Jennifer E. Acheson

Jennifer E. Acheson: Attorney with Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley A Professional Corporation AV stamp icon
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Biography

EXPERIENCE

Jennifer E. Acheson is a partner in the appellate, insurance coverage and bad faith departments of RMKB. As a trial attorney she has obtained defense verdicts in coverage, fraud and bad faith cases on behalf of insurers. She also has experience in wills and trust related litigation. Ms. Acheson is peer rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Acheson is also a Pepperdine University Straus School of Law Institute for Dispute Resolution trained mediator. She has served as a neutral in a wide variety of litigated civil cases. She is a member of the California Department of Insurance Mediation Program Mediator Panel for the resolution of first party insurance coverage disputes and catastrophic losses. Ms. Acheson also received mediation training with non-profit organizations Alameda County’s SEEDS Community Resolution Center, and San Mateo County’s Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, offering conflict resolution to the community at large for disputes between employers, employees, landlords, tenants, students, and neighbors. Ms. Acheson also regularly serves as judge pro tem in San Mateo County Superior Court, and has served as an arbitrator and discovery referee for San Mateo and Santa Clara County Superior Courts. She was appointed as a general plan committee member (1993 - 1996) with responsibilities for drafting and revising Town ordinances, and planning commissioner (1996 - 2004) with responsibilities for reviewing and approving residential and educational building applications, for the Town of Atherton, California.

Ms. Acheson is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a member of the California Bar Association, San Mateo County Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California, and Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. Languages: Spanish, French, Arabic.

Ms. Acheson attended Beirut College for Women, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and University of Kansas. As a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, she studied at La Sorbonne and taught at l’ecole Superieure de Commerce in Paris, France, followed by University of San Francisco School of Law. Ms. Acheson served as a staff research attorney for the San Mateo County Superior Court Judges. She first entered private practice at the law firm of Low, Ball and Lynch in Redwood City where she handled insurance coverage, bad faith and SIU insurance claims at trial and appellate levels, becoming a shareholder before joining RMKB.

Publications

• Loss of Consortium Claims and Liability Policy Limits May 1, 2001
Jennifer E. Acheson, Michael J. Brady
Is a claim for loss of consortium limited to the “per person” liability limits of an automobile liability policy? Or, is a claim for loss of consortium compensable under the “per occurrence” limits? Assume that you have been retained, as coverage counsel for a national automobile insurer, to answer this question.

Speaking Engagements

•Insurance & Casualty Litigation 2015 - 2016: The Year in Review
May 3, 2016, San Francisco
May 12, 2016, New York
May 19, 2016, Los Angeles
Presenters: Jennifer E. Acheson, Tim M. Agajanian, Lael D. Andara, Jason L. Beckerman, Lawrence Borys, Michael J. Brady, Blaise U. Chow, John G. Dooling, Stephen J. Erigero, Alan J. Hart, Nicole S. Healy, Geoffrey W. Heineman, Amber W. Locklear, Andrew L. Margulis, Enrique Marinez, Frank J. Pagliaro, Dean A. Pappas, Jung H. Park, E. Lacey Rice, Todd A. Roberts, Kathleen Strickland, Robert A. Suarez, Stacy Monahan Tucker, Eric C. Weissman
•Sacramento Claims Professionals Luncheon
September 10, 2015
Presenters: Jennifer E. Acheson, Pamela E. Cogan (Retired), Robert M. Forni, Enrique Marinez
•Insurance & Casualty Litigation 2012 - 2013: The Year in Review
May 1, 2013, Sacramento
May 2, 2013, San Francisco
May 9, 2013, Los Angeles
May 10, 2013, Orange County
May 14, 2013, New York
Presenters: Jennifer E. Acheson, Michael J. Brady, Blaise U. Chow, Kevin P. Cody, Pamela E. Cogan (Retired), Stephen J. Erigero, Geoffrey W. Heineman, Andrew L. Margulis, Enrique Marinez, Frank J. Pagliaro, Dean A. Pappas, Todd A. Roberts, Eric C. Weissman
•Insurance & Casualty Litigation 2011 - 2012: The Year in Review
May 1, 2012, Sacramento
May 3, 2012, San Francisco
May 9, 2012, Los Angeles
May 10, 2012, Orange County
May 22, 2012, Hartford
May 23, 2012, New York
Presenters: Jennifer E. Acheson, Lael D. Andara, Michael J. Brady, Kevin P. Cody, Pamela E. Cogan (Retired), Stephen J. Erigero, Geoffrey W. Heineman, Andrew L. Margulis, Enrique Marinez, Frank J. Pagliaro, Dean A. Pappas, Todd A. Roberts, Stacy Monahan Tucker

