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Peter J. Laufenberg

Attorney
Phone: 510.834.6600
Fax: 510.808.4667
E-mail: PLaufenberg@wendel.com v-card

Experience

Peter is an experienced litigator who works aggressively, creatively and efficiently to obtain the best overall financial outcome for his clients. His primary expertise is in insurance law, where his past work on both sides of the table gives him an advantage.