Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack
10100 Santa Monica Blvd, 12th Flr
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-3800 www.elllaw.com
Walter J. Lack is a founding partner and the managing partner of Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1973. Mr. Lack was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1973, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in 1979, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981. His areas of specialty are aviation crashes, class action, complex business litigation, environmental litigation, insurance bad faith, mass toxic tort and professional liability. Mr. Lack was lead counsel for more than 1,500 residents of Hinckley and Kettleman, California (the â€œErin Brockovichâ€ case) and lead counsel in cases with an aggregate recovery in excess of $10 billion.
Mr. Lack has earned numerous awards and honors and is recognized by LawDragon Magazine as one of the 500 leading lawyers in the United States (2005-2015), by Southern California Super Lawyers as a â€œTop Ten Super Lawyerâ€ (2004-present) and a recipient of American Lawyer Magazineâ€™s â€œTop 10 jury Awardsâ€ in the U.S. in five separate years. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a lecturer to trial lawyer groups throughout the country on a variety of topics within the civil justice system.
Areas of Practice Aviation Crash Litigation Class Actions Complex Business Litigation Environmental Litigation Insurance Bad Faith Mass Toxic Tort Professional Liability
Education Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, 1973, J.D. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, 1970, B.A.
Bar Admissions California, 1973 U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979 U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
Published Works Construction Defect Law Caved in by Supreme Court: The Land of Aas â€” CAOC Forum, April, 2002 Three Trial Attorneys â€” Loyola Lawyer, Winter, 2001 Fiduciary Duties; What Are They? When Do They Exist? and Why Use Them? â€” CAALA Advocate, March, 2001 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California â€” The Daily Journal, California Law Business, October, 2000 Top Ten Cases â€” LA Daily Journal Verdicts & Settlements Supplement, DeWald v. Knyal, listing #6, March, 2000 Insurance Bad Faith: Expert Witnesses and Evidence â€” CAOC Forum, November, 1999 Bum Deal â€” LA Daily Journal Verdicts & Settlements Supplement, June, 1999 Two Law Firmsâ€™ Teamwork Keys Success â€” LA Daily Journal Verdicts & Settlements Supplement, June, 1999 Personal Injury â€” The National Law Journal, February, 1999 Surviving a Toxic Tort Case from Retainer to Trial â€” CAOC Forum, May, 1997 Spoiliation: A Defense Perspective â€” CAOC Forum, January, 1996 Formulating a Defendantâ€™s Discovery Plan in a Mid-Air Collision â€” Southern Methodist University School of Law, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Vol. 47, No. 4, 1982 The Availability of Strict Liability in the Excess Judgment Case â€” California Trial Lawyers Journal, Spring, 1973 The Anatomy of a Federal Employerâ€™s Liability Act Case â€” California Trial Lawyers Journal, October, 1972
Professional Associations Superior Court Arbitration Panel, 1976-Present Chairperson, Bar Fee Dispute Committee The Standing Committee on Discipline for the Central District of California, 1997-2000, Member Governorâ€™s Los Angeles Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, 1999-2003 American Arbitration Association, 1976-Present, Member, Panel of Arbitrators State Bar of California, Member American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum Member Consumer Attorneys of California, 2001-Present, Board of Governors Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Member Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, Board of Directors American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate American Board of Trial Advocates, 1998-2001, National Executive Committee Member Loyola-Marymount University, 1986-1989, Alumni Board of Directors Loyola-Marymount University, 1991-1994, Alumni Board of Directors Loyola Marymount University, 1999-Present, Board of Regents
Litigation Percentage 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Notable Past Positions Deputy Attorney General, State of New Mexico
Speaking Engagements Frequent Lecturer, Trial Lawyer Groups throughout Country Guest Lecturer, California Judicial College, 1995-1997
Honors and Awards Martindale-Hubbell AV PreeminentÂ® Peer Review Rated Best LawyersÂ® Lawyer of The Year in Los Angeles, 2015 Best Lawyers in America 2009-2016 Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007-2009 Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2017 Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2003-2004 Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Daily Journalâ€™s Top 10 California Jury Verdicts, 1993-1994, 1996, 1999, 2004 Daily Journalâ€™s â€œOne Hundred Most Influential Lawyers in Californiaâ€ 2004-2005 Los Angeles Business Journal Top 50 Litigators in Los Angeles, 1999-2004 California Governorâ€™s Judicial Selection Committee, 1998-2003 Los Angeles Business Journal Los Angelesâ€™ 25 Most Powerful Attorneys, 2002 Pat Summerall Success Story Aired on Fox News, 2002 Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America Lawdragon 2006-2007 Top 500 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America Lawdragon, January 2007 â€œThe Legendsâ€ Lawdragon Magazine 10th Anniversary 2015 Whoâ€™s Who in Law Los Angelesâ€™ 25 Most Powerful Attorneys Los Angeles Business Journal March 4-10, 2002 Whoâ€™s Who in Law L.A. Business Journal, March, 2002 Whoâ€™s Who in Law L.A. Business Journal, February, 2001 Whoâ€™s Who in Law L.A. Business Journal, February, 1999