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
  • 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

Publication

CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Summary (Updated)

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was signed into law (the full 880-page text of the CARES Act is available here ). One feature of the CARES...

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Insurers Brace for Coronavirus Hit to ‘Event Driven’ D&O Line

Mary McCutcheon was quote in the Claims Journal article,"Insurers Brace for Coronavirus Hit to ‘Event Driven’ D&O Line." Link to read the full article .

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Daily Journal Names Farella Lawyers Among Top IP Lawyers in California

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partners Jeffrey M. Fisher and James L. Day were named to the 2020 list of “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal...

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Wine Businesses, Lenders, and Difficult Conversations

The COVID-19 pandemic and public health efforts to combat it will impact different wine businesses in different ways. Those that depend on on-premise and direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales, such as restaurant, hospitality, and tasting room...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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Event

Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure? (Webinar)

Join speakers, Matt Lewis and Janice Reicher, on the webinar discussing "Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure?"

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Farella COVID-19 Update: A Message From the Managing Partner

To our clients, alumni and friends, During these unsettling times, Farella Braun + Martel is focused on protecting the health and safety of our firm members, clients, and communities and doing our part to...

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Event

7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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News

Farella Advises on Sale of Diamond Creek Winery to Maison Louis Roederer

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, March 16, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel represented the family of the late Boots Brounstein on the sale of their Diamond Creek Winery in Calistoga, Calf. to French Champagne producer Maison...

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CARES Act Money for Wineries?

Beginning tomorrow morning, April 3 rd , the Small Business Administration will begin accepting applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under the new CARES Act. Amid the flurry of news, small winery owners may...

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