I recently moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco Insurance Section program co-sponsored with the Cannabis Law Section. The program highlighted recent changes to local insurance requirements and market availability of coverage for cannabis businesses.

Local insurance requirements vary greatly by city and county, and it is important to take this into account—especially if you will be doing business throughout California. While certain coverages are still unavailable (i.e., true outdoor crop insurance) or prohibitively expensive (i.e., quality D&O insurance), one point of optimism is that the insurance market is actually adapting quickly and well to the demand for insurance for this industry. As a result, the panel recommended reviewing and updating your insurance portfolio often with the assistance of a broker who is well versed in the cannabis space.
Continue Reading Insurance for the Cannabis Industry Program Takeaways

On Wednesday, September 30, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm I will be co-moderating a panel discussion on insurance issues that arise in the context of mediating complex civil cases. Panelists will include Hon. William Bettinelli (Ret.), mediator at JAMS, and Daniel Purcell, Partner at Keker & Van Nest. The panel will be held at the

On Wednesday June 3, from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m., I’ll be co-presenting "Lawyers in the Cross-Hairs:  Recent Trends in Claims Against Attorneys, Related Ethical and Insurance Issues, and Defense Strategies" at the Bar Association of San Francisco (301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA). 

Presenting with me will be John B. Sullivan of Long

On November 12, 2014, I will be participating in a webinar “Data Breach and Liability Insurance: Managing the Potential Risk and Addressing Claims” through the Commercial Law Web Advisor. I’ll be joined by two insurer-side attorneys at Sedgwick LLP, Alex Potente and Eryk Gettell. We’ll be discussing coverage under commercial general liability policies

Farella Partners Mary McCutcheon and Erica Villanueva will
be joined by Sachin Adarkar, General Counsel Prosper Market Place to discuss,
“General Counsel As Risk Manager:  For
This I Went to Law School?” at the 2nd Annual Institute for Advanced Corporate
Counsel (IACC 2.0).  Continue Reading IACC 2.0 – “General Counsel As Risk Manager: For This I Went to Law School?”

Farella partner Tyler Gerking will be a panelist on this important program focused at the nexus of intellectual property and insurance coverage law.

Topics to be Covered

  • Coverage for unauthorized disclosure of personally identifiable information, including coverage for notification obligations arising from data security breaches
  • Coverage for hacker, malware and denial of service attacks
  • Coverage

Presented by the San Francisco Bar Association Insurance Practice Section

This annual program highlights the most significant California insurance issues addressed in the prior year.  The January 20, 2011 program will cover:

  • What constitutes a “suit” for purposes of defense and indemnity coverage after the California Supreme Court decision in the Ameron case.
  • How a “separation of insureds”