Gary L. LaHendro
Gary LaHendro has over 20 years of litigation experience and has served as lead defense counsel on soil and groundwater contamination, professional liability, construction defect, and personal injury mold cases. Mr. LaHendro currently serves as coverage counsel for several London Market insurers, providing advice on commercial general liability, excess coverage, errors and omissions, directors and officers, cyber and media policies.
Mr. LaHendro has counseled several hospitals and physician groups in the areas of regulatory compliance, contract negotiations and health plan reimbursement. He has also represented health care providers in all phases of business litigation, including binding arbitration, state and federal court proceedings, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. LaHendro has been a Certified Mediator since 2000, and he has volunteered his time working as a mediator for Volunteer Mediation Services, a community outreach center that was set up to help people and businesses effectively and efficiently resolve their disputes. He received a Commendation from the County of Los Angeles for his volunteer work as a mediator in 2000.
Mr. LaHendro is also an appellate attorney, specializing in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. His representative appellate matters include: City of Hope National Medical Center v. AFL Hotel & Restaurant Workers’ Health & Welfare Plan, No. 09-56236, 2011 WL 3203824 (9th Cir. Jul. 28, 2011) and Catholic Healthcare West Bay Area v. Seafarers Health & Benefits Plan, No. 07-15281, 2008 WL 4951648 (9th Cir. Nov. 18, 2008).
Attained an arbitration award of $1.6 million on behalf of a large university in a breach of contract action.
Won several cases as lead trial counsel before the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals pertaining to Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor Program disputes.
Negotiated settlements of $1.5 million and $1.3 million on behalf of large institutions in breach of contract actions.
Negotiated a settlement $800,000 below client’s potential exposure in an unjust enrichment and breach of contract action.