Practice Areas

Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, LLP, is a litigation firm, first and foremost. We are called upon by our clients to try their toughest cases, frequently having the files transferred to us on the eve of trial. Our focus over the years has been insurance bad faith, including insurance coverage, and high-end personal injury cases as well as construction defect matters. We have also successfully litigated business fraud and breach of contract actions for local businesses and stand ready to help our clients in all arenas.

Asbestos Litigation/Products Liability

Demler, Armstrong and Rowland has extensive trial and litigation experience in products liability; toxic tort and asbestos cases usually found only in much larger firms.  Our lawyers have represented dozens of product defendants in hundreds of lung cancer and mesothelioma cases in State and Federal Courts throughout California, and partner John Brydon serves as National Trial Counsel for major product manufacturers, a position which has allowed him to try asbestos cases to juries across the United States.  The firm also defends non-asbestos related products manufacturers in a variety of personal injury and class action matters.

Casualty Defense

Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, LLP, is a litigation firm, first and foremost. We are called upon by our clients to try their toughest cases, frequently having the files transferred to us on the eve of trial. Our focus over the years has been insurance bad faith, including insurance coverage, and high-end personal injury cases as well as construction defect matters. We have also successfully litigated business fraud and breach of contract actions for local businesses and stand ready to help our clients in all arenas.

Construction Litigation

For over 20 years, Demler, Armstrong & Rowland has successfully represented contractors, subcontractors and product manufacturers in lawsuits arising out of allegedly defective workmanship or products in thousands of residential and commercial construction projects throughout California.  The firm’s construction attorneys are well-known throughout the state and are frequently asked to speak at industry functions and seminars.  Our success on behalf of our clients is the result of experience, hard work and a common-sense approach to what can be lengthy and expensive litigation if not properly managed.  We are currently panel counsel for nearly every major insurance carrier in the construction industry, and also proudly represent clients who are self-insured or who have high deductibles or SIR’s.

Insurance Bad Faith

For nearly three decades, Demler, Armstrong & Rowland has been a leader in the field of insurance bad faith, representing various carriers in litigation arising under commercial, homeowner, auto, life and disability policies.  The firm has handled bad faith matters in California in both state and federal courts, and has also successfully defended insurers in the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court.  We have also defended insurers in bad faith litigation in a wide variety of jurisdictions, including Hawaii, Oklahoma, Washington and Nevada.

In California, Demler, Armstrong & Rowland has led the field in bad faith litigation, with a winning track record in better than 90% of its jury trials and appeals.  We have also handled complex bad faith litigation arising from natural catastrophes, such as the Northridge Earthquake and Oakland Hills Fire.  As a result of this experience, we have developed a broad expertise in the mechanics of proper claims handling and utilize this knowledge to either aggressively defend non-meritorious claims or to counsel early resolution of claims involving potential serious exposure to the client.

In addition to trial work, the firm’s attorneys are available for consultation on problem files.  We have also assembled a lecture series on bad faith issues, which is provided to insurer clients free of charge, as a matter of maintaining a “hands on” attorney-client relationship.

Insurance Coverage

In the course of handling hundreds of insurance coverage matters for insurers and insureds, Demler, Armstrong & Rowland has saved clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in defense and indemnification costs by timely identification of appropriate insurance coverage issues and rapid prosecution of declaratory relief actions to establish the rights and liabilities of its clients.  We have authored hundreds of pre-litigation coverage opinions on first and third party policy issues and conducted extensive Cumis fee arbitrations and audited numerous files involving over $1 million in billed fees.

In addition to providing coverage lectures and seminars, the firm’s attorneys are also available to testify as expert witnesses on issues of insurance coverage.  We have also worked with the insurance industry to help draft changes in policy language to comport with the legislative and judicial changes in Insurance Law.

Premises & Professional Liability

Demler, Armstrong & Rowland has successfully defended property owners in a wide variety of cases arising out of the ownership, maintenance and use of commercial and residential property and alleged landowner responsibility for criminal acts of third parties.  Since the firm also specializes in the fields of insurance coverage and construction litigation, we also assist landowners in premises liability cases with issues such as additional insured endorsements and indemnity clauses in vendor/subcontractor contracts.

The firm’s attorneys also have extensive experience in defending of a wide range of professional liability claims, including legal malpractice, medical and dental malpractice, errors and omissions claims involving real estate brokers, insurance brokers and other professionals.  Several of the firm’s senior attorneys in both Southern and Northern California have handled complex and serious professional liability claims against medical professionals, accountants, engineers, security brokers and real estate professionals.  Long Beach Partner Jim Lemieux has handled a myriad of serious insurance agent/broker claims.  In addition to representing attorneys against malpractice claims and in trial, San Francisco Managing Partner John Brydon has worked with a nationally known risk management consultant, assisting in helping law firms regarding compliance with insurer underwriting requirements and the implementation of practices and procedures designed to reduce potential professional liability claims and the cost of insurance.  He has also acted as an expert witness on behalf of attorneys

Southern California

4500 E. Pacific Coast Highway, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90804

Northern California

575 Market Street, Suite 2080
San Francisco, CA 94105-2863