Laura Sagmeister Flynn has been practicing law for 25 years. Ms. Flynn graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Law and Society. She attended law school at the University of San Francisco graduating in 1990 and was the Executive Editor of the USF Law Review.
Ms. Flynn is a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), a national organization of civil defense trial attorneys. From 2005 to 2013, she was a board member of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADC). For the past four consecutive years, Ms. Flynn has been nominated as a California Super Lawyer by her peers. In April of 2015, she was invited to participate in the Labor & Employment Roundtable Series sponsored by the publication California Lawyer.
Ms. Flynn handles personal injury, employment, product liability, landowner liability and Americans with Disabilities claims. She has conducted numerous educational seminars including:
“ADA Access Claims – Preventing, Defending and Resolving Discrimination Claims” (San Francisco Apartment Association May 2015)
“Evaluating and Resolving ADA Access Claims” (Claims Conference of Northern California September 2013)
“ADA: Defense Strategies and Attorney Fee Awards in Light of Recent Legislation and Jankey v. Lee” (ADC 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)
“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 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 (ABAG) 2010)
“Americans with Disabilities Act Workshop” (ABAG 2009)
Articles published by Ms. Flynn include:
“Defending Claims for Alleged Violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title III (Public Accommodations)” (Defense Comment Spring 2012).
Ms. Flynn has obtained defense verdicts in wrongful termination cases venued in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Summary judgments granted in her clients’ favor include a case involving the San Francisco Rent Ordinance (statute of limitations), the ADA (injunctive relief moot), release and waiver of claims for recreational activity (House of Air) and a landslide (causation). In a recent trial involving an alleged violation of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, she convinced a San Francisco Judge to bar testimony from an expert who planned to assert the correct measure of damages was based on the difference between what the tenant was paying for a rent controlled unit and the fair market value for the period of time the tenant was likely to remain at the property. The Judge agreed with Ms. Flynn and determined the tenant was limited to “actual” damages which included relocation costs and the difference between what she had been paying for rent and what she was paying for rent at her new apartment which was nominal. Ms. Flynn was able to convince a Marin jury that a plaintiff did not suffer from complex regional pain syndrome as a result of an automobile accident. She has negotiated favorable settlements in multiple catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.
Ms. Flynn’s clients include Travelers Insurance, Markel Insurance, Catlin Insurance, IFG, Guardsmark, House of Air, Hearst Communications, Penske Trucking and Uber.