About Lisa LaBarbera Toke

Lisa LaBarbera Toke has been a principal at Andre, Morris and Buttery since 2007. She is a member of the firm’s Civil Litigation Practice Group.

 

Education & Background

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. Following law school, Lisa clerked for the Honorable Alan E. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and she was an associate with a Bay Area law firm from 1997 to 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 areas of business litigation, construction defect and mobile home law.

The following are some representative matters Lisa has handled:

  • Lead counsel for a local radio station in a lawsuit involving claims of unfair business practices by a competitor.
  • Lead counsel in a lawsuit against a local landlord for mold exposure and related claims.
  • Lead counsel in a substantial annoyance eviction of mobile home park residents, getting a verdict for the mobile home park after a five-day jury trial.
  • Lead counsel for the three largest mobile home parks in a local city in opposition to an effort to enact a rent control ordinance in that city, which resulted in an ordinance not being enacted.
  • Has negotiated hundreds of favorable settlements of construction defect matters.
  • Advises and acts as personal counsel to contractors and subcontractors on pre-litigation strategy, and represents contractors and subcontractors in litigation.
  • Has represented numerous property owners in construction defect cases.
  • Advises mobile home park owners and landlords on pre-litigation strategy, and represents mobile home park owners and landlords in litigation.

Business & Community

Lisa is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of California.

Lisa has been an active member of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association since 2001, and she currently serves on its Board of Directors. Lisa is also an active member of the San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyers Association. And Lisa is an active member of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast, serving on its Board of Directors for over fifteen years.

In the community, Lisa is a past president of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum, taking the museum through a capital campaign to build its new facility, and she is a long-time member of the Cuesta College Paralegal Program Advisory Committee. Lisa is also a dedicated supporter of the San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation.

Lisa has spoken at numerous construction and mobile home law seminars, and she has written several articles for the WMA Reporter, a publication of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association.