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California Business, Construction, & Real Estate Attorneys Stocker & Lancaster, LLP

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Michael J. Lancaster, Partner

Jay F. Stocker, Partner

Stocker & Lancaster LLP, in Irvine, California, represents clients in Business and Commercial Law, Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Corporate General Counsel and Employment Law, and Personal Injury Law throughout Southern California including communities such as Irvine, Newport Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Orange, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, San Clemente, Dana Point and San Diego.

Attorney Profiles

Michael J. Lancaster, Esq.

Irvine, California

(949) 622-5575

Trial & ADR. Mr. Lancaster has been AV Preeminent Rated for over 20 years, has been in trial practice for over 35 years and has a diversified litigation practice focusing primarily in Business, Real Estate, Construction, Employment, General Counsel and Major Torts. Mr. Lancaster has litigated more than 600 Superior Court cases to conclusion, including multiple jury trials, court trials and arbitrations. This includes extensive ADR experience and training.

Transaction Practice. Mr. Lancaster has years of experience in business transactions, real estate transactions, and Will and Trust practice, business entity formation (Corporations, LLC’S, LLP’S, JV, General and Limited Partnerships), Buy-Sell Agreements, Asset & Stock Purchase, 1031 Exchanges, Commercial, Residential, Retail and Industrial property sales and lease transactions.

General Counsel. The experience uniquely qualifies Mr. Lancaster as outside General Counsel for business owners, CEO’s. COO’s and CFOs. This includes, corporate book compliance, corporate governance, duties, Board and Shareholder Meetings, Minutes, advises executive management in business transactions, uses effective deal point strategies, assists in negotiating critical contracts, provides senior management with legal advice on company strategies and their implementation, manages all legal functions assigned to General Counsel, oversees the work of other attorneys, and assist in assignments to experts.

Areas of Practice:

AV Preeminent Rated, Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, State and Federal Civil Trial Practice by National Board of Trial Advocacy (ABA Accredited), California State Bar Trial Specialty, Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Employment Litigation, PAGA Defense, Construction Litigation, Trust Litigation, Insurance Litigation, and all major Torts, including Personal Injury and Products Liability. Mr. Lancaster also serves as Independent General Counsel to numerous CEO’s of companies for litigation, ADR, corporate governance and employment issues.

Bar Admissions/Certification/Specialties:

Admitted to the California State Bar in 1980, and admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California; and U.S. Supreme Court. Juris Doctor: Western State University College of Law; ADR Training: Harvard Law School, Professional Mediation and ADR System Design Workshop, 1992; Certified Mediator Trained in Negotiation, and Mediation Techniques, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1991; Advanced Negotiation and Settlement Strategy for Experienced Lawyers, Institute for Dispute Resolution and Pepperdine School of Law, 1991; Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution, Advanced Mediation, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2012. Instructors: Bruce A. Edwards, Esq., Chairman of the Board, JAMS, and Nina Meierding, MS, JD; Certified Commercial Arbitrator by American Arbitration Association. Prior Panels: Arbitrator, Orange County Superior Court, Business and Personal Injury Panels for 18 tears. Temporary Judge: Orange County Superior Court for Settlement Conferences for 18 years. Current Private Panel: Arbitrator, Mediator and Discovery Referee at Judicial Dispute Resolution Inc. (“JDR”) since 2000.

Published Works:
California Real Estate Broker Duties, Liabilities and Defenses, 1984-2018.

Jay F. Stocker, Esq.

Irvine, California

(949) 622-5575

In May 2001, Jay F. Stocker and Michael J. Lancaster formed Stocker & Lancaster, LLP, to continue and expand their diversified litigation and transactional practice. Mr. Stocker continues his focus primarily in providing excellent personal representation in the fields of business, construction and real property.
Mr. Stocker has actively and vigorously represented the interests of businesses in many different sectors and on a variety of legal issues. Mr. Stocker's practice has continued to represent the interests of construction developers, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, architects, engineers, and sureties, involving issues concerning real estate development, construction, construction defect, and contract formation and disputes.

Mr. Stocker has also been active in litigating disputes involving most aspects of business, including labor disputes, claims of discrimination and harassment, FEHA and other statutory and regulatory violations, and trade secret and unfair competition. Mr. Stocker has also engaged in transactional and litigation work in the real estate industry (both commercial and residential). Other areas of Mr. Stocker's practice include representing clients both as plaintiffs and defendants in major tort litigation including personal injury and insurance litigation.

Mr. Stocker also continues to provide personal representation in counseling businesses (sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies) involving all aspects from formation, ongoing compliance issues, genera) counseling, and dispute resolution. Mr. Stocker has represented hundreds of clients successfully through the conclusion of their disputes, including jury and bench trials, binding arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediations and formal settlement conferences.

Prior to forming Stocker & Lancaster, LLP: In December 1997, Mr. Stocker formed the Law Offices of Jay F. Stocker (incorporated in February 2000 as a professional corporation), concentrating in the same areas of practice that Mr. Stocker has continued into his current practice. From June 1994 through November 1997, Mr. Stocker affiliated with Cummins & White, LLP in an of counsel relationship. Mr. Stocker continued to expand his practice, integrating with the Cummins & White firm. From June 1991 through May 1994, Mr. Stocker affiliated with Haight, Brown & Bonesteel in an of counsel relationship. From the time he was admitted to practice in 1987 through June 1991, Mr. Stocker affiliated with the law firm Voss & George.

Areas of Practice:

Business & Commercial Law
Business Organizations
Construction Law
Employment Law -- Employee
Employment Law -- Employer
Insurance Law
Labor Law
Litigation & Appeals
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Products Liability Law
Real Estate Law
Sexual Harassment

Bar Admissions:

California, 1987
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California, 1987
U.S. District Court Southern District of California
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California, 1987
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law - Individual Rights
Honors: President, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1984
Major:  Business Administration

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Los Angeles Bar Association
Orange County Building Industry Association

Past Employment Positions:

Law Offices of Jay F. Stocker, Sole Practitioner, 1997
Cummins & White, LLP, Of Counsel, 1994 - 1997
Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, Of Counsel, 1991 - 1994
Voss & George, 1987 - 1991

Orange County · Los Angeles County · Riverside County
San Bernardino County · San Diego County

Stocker & Lancaster, LLP
19200 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 622-5575
(949) 622-5562 Fax
(949) 622-5576 Fax

Stocker & Lancaster LLP, in Irvine, California, represents clients in Business and Commercial Law, Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Corporate General Counsel and Employment Law, and Personal Injury Law throughout Southern California including communities such as Irvine, Newport Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Orange, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, San Clemente, Dana Point and San Diego.