Insurance Coverage

Selman Breitman has developed a reputation as one of the most prominent coverage firms on the West Coast. In fact, insurance companies from all over the United States rely on the firm for interpretation of policies and analysis of obligations, duties, rights, and remedies with regard to issues arising from contract interpretation.

Proper analysis of insurance policies is an essential part of a carrier's business, whether they be comprehensive general liability policies, errors and omissions, directors and officers, professional services liability, employer's liability, travel insurance, homeowners, auto, or any other type of form. The correct coverage decision can save defense fees and indemnification costs, and limit the company's exposure to extracontractual damages. Our appointment by major carriers as regional coverage counsel is testament to our ability in this area and the importance we attach to prompt, proper, and realistic coverage analysis.

Selman Breitman provides coverage opinions and consultations on subjects dealing with all lines of coverage throughout the United States. Beyond the policies listed above, the firm is also adept in areas as diverse and focused as entertainment, media, health care, environmental, construction, garage, and auto dealership coverage issues.

We have significant experience in defending our insurance carrier clients in court, litigating coverage issues, and defending carriers in bad faith cases. We also have an impressive documented record of success in the trial and appellate courts of California, helping to establish favorable coverage law for the insurance industry as a whole, including work in the court of appeal, California Supreme Court, and federal circuit courts of appeal.

Within our extensive insurance coverage practice, the firm combines its broad experience and strategic planning skills with highly efficient execution to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients, and has earned a first-rate reputation among insurance and reinsurance companies alike.

News and Publications

2018 Southern California Rising Stars Announced Law360 Publishes Asir Fiola: "Demanding Fairness in Evaluating Past Medical Damages" Eldon Edson Published in Law360: "Food Contamination: When Responsible Parties Are Identified" Neil Selman Again Ranked a Leading Insurance Lawyer by 2018 Chambers USA Law360 Publishes, "Coverage For Montecito Claims: Flood or Fire?"
Summary Judgment Victory – Utility Services Exclusion Applies Despite Missing ISO Form LexisNexis Publishes Second Edition, Selman Breitman Again Writes the Book on CA Insurance Coverage & Litigation Elizabeth Doyle Joins Selman Breitman's San Francisco Office Edson & Walker Win Summary Judgment for Insurance Carrier In Underlying Class Action Suit Edson, Brockman & Whang Obtain Rescission Judgment In Federal Court Four Selman Breitman Attorneys Named LCA Senior Fellows Chambers USA Ranks Neil Selman a Leading Insurance Lawyer Bridget Moorhead Wins Summary Judgment Three Selman Breitman Attorneys to Present at CLM National Oregon High Court Clarifies How To Read the Four Corners of a Complaint Selman Breitman Writes the Book on California Insurance Litigation Rental Market Creating a Wave of Landlord-Tenant Suits Selman Breitman Wins Bench Trial for Western Heritage in Federal Court CA Trial Court Grants Summary Judgment for Scottsdale Insurance Company in Nightclub Case Selman Breitman Secures Summary Judgment Victory For Insurer On "Personal Injury" Issue; Will Pursue Defense Reimbursement From Insureds Selman Breitman Obtains Summary Adjudication for Steadfast Insurance in Case of First Impression Mark Inbody and Galina Jakobson to speak at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Washington's 2016 Young Agents Conference Who Says Insurers Can't Win in Washington: Selman Breitman's Seattle Office Obtains Summary Judgment for Insurer on Duty to Defend in Advertising Injury Case in Washington State What To Prepare For Dinner At Home - A Salad? An Omelet? Maybe Not When E. Coli & Salmonella Is At Risk Flood or Fire: The Montecito Claims Washington Supreme Court Finds Coverage for Bodily Injury from Carbon Monoxide Exposure Despite Policy's Broad Pollution Exclusion, Finds Bad Faith as a Matter of Law Oregon Federal Court Decides Carbon Monoxide Incident Is Excluded by Pollution Exclusion California Supreme Court Sets Criteria for Application of Sovereign Immunity to Tribal Businesses Montana Supreme Court Says No Bad Faith When Carrier Refused to Pay Settlement Because Medicare Liens Were Not Resolved Allocating a Pro Rata Defense Share to the Insured in Continuous Injury Cases Understanding Endorsements and Insurance for Truckers Oregon Supreme Court Issues Important CD Coverage Decision Regarding Time of Property Damage and Allocation Issues Oregon Environmental Update: 9th Circuit Finds a Request for Information Letter From EPA Satisfies "Suit" Requirement and Triggers Duty to Defend Are Plaintiff's Attorney Fees Covered Under a Standard Business Liability Policy?

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