The Farella Braun + Martel Insurance Coverage Group (ICG) is one of the largest and oldest insurance recovery groups in California. Our 14 lawyers and two risk management professionals are committed to representing policyholders in coverage disputes. We also provide advice on insurance programs. The partners in the ICG average over 20 years of experience obtaining the insurance monies to which their clients are entitled.
The insurance coverage lawyers at Farella provide leadership, solutions, and litigation and trial expertise. ICG lawyers are adept at finding coverage where others can’t, based on deep experience and expertise relating to the insurance industry and the claims resolution process. Widely recognized in the legal community for their creativity and insight, ICG lawyers find the maximum value in the policies that are in dispute and bring that money home to their clients. Their knowledge of the insurance industry, combined with well-honed advocacy skills, make them a formidable force in the courtroom when disputes cannot be resolved before trial.
The effectiveness of the ICG’s strategic approach is regularly validated by large monetary payments from carriers to the firm’s clients. The ICG’s senior lawyers educate defense counsel and the client on how to best position the case to maximize coverage. The group’s lawyers work with mediators to make sure they understand the coverage issues and how these issues apply to the dynamics of the case at hand.
ICG lawyers have assisted clients in asserting claims for a wide variety of exposures, including securities fraud and other corporate directors’ and officers’ liabilities, errors and omissions claims, data privacy breaches and other cyber liability risks, products liability litigation, aviation losses, intellectual property disputes, environmental liabilities, employment litigation, construction delay and defects claims, and disasters like earthquakes and fires. The ICG also advises private businesses and public entities regarding risk management programs, such as the evaluation of current or proposed insurance programs, captive insurance programs, owner-controlled insurance programs, environmental remediation protection and other risk management and risk transfer devices.
ICG lawyers understand not just the legal leverage points, but how insurance companies make decisions. They know the policies and the history and thinking behind policy language. They understand their clients’ interest in a cost effective and resolution-oriented approach that maximizes the recovery to the client, and they devote themselves to obtaining that result.
Farella's Insurance Coverage Group maintains the blog Policyholder Perspective dedicated to providing comments and insights on issues of importance to anyone interested in commercial insurance coverage (www.farellacoveragelaw.com). The Policyholder Perspective blog was named among LexisNexis Insurance Law Community’s Top Insurance Blogs for 2011.