Ivo Labar is a partner at Sawyer & Labar LLP. He is an experienced trial attorney. He specializes in complex litigation, insurance coverage, and employment cases. Recently, he tried a case in federal court in which his client was awarded the largest verdict in the nation for a Dodd-Frank claim and the largest punitive damages award for any type of claim in the Northern District of California in 10 years (Wadler v. Bio-Rad, Case No. 3:15-cv-02356-JCS).
Ivo regularly lectures at law schools in the Bay Area on new developments in Civil Procedure, Insurance Coverage, Evidence, and First Amendment law. For more than 20 years, he was a contributing editor to the leading practice guide on federal court litigation, The Rutter Group’s Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial. He also serves as General Counsel to the California Association Of Public Insurance Adjusters (“CAPIA”).
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.
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
Super Lawyers 2012-2018
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