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Lori Sebransky

Lori Sebransky

415-697-3464

Of Counsel

Lori Sebransky is Of Counsel to the firm.  She has more than 25 years of experience in state and federal courts, representing employers in all types of employment matters, and representing both insurers and policyholders in insurance coverage and bad faith disputes.  In addition, Lori is recognized for her extensive and successful record as one of the Bay Area’s most respected appellate counsel, frequently appearing before both the federal and state appellate courts.

Lori grew up in the Bay Area, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983, and from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1986.  In addition to all California courts, she is admitted to practice in the federal District Courts, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  Over the years, Lori has spoken at various conferences about litigation procedures and strategy, and has presented seminars to insurer and broker clients to help them avoid liability and better manage claims when they arise.  She also has authored articles on an insurer’s duty to defend and the contractual transfer of risk.

Representative Sample of Cases:

National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) v. Transamerica Ins. Co. (2006) [Ninth Circuit] – Successful summary judgment and appeal in coverage and bad faith dispute involving highway carrier insurer’s liability under PUC endorsement for losses occurring after policy expired.  Successful appeal resulted in judgment for client (Amtrak) exceeding $10 million. 

Mock & Michigan Millers Ins. Co. (1992) 4 Cal.App.4th 306 [Second District Court of Appeal] – Insurance bad faith case often cited for punitive damage principles.

Farris v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. (2004) 119 Cal.App.4th 671 [Fifth District Court of Appeal] – Successful appeal arising from client insurer’s motion to disqualify an attorney who had previously represented the insurer. 

Whitworth v. Regents of the University of California (2007) [Ninth Circuit] – Successful appeal in employment action involving probationary employee’s rights under collective bargaining agreement.

Taylor v. City of Piedmont [Alameda County Superior Court] (2011) – Successful summary judgment for public entity in female firefighter’s employment discrimination and harassment suit.

Fischler v. Roman Catholic Bishop of San Jose [Santa Clara Superior Court] (2013) – Successful summary judgment on behalf of Catholic school in publicized employment lawsuit by teacher asserting student harassment and wrongful termination claims.

Duran v. Roman Catholic Welfare Corp. of Oakland [Alameda County Superior Court] (2012) – Successful summary judgment and affirmance on appeal in employment action involving national origin discrimination.

Great American Ins. Co. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. [Alameda County Superior Court] (2012)Complex coverage and express indemnity action litigated over almost 10 years, with trial and numerous appeals, resulting in multi-million dollar judgment in client’s favor.

Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. Superior Court (1991) 233 Cal.App.3d 1138 [First District Court of Appeal] – Petition for Writ of Mandate granted to protect disclosure of client’s reinsurance agreements in bad faith case against primary insurer.

Harbison v. American Motorists Ins. Co., 636 F.Supp.2d 1030 (E.D.Cal. 2009) – Successful appeal to Ninth Circuit with remand to District Court establishing insurer’s duty to defend policyholder client under professional liability policy, including application of “genuine dispute doctrine.”

Quarry v. Doe 1 (2009) [California Supreme Court] — Amicus Brief on behalf of Roman Catholic Dioceses re: insurance implications in cases involving claimant’s ability to bring previously time-barred suits against non-perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

Abboud v. National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) (2006) [Ninth Circuit] – Successful appeal in wrongful death suit involving railroad’s liability for trespassers.

Jenness v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America (2006) [Fifth District Court of Appeal] – Successful trial and appeal involving client insurer’s lack of liability for stipulated judgment entered without its consent.

Schenkel v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America (2006) [First District Court of Appeal] – Successful trial and appeal in defense of bad faith suit against client insurer based on insurer’s fraud report to Department of Insurance.

Sasaguchi v. Commerce West Ins. Co. (2009) [Second District Court of Appeal] – Successful summary judgment and appeal involving insurer’s lack of liability for excess judgment based on failure to settle within time demanded by insured.

 Castillo v. American States Ins. Co. (2005) [First District Court of Appeal] – Successful appeal involving coverage for prejudgment interest based on $15 million stipulated judgment as indemnity payment subject to policy limit.

Bullock v. Maryland Cas. Co. (2001) 85 Cal.App.4th 1435 [First District Court of Appeal] – Insurance coverage action involving conversion of residential hotel in San Francisco.

Mission National Ins. Co. v. Coachella Valley Water District (1989) 210 Cal.App.3d 484 [Fourth District Court of Appeal] – Successful appeal of trial court verdict involving first party claim under builder’s risk policy for damage to concrete flood channel.