Biography

David Hofmayer’s practice concentrates on general business litigation, with an emphasis on insurance policy recovery disputes.

As a litigator, David’s responsibilities encompass the full scope of initial, foundational elements of assembling a case, particularly discovery. This phase of large or complex cases is exceptionally labor-intensive, but also essential to developing the evidence, facts, and strategy the balance of the proceedings rely on. In this role, he is intimately involved in both propounding and responding to discovery, as well as the subsequent document review. He also engages in discovery motion practice – drafting, replying to, and arguing discovery motions – and defends depositions.

Insurance recovery disputes follow a somewhat different trajectory. In these cases, David is a member of the team representing the insured, and is responsible for advocating for more complete reimbursement or coverage for a loss. Initially, the process begins with negotiation with the insurance company, and depending on the facts at hand, can be concluded at that state, or proceed into mediation or litigation. David is deeply involved at both an operational and a tactical level.

David has a special interest in developments in insurance recovery that arise from rapidly-advancing technology. As one example, as the use of autonomous vehicles becomes more widespread, the personal liability typically contemplated by insurance policies will be significantly decreased, but there will be corresponding increases in product liability claims, including against parties in the supply chain who provided components but were not directly involved in a specific incident. These parties will need to reconsider their insurance requirements. As another, cyberinsurance will be rapidly-expanding area of coverage and disputes, as data breaches and hacking become more widespread. David has both blogged and spoken about these topics, and has an ongoing interest in exploring the strategic implications to his clients of advances in technology, and the corresponding changes (or lack thereof) in the insurance that protects them.

David served as a legal intern with the U.S. Department of Labor in the New York Regional Solicitor’s Office.

Firm Highlights

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Cannabis Farms in the Neighborhood: Water, Contaminants and Other Proximate Matters

Farella's Buzz Hines, and guest speakers Kari Campbell-Bohard from EpicVeg and Lompoc Valley Cooling and Robert Schultz from Geo Blue Consulting, for a discussion on "Cannabis Farms in the Neighborhood: Water, Contaminants and Other...

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Investigations, Audits, Subpoenas, Oh My!

Our Nonprofit Education Series speakers Cynthia Rowland, Aviva Gilbert and guest speaker, Stephanie Fauerbach from FTI Consulting, discuss "Investigations, Audits, Subpoenas, Oh My!" Nonprofit entities can be just as prone to misconduct (theft, embezzlement, accounting snafus...

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Rebecca Stephens Appointed to BASF Barristers Club Board of Directors

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Farella Represents Far Niente Winery in its Acquisition of Provenance Vineyards

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented Napa Valley luxury wine producer Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards in its acquisition of the Provenance Vineyards real estate in Rutherford, Calif. from Treasury...

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Mitigating the Uncertainty of Smoke Taint in Wine Grapes

Smoke taint has dominated the worries of the California wine industry recent years. With unsettled climate conditions and continued droughts, there is no reason to think that smoke taint will not continue to be...

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Farella Braun + Martel Earns 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" Rankings

SAN FRANCISCO, November 5, 2021: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel earned national and regional rankings across several practice areas in the 2022 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® "Best...

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Farella Braun + Martel Represents ACE Cider in its Sale to Vintage Wine Estates

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented ACE Cider , The California Cider Company, the top independently owned hard cider brand in the U.S., in its sale to Vintage Wine Estates, Inc...

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Farella Welcomes Christopher Rendall-Jackson to Energy + Infrastructure and Real Estate Industry Groups

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Disaster Matters: Property Insurance and the Wine Industry

Farella's Alexis Sinclair with guest speakers: Marc Levine from California's 10th Assembly District, Michael Miiller from California Association of Winegrape Growers, Mike Ryan from InterWest, and Jed Taborski from Silicon Valley Bank, discuss "Disaster Matters...

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Pushing for Diversity in Philanthropy

Farella's Wendy Hernandez and guest speaker, Afshan Paarlberg, assistant visiting professor at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, for the nonprofit industry program "Pushing for Diversity in Philanthropy." A pressing question for many...

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