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Among our recent successes, we:

Represented women-owned vineyard against insurance brokers for failing to procure sufficient insurance for their business and homes destroyed by the California wildfires. Hossfeld v. Malloy Imire Insurance Services, Inc., Case No. SCV- 265344 (Cal. Super Ct., Napa Cty). Obtained settlement through mediation.

Lead counsel in Federal Court case against AIG for breach of contract and bad faith, among other claims, for failing to pay “extended replacement cost” coverage to insured to rebuild home destroyed by the Partrick fire. Walker v. AIG, Case No. 19-cv-07411-JSC (N.D. Cal.). Obtained settlement through mediation.

Lead trial counsel in Federal Court case against Allstate for negligence and fraud, among other claims, for failing to provide enough insurance to insured to rebuild home destroyed by the Tubbs fire. McMinn v. Allstate, Case No. 19-cv-07411-JSC (N.D. Cal.). Obtained settlement through mediation.

Co-Lead counsel in two cases in Sonoma County representing homeowners against insurance brokers for negligently and fraudulently procuring insurance for their homes destroyed by the California wildfires. Upton v. Napa Valley Insurance Services, LLC, Case. No. SCV-265309 (Cal. Super Ct., Sonoma Cty); Gillaspy v. George Petersen Insurance Agency, Inc., Case No. SCV-265344 (Cal. Super Ct., Sonoma Cty). Obtained settlement on eve of trials.

Lead counsel in lawsuit against National General Insurance and Integon Insurance regarding the deceptive and fraudulent marketing of Guaranteed Replacement Cost coverage in California. Doyle v. National General Insurance Co, Case. No. CIV 1901919 (Cal. Super Ct., Marin Cty). Defeated summary judgment.

Lead counsel for Argent Settlement Analytics in the pursuing the payment claims made in the class action settlement in the In Re Cipro I & II cases pending in San Diego County Superior Court, JCCP Nos. 4154 and 4220. Reached settlement after favorable ruling.

Led coverage negotiations on behalf of the Krausz Companies, Inc. with Liberty Mutual with respect to coverage for property, including valuable artwork, lost in the 2017 California wildfires.

Co-lead counsel in lawsuit brought by an asbestos settlement trust against the California Insurance Guarantee Association for breach of contract. Snyder, et al. v. CIGA, Case No. RG17873523 (Cal. Super Ct., Alameda Cty). Defeated demurrer and reached a settlement.

Lead counsel for Standard Fiber LLC in insurance coverage litigation arising out of fraud in China. Standard Fiber LLC v. Federal Insurance Co., Case No. 17-cv-05792 (N.D. Cal). Resolved after mediation.

Lead counsel for defendant in breach of contract and fraud case in San Diego County Superior Court. Jahn v. Raffo, Case No. 37-2016-00042184 (Cal. Super Ct., San Diego Cty). Obtained dismissal of the case.

Led pre-litigation negotiations with insurance carrier and obtained commitment for coverage under cyber insurance policy for alleged claims of data breach.

Co-lead counsel for plaintiff in financial elder abuse claim in Marin County Superior Court. Welch v. Acclaim Home Care, Inc., Case No. CIV 1504400 (Cal. Super Ct., Marin Cty). Reached settlement.

Integral part of trial team representing bankrupt asbestos manufacturer, The Flintkote Company, in fraudulent transfer lawsuit against former parent corporation. Hopkins v. Plant Insulation, Case No. CGC 06 450944 (Cal. Super Ct., San Francisco Cty). Successfully recovered $575 million for the benefit of victims of asbestos exposure; key brief writer, co-led discovery efforts, co-led expert discovery on damages; took and defended financial related depositions; trial counsel for defense in mock trial.

Lead counsel for defendant law firm in lawsuit brought by former employee who quit and took high value cases in Alameda Superior Court. Berman v. Levin, Simes, Kaiser, Gornick, Case No. RG1221168 (Cal. Super Ct., Alameda Cty). Reached settlement on the eve of trial.

Lead counsel for plaintiffs in Federal class action on behalf of a group of participants in employee stock option plan. Miller v. Palm Desert Investment, Case No. CV-11-02454 (C.D. Cal.). Successfully opposed motion to dismiss, and successfully reached a settlement via mediation.

Lead counsel in action to dissolve corporation in Marin County Superior Court on behalf of a minority shareholder and board member in an action alleging breach of fiduciary duty and mismanagement. Chamine v. The Coaches Training Institute, Case No. Civ. 1403234 (Cal. Super Ct., Marin Cty). Led settlement discussions and obtained settlement.

Prosecuted a trademark infringement case on behalf of Tommy Bahama. Tommy Bahama Group v. Sexton, Case No. CV-07-6360 (N.D. Cal.). Won two summary judgment motions and defeated appeal before the Ninth Circuit. Tommy Bahama Group v. Sexton, Case No. 10-15005 (9th Cir.).

Represented a former Harvard student, one of the original creators of the Facebook source code, in malpractice claim against attorney who drafted agreement assigning the code; client lost rights to any recovery from a $160 million lawsuit against Facebook due to legal malpractice. Achieved pre-litigation settlement through mediation.

Represented Bay Area artist and community-minded muralist in copyright infringement matter against real estate developer; developer improperly used a photo of mural to market high-end condominiums in Hayes Valley. Achieved pre-litigation settlement.

Represented up-and-coming fashion designer and clothing in copyright infringement matters against large corporate retailers. Achieved pre-litigation settlements.

Prosecuted breach of contract claims on behalf of a group of clients who started San Francisco business operations for an accomplished hedge fund manager. Reached pre- litigation settlement through mediation.

Recovered $2.5 million in insurance for startup life sciences company in multiparty dispute for the defense of bet-the-company litigation.

Secured indemnification for investment bank with respect to a Canadian lawsuit demanding over $65 million in damages.

Negotiated ongoing coverage for construction company facing significant long tail tort claims.

Worked as integral part of trial team of insurance coverage action for client’s alleged asbestos liabilities, ultimately resulting in a settlement of the case for hundreds of millions of dollars.

Recovered loss of investment, interest and attorneys’ fees on behalf of our investor client in claim against corporation that failed to return investment in violation of the investment agreement.

Negotiated coverage for officers and directors in emotional employment related case.