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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|Commercial & Corporate Counsel, Outside General Counsel||Hugener Law Group PC||2011 - Present|
|Partner | Insurance & Litigation||Tucker Ellis LLP||2003 - 2011|
|Associate & Counsel | Financial Insti. D&O Liab. & Insurance||Arter & Hadden LLP||1998 - 2003|
|General Counsel||Thomas Gregor Associates||1994 - 2007|
|Associate | Insurance & LItigation||Sedgwick LLP||1994 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Pro Bono Military Project||Panel Attorney | Insurance & Consumer Fraud||2012 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Business Law Section||Member, Cyberspace & Nonprofit Org. Committees||2011 - Present|
|King Harbor Yacht Club||Member & Insurance Chair (2005-09)||2005 - Present|
|Professional Liability Underwriters Society||Member||1998 - Present|
|Educational Foundation of Orinda||Board Member & Corporate Secretary||2011 - 2013|
|Saint Vincent's Day Home||Board Member & Executive Committee Member||2011 - 2013|
|American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section||Member & Vice Chair, Professionals, D&O Liab. Committee||1998 - 2015|
|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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|Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments 2011||Ch. 4 - Copyright (Contributing Author)||2012|
|"Concussion In Amateur Sports" presentation at American Bar Association Business Law Annual Meeting||Advising An Amateur Sports Team Parent Board: The Top Five Things You Need To Know About Insurance||2012|
|American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal||Recent Developments in Excess Insurance, Surplus Lines Insurance & Reinsurance Law (Co-Author)||2007|
|Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Loyola Marymount University||Studio Arts||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|American Bar Association Annual Meeting||Panelist, Insuring For Cyber Threats: Everything A Business Lawyer Needs To Know (But May Be Afraid To Ask)||2012|