Jennifer Revitz is an Associate in Selman Breitman’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s Insurance and General Liability practice groups. Jennifer represents insurance companies in first- and third-party coverage matters, spring-boarding from her years of claims adjusting with Republic Insurance and as an independent adjuster, providing coverage opinions as well as defending her clients in coverage litigation. She also has considerable experience in surety coverage opinion writing and surety defense work.
Jennifer’s decades-long experience in the insurance industry provides her a unique ability to understand the insurance issues from the client's perspective. She works closely with Claims Representatives to handle claims involving auto and auto liability, first party yacht coverage and first-party property coverage work, including arson/fraud investigation and examinations under oath to serve her client’s interests. She specializes in bad faith defense, declaratory relief, rescission, law and motion, summary judgments, discovery, depositions, trials and appeals.
Jennifer has been called upon by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinics to give presentations on various subject matters relating to the Small Claims Project, including those specifically relating to Small Claims Court procedure. She has also been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, along with many other accolades.
Jennifer is originally from Independence, Kansas, but has resided in the Los Angeles area for many years. When not helping clients with their legal needs she and her husband spend their time singing in the church choir, assisting the homeless in their hometown and raising their 180-lb. Great Dane, Dexter.
- Fact analysis and policy interpretation relating to rescission of insurance policies for material misrepresentation during the application process.
- Represented insurance brokers in suit for professional negligence arising from an alleged failure to obtain appropriate "design team" E&O coverage for plaintiff insurer's participation in construction of a wastewater treatment facility. Plaintiff alleged that the brokers negligently obtained a policy that (1) failed to identify the insurer as a named insured and (2) did not obligate the insurer to defend plaintiff insurer.
- Obtained directed verdict on no duty to defend the insured, an armed security guard company, when its employee shot and killed a 19-year-old man on the premises of an apartment complex that had hired the insured, based on the assault and battery exclusion.
- Successfully defended an appeal from summary judgment entered in favor of client, defendant insurance broker, in a suit for professional negligence. The matter arose from the broker's alleged failure to obtain appropriate errors and omissions coverage for the plaintiff's participation in the construction of a large utility plant, based on application of the two-year statute of limitations stated in Code of Civil Procedure Section 339(1).
- Successfully defended an appeal from summary judgment entered in favor of insurance company client on the premise that it did not have a duty to defend or indemnify its insured based upon a Named Driver Exclusion.
- Obtained summary judgment for insurer client on no continuing duty to defend against a suit by the insured's tenant after the tenant dismissed all causes of action which were potentially covered under the commercial general liability policy.
- Obtained summary judgment as a matter of law that the step-down provision contained in an automobile policy which reduced coverage to the state's financial responsibility minimum of $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident/$5,000 property damage is conspicuous, plain and clear and applicable when a non-insured permissive user is driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.
- Numerous successful denials of first party property damage claims based on the insureds' failure to submit to an examination under oath, which is a condition precedent to coverage.
- Obtained summary judgment against insured for failure to pay its per plaintiff deductible which insured claimed had been waived by insurer client. Successfully objected to the only evidence supporting the insured's position as it violated the Parol Evidence Rule.
- Obtained summary judgment against insured's suit against insurer client on a fire loss for breach of contract and bad faith in that insured failed to submit any evidence to support that insurer breached the insurance agreement and insured's evidence was insufficient to raise a triable issue of fact that there was any delay by the insurer or that the insurer engaged in any acts of bad faith.
Business & Community Activities
- Choir Member, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Santa Clarita, CA
- Volunteer, Small Claims Pro-Bono Workshop at Southwestern Law School, assisting low income plaintiffs and defendants with small claims preparation and consultation.
- Volunteer, "Family Promise", assisting homeless families in Santa Clarita California.
- When Jennifer is not at the office, she spends her time singing in the church choir, doing volunteer work with low income and the homeless and raising her "puppy," a 155-lb Great Dane named Dexter.
Professional Awards and Memberships
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2013