Paul Peters is an attorney in our San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith defense, personal injury defense, and general civil litigation. He has extensive experience representing insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation and in protecting their policyholders in insurance defense matters. He has defended insurers for many years in complex commercial liability cases such as mass tort and environmental matters. Paul has also defended insurers in coverage and bad faith cases relating to construction defect, landlord-tenant, and a variety of other commercial liability areas, as well as in personal lines home and auto coverage and bad faith disputes. He has also defended insureds for years in personal injury cases, including premises liability and auto matters, ranging from retail slip-and-fall to multiple catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases from fire and other casualties. As part of his insurance defense work, Paul has also developed an expertise in indemnity and subrogation matters.
Mr. Peters has tried many cases to verdict, including successfully co-trying a federal court coverage dispute saving his clients over $50 million; winning a defense verdict in asbestos coverage and bad faith commercial arbitration, again saving his carrier client millions; winning a substantial federal court trial verdict for a commercial client in a breach of contract matter, and; helping win a substantial victory as lead trial counsel in one phase of a multi-year water rights case in federal court in the Central Valley.
Mr. Peters’ clients have included Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company & affiliates, AIG & affiliates, Century Surety Company, Farmers, Bank of America, Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, Inc., and First Pacific Networks.
Paul is a native Californian and has lived here all his life save two years in the mid-1990’s practicing law in Chicago. He lives in San Anselmo, CA with his wife and two children.
- University of California, Hastings College of Law, JD, 1990
- California State University at Humboldt, BS (Forestry), 1987
- California, 1990
- Illinois, 1995
- United States District Court, Northern District of California
- United States District Court, Central District of California