John D. Green

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John Green is a commercial litigator with almost three decades of experience in recovering money from insurance companies under insurance policies such as commercial general liability, directors' and officers' liability, professional E&O, technology E&O, cyber liability, commercial property and builders-risk policies.  He has litigated, arbitrated or mediated high stakes coverage matters and has helped clients obtain over $1 billion in insurance recoveries.  Mr. Green is a fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.


Mr. Green recently won an important victory for insureds in Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Coapt Systems, Inc., et al., 2013 WL 3146781 (N.D. Cal. June 18, 2013), where a medical device company and 13 directors and officers were sued by over 60 plaintiffs for injuries allegedly sustained as a result of clinical trials and off-label uses of a dermal filler.  Mr. Green obtained summary judgment in the case, finding the claims were covered by the Scottsdale D&O policy.  This ruling determined that Coapt’s development, testing, marketing, and sales activities were not excluded by the “professional services” exclusion and also established that the claims were not excluded by the policy’s “bodily injury” exclusion.


Mr. Green also recently litigated a multi-site environmental coverage action for a mining and chemical company in San Francisco Superior Court, involving over 80 insurance policies issued over a 30 year period of time.  He obtained a recovery of over 90% of the client’s past and projected future costs for soil and groundwater clean-up at these sites.  The final settlement came only one day before jury selection.


Mr. Green was insurance counsel to the claimants in the Broadcom stock option backdating case, which resulted in an insurance recovery of $118 million.  The settlement was groundbreaking, as it was the first case in which a "Side A Only" insurance tower made a significant contribution to the settlement of a derivative case where the company was not insolvent.  This set an important industry precedent and led to Farella Braun + Martel being named one of Law360’s “Insurance Law Firms of the Year.”


Mr. Green regularly handles coverage disputes relating to consumer law and product class actions, and has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars from insurers for the settlement of over a dozen multi-state and national class actions. 


Mr. Green has written and lectured extensively on insurance coverage issues. He has been recognized among Northern California Super Lawyers, and is a former chair of Farella’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group.



  • ABA Section of Litigation; Insurance Litigation Section; Tort and Insurance Practice Section