Dale A. Amato, a principal in the Berger Kahn San Diego office, practices in the areas of insurance coverage, construction defect, first-party claims investigation, general liability defense, criminal defense appeals and public entity liability. Dale is recognized to the list of 2014 and 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for the top 5% of the Bar.
Representing major insurance companies, Dale has handled a significant amount of insurance bad faith defense cases as well as assisting insurance carriers during claim investigations by providing legal coverage opinions and conducting examinations under oath in the area of suspect claims. Dale has also represented developers, subcontractors and soils engineers in construction defect litigation. In addition to having jury trial and arbitration experience, Dale has prepared briefing for the California Supreme Court and have argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal and the California Court of Appeal.
Dale enjoys bicycling, skiing and music. He is married with two children and lives in Jamul, California.
Licensed since 1988
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|2013 Top Lawyers in San Diego||San Diego Magazine||2013|
|AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Principal||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||1997 - Present|
|Attorney||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||1992 - 1997|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|San Diego Defense Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|San Diego Rural Fire Protection District||Director||N/A|
|Super Lawyers||Nine Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2015|
|Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”||2014|
|National Law Journal||National Law Journal Identifies Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law”||2014|
|Super Lawyers||Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2014|
|Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”||2013|
|San Diego Lawyer Magazine||Where’s Amato: Berger Kahn Partner Highlighted for Unique Travel in San Diego Lawyer Magazine||2013|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|