Dominica C. Anderson: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Dominica C. Anderson

San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone415 957 3179

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Trial Practice
  • Technology Law
  • Reinsurance
  • Commercial Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 415 957 3179
Fax: 702 974 1058
University University of California, Berkeley, A.B., high honors, 1983; Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolUniversity of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986; Editor, Law Review
AdmittedNevada; California; Iowa; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada; California Second District Court of Appeal; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

•Las Vegas Fashion Council
- Board of Directors
•Dress for Success, Southern Nevada
- Board of Directors
•Berkeley Ballet Theater
- Board of Directors
•American Bar Association
- Insurance Practice Section
-- Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
--- Co-Chair, CGL Subcommittee, 2008-2010
---- Co-Chair, Practice & Business Development Subcommittee, 2011-2015
•California Bar Association
- Member, Rules & Legislation Committee
•Clark County Bar Association
•National Association of Women Lawyers
•Vice-Chair, Duane Morris Women's Impact Network for Success
•Duane Morris Partners Board

Board Memberships

•Dress for Success, Southern Nevada
- Board of Directors
•Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
- Board of Advisors


Dominica C. Anderson, managing partner of Duane Morris' Las Vegas office, practices in both the firm's Las Vegas and San Francisco offices. She is a member of the firm's governing Partners Board and vice-chair of the Duane Morris Women's Initiative Steering Committee.

Ms. Anderson focuses her practice on insurance coverage and complex commercial litigation. She represents insurers in high-stake coverage litigation including coverage for a variety of mass torts, environmental claims, and product claims, as well as construction defects, toxic torts and health hazards, including asbestos, chemical and petrochemical exposures, agricultural products, drugs and medical devices as well as coverage for other product issues. She has represented clients as trial and appellate counsel in numerous significant matters.

Ms. Anderson also has experience encompassing all aspects of complex litigation, including contract disputes such as unfair competition; business interference; false advertising; securities; antitrust; defamation; e-commerce and intellectual property issues; domain name disputes; and trademark, trade secrets and copyright issues. She also has litigated construction, negligence, strict liability and product liability cases.

A member of the American Bar Association, the Clark County Bar Association and the National Association of Women Lawyers, Ms. Anderson is a 1986 cum laude graduate of the University of San Francisco Law School and a graduate, with high honors, of the University of California at Berkeley, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Managing Partner, Las Vegas, 2006 - present
- Partner, 2006-present
- Partners Board, 2010-present
- Steering Committee, Women's Initiative, 2006-2013; Vice-Chair, 2014
•Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft LLP
- Managing Partner, Las Vegas, 2005
- Partner, 1994-2005
- Associate, 1986 - 1994
•San Francisco City Attorney's Office
- Law Clerk, 1983-1985

Honors & Awards

•Recipient, Cheryl Blackwell Bryson Leadership Award, Duane Morris Women's Impact Network for Success, October 2015
•Listed in Distinguished Women and Men in Nevada, 2014
•Listed in VEGAS INC's Top Lawyers: The Best of the Best in Southern Nevada, 2013
•Listed in The Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2012
•California Super Lawyer, 2004-2015
•Recipient of the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers, 2011
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Commissioner Pro Tem, San Francisco Small Claims Court

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Organizer of the Duane Morris Women's Initiative Dress for Success Clothing Drive, Las Vegas, April 23, 2015
•Presenter, 2015 Gender Equality Practices: Transforming Work Culture, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, San Francisco, January 30, 2015
•Speaker, ECO/XPL and the Mega-Verdict: Is This the New Normal? PIAA Corporate Counsel Workshop, Vancouver, October 16, 2014
•Speaker, The Perils of Claims Involving Multiple Insureds, Annual Physician Insurers Association of America 2012 Medical Liability Conference, Washington, D.C., May 10, 2012
•Speaker, Making Rain in the Desert: From Movies to Reality, ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar, Tuscon, Arizona, March 1, 2012
•Speaker, The Insurability of Punitive Damages, Physician Insurers Association of America Legal Workshop, San Francisco, November 13, 2008
•Speaker, Confronting Catastrophe: Pandemics, Hurricanes, Terrorists - Oh My! ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, February 28, 2008
•Speaker, Preservation of Evidence: Where We Are and Where We're Going, Association of California Insurance Companies, XVII General Counsel Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 19-21, 2006
•Interviewed on Sky Radio, broadcast on United Airlines and American Airlines Business Hour, The Asbestos Bankruptcy Crisis, 2006
•Speaker, The Next Generation of Asbestos Bankruptcies, ACI's 7th National Litigating, Settling and Managing Asbestos Claims Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 15-16, 2006
•Speaker, Running the Numbers: Effectively Preparing, Presenting or Attacking the Insured's Damages Case, ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, March 2-4, 2006
•Moderator, Asbestos Litigation 2004: California and Its Impact on National Litigation, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, May 7, 2004
•Speaker, How the London Insurance Market Works, Mealey's Conference, West Palm Beach, Florida, November 2001
•Moderator, Fundamental of Insurance Litigation, CEB Conference, San Francisco, California, April 2001

Selected Publications

• Docket Science, San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 28, 2009
• Federal District Court in Nevada Rules Insurer Has Right to Reimbursement for Settlement Monies Paid for Non-Covered Damages, Duane Morris Alert, June 4, 2008
• The Asbestos Litigation System in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Paradigm of the National Asbestos Litigation Crisis, The Santa Clara Law Review, December 2004
• Case Management and Other Pretrial Considerations: The Insurer's Perspective: Environmental Insurance Coverage Claims, Practising Law Institute, 1995 (Also at Las Vegas, Nevada Office)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Affirmance by California Court of Appeal of ground-breaking rulings limiting rights to Cumis counsel, as well as of money judgment against policyholder for reimbursement of Cumis fees that had been paid by insurer.; On behalf of national insurers, defended and settled alleged $3 billion pollution case that arose, in part, from mining operations.; Defended and settled large fraud suit brought against international insurers.; Opposed a preliminary injunction, thereby allowing the majority owners of an Indian airline to proceed with the scheduled sale of the airline.; On behalf of digital cable television and telecommunications provider pursued Lanham Act suit.; On behalf of Swiss financial institutions, defended securities violation suit in federal court involving alleged corporate takeover of oil well company.; Defended and obtained a dismissal of antitrust and conspiracy action in federal court on behalf of an international distributor of infrastructure, energy and water works company.; On behalf of large international casino, defended breach of contract action and prosecuted multimillion-dollar construction defect litigation arising out of large show room in casino.; Won subrogation trial requiring another insurer to tender to our client the full limits of its policy for its portion of the settlement of an underlying wrongful death action.; Defended to a settlement large coverage action brought by state utilities company for coverage relating to pollution from various chemicals and waste on behalf of international insurer.; On behalf of international business owner, prosecuted defamation suit.; On behalf of international casino and resort, defended and secured a dismissal of a large breach of contract action arising out of procurement of new development and won multiple sanction awards against the plaintiff.; Defended to a settlement a stockholder dispute action in federal court on behalf of start-up alternative fuel company.; In federal court, won motion for summary judgment to recover monies fronted by insurer on behalf of its insured in settlement of underlying suit on behalf of a national insurer.; Prosecuted an action arising out of a wrongful death action on the permissive user issue, resulting in a settlement that the client, a national insurer, found favorable.; On behalf of international insurer, successfully appealed an asbestos bankruptcy 524(g) action involving alleged billions of dollars.; On behalf of international insurer, defended a Wellington Arbitration involving non-products allegations, resulting in a favorable ruling on motion for summary judgment.; Defended large coverage actions brought by petrochemical and oil companies arising out of air and ground pollution from solvents, chemicals, pesticides, and waste involving both property damage and bodily injuries.; Defended to a settlement a large mechanics lien arising out of a large casino show room on behalf of construction company.; Defended multiple D&O coverage matters arising out of non-profit policies on behalf of a national insurer.; On behalf of national insurers, prosecuted multiple actions against co-insurers for contribution.

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Dominica C. Anderson

One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
San FranciscoCA 94105-1127


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