Attorney Jean-Claude Lapuyade
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Mr. Lapuyade is a San Diego based labor and employment attorney representing aggrieved California employees and the victims of unlawful housing practices throughout the State of California.  Mr. Lapuyade’s litigation practice focuses on representing California employees in wage and hour class actions for unpaid wages, missed meal and rest breaks, and misclassification, wrongful termination cases and tenants in unlawful housing class actions.  Mr. Lapuyade prides himself on providing his clients with aggressive, attentive and result driven representation through the litigation process, trial and arbitration. Since 2007, Mr. Lapuyade successfully recovered in excess of $40 million in monetary awards for his clients.

Mr. Lapuyade served as co-editor of the Insurance Column for Consumer Attorneys of San Diego from 2011 to 2014. As editor, Mr. Lapuyade was responsible for publishing monthly articles in the Trial Bar News periodical analyzing complex insurance coverage issues.  

Mr. Lapuyade is a four-time recipient of the Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars.
  • Construction Defects
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Unlawful Housing Practice Class Actions
  • California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, 2007 to Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 2007 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Member, 2007 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Member, 2007 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Tort, Trial & Insurance Section, Member, 2007 to Present
  • California Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Member, 2007 to Present
  • California Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, 2007 to Present
  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: Deans Merit Scholarship, California Western School of Law 2005 - 2006
  • University of Arizona
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: History
Honors
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters
  • Distinguished Advocate Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy
  • Blanchette et al., v. Superior Court (GHA Homes), 8 Cal.App.5th 521, 2017
  • Chmurny v. State, 392 Md. 159, 2006
Current Employment
  • Attorney
  • Insurance Column for Consumer Attorneys, Co-Editor, 2011 to 2014