Traci S. Lagasse, a founding member of Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP specializes in construction, professional liability, toxic tort, and general litigation

Traci S. Lagasse

Traci S. Lagasse is a founding member of Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP and specializes in the areas of professional liability, toxic tort, general litigation, and product liability.  Her professional liability practice focuses on the defense of architects and engineers in construction defect and delay claims, as well as the defense of a variety of other professionals, including accountants, pharmacists, real estate professionals, health care providers, and insurance agents.  Her toxic tort experience includes defending manufacturers, suppliers, and premises owners in mold and asbestos litigation.  Ms. Lagasse also represents building owner and management companies in a variety of claims from slip and falls to mold claims to fire fatalities.  She regularly counsels these clients on indoor air quality claims, risk management, avoidance of litigation, and the development of operation and maintenance plans.  Ms. Lagasse's practice also involves the defense of catastrophic injury claims arising from construction site accidents, heavy-machinery operations, and serious automobile collisions.  She also defends product manufacturers and suppliers in a variety of product defect claims. 

Ms. Lagasse has published articles in national publications such as Defense Research Institute and Harris Martin's Mold Columns on issues pertinent to mold litigation including Establishing Medical Causation – An Uphill Battle for Plaintiffs; 30 States and Counting: Mold Legislation Continues to Sweep the Nation; and Mold Legislation: Easier Said Than Done.  Ms. Lagasse regularly presents seminars to clients and professional organizations on a variety of subjects, including claims handling practices for Architect and Engineer claims and the unique medical, expert and liability issues involved in defending mold cases. 

From 2009 through 2016, Ms. Lagasse was voted by her peers to be included on the list of Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of Professional Liability, an award that recognizes the top 5% of California attorneys.  In 2012 through 2015 she was selected as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in San Diego, and in 2013 and 2014 as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego.  In 2010, Ms. Lagasse, along with her partners Jennifer Branch and Margi Bell, was honored by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego's Women Who Mean Business, an award presented annually to women leaders in San Diego's business community.  Ms. Lagasse was also named by the San Diego Daily Transcript as a Top Attorney for 2007 in Construction and Real Estate Law and was one of the youngest attorneys ever to receive this honor.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of San Diego and served as chairman of the organization's Programs and Seminars Committee for three years. 

Ms. Lagasse obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1992.  She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1995, where she graduated with honors. 

Ms. Lagasse is a member of the California State Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association.

Ms. Lagasse works out of the Firm’s San Diego and Los Angeles offices and can be contacted at:

Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP

4365 Executive Drive, Suite 950
San Diego, CA  92121

(ph) 858.345.5071
(f) 858.345.5072
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626 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90017

(ph) 213.793-4266
(f) 213.793.5072
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