William S. Berman: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

William S. Berman

Special Counsel
San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone415 957 3133

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Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Trial Practice
  • Reinsurance
  • Risk Management
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 415 957 3133
Fax: 415 707 2054
http://www.duanemorris.com/attorneys/williamsberman.html
 
University University of California, Davis, B.A., 1987
 
Law SchoolUniversity of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1993
 
Admitted1994, California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
 
Memberships 

Professional Activities

•Bar Association of San Francisco
•Defense Research Institute

 
Born1964
 
Biography

William S. Bermanpractices in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance coverage, with an emphasis on working with clients to resolve contract, business torts, unfair business practices, and employment disputes.

Mr. Berman also advises insurers on claims handling and insurance coverage issues that arise under general liability, professional liability, umbrella and excess policies, and specialized policies.

In his practice, Mr. Berman represents clients in state and federal courts, administrative and regulatory proceedings, and arbitrations and mediations in addition to providing clients on non-litigation matters.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Mr. Berman worked for a political management and communications firm, where his work included furthering the aspirations of individuals seeking public service in federal, state and local elective office, including candidates for Governor, Secretary of State, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly, Mayor, Sheriff, and City Council.

Mr. Berman is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and is a 1993 graduate of the McGeorge School of Law, where he served on the National Moot Court Honors Board Executive Committee, and was a finalist in both the Top Oralist and Best Brief Competitions for the National Moot Court program.

Selected Publications

•Co-Author, Recent Developments in Coverage Issues Affecting Claims-Made Policies,Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance, July 22, 2003
•Co-Author, Curbing the Bad-Faith Setup,Claims Magazine, December 1, 2002

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, Advanced Hot Topics in Liability Insurance Coverage: Advertising Injury and Product Disparagement, West LegalEdcenter, December 4, 2012
•Faculty Member, Goings on Down South: The California Experience, Insurance in the Construction Industry conference, Bellevue, Washington, October 16, 2008

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Successfully represented a client and obtained summary judgment against a judgment creditor who sought in excess of $25 million arising from a stipulated judgment involving the Lanham Act. Prevailed in the Court of Appeal and trial court that an insurer had no duty to defend a multimillion-dollar California Business & Professional Code section 17200 claim based on alleged violations of the Truth-In-Lending Act. Won summary judgment for clients in an employment dispute involving allegations of same-sex sexual harassment and wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Obtained appellate court affirmance following a successful motion for summary judgment addressing the duty of care a commercial establishment owes to third parties when it leaves the keys in the ignition of vehicles parked in within its facility. Successfully prosecuted a sexual harassment matter and obtained monetary damages following an administrative trial.
 
ISLN900359390
 
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Office Information

William S. Berman

One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
San FranciscoCA 94105-1127




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