Biography

Ray Sheen represents companies in disputes with their insurers over complex insurance recovery matters.  He has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance proceeds for his clients. 

Ray has advised his clients on—and litigated where necessary—the coverage available for a wide range of claims and losses, including product liability lawsuits and product recalls; securities class actions and derivative lawsuits; copyright, trademark, and patent litigation; media liability claims; trade secrets litigation and related criminal proceedings; data breaches and other cyberliabilities; first-party property losses; crime/fidelity bond losses; antitrust and other business tort litigation; and employment claims. Some of Ray’s representative engagements include:

  • Advised two tech companies in securing coverage for product liability claims alleging personal injury.
  • Represented a health and wellness company (as well as its parent) for a trademark infringement lawsuit against the company and obtained a highly favorable settlement from the company’s general liability and media liability insurers. 
  • Litigated claims under fidelity bond/crime insurance policy for a mortgage bank’s losses arising from a ‘phishing’ scheme.
  • Represented a consumer products company making wearable devices in successfully obtaining coverage, under trade credit policies, for losses arising from the bankruptcy of one of the client’s distributors.

Ray assists policyholders with negotiating and maximizing their insurance assets, including directors and officers (D&O), cyberliability, and errors and omissions (E&O) policies. He has advised clients on insurance issues related to mergers and acquisitions and real estate transactions.

He is recognized by Chambers USA in the California: Insurance–Policyholders section (2021-2023, Band 4). A client commented to Chambers that “Ray is an exceptional adviser with deep understanding of insurance recovery, strong analytical skills and superb client service.” Ray has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law (2021-2023).  He is a fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel. He was a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow in 2016.

Ray served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Spencer Letts of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and as an extern with the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: Insurance Policyholder - California, Band 4 (2021-2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (2021-2024)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2023)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Coverage Counsel
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2016)

Firm Highlights

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Hsu Untied Interview With Carly Alameda

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Hsu Untied Interview With Dan Callaway

Dan Callaway, a partner specializing in intellectual property litigation, was a guest on Hsu Untied , an award-winning podcast hosted and produced by Richard Hsu featuring entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, best-selling authors, and more.  During...

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California Appeals Court Empowers Privacy Agency to Immediately Enforce CCPA Regulations

In  California Privacy Protection Agency et al. v. The Superior Court of Sacramento County  (case number C099130), the Third Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal returned authority to the California Privacy Protection...

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Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that seven lawyers were selected to The Lawdragon Green 500: 2024 Leaders in Environmental Law . Farella lawyers selected for inclusion: Sarah...

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CEQA Decoded: Practical Insights for Bay Area Professionals

Join Farella’s CJ Higley and Don Sobelman and guest speakers Eryn Brennan with Environmental Science Associates and Tania Sheyner with the City and County of San Francisco Planning Department for a discussion on successfully...

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Winston Liaw Named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Winston Liaw has been named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2024. Winston joins a select group of...

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in Rhode Island and New Hampshire

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the eighth in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. With the help...

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Nonprofit Basics: Scholarship Grant Program IRS Approval Requirements

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . Today’s episode focuses on IRC Section 4945(g), which provides an exception for grants to individuals so that the penalty taxes for such grants...

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Farella 2024 Partner Elevations: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of two lawyers to partnership effective Jan. 1: Cynthia Castillo and Greg LeSaint. “We are thrilled to elevate Cynthia and...

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Brookfield Forecloses on 2,150-Unit Veritas Portfolio With Uncontested $464M Bid

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in The Real Deal  article, "Brookfield forecloses on 2,150-unit Veritas portfolio with uncontested $464M bid." Read the full article  here  (subscription may be...

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