Insurance Law

GMSR has a long history of representing insurance carriers on a wide range of issues, including first- and third-party coverage, excess insurance, contribution and allocation claims, as well as bad faith liability issues, such as Brandt fee questions and punitive damages.  GMSR’s appellate lawyers regularly use this experience to assist clients in all facets of the appellate process.  The firm also counsels both carriers and policyholders regarding their potential liabilities and rights.

Dynamic Concepts, Inc. v. Truck Ins. Exchange (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 999

Policyholder’s unilateral settlement does not trigger duty to provide independent counsel

Dec 11, 1996 Related Cases
West American Insurance Co. v. Freeman (1996) 59 Cal. Rptr. 2d 668

Proper standards of review of punitive damage awards, bad faith insurance litigation (amicus curiae brief)

Fire Insurance Exchange v. National Union Fire Insurance (1995, D020312)

Whether summary judgment for insurer in bad faith action was “favorable termination” for subsequent malicious prosecution action

Lewis v. Superior Court (1994) 30 Cal.App.4th 1850

Proper bases for lis pendens; elements of fraudulent conveyance claim; negligence of title insurer

Rogalski v. Nabers Cadillac (1992) 11 Cal.App.4th 816

Insurer’s failure to provide defense in wrongful termination suit as ground to set aside default judgments

Jul 30, 1992 Related Cases
Bank of the West v. Superior Court (1992) 2 Cal.4th 1254

Interpretation of “advertising injury” coverage under general liability insurance policy (amicus curiae brief)

Harper v. Farmers Insurance Exchange (1992, F016875)

Insurer’s lawyer’s testimony against insurer in bad faith case

Chamberlain v. Allstate Insurance Co. (9th Cir. 1991) 931 F.2d 1361

Insurance coverage and scope of duty to defend

Jun 01, 1987 Related Cases
Truck Insurance Exchange v. Superior Court (1987, A037331)

Writ proceeding exploring insurer’s duties in case of conflicting interests between named and additional insureds

Who We Serve


Whether on appeal, assisting trial counsel, or advising government officials contemplating legislative action, GMSR provides unique insight into the complex laws that impact public entities.

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Where coverage may exist, GMSR represents insureds on appeal effectively and efficiently. Where it does not, the firm protects insurers’ right to deny claims.

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GMSR offers corporate clients objective assessments on appeal, based on a deep understanding of the limitations and opportunities of appellate review.

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The firm’s lawyers are team players, collaborating with trial counsel at any level from legal strategy to writing or editing trial court motions and appellate briefs.

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GMSR vigorously advocates the rights of individual plaintiffs and defendants, in both state and federal appellate courts.

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As part of GMSR’s long-standing commitment to social justice and equality, GMSR provides pro bono appellate services to individuals and to community organizations on issues of concern.

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