Lisa P. Gruen

Partner

Office

Practice Groups

Lisa P. Gruen focuses her practice on representing clients in a variety of civil actions in the areas of product liability, fire law, premises liability, professional liability, medical devices, construction defect, and toxic tort. Lisa counsels and defends manufacturers and distributors in claims involving catastrophic personal injury and property damage at fire scenes, and has defended numerous lawsuits relating to consumer and industrial products for national and international manufacturing and service corporations. In addition, she has significant experience in matters involving subrogation defense, bad faith, wrongful death, and attorney malpractice.

Lisa’s jury trial experience includes representing clients in venues throughout Central and Southern California. She has handled multiple cases in U.S. District Court in matters concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Lanham Act, products liability, patent infringement, and trademark infringement cases. She has also mediated hundreds of cases in all areas of civil liability defense.

Prior to attending Wayne State University School of Law, Lisa received her bachelor’s in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a leader within her community and regularly fundraises for Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a legal malpractice trial wherein it was alleged that the attorney failed to communicate with the client and failed to obtain the best resolution despite having reduced statutory liens on recovery from over $70K to $1K
  • Succeeded in a motion for summary judgment upholding the defendant’s liability waiver in a case where a minor plaintiff was injured during a sanctioned bicycle race
  • Prevailed on a binding arbitration involving the mutual cross-complaints of a property owner and elevator maintenance company in which judgment was obtained for all monies paid in the underlying settlement plus $60,000+ in attorney fees and costs
  • Successfully represented a number of manufacturers and distributors in cases demanding waivers of costs wherein it was either proved that products were not the cause or that the products at fault were not theirs
Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Past Chair, Fire Science and Litigation Specialized Litigation Group
    • Steering Committee
    • Products Liability Committee
    • Gavel Network Advisory Board
Community Involvement
  • Autism Speaks, Grand Club Member
Admitted to Practice
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Education
  • Wayne State University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A.
Publications
  • “Tree Fires — Prevention and Investigation” (Co-Author), DRI For the Defense, November 2017
  • “Pitfalls of a Product Manufacturer Stuck in a Multi-Party Construction Defect Suit,” DRI For the Defense, April 2016
Presentations
  • “Tree Fires — Prevention and Investigation” (Co-Presenter), DRI Product Liability and Fire Science and Litigation Seminars, Scottsdale, AZ, November 17 2016
  • “Pitfalls of a Product Manufacturer Stuck in a Multi-Party Construction Defect Suit,” DRI Product Liability Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 4, 2016