2021 Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame Award Recipient: Wendy Lascher

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Wendy Cole Lascher

The Committee on Appellate Courts is pleased to announce the 2021 recipient of the Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame award, Wendy Lascher.

Six percent of the University of Michigan Law School’s class of 1973 were women. One was Wendy Cole Lascher, now one of California’s best-known appellate lawyers.

Wendy’s professional career began at a three-lawyer appellate firm, where she had an opportunity to handle a wide range of appeals and writs, including multimillion dollar punitive damages cases, hotly-contested divorces, complex business disputes, as well as criminal, real estate, employment, and administrative matters. In addition to representing a death penalty client before the United States Supreme Court, Wendy has appeared before the California Supreme Court, various U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and in every California Court of Appeal district. Her clients range from enormous corporations to government entities to individuals caught up in the legal system.

Wendy chaired the California State Bar’s Committee on Appellate Courts, helped write the first California appellate specialization test, and chaired the State Bar’s Appellate Specialization Advisory Committee, and has served as president of both the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She regularly speaks about appellate law for continuing education programs, and has served for many years as co-editor of CITATIONS, the newsletter of the Ventura County Bar Association. 

In 2011, Wendy brought her practice to Ventura County’s Ferguson Case Orr Paterson. She mentors younger lawyers inside and outside the firm, reminding them that no matter how excellent their legal skills, finding time for family, friends, community, and personal life is essential. Wendy is a devoted daughter, mother and grandmother. She earned her private pilot’s license in 2018 and is working on her instrument rating.  

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