Ability to understand the “issue behind the issue”

Lisa LaBarbera Toke has always connected easily with people, so it is not surprising that Lisa has become one of the Central Coast’s few female trial attorneys.  In the courtroom, Lisa has proven herself to be a highly effective communicator who can convey the story of her client’s case in a down-to-earth style.  She has the ability to understand the “issue behind the issue” and use that insight to obtain positive results for her clients. Maybe growing up in a prominent local legal family taught Lisa early on how to hold her own in debates and discussions, but it is obvious that Lisa loves a good contest.  The net effect is one successful litigator whose roots on the Central Coast make her especially adept at maneuvering the local landscape.

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Lisa LaBarbera Toke is a principal in the firm’s Civil Litigation Practice Group. Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from UCLA in 1993. She received her law degree from Cornell Law School in 1996, where Lisa was Senior Note Editor of the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. Following law school, Lisa clerked for the Hon. Alan E. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and thereafter, she was an associate with the San Francisco Bay Area firm Michel, Hartman & Fackler from 1997-2001. Having grown up in San Luis Obispo, Lisa returned to the Central Coast and joined Andre, Morris & Buttery in 2001 and became a principal in 2007. Lisa practices primarily in the fields of business litigation, construction defect and mobile home law.

The following is a description of some of the representative cases Lisa has handled:

  • Lead counsel for a local radio station in a lawsuit involving claims of unfair business practices by a competitor.
  • Assisted trial counsel in successfully defending complex fraud and misrepresentation claims arising out of the sale of a car dealership, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
  • Handled the negotiation of hundreds of favorable settlements of construction defect cases.
  • Frequently advises and acts as personal counsel to contractors on litigation and pre-litigation strategy.
  • Advises mobilehome park owners and landlords on pre-litigation strategy and represents park owners and landlords in litigation.

The Mobilehome Park Owners’ Spectrum” published in the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association WMA Reporter by Lisa Toke.

Lisa is admitted to practice in all of the courts of the State of California, as well as the Central District of California of the United States District Courts.

Lisa is an active member of the San Luis Obispo Bar Association, serving as a volunteer mediator for the Pre-File Mediation Program, is a member of the San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyers Association and is a member of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast (HBACC) and editor of the HBACC newsletter, Central Coast Builder. In the community, Lisa is the past president of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum, a member of the Cuesta College Paralegal Program Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chinese Garden SLO project.