Biography

William R. Friedrich, a member of the firm since 1971, is an experienced general litigator whose practice emphasizes insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Bill has extensive experience in handling both first party claims (e.g., property damage, business interruption, health, and disability) and third party liability claims (e.g., construction, directors and officers, professional errors and omissions, and general liability). Representative clients range from individuals in need of medical benefits to major corporate and governmental entities such as Albertsons, Applied Materials, Pacific Telesis, the Port of Oakland, and Raychem.

The majority of Bill's professional time is devoted to resolving insurance-related issues and disputes arising in connection with multi-party, complex civil litigation (e.g., class actions, intellectual property, employment liability, and environmental claims). He has mediated a number of insurance disputes, and also has served as an arbitrator, including international arbitrations.

Bill has published a variety of articles and spoken on numerous panels concerning insurance coverage and bad faith issues.

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA in California in the Insurance Policyholder (2005-2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law (2021-2022)
  • Benchmark Litigation as a State Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star and Benchmark California Star

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Served as a Captain in the United States Army until 1971

Firm Highlights

News

William Keane Elected Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers

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New California Bill Requires Employers to Offer Bereavement Leave

AB 1949 , a bill passed by the California legislature and awaiting Governor Newsom’s signature, would require California employers to offer five days of bereavement leave to employees each time they lose a spouse...

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Exploring the Market Competition Ecosystem: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Christopher Wheeler   is a speaker at Alliance for Health Policy's webinar "Exploring the Market Competition Ecosystem: Lessons Learned and Next Steps."  To register for the webinar, please click  here .

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California AG Signals Enforcement of the Global Privacy Control Under the CCPA

As companies prepare for the provisions of the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) to come into effect in January 2023, California Office of Attorney General (“OAG”) has signaled that companies should not wait to...

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Lawyers on the Fast Track: Aviva Gilbert and Janice Reicher

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2022 Wildlife & Permitting Symposium

David Lazerwitz will present at the Burns & McDonnell "2022 Wildlife & Permitting Symposium."

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Caught in the Crossfire: War Exclusion and Commercial Policyholders

Tyler Gerking and Patrick Loi will discuss "Caught in the Crossfire: War Exclusion and Commercial Policyholders" to the ACC Bay Area Chapter on October 12.  The “war” exclusion in cyber insurance policies has received...

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Basics of Impact Investing: A Conversation About Investment Policies and Evaluation Metrics For ESG Investors

Welcome to EO Radio Show – Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, we address the fiduciary duty of a nonprofit board when setting its investment policies and how to think about impact...

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How New Climate Change CEQA Thresholds Will Impact Bay Area Development Projects

Farella's CJ Higley and Donald Sobelman with guest speakers, Michael Keinath from Ramboll and Tania Sheyner from City and County of San Francisco, discuss "How New Climate Change CEQA Thresholds Will Impact Bay Area Development...

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New Law Will Expand Pay Transparency Requirements in California

Holly Sutton and Hillary Marks spoke to The Recorder about California's pay transparency act, SB 1162, for the article "New Law Will Expand Pay Transparency Requirements in California." Read the article here  (subscription required...

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