We have successfully defended an array of insurance carriers in more than 300 insurance bad faith cases, ranging from the deceptively simple and straightforward, to the complex and technical. These cases cover a wide variety of underlying insurance coverage and damage claims, including fire, smoke, water, earth movement, mold, earthquake, damage to artwork, and third party liability.
Our clients universally contend that they send us only the “hard cases,” the ones that threaten millions of dollars in potential bad faith and punitive damages recovery. And yet, through nearly a quarter century of handling such cases, no client of ours has ever lost a verdict for bad faith, attorney’s fees (“Brandt Fees”), or punitive damages. Yes, we do frequently counsel that a case be settled – another area where we have great expertise and a stellar track record – but the vast majority of the cases we handle are defensible and result in either a “nuisance value settlement,” a defense judgment through demurrer or summary judgment, or defense verdict by a jury. We have even had the extraordinary experience of securing a directed verdict in a bad faith case.
Our core group of lawyers and paralegal professionals have a remarkable 150 plus years of collective insurance litigation experience. Our clients know that this experience helps them in their business in a variety of ways. We do not have to reinvent the wheel; we built that a long time ago. We never encounter a claim, fact pattern or challenge that we have not already experienced, anticipated, and overcome, many times over. And the plaintiff’s bar knows our name and our work, a factor that, in many cases, directly results in a prompt, favorable settlement demand.
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