Practices

Primary Industries

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bars of California and Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California

Professional Affiliations

American Association of University Women 

Women in Networking

Community Involvement

Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women 

Multiracial Americans of Southern California

South Bay Center for Counseling

Education

Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.

Oklahoma State University, B.S. 

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Lydia E. Hachmeister

Counsel
Los Angeles
T: 310.564.2670
F: 310.564.2671
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A member of M&R’s Appellate Department, Lydia Hachmeister represents insurers in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, and appeals. She has particular expertise in complex coverage litigation.

Ms. Hachmeister works with insurance carriers to evaluate novel claims, monitor “Cumis” counsel, negotiate with other carriers and defend or initiate declaratory relief, contribution and bad faith actions. She has also been involved in matters against the insured for reimbursement of defense costs and indemnity.

Ms. Hachmeister frequently handles appeals, as well as law and motion, pleadings and writs, both before and during trial. She also advises clients’ trial counsel during all stages of litigation.

Community Involvement

Ms. Hachmeister has served on the Board of Directors for the South Bay Center for Counseling and the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women. She is currently involved with the Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC).

Past Experience

Prior to commencing her legal career, Ms. Hachmeister worked as a social worker and served as a liaison between the Oklahoma Department of Welfare and the Oklahoma Juvenile Court, representing the interests of abused children.

Education

Ms. Hachmeister began her legal education at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she was nominated to the Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board, and received an American Jurisprudence Award in Torts. She subsequently earned her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. She received her B.S., in Microbiology, from Oklahoma State University.

Awards & Recognitions

Mr. Hachmeister is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV (Preeminent) peer-rated attorney, the highest possible Martindale attorney rating for legal ability and professional ethics

Published Decisions

Appellate 
  • ACS Systems, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. (2007) 147 Cal.App.4th: Successfully defended St. Paul in a case where the Court held that an Insured’s unsolicited fax transmissions of ads did not trigger insurer’s duty to defend under the advertising injury offense “making known to any person or organization written or spoken material that violates an individual’s right of privacy.”  The coverage applied to liability for injury caused by the disclosure of private content to a third party (invasion of secrecy privacy), not to injury caused by receipt of the unsolicited fax (invasion of solitude privacy).  There was no coverage for “property damage” caused by an “accident” because, even assuming the former, there was no “accident” where the insured intended the fax transmissions to occur.
  • St. Paul Mercury Insurance Co. v. Frontier Pacific Insurance Co. (2003) 111 Cal.App.4th 1234: Ms. Boyd represented St. Paul in obtaining a decision that an additional insured has no reasonable expectation of coverage for its own negligence or strict products liability when its contract with the named insured requires indemnity and insurance coverage only for liability caused by the named insured.  Further, a standard 2010 additional insured endorsement providing coverage for liability arising out of the named insured's ongoing operations for the additional insured does not cover liability arising out of defects in equipment leased from the additional insured but used in operations for a third party.  Where the indemnity and insurance provisions of the contract depend upon the named insured's liability for the claimed injuries, allocation of a settlement among insurers may require apportionment of fault in addition to equitable principles.
  • Hooker v. Department of Transportation (2002) 27 Cal.4th 198:  Represented CalTrans in a case where the California Supreme Court held that a hirer of an independent contractor is not liable to an employee of that contractor merely because the hirer retained control over safety conditions at a work site.  Liability may only be imposed where the hirer's negligent exercise of retained control affirmatively contributes to the employee's injuries.  Mere evidence that a hirer is aware of an unsafe practice and fails to correct it is insufficient to raise a triable issue of fact that the hirer's exercise of retained control over safety issues affirmatively contributed to the employee's injuries, or even to the adoption of that unsafe practice by the employee.
  • Globe Indemnity Company v. Superior Court (1992) 6 Cal.App.4th 725: Held the insurer has a right to require the insured to submit to an examination under oath concerning all proper subjects of inquiry and cannot act in bad faith by withholding payments, no matter how long it takes for insurer to process the claim.