Law School: University of San Diego, School of Law
Each case is major when your clients find themselves in a dispute with a multibillion-dollar insurance company. Over the last 36 years, I have handled more than 1,000 cases and tried to verdict more than 75 jury trials involving virtually every kind of civil dispute. In the field of insurance, my major cases include a $12 million bad-faith verdict, a $6 million bad-faith verdict, and multiple other seven-figure results. Representing the interests of consumers, I have been involved in resolution by way of settlement and judgment, amounts collectively exceeding $100 million in recoveries.
My career began as counsel for dozens of major insurance companies. Between 1978 and 1984, as an associate and then a partner in one of San Diego’s premiere defense firms, I gained invaluable experience in all forms of civil disputes, as well as a unique insight as to how and why insurance companies do what they do. In 1984, I was instrumental in creating the San Diego Defense Lawyers. The same year, I formed my own firm. My practice soon shifted to representing the interests of policyholders, both individuals and businesses. Since the 1990s I have litigated insurance disputes in state and federal court, including extensive appellate work in California courts of appeals and in the federal Ninth Circuit. Our representation does not end until the dispute is truly finally resolved.
Today, Winters & Associates continues to specialize in representing policyholders in disputes involving all forms of insurance, including homeowners, business, life, long-term disability, and professional liability. The firm also represents clients in disputes with insurance agents and brokers. Finally, the firm provides behind-the-scenes guidance for other professionals on how best to maximize recoveries and deal with the insurance industry in all situations.
San Diego County Bar; Consumers Attorney of San Diego.
My father was a Marine aviator trained on North Island in 1941. As a child, I lived throughout the United States. Arriving in San Diego in 1975 to attend law school, I quickly appreciated the wonderment that is San Diego. Now residing part-time in the East Village and the rest of the time in the hills of Jamul, the world’s greatest little community, I enjoy the best of San Diego. I am the proud parent of two great children, appreciate a loving wife, and relish the benefits of living in the world’s greatest city. What a country!