Online legal services are not going away, so traditional attorneys need to adapt to the changing marketplace, according to panelists at a San Diego Law Library event last month.
Law School/Year: Stanford, with distinction, 2003
College/Year: University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, 2000
Business Litigation; Civil Litigation; Environmental; Insurance
My experience includes trial work in state court and international arbitration, and arguing discovery and case-dispositive motions in state and federal courts across the country. I recently tried a $100 million asbestos coverage case concerning several cutting-edge issues, including “completed operations” disputes, policyholders’ rights to assign policy benefits following complex corporate transactions, and a carrier’s attempt to allocate payments to policies which may trigger “retrospective premium” obligations. I currently co-chair a $30 million arbitration concerning insurance defense of mass tort claims and environmental enforcement actions, in which my client seeks bad faith and punitive damages after establishing the insurer’s breach of the duty to defend in the Superior Court and Court of Appeal.
My practice focuses primarily on insurance litigation, in addition to my experience with environmental and general business litigation. My expertise spans a variety of coverage issues involving commercial general liability, directors' and officers' liability, errors and omissions and political risk policies, as well as insurance bad faith claims. I have prosecuted coverage claims arising from a number of underlying environmental and business risks, including mass tort claims alleging exposure to asbestos, lead, and DDT-related products, state and federal environmental enforcement actions, and international commercial disputes. Among my clients are several Fortune 500 companies, including Fluor Corporation, Sempra Energy, Montrose Chemical Corporation and DataCard Corporation.
I am a member of San Diego’s Welsh Inns of Court and the Insurance sections of both the San Diego County Bar Association (Insurance/Bad Faith Law) and the American Bar Association (Tort Trial and Insurance Litigation). I have authored or co-authored insurance coverage chapters in an ABA-published International Construction Law guide and a deskbook targeted at risk management issues facing design professionals, and articles concerning various emerging insurance issues, including “The Forgotten Calif. Statute That Overrules Henkel,” (Law360, 2011). I have made presentations to various local and national bar associations concerning important insurance issues, including a bad faith seminar for in-house counsel and attorneys in San Diego.
I am a graduate of LEAD San Diego’s IMPACT class of 2011. As part of that program, I volunteered to provide counsel to the board of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, a local nonprofit that works to connect and motivate students and families from diverse backgrounds through organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education. I volunteer with my wife for numerous charitable events that raise money, through Cheer Los Angeles and the Pride Cheerleading Association, for organizations providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
I was born and raised in San Diego, graduating from Madison High School in 1996. I left for college in Philadelphia and Edinburgh, Scotland, then returned to California for law school at Stanford. I spent several of the early years of my career in Los Angeles, before returning to San Diego in 2008. I live in Bay Ho, just a few miles away from my parents (who still live in my childhood home in Clairemont), with my wife, Brooke, our puggle Zuma, and our two cats, Chandler and Cali.
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