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David Gauntlett, principal of Gauntlett & Associates, is a preeminent authority in policyholder in coverage disputes for IP, antitrust, securities, and other business torts. He authored the IP Attorney’s Handbook for Insurance Coverage in Intellectual Property Disputes (ABA, 2010) as well as a contributing author for New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition chapter on “Intellectual Property Insurance” (LexisNexis 2011) and the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide, “Understanding Intellectual Property Insurance” (LexisNexis 2009).


Languages spoken: English, French

Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 70%
  2. Intellectual Property: 20%
  3. Antitrust: 10%

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Gauntlett & Associates

18400 Von Karman Avenue, Ste 300
Irvine, CA, 92612


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerGauntlett & Associates1995 - Present
PartnerCallahan & Gauntlett1986 - 1995
AssociatePaul Hastings1980 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
ABA Corporate IP Management CommitteeVice-Chair2010 - Present
ABA Section of LItigation, Insurance Coverage Committee, Advertising/IP Sub CommitteeCo-Chair2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Intellectual Property Committee; Tort & Insurance Practice SessionMemberN/A
Orange County Patent Law AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
American States Ins. Co. v. Hayes Specialties, Inc.Successful Summary Judgment
COMSAT Corp. v. St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co.Successfully obtained insurance coverage
Fonovisa, Inc. v. Cherry AuctionSuccessful Appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law JournalRecent Developments in Insurance Coverage Litigation2010
American Bar Association publicationIP Attorney's Handbook for Insurance Coverage in Intellectual Property Disputes2010
International Technology Law ReviewCover Yourself with Internet Insurance2001
Journal of the American Corporate Counsel AssociationTort Claims and Insurance in Cyberspace: Is Your Company Covered?,2001
IP LitigatorPotential "Advertising Injury" Coverage for "Offer for Sale" and "Inducement" of Patent Infringement Claims2000
New Matter, Vol. 25, No. 3/4Intellectual Property Cases Under "Advertising Injury"/"Personal Injury" Coverage and Its Implications for E-Commerce2000
Aspen PublicationsInsurance Coverage of Intellectual Property Assets1999
Business Insurance Law, Matthew Bender & Co., IncInsurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Lawsuits, Ch. 18,1994
Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation, Matthew Bender & Co., Inc., Vol. 2Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Lawsuits, Ch. 291994
Mealey's Litigation ReportsRecent Developments in Insurance Coverage of Intellectual Property Lawsuits1993
UnknownInsurance Coverage of Intellectual Property Lawsuits -- An Overview For Intellectual Property Practitioners and Corporate Counsel1992
Practical LawyerEstablishing Intellectual Property Defense Coverage1992
R & D StrategistInsurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Lawsuits1991
Wellenkamp v. Bank of America, 67 Cal.L.Rev. 886,Invalidation of Automatically Enforceable Due-on-Sale Clauses1979
Insurance of IP AssetsA Primer on Insurance Coverage Law, and Intellectual Property Claims Under Commercial General Liability Policies (Contributing Author)N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of California - IrvineN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Insurance Law Section Meeting"Insurance Coverage for Business Torts"2011
Insurance Coverage Litigation Annual Meeting"What Companies Don't Know They Don't Know About Insurance Coverage for Business Torts"2011
AIPLA 2011Spring Meeting"What are 'suits' that trigger insurance coverage under a commercial general liability policy - ADR proceeding (e.g., mediation, arbitration)?2011
OCBA Insurance Law & Intellectual Property /Technology Law Meeting"Hot Topics in Advertising Injury Coverage"2010
Joint Teleconference Presentation for the ABA Section of Litigation"Coverage Missing or Uncovered: Risk Management and Coverage for Business Torts and Other Exotic Claims"2010
Intellectual Property Owners Association Teleconference"Insurance Recovery for False Patent Marking Claims"2010
NYSBA Intellectual Property Law Section Fall Meeting"Insurance Issues on IP"2009
2009 ABA Section of Litigation ICLC CLE Seminar"Right To Independent Counsel and It’s Application in Different Forums and to a Variety of Issues"2009