Laurie Stayton


Laurie N. Stayton is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. Laurie is a skilled trial attorney with over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of civil litigation.  Laurie passionately represents client interests, working diligently to analyze case merits, minimize risk and propel positive resolutions to complex legal matters.  Laurie is dedicated to client-focused service.  She develops close relationships with each client she serves to ensure she has a deep understanding of the client’s business specifics and unique goals, needs and challenges.

Laurie has a proven track record for achieving positive early resolution of cases, which saves her clients money, reduces the pain of the litigation process, and salvages business relationships.  Laurie regularly negotiates favorable settlements for her clients through alternative dispute resolution, as well as prevailing on dispositive motions, including demurrers, Anti-SLAPP motions, motions for summary judgment, motions for nonsuit, and motions for directed verdict.

When going to trial is inevitable, Laurie is courtroom ready and brings over a decade and a half of invaluable trial experience.  Laurie is regularly hired into existing litigation, often on the eve of trial, to guarantee the best chance of success for her clients.  Laurie has successfully tried more than fifteen jury trials through verdict, including obtaining numerous unanimous defense verdicts in multiple-million-dollar exposure cases and recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs and attorney fees for defense clients. 

Laurie has also frequently served as primary counsel on appeals, handling matters from initial notice to final argument.

Laurie’s litigation practice involves the following types of claims:

Transportation & Logistics - Laurie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all facets of transportation law and litigation representing a diverse body of transportation clients, ranging from for-hire and private trucking companies, railroads, consolidators, customs brokers and logistics companies. Most recently, Laurie successfully tried through verdict several commercial truck accident cases involving wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, and other serious personal injury claims.

Hospitality – Laurie zealously represents clients operating throughout the hospitality industry, including retail stores, hotels, bars, casinos, and restaurants across a wide variety of claims, including, but not limited to, premises liability, third person tort/assault, Dram Shop and security guard liability. 

Complex Business and Commercial - Laurie handles all aspects of complex business and commercial litigation matters, including business, commercial and contract disputes, copyright, trademark and licensing infringement, trade secret, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, interference with contracts and business relationships, professional liability, and other business torts.

General Liability - In her general liability practice, Laurie handles an array of construction, subrogation, toxic tort, premise and product liability, assault/battery, negligence and public liability cases for public and private corporations, charitable organizations, educational and nonprofit institutions, municipalities, governmental agencies, and individual enterprises.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • General Liability

Additional Experience



Professional Presentations

Presenter, “Trial Preparation: Motions in Limine, Evidence, Witness Lists, Trial Brief, Jury Instructions,” Clark Hill Academy, 2019


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2005


  • Dean’s Honor List
  • Traynor Honor Society
  • McCarthy Foundational Memorial Scholarship for exceptional academic ability

California State University, Chico

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with Paralegal Certificate, 2002


  • National Dean’s List

  • CSU–Chico Dean’s List

  • Edward Bronson Scholarship for outstanding academic and leadership achievements


Author, “The Collateral Source Rule: A Compendium of State Law,” Defense Research Institute's Defense Library Series, 2012