Insurance Defense

The firm handles first and third party insurance defense cases in a wide variety of personal lines and commercial coverage contexts.  Many cases involve a reservation of rights by the insurance carrier and the firm’s attorneys work with Cumis or personal counsel.

Real Property
We represent property owners in matters involving easement and border disputes, loss of view, landslide, subsidence, tree disputes loss of adjacent and subjacent support, and water diversion claims.  Real property cases with public entity defendants also involve inverse condemnation law.

We represent landlords in matters that involve habitability issues, wrongful eviction, breach of contract claims, analysis of state and local rent ordinances including those of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, housing ordinances and building codes, access issues that implicate state and federal disability statute, as well as complex insurance coverage questions.

Construction Defect
We represent general contractors and subcontractors working with stucco and siding, roofing, windows and doors, foundations, waterproofing, framing, and HVAC, among others.  We are versed in the complex interrelation of contractual indemnity claims involved in such disputes.

Products Liability and Toxic Tort Claims
We represent manufacturers, distributors, retailers, installers, and service providers in cases ranging from allegations of defective products to mold and asbestos-related injury claims.

Federal Copyright Claims
We defend business owners and entities in federal copyright infringement actions.