Biography

Dennis Cusack has devoted his legal career to recovering money owed to companies and individuals under various insurance policies. He is the former chair of Farella’s Insurance Recovery Group.

Dennis has recovered insurance monies in matters involving the conversion of commercial passenger aircraft, technology product defects, intellectual property (including patent infringement), mass torts, securities, antitrust and unfair competition, environmental clean-ups, personal injuries, construction design errors and defects, professional malpractice, wrongful termination and discrimination, and a variety of commercial contract and tort claims. Recent matters include: 

  • Oracle America Inc. v. National Union, N.D. Cal. 2014 14-cv-03935. We recovered through settlement millions of dollars in attorneys fees for claims of disparagement and bad faith litigation brought in patent infringement lawsuits.
  • John Crane, Inc. v. Admiral Ins. Co.,  991 N.E.2d 474 (Ill. App. 2013).  Lead attorney on appeal successfully reversing adverse trial court decisions regarding insurance coverage for asbestos bodily injury claims.  Appeal restored more than $150 million in available excess insurance for past and future judgments.
  • Aviation Refinancing Transaction v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, San Francisco Superior Court No. CGC-09-494500.  Litigated one of the first claims brought under a contingent aircraft hull and liability policy for $19 million in losses arising out of the conversion of commercial passenger aircraft and engines.  Resulted in confidential settlement.
  • Won an arbitration over the amount of money available under a private company management liability policy for settlement of a fraud lawsuit.
  • Won an arbitration over coverage for legal malpractice claims under a lawyers professional liability policy.

Dennis has tried single-party and complex multi-party litigation in state and federal courts. He emphasizes achieving beneficial and cost-effective results through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including mediation and specially-designed arbitrations.

He externed for the Honorable Stanley A. Weigel, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law
  • 2017 Client Choice Award in the Insurance category for California from International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology

Memberships and Affiliations

  • ABA Litigation, Insurance Coverage and International Law sections.
  • BASF Insurance Coverage and International Human Rights Law sections.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Accessory Dwelling Units Authorized in New Construction

New legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on June 18 now authorizes the addition of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in new construction projects for single-family homes and multi-family buildings. The City...

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Lysondra Ludwig Selected to Leadership San Francisco

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JIOP Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Matayoshi

Kelly Matayoshi discusses how the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program helped her career and what she'd say to students undecided about applying for an internship. Read the interview here .

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Nonprofits and the California Consumer Privacy Act

The new California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) will come into effect January 1, 2020. In most situations, nonprofits won’t be subject to the law—but in some cases they necessarily will be and/or...

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Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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What California’s New Security Law Means to Your Business

Commonsense IoT security steps that startups and small business should consider to comply with California’s new law California recently enacted a new law, Senate Bill 327, that requires companies that make Internet of Things...

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Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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Bay Area Opportunity Zones 2.0

On the heels of recently released regulation by the US government, we dive back into the state of OZs in the Bay Area. What You'll Learn What are the most important takeaways from the...

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Are You Background Checking Your Contractors? If So, Exercise Caution.

Employers who use background checks in their hiring processes are likely aware of the various requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and analogous state statutes. They must provide clear disclosures and obtain...

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The Legal 500 United States 2019 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Practices & Attorneys

The 2019 edition of Legal 500 United States recognized Farella Braun + Martel among the top firms in the Construction, Land Use/Zoning, and Not-for-Profit practice areas. Recognized attorneys include: Construction Adam Dawson CJ Higley...

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