin County Bar Association - Chair of Litigation Section
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
- “Sexual Harassment Prevention Training” (Sausalito Chamber of Commerce March 2020)
- “Creating and Implementing a Dress Code and Grooming Policy” (Human Resources Association of the Central Coast September 2019)
- “ADA Access Claims – Preventing, Defending and Resolving Discrimination Claims” (San Francisco Apartment Association May 2015)
- “Labor & Employment Roundtable” (California Lawyer April 2015)
- “Evaluating and Resolving ADA Access Claims” (Claims Conference of Northern California September 2013)
- “Howell Questions Answered? Justice Croskey Accepts the Challenge” (ADC Educational Law Seminar June 2013)
- “ADA: Defense Strategies and Attorney Fee Awards in Light of Recent Legislation and Jankey v. Lee” (ADC Educational Law Seminar February 2013)
- “Avoiding and Defending ADA Claims Under the Expanded Definition of Disability” (ADC Annual Meeting December 2012)
- “Review of Federal and California Laws Regarding Employee Wage and Hour Issues” (Claims Conference of Northern California August 2012)
- “Defending Claims for Alleged Violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title III (Public Accommodations)” (Defense Comment Spring 2012).
- “Brinker – Has the California Supreme Court Finally Invented the “Free Lunch?” (ADC Employment Law Seminar May 2012)
- “Fair Claims Settlement Practices Act Regulations” (Sacramento Claims Association February 2012)
- “Defending Property Owners and General Contractors in Personal Injury Cases Filed by Employees of Subcontractors” (ADC Annual Meeting December 2011)
- “Top Ten Mistakes Attorneys Make When Participating in ADR” (ADC Basic Training Series October 2011)
- “Wage and Hour Issues for Law Firms” (ADC Law Firm Management Seminar 2011)
- “Handling, Resolving and Preventing Disability Discrimination Claims’” (ADC Employment Law Seminar May 2010)
- “What’s in Your ADA Transition Plan?” (Association of Bay Area Governments 2010)
- Barrett Business Systems, Inc. v. Friedman, Santa Cruz Superior Court (2020) – Client rear-ended a vehicle driven by a person who was in the course and scope of his employment. Workers’ compensation carrier filed a subrogation claim. Pursuant to motion in limine, carrier was not entitled to present evidence of costs incurred in association with underlying workers’ compensation claim. Jury found client was not negligent.
- Graham v. Guardsmark, LLC, San Francisco Superior Court (2014) – Employee alleged age discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment.
- Marci Rae Iten v. Guardsmark, LLC, Santa Monica Superior Court (2008) – Employee claimed her termination for accepting a part-time teaching position violated her right to privacy, violated California Labor Code §2699 and constituted a breach of implied contract.
- Fathy Abdelrahim v. Guardsmark, LLC, Los Angeles Superior Court (2008) – Employee asserted wrongful termination based on national origin and religion.
- Quinn v. Widder Enterprises, San Francisco Superior Court (2005) – Products liability claim wherein plaintiff alleged a burn injury as the result of a defective electrical warming motorcycle vest.
- Clark v. Hughes, San Luis Obispo Superior Court (2018) – Motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff diagnosed with lumbar facet syndrome sought approximately $375,000 for past special and general damages and $1.8 – $2.1 million for future special and general damages. Jury awarded $77,000.
- Perez v. Fung, San Francisco Superior Court (2014) – Tenant alleged owner violated San Francisco Rent Ordinance by failing to move into the property after serving a Notice of Termination of Tenancy expressing intent to use the property as her primary residence.
- Ratsch-Rivera v. Kwan, Marin Superior Court (2012) – Plaintiff diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome after motor vehicle accident. Jury not convinced of diagnosis.
- Spaulding v. Turan, San Francisco Superior Court (2005) – Motor vehicle accident. Fashion model claimed loss of earning capacity based on broken nose caused in part by her failure to wear a seatbelt.
- Lacey v. Skaar, San Francisco County (2019) – Tenants appealed summary judgment entered based on statute of limitations.
- Smith v. Alegre, San Francisco County (2019) – Common law spouse appealed summary judgment entered in wrongful death case based on lack of standing.
- Torres v. House of Air, LLC, San Francisco County (2016) - Summary judgment based on waiver and release affirmed on appeal.
- Abdelrahim v. Guardsmark, LLC, Los Angeles County (2009) – Appellate Court affirmed trial court’s order directing the verdict and admitting evidence.