Jessica Mackaness is an associate with the firm’s insurance litigation practice in the downtown San Diego office. Mackaness’s practice focuses on insurance litigation, class-action defense and general business litigation. She has defended insurance companies in coverage disputes and against claims for bad faith, fraud, and unfair business practices in both individual and class-action cases. Mackaness has also represented class action defendants in a variety of other fields, including lender liability, unfair competition, false advertising, and employment disputes.
Mackaness earned her J.D., graduating magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2010, where she was also elected to the Order of the Coif. She previously earned her B.A., graduating cum laude, in business administration from the University of Florida in 2007.
While in law school, Mackaness was an extern for the Honorable William Q. Hayes of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. She was also extensively involved in providing pro bono legal services for the city of San Diego and the University of San Diego’s legal clinics, clerking for both the Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Special Education Clinic, for which she received high honors and graduated with the Pro Bono Service Recognition award for her work. Mackaness also participated in various moot court competitions and earned a CALI award for excellence in evidence. In addition, she received both the Faculty Honor and Dean’s Outstanding Merit scholarships during law school.
In O’Keefe v. Allstate Indem., Co., Mackaness defended Allstate in bad faith lawsuit arising out of an auto accident. Plaintiff alleged that Allstate wrongfully denied the claim, despite the fact that the policy’s written terms excluded plaintiff from coverage. Plaintiff argued that the policy should have provided coverage because, before the accident, an agent allegedly told plaintiff he had been added to the policy. Court granted Allstate’s motion to dismiss the bad faith claim, reasoning that an insurer cannot be liable for bad faith for complying with the policy as written, even if an agent’s representations might allow an insured to reform the policy to obtain retroactive coverage. Published decision at F.Supp.2d, 2013 WL 3746227 (S.D. Cal. July 15, 2013).
Mackaness also co-authored two articles: "Human Trafficking & Supply Chain For California Businesses," Transworld Business, Oct. 13, 2011; "Human Trafficking and Your Supply Chain: New Disclosure Requirements for Companies Doing Business in California," Oct. 7, 2011.
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|Nominees Published||November 8|
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