News

•Ropers, Majeski, Kohn, Bentley, PC Named One of California’s Top Ranked Law Firms by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Martindale-Hubbell - August 1, 2015
Jennifer E. Acheson, Tim M. Agajanian, Lael D. Andara, Stephan A. Barber, Scott W. Bermack Lawrence Borys, Michael J. Brady, Kevin P. Cody, Pamela E. Cogan (Retired), Stephen J. Erigero, Susan H. Handelman, Nicole S. Healy, James C. Hyde, Michael J. Ioannou, Gerald G. Knapton, John A. Koeppel, David M. McLaughlin, Frank J. Pagliaro, Dean A. Pappas, Todd A. Roberts, Arnold E. Sklar, Kathleen Strickland, Dennis J. Ward, Eric C. Weissman, Richard K. Wilson, Matthew D. Zumstein
•Benefits of Mediation - How to Resolve Business Conflicts Without Costly Litigation
Smart Business - April 1, 2013
Jennifer E. Acheson
Partner Jennifer Acheson discusses how to resolve business conflicts without costly litigation in April's Smart Business insight interview.
•Redwood City Partners Dean Pappas and Jennifer Acheson Secure Victory on Behalf of Everest Indemnity Insurance Company
Verdict Search- October 8, 2010/The Daily Journal, Verdicts & Settlements - September 27, 2010 - October 8, 2010
By Kristen Brown
Jennifer E. Acheson, Dean A. Pappas
Pappas and Acheson received coverage for their work in winning a bad faith trial concerning denial of coverage. Together, the duo defended Everest Indemnity Insurance Company against Plaintiffs Chateau De Louis, LLC, Real Enterprises, LLC, and No.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Appellate
  • Insurance Services
  • Professional Services
  • Insurance
  • Government Agencies
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(650) 780-1750  Phone
(650) 780-1701  Fax
www.rmkb.com/lawyers/Jennifer_Acheson
University Attended:
University of Kansas, Bachelor, 1980
Law School Attended:
University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
1987
Admission:
USDC: Northern District of California; 1987, California
Memberships:
Memberships & Associations;

• State Bar of California
• San Mateo County Bar Association
• Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California
• Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
Languages:
Spanish and French and Arabic
Reported Cases:
Representative Experience: Conversion; Unfair Business Practices; Bad Faith; Negligence; San Francisco County Superior Court; Defendant Insurer; Appellate , Bad Faith , Coverage , Insurance Services; Represented an insurance company who was named as a co-defendant in a lawsuit stemming from an auto collision. The plaintiff sued our client for the loss of his vehicle and unfair business practices when a driver fell asleep at the wheel and struck the plaintiff's vehicle causing total damage to the vehicle's front end.; The matter proceeded to a jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court and our client prevailed. The plaintiff was then unsuccessful in his attempt to appeal the verdict.; Breach of Contract; Bad Faith Claims; Colusa County Superior Court; Defendant Insurer; Bad Faith , Business And Commercial Litigation , Coverage , Insurance Services; Represented an insurer against claims for breach of contract and bad faith claims handling. The plaintiff, a regional medical center, hired a construction company insured by our client to install a new roof on the plaintiff's hospital. A subsequent rainstorm caused damage to the property after the construction company failed to take precautions to cover a section of the roof. Our client denied coverage based on policy exclusions based on faulty, inadequate and defective workmanship.; Damages claimed by the plaintiff were in excess of $1.3 million. The dispute settled before trial for less than half of the damages claimed, a favorable result for our client.; Breach of Contract; Fraud; Unfair Business Practices; San Francisco County Superior Court; Plaintiff; Bad Faith , Business And Commercial Litigation , Coverage , Insurance Services; Represented a plaintiff in an action for breach of contract, fraud, and unfair business practices against the owner of a consignment piano shop. The defendant sold the plaintiff's piano without permission and did not turn over the proceeds from the sale.; A default judgment was entered against the defendant for money damages and the return of the piano to our client. Following the defendant's declaration of bankruptcy, the matter resulted in the criminal prosecution of the defendants by The San Francisco District Attorney for felony counts of grand theft, embezzlement, and restitution.
ISLN:
909556134

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Redwood City, California

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