Hernan L. Lacuesta
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Hernan L. Lacuesta devotes his practice to insurance defense litigation, defending against a wide variety of complex negligence, premises liability, and toxic tort claims. He routinely litigates high exposure cases for amusement park and studio clients, utilizing his knowledge and prior experience as a former In-House Counsel to achieve timely and cost effective results. His commitment to the firm and his clients recently earned him the designation as the firm’s Client Relationship Manager for a major amusement park, and film and movie studio client in regards to theme park and studio liability litigation.
Hernan received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Irvine, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Criminology, Law, and Society. He received his juris doctorate from Chapman University in Orange, California, where he was Co-Founder and Co-President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and had the privilege of externing for the Honorable Candace J. Beason, Los Angeles County Superior Court and U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh.
ADDITIONAL RECENT NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS:
Successful nuisance value settlement of asbestos lawsuit brought against major studio by actor whose estate claimed he was subjected to asbestos and/or asbestos containing materials on movie and television sets between 1959 and 1979. Motion for summary judgment filed based upon workers’ compensation exclusivity. Case settled the day before Plaintiffs’ opposition to our MSJ was due to be filed.
Successful nuisance value settlement of asbestos lawsuit brought against major studio by set lighting technician who claims he developed lung cancer and asbestosis from lighting materials on movie and television sets between 1959 and 1980. Demurrer filed based on workers’ compensation exclusivity. Judge overruled demurrer advising it was more appropriate to file the motion as a summary judgment motion. Case settled shortly thereafter.
June 30, 2017 – Successful settlement of toxic tort case involving allegations of asbestos exposure. Major studio alleged to have exposed its former grip to asbestos and/or asbestos containing materials during the construction of sets on its soundstages. Motion for summary judgment filed on behalf of studio based on workers compensation exclusivity and Melendrez v. Ameron Internat. Corp., 240 Cal.App.4th 632 (2015). Case settled for nuisance value with no opposition to MSJ filed.
December 4, 2015 – Successful motion for summary judgment on behalf of amusement park client on a case involving injuries that occurred in a haunted maze attraction. Plaintiff suffered severe injuries to her wrist and hand when she fell attempting to run away from a haunted maze character. Plaintiff served $2.8M Statement of Damages. Under Griffin v. Haunted Hotel, Inc., 242 Cal.App.4th 490 (2015), Plaintiff assumed the risk of being frightened and scared when she voluntarily entered the haunted maze and, so, client amusement park did not breach any duty of care owed to her.
Invited to lecture to major studio client regarding risk management issues and importance of report writing and documentation.