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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 2014-2016 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.

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  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Insurance: 30%
  3. Insurance Fraud: 20%

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Berger Kahn A Law Corporation

10085 Carroll Canyon Road
Suite 210
San Diego, CA, 92131-1100

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198805/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
San Diego Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2016
San Diego Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
2015 Top Lawyers in San DiegoSan Diego Magazine2015
Top Rated AttorneysALM2015
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
2014 Top Lawyers in San DiegoSan Diego Magazine2014
2013 Top Lawyers in San DiegoSan Diego Magazine2013
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalBerger Kahn A Law Corporation1997 - Present
AttorneyBerger Kahn A Law Corporation1992 - 1997
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Diego County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Diego Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
San Diego Rural Fire Protection DistrictDirectorN/A
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Super LawyersEight 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”2016
Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal Features Berger Kahn as a 2016 “Top Ranked Law Firm”2016
San Diego Attorney JournalSan Diego Principals Roberta Winston and Dale Amato Featured in Attorney Journal as “Top Rated Attorneys”2015
San Diego MagazineSan Diego Magazine Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of 2015 Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”2015
Attorney JournalAttorney Journal Features San Diego Principals Roberta Taylor Winston and Dale Amato for Inclusion to List of “Top Rated Lawyers”2015
Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Attorneys”2015
Super LawyersNine Berger Kahn Partners Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition2015
Super LawyersNine 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 TimesLos Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”2014
National Law JournalNational Law Journal Identifies Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law”2014
Super LawyersEight 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 TimesLos Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”2013
San Diego Lawyer MagazineWhere’s Amato: Berger Kahn Partner Highlighted for Unique Travel in San Diego Lawyer Magazine2013
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988