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Janice Rourke Hugener

Janice Rourke Hugener

Practice areas:

Business, Insurance

About Me

Janice is a seasoned attorney with more than 20 years’ experience working with competing stakeholders in the commercial, professional liability, and financial institution bond sectors. For the first 20+ years of her practice, Janice exclusively represented the interests of domestic and foreign insurers in complicated coverage disputes. More recently, she has leveraged that expertise into a boutique practice that focuses on helping her corporate and nonprofit clients identify and minimize legal risks by advising their D&Os and senior managers on a myriad of legal issues and then working with outside defense counsel to implement cost and time effective resolutions within budget. 



A trusted adviser and litigator who also has 20 years’ experience serving as outside general counsel for a design/build entertainment systems firm, Janice is highly experienced in analyzing complex liability, damages, and insurance coverage issues, managing outside counsel to budget, proactively addressing HR issues, handling business negotiations, drafting business-related contracts, and advocating on her clients' behalf. Her background also includes serving as trial and appellate counsel in insurance coverage and commercial litigation. 

Janice's strengths include building strong internal and external relationships, simplifying complex buckets of information into digestible formats, and developing cost-effective solutions for complicated problems.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Insurance: 50%
    28 years
  2. Business: 50%
    28 years

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Christopher Daniel Leroi

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  • Michael Charles Doland

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    Michael Doland Business Attorney
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Contact Info

The Hugener Law Group PC

One Sansome Street, Suite 3500
San Francisco, CA, 94104

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198608/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderThe Hugener Law Group PC2011 - Present
Partner, D&O Liability & Insurance Practice GroupsTucker Ellis & West, LLP2003 - 2011
Counsel & Sr Assoc, D&O Liability & Ins Practice GroupsArter & Hadden LLP1998 - 2003
Associate, D&O Coverages & Insurance PracticesSedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP1994 - 1998
General CounselThomas Gregor Associates1986 - 2006

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Pro Bono Military ProjectVolunteer Attorney2012 - Present
Educational Foundation of OrindaBoard Member & Corporate Secretary2011 - Present
Saint Vincent's Day HomeBoard Member & Co-Chair of Second Century Committee2011 - Present
Kiwanis Club of Moraga ValleyMember, Budget Committee2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember, Cyberspace & Nonprofit Org. Committees2011 - Present
King Harbor Yacht ClubMember & Insurance Chair (2005-09)2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember & Co-Chair Bus & Prac Dev Subcom (2010-12)1998 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionMember & Vice Chair, Professionals, D&O Liab. Committee1998 - Present
Professional Liability Underwriters SocietyMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Unified Western Grocers, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., 457 F.3d 1106 (9th Cir. 2006)Obtained partial summary judgment in favor of professional liability insurer in declaratory relief-bad faith litigation involving allocation of Loss, leading to a heavily discounted settlement on terms favorable to the insurer.
TIG Ins. Co. of Michigan v. Homestore, Inc., 137 Cal. App. 4th 749 (2006)Obtained summary judgment in favor of professional liability insurer
Salt Lake Toyota Dealers Ass'n v. St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co., 2006 WL 1547996 (D. Utah Jun. 6, 2006)Obtained summary judgment in favor of professional liability insurer in coverage litigation involving late notice and the contested application of the notice-prejudice rule to a claims made policies in a case of first impressions.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments 2011Ch. 4 - Copyright (Contributing Author)2012
"Concussion In Amateur Sports" presentation at American Bar Association Business Law Annual MeetingAdvising An Amateur Sports Team Parent Board: The Top Five Things You Need To Know About Insurance2012
American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law JournalRecent Developments in Excess Insurance, Surplus Lines Insurance & Reinsurance Law (Co-Author)2007

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Loyola Marymount UnivStudio ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1981

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
American Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting (Chicago, Aug. 3-5, 2012)Panelist, Insuring For Cyber Threats: Everything A Business Lawyer Needs To Know (But May Be Afraid To Ask)2012