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I am  a trial attorney whose focus is insurance coverage and bad faith.   My practice areas include  liability insurance and property insurance, errors and omissions insurance, title insurance, and disability insurance. In addition to over 25 jury trials, I have also tried numerous bench trials involving breach of contract and declaratory relief. My trial practice has taken me from the federal courts to county courts throughout the San Joaquin Valley. I have also handled appeals in the California Supreme Court, the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Fresno, and the U.S. Ninth Circuit.I am Vice Chair of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice Group at McCormick Barstow, have co-authored six treatises published by CEB, and have been selected as a Northern California  "Super Lawyer" in Insurance Coverage each year since 2008.


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  1. Insurance: 100%
    7 years

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McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP

7647 N. Fresno Street
PO Box 28912
Fresno, CA, 93729-8912


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Insurance Attorneys in CaliforniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Insurance Attorneys in CaliforniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Insurance Attorneys in CaliforniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
Spirit of CEB AwardState Bar of California/CEB2011
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
Outstanding Achievement Award for Best PublicationAssociation for Continuing Legal Education2010
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerMcLaughlin Sullivan LLP2003 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial Advocates (San Joaquin Valley chapter)Associate Member2013 - Present
CEB Real Property Advisory CommitteeAdvisor2012 - Present
Northern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyer2008 - Present
Association of Business Trial LawyersMember2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and NevadaMember1987 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationPresident2010 - 2011
State Bar Real Property Law SectionAdvisor2007 - 2011
Fresno County Bar AssociationDirector2006 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lund v. San Joaquin Valley Railroad (2003) 31 Cal.4th 1.Improper damage award eliminated.
Perez v. Fire Insurance Exchange.Eliminated a punitive damage award.
Skatell v. RegertAffirmed defense verdict for insurance agent.
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Publication nameTitleDate
CEB Real Property Law ReporterWhat is FAIR in the Land of Wildfires?2014
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Real Property Law ReporterIndemnity Imperiled: SB 474's Impact on Insurance for Construction Defect Claims2013
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Real Property Law ReporterNew Construction Litigation Interrogatories May Build A Case For (Or Against) Insurance Coverage2013
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Real Property Law ReporterCubb Custom Ins. Co. v. Space Sys.: Did The Ninth Circuit Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before?2013
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)California Property Insurance: Law & Litigation2011
California Continuing Education of the BarConstruction Contracts, Defects and Litigation2009
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)California Real Estate Brokers: Law and Litigation2009
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)California Title Insurance Practice, 2d Ed2009
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Real Property Sales Transactions2009
Association of Business Trial Lawyers"CLRA" Can Be a Four Letter Word For California Businesses2008
California Real Property JournalLandlord Liability Insurance: Why an Old Lease May Need to Learn New Tricks2008
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Office Leasing: Drafting and Negotiating the Lease2007
Fresno County Bar BulletinHow Can You Protect Your Computer Data?2007
Fresno County Bar BulletinThe New Federal Electronic Discovery Rules2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of MissouriPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2nd National Forum on Insurance AllocationSecond Wave Allocation Issues2015
State Bar of California Annual MeetingHot Topics in Construction Law: Is Your Client Covered or Not?2014
Claims Conference of Northern CaliforniaSex, Drugs & Coverage2013
CEBBasics Conference: Personal Injury2013
CEBApplying the Rules of Evidence2013
national webinarDiscovery in the Insurance Bad Faith Case2012
Advanced Trial TacticsAdvanced Trial Tactics2012
Nationwide WebinarThe Right To Settle in Professional Liability Policies2011
State Bar Real Property RetreatTitle Insurance for Distressed Transactions2010
State Bar Section Education InstituteABCs and BOPs: What Every Real Estate Lawyer Needs to Know About Property Insurance2009
State Bar Annual MeetingEnvironmental Liability: Financing and Insurance Issues2008
National Business InstituteBad Faith Litigation2008
Managing Civil DiscoveryElectronic Discovery2008