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In the Spotlight: Q&A with Partner Jacquelyn Mohr of Pasich LLP’s Manhattan Beach Office

Apr. 19, 2022

With the New Year came an elevated role for Jacquelyn Mohr of Pasich LLP’s Manhattan Beach office. In recognition of her successes representing commercial and individual clients in complex insurance coverage disputes as well as her continued efforts to grow the firm, Jacquelyn was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Over her career, Jacquelyn has helped insureds recover hundreds of millions of dollars in wrongfully denied insurance claims. She also volunteers with natural disaster victims to assist with their insurance coverage claims and was recognized for her work by the United Policyholders, non-profit organization.

Learn more about Jacquelyn both professionally and personally below:

How did you decide on a career as a lawyer?

I think I always saw the world in the rubric of being a lawyer. In my younger years, I wrote contracts with my little brother over who got to ride in the front seat of the car. Naturally, I structured the agreement to get the days with the longer rides, so I got more time up front!

Why did you focus on insurance recovery?

It is a cerebral career path but also a creative one. I became interested in insurance law sitting in my mentor’s office. He would speak sentences out loud and alter his cadence or pause after different phrases and emphasize certain words. This showed me that depending on where you put the emphasis, it can give new life and possibilities to the meaning of the words.

What is your proudest professional moment?

Making partner at Pasich LLP earlier this year is my proudest professional moment. While making partner has always been important to me, it was specifically being elevated to partner at this firm that made it so incredibly special. We have an amazing team with high morals, and a great appreciation for the law and one another.

What are your principles when it comes to client service?

My approach to client service starts with kindness and candor. I respect my clients’ time and their situations. This is particularly true for individual clients who aren’t accustomed to dealing with the rigors of litigation. Of course, no one likes to be involved in a lawsuit or have a deposition taken and I try to be empathetic that these are not things most people deal with on a daily basis. I always have my clients’ best interest at heart and strongly advocate for their positions.

What’s one aspect of your practice that many people are not aware of?

The best insurance recovery lawyers must be creative! We take contracts drafted by insurers and hold them to their burden of proving that their interpretation of that language is the only reasonable one.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you do and why?

I like to pretend that I would have been a doctor, but I’m too squeamish around blood.  Realistically, I probably would have gone to business school and done something in finance. Before starting my law practice, I got my FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses. I was always interested in the business world and people’s motivations for making the investments they make.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love running, hiking and being outside in the mountains with my husband and our two rowdy dogs. A favorite destination is Big Bear, which is where my husband and I got married. I’m also proud to say that I recently made my entire front yard edible—it’s planted entirely with fruit trees and herbs.

Jacquelyn Mohr Heitman
Awarded an honor for her work by the United Policyholders non-profit organization

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