Bullivant Houser Bailey PC


Our firm, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, represents clients who rely upon our success as trial lawyers, our practical business advice and our expertise in insurance coverage. Our clients tell us that our legal talents are matched by the service we provide them.

Our attorneys have a long history of complex insurance coverage and commercial litigation success as well as extensive experience in products liability and other casualty litigation.

Bullivant’s insurance coverage attorneys provide regional representation to insurers in claim-related and regulatory matters, giving advice, and defending contractual and extra-contractual litigation. Our clients operate in a challenging environment in which seemingly minor decisions may have significant ramifications. With each assignment, we pay particular attention to the risks and costs associated with the individual matter, and to the potential enterprise and industry-wide implications of each issue and defense.

Bullivant's insurance coverage group has more than 20 full-time lawyers who counsel and represent participants in the insurance industry. Our coverage lawyers are recognized nationally and internationally as authorities in the insurance and reinsurance fields. Many of our attorneys are licensed in multiple jurisdictions, and are able to assist with coverage matters across the country

Our focus on the insurance industry from an enterprise and industry-wide perspective means that all of our lawyers understand that the implications of extra-contractual claims against insurers can and do extend beyond the particular case being handled. We regularly work with our clients to avoid, control, and when necessary, defend against "bad faith" and other tort claims. We defend class actions and multi-district litigation as well as individual claim disputes, and we assist underwriting departments with regulatory issues and policy drafting.

Many of Bullivant's insurance attorneys hold leadership positions in national professional organizations and teach, speak, and write on insurance-related issues.

In addition to knowing the law and substance of their practice area, our lawyers are problem solvers with common sense and good judgment who are called upon to handle matters throughout the United States. We are experienced trial attorneys with well-honed courtroom skills, effective advocates in mediations and arbitrations, and seasoned advisors who can help clients weigh the risks and rewards of competing strategic options.

Bullivant attorneys are well known in their profession and their communities, leading national and regional legal associations and supporting groups that strengthen the communities in which we practice. Others have recognized us, too, including Martindale-Hubbell, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers.

Bullivant has more than 30 years of experience defending clients in asbestos-related and other mass tort and toxic tort claims. We defend local companies as well as clients with national and international profiles. For our local clients, we develop relationships with the principals, gain thorough knowledge of company histories, and work with the clients to formulate defense strategies that match their interests and positions. For our national and international clients, we work closely with coordinating counsel to prepare our cases for trial, including complying with local rules, performing investigations, and trying the cases in a lead or supporting role as the client requests. Our national and international clients ask us to try cases in other jurisdictions because of our record of success at trial.

Bullivant has developed extensive experience in product liability defense through decades of working closely with local, national and international manufacturers, sellers, and suppliers. We combine our substantial courtroom experience and technical skills to help product manufacturers minimize risk and partner with our clients to avoid future claims. Manufacturers, sellers, and suppliers call on our team of attorneys to represent their interests because of our knowledgeable and experienced grasp of one of the most technically complex areas of litigation.

Bullivant’s professional liability attorneys have extensive experience in a wide range of professional disciplines. Our firm has represented architects, engineers, insurance agents and brokers, attorneys, directors and officers, real estate agents and brokers, health care providers, accountants, and other professionals.

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Practice Areas

  • Admiralty & Maritime and Transportation
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • ERISA & Employee Benefits
  • Fidelity & Surety
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal & Catastrophic Injury Litigation
  • Product Liability and Toxic Tort, including Asbestos
  • Professional Liability / D&O 

Contact Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

Andrew B. Downs Email: andy.downs@bullivant.com
Loren D. Podwill Email: loren.podwill@bullivant.com
Phone: 415.352.2716
Fax: 415.352.2701
Website: http://bullivant.com
Address: 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 2600, San Francisco, CA 94104-4146
Country: United States