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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Insurance: Insurer

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What the team is known for

Quality California practice with core expertise in auto insurance claims, excess policies and bad faith litigation. Strong track record in trial work sees the practice regularly engaged by major domestic insurers to defend them in substantial class actions, as well as in appellate proceedings. Routinely represents clients in both the state and federal courts across California.

Strengths

Sources say: "It's a great law firm with strong lawyers and I hold them in very high regard because of their skill set overall as a team."

Another source reports: "They handle high-profile cases and are sought out by clients."

Commentators say: "It's an excellent firm and clients regularly turn to them for class action work. They're a strong team."

Work highlights

Secured a Ninth Circuit victory for Allstate Insurance in Pureco v Allstate. The appellate decision confirmed that if an insurer's failure to accept a third-party claimant's policy limit demand is based on a mistake or negligence, the insurer will not be liable for bad faith.

Notable practitioners

Peter Klee stands out in the market for his expert handling of coverage disputes. He demonstrates strength in claims concerning bad faith and property damage, and has experience handling both individual and class actions.
"He's universally respected by clients, mediators, opposing counsel and judges, and gets excellent results for his clients. He is everything you could want from an insurance lawyer." "A terrific lawyer who has really strong client relationships." "He's a very high-profile, experienced and active lawyer. He's very bright and has a great practice."

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Overview

With more than 30 attorneys firm wide, Sheppard Mullin boasts one of the largest insurance teams in California.  We represent many of the nation’s largest insurers, including Liberty Mutual, Allstate, Travelers, Allianz, Safeco, Unum/Provident, Fireman’s Fund and Lloyd's. 

We have an unparalleled track record of achieving outstanding results for our clients in their most challenging matters – from class actions to high exposure bad faith cases to complex coverage matters. 

Over the past 30 years, we have obtained judgments on the merits in well over 1,000 bad faith lawsuits.  We have extensive jury trial experience, having tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal court, including several cases recognized by the Daily Journal as top defense verdicts in California. 

In addition, we have defended more than 100 class actions, winning over 85 percent of these cases by motion, at the class certification stage and – in one of the largest certified insurance class actions in California – at trial.

We also serve as national counsel for major insurers on institutional issues and other matters involving significant financial risk.  We have defended our clients in class actions and other institutionally-important matters in 24 states.

Our attorneys also are appellate specialists, who have contributed to the development of the law in the insurance area.  We have obtained favorable results for our clients in dozens of published and unpublished appellate decisions.

Members

Falzetta, Frank (Head of Department)

Klee, Peter (Head of Department)

Arrington, Nathan

Atkins-Pattenson, Philip

Burgess, James

Casey, Justine

Crispen, Randal

Cronthall, Andre

Crowe, Jeffrey

Danaher, Charles

Feldman, Marc

Getchey, Ronald

Guite, Robert

McShane, James

Padnos, Todd

Petersen, Shannon

Puglisi, Fred

Sveslosky, Scott

Zhordania, Theona

Clients

Allianz

Allstate

Argo Group U.S.

Automobile Club of Southern California

CIGNA

CompWest Insurance

Fidelity National Financial, Inc.

Fireman’s Fund

First American Title

GEICO

HealthMarkets

Infinity Insurance

Insphere Insurance Solutions

Liberty Mutual

Lockton Companies

Mercury Insurance

Peerless Insurance

QBE Insurance Group

Safeco Insurance

Safeway Insurance

Sun Life Assurance Company

TIG Insurance Company

Travelers

Underwriters at Lloyd’s

Unum

Wawanesa Insurance

Zurich America

Industries

Insurance

Insurance: Insurer Department

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Department location

501 West Broadway

19th Floor

San Diego

California

USA

CA 92101

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