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Ivo Labar

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Ivo Labar is a partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe. He is an experienced trial attorney. He specializes in complex litigation, employment and insurance coverage issues.  Recently, he tried a Dodd-Frank claim that led to the largest verdict for such a case in the nation and the largest punitive damages award in the Northern District of California in 10 years (Wadler v. Bio-Rad, Case No. 3:15-cv-02356-JCS).

Ivo is a Contributing Editor to The Wagstaffe Group Practice Guide: Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, published by Lexis-Nexis. He also regularly lectures at law schools in the Bay Area on new developments in Civil Procedure, Insurance Coverage, Evidence, and First Amendment Law.

Ivo graduated with honors from the California Maritime Academy. After serving as a deck officer aboard merchant ships, he graduated with honors from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  Following law school, Ivo served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles Legge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He is admitted to practice in trial and appellate courts.




  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., with honors, 1999
  • California Maritime Academy, B.S., Marine Transportation; U.S.C.G. Third Mates License


  • SuperLawyers 2012-2017

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of California / California State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Publications & Speaking

  • Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, Lexis-Nexis, 2017
  • Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial (The Rutter Group), Contributing Editor, 1996-2016
  • ReelLawyers.com, Video Presenter, Civil Litigation Q & A
  • "Evidence in a Facebook World: Social Media and Electronic Documents," Presenter, Practising Law Institute Program on California Trial Evidence (2013)
  • Lecturer, Civil Procedure and First Amendment Law

Selected Cases

  • General Star Indemnity Company v. Thunderbutte Enterprises, LLC, 2016 WL 6803681 (E.D. Cal. 2016)
  • MacKinnon v. Logitech Inc., 2016 WL 541068 (N.D. Cal. 2016)
  • Componex Corp v. Electronics for Imaging, Inc., 621 Fed.Appx. 659 (Fed. Cir. 2015)
  • Miller v. Fuhu Inc., 2015 WL 2085490 (C.D. Cal. 2015)
  • Association of California Insurance Companies v. Jones, 235 Cal.App.4th 1009, 185 Cal.Rptr.3d 788 (Cal.Ct.App. 2015)
  • Componex Corp. v. Electronics for Imaging, Inc., 58 F.Supp.3d 912, 2014 WL 5683947 (W.D. Wis. 2014)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission v. Eadgear, Inc., 2014 WL 6900938 (N.D. Cal. 2014)
  • Think Computer Corporation v. Dwolla, Inc., 2014 WL 1266213 (N.D. Cal. 2014)
  • Graham-Sult v. Clainos, 756 F.3d 724 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • Graham-Sult v. Clainos, 738 F.3d 1131 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • Alexander v. Farmers Insurance Company, Inc., 219 Cal.App.4th 1183, 162 Cal.Rptr.3d 455 (Cal.Ct.App. 2013)
  • Streit v. Farmers Group, Inc., 2012 WL 6623683 (Cal.Ct.App. 2012)
  • Douglas v. Town of Portola Valley, 468 Fed.Appx. 728 (9th Cir. 2012)
  • Digital Video Systems, Inc. v. Sun, 2011 WL 1134662 (Cal.Ct.App. 2011)
  • Kirkwood v. California State Auto. Assn. Inter-Insurance Bureau, 193 Cal.App.4th 49, 122 Cal.Rptr.3d 480 (Cal.Ct.App. 2011)
  • Zurich American Ins. Co. v. Electronics for Imaging, Inc., 2009 WL 2252098 (N.D. Cal. 2009)
  • Big-D Const. Corp.-California v. Leprino Foods Co., 188 Fed.Appx. 563, 2006 WL 1880050 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • General Components, Inc. v. H.T. Components U.S.A., Inc., 141 Fed.Appx. 616, 2005 WL 1899282 (9th Cir. 2005)
  • Martinez v. Marin Sanitary Service, 349 F.Supp.2d 1234, 2004 WL 3080325 (N.D. Cal. 2004)
  • Radil v. Sanborn Western Camps, Inc., 384 F.3d 1220, 2004 WL 2106536 (10th Cir. 2004)

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