Biography

Tyler Gerking helps policyholders maximize their insurance assets. He works with them and their insurance brokers in negotiating favorable terms to address their unique risks. He also pursues insurance claims, shepherding policyholders through the claim process, and if necessary, pursuing breach of contract and bad faith claims against insurers in litigation and arbitration settings.  He works frequently with cyber, errors & omissions liability (E&O), directors & officers liability (D&O), general liability (CGL), employment practices liability (EPL), crime and property insurance.

  • He won an arbitration before a three-arbitrator panel, preventing an insurer from recovering a settlement payment it made under a CGL policy.
  • He obtained a favorable recovery after settling litigation pending in California state and federal courts, the federal courts in Washington D.C. and London under a tower of professional malpractice insurance policies.
  • He won a bench trial in California state court against a D&O insurer that breached its duty to defend a securities class action lawsuit, and then successfully defended the result in the California Court of Appeal.
  • He won summary judgment in U.S. District Court for a technology company against its insurer for breach of the duty to defend, establishing that the breach prevented the insurer from compelling arbitration of a billing rate dispute under Cal. Civ. Code section 2860.
  • He has persuaded courts to stay insurer-initiated declaratory relief actions while the underlying lawsuits proceed, protecting his clients from having to fight “two-front wars.”

He was a judicial extern for Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. 

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA in California in the Insurance Policyholder (2014-2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law (2018-2020)
  • Benchmark Litigation as a Future Star (2018-2019)
  • Super Lawyers' Northern California Rising Stars and Super Lawyers (2010–2019)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Coverage Counsel
  • Co-Chair of the Bad Faith Subcommittee of the ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Board Member, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (2015-present)
  • Board of Directors, Boalt Hall Alumni Association (2011–present)
  • Co-Chair, Berkeley Law Partners in Leadership Campaign (2011–2012, 2014-2015, 2015-present)
  • Member, Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court (2011–present)
  • Financial Crisis Hot Topic Website Editor, Insurance Coverage Litigation Section of the ABA (2008–2012)
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Leap: Arts in Education (2010 – 2012)

Firm Highlights

News

North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims

Tyler Gerking, chair of Farella's Insurance Recovery Group, was quoted in the Napa Valley Register article, "North Bay Wineries Taking Insurers to Court Over Denied Smoke Taint Claims." In the article, Tyler said he would expect...

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Threat of Cyberattack by Iran Still Critical, Experts Say

Insurance Recovery Partner Tyler Gerking commented in  The Wall Street Journal article "Threat of Cyberattack by Iran Still Critical, Experts Say." In the article, Tyler said that such direct actions by a nation-state against...

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In Novel Case, Insurer Sues Own Law Firm After Data Breach

Tyler Gerking was quoted in the Law360 article "In Novel Case, Insurer Sues Own Law Firm After Data Breach." In the article Tyler said, "This case shows some of the hazards that all companies face...

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Cyber Insurance Demand Heats Up As COVID-19 Hacks Rise

Tyler Gerking spoke to Law360 for the article "Cyber Insurance Demand Heats Up As COVID-19 Hacks Rise." As far as insurance coverage being available for fines and penalties that arise out of privacy and data security laws such as...

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COVID-19 Exposure and GL Coverage: Issues for Personal Injury Claims

Though much of the conversation regarding insurance coverage for COVID-19-related losses has focused on the potential for business interruption-type coverage (see prior discussion  here ), insureds should not overlook the potential that COVID risks...

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Time to Check Your Cyber Insurance

Now that the CCPA is in effect, some companies will need to revise their policies. The cyber insurance markets are beginning to adapt to the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) which went into...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys, Practices Recognized by Chambers USA 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel announces that Chambers USA has recognized 12 lawyers and five practice areas in the legal directory’s 2020 edition. Individual Rankings: Tyler Gerking – Insurance: Policyholders...

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Wine 'Smoke Taint' Blurs Insurance Coverage Distinctions

Recent wildfires in California Wine Country, particularly those that devastated parts of Napa and Sonoma counties in October 2017, have focused attention on whether insurance covers smoke taint damage to grapes and wine. Many...

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3 Lessons For Calif. Insureds From Late-Notice Rule Decision

In Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company ,[1] the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule[2] is a fundamental public policy of...

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