Michael J. Dickman: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Michael J. Dickman

Special Counsel
San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Trial Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Reinsurance
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.957.3232
Fax: 415.276.6327
University Cornell University, B.A., 1999; Moot Court Board of Directors
Law SchoolUniversity of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 2003; Member, University of San Francisco Law Review
Admitted2003, California; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

Professional Activities

•American Bar Association
•San Francisco Bar Association


Michael J. Dickmanpractices in the area of litigation with a focus on complex multi-party business litigation, particularly in insurance coverage disputes arising out of asbestos and environmental liabilities. His civil litigation experience is broad, having participated in all aspects of his matters from pleadings through trial and from judgment through appeal. His cases often include novel issues of law that involve complicated discovery practice and extensive legal research to resolve.

Mr. Dickman also has significant appellate experience, including the establishment of new law in the Oregon Supreme Court. He has obtained results that his clients have found favorable in appeals arising out of jury trials, summary judgment or on a petition for rehearing. Such cases usually involve large appellate records and questions of first impression.

Mr. Dickman is a 2003 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a member of theUniversity of San Francisco Law Reviewand a board member of the Moot Court Program. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of arts after having been a summer intern for the Honorable Tom Daschle, former minority leader in the United States Senate.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Special Counsel, 2013-present
- Associate, 2006-2013
•Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft LLP
- Associate, 2003 - 2005


•Named a Northern California Rising Star, 2012-2014

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Appellate. Federal Insurance Company v. MBL, Inc., (California Court of Appeal) (current); Holloway v. Republic Indemnity Company of America, 119 P.3d 239 (2005)rev'd147 P.3d 329 (2006); Buell-Wilson v. Ford Motor Co., 141 Cal.App.4th 525 (2006); Spielman v. Ex'pression Center for New Media, 191 Cal.App.4th 420 (2010); Legacy Vulcan Corp. v. Superior Court, 185 Cal.App.4th 677 (2010)Litigation. Obtained summary judgment in the Central District of California on behalf of an insurance company client in an insurance coverage case involving allegations of breach of contract and bad faith. The case involved issues of law relating to whether a third party can tender for an insured, whether notice of a suit makes a difference and/or whether an insurer has obligations to continue investigating after being tendered a Potentially Responsible Party notice letter. Ackerman v. Zynga, Inc., (San Francisco Superior Court) (current; class action); Avangard Financial Services v. Great American Insurance Co., (E.D. Pa.) (current; class action); Wells Cargo, Inc. v. Transport Insurance Company, (D. Idaho) (current; environmental insurance coverage); In re Thorpe Insulation Asbestos Coverage Cases, (Los Angeles Superior Court) andIn re Thorpe Insulation Company, (C.D. Cal. Bank.) (current; asbestos insurance coverage and related bankruptcy proceedings); Digital Cornerstone, Inc. v. Long, et al., (San Diego Superior Court) (second chaired a jury trial on behalf of technology company asserting claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against former officers and directors); Wilson-Vick v. Western Grinding, Inc., (Santa Clara Superior Court) (dispute amongst directors and shareholders of company); St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. A.P.I. Inc., (Minn.) (asbestos insurance coverage and related bankruptcy proceedings)
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Office Information

Michael J. Dickman

One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
San FranciscoCA 94105-1127


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