Lisa Silva Passalacqua Of Counsel




Lisa Passalacqua focuses her practice on life, health, disability and ERISA matters as well as general liability and casualty and medical malpractice cases in the state of California. She litigates a variety of disputes between policyholders and insurers, including bad faith and general liability litigation. Lisa handles cases in state and federal courts from the pleading stage to resolution, representing clients in mediations as well as jury trials.

With more than 20 years of experience, Lisa brings a practical approach and well-earned influence to her practice. She believes that strong relationships with clients help to achieve desired results, so she prioritizes client communications and elicits their involvement at every step of the representation.

Areas of Focus

Life, Health, Disability & ERISA
Lisa represents insurers, plans, employers, fiduciaries and third-party administrators in nearly every kind of litigation. She has defended cases involving claims for denial of severance and pension benefits, wrongful termination of disability benefits, denial of accidental death and dismemberment benefits, life insurance rescission and claims issues, wrongful discharge under ERISA, eligibility for ERISA medical benefits and medical provider insurance fraud. She works closely with the insurance industry and self-funded plans as well as with insurers, underwriters, claim personnel, insurance agents and contract drafters. Her experience has given her a deep understanding of clients’ legal challenges and a strong working knowledge of their respective businesses.

Complex Tort & General Casualty 
Lisa assists clients in preventing, mitigating and managing exposure through risk, crises, and claims and litigation management. She scrupulously attends to every detail in preparing to defend her clients. Always aware of the economic pressures under which her clients conduct their businesses, she is committed to resolving claims quickly and efficiently.

Medical Malpractice & Health Care
Wilson Elser’s heritage and continued strength in insurance defense has attracted a large and growing clientele, including well-known physicians and premier teaching hospitals. As part of the firm’s litigation team, Lisa represent dentists, nurses, paramedics, podiatrists, radiologists, pathologists, counselors, social workers and other members of the allied health professions as well as managed care organizations and privately run emergency rooms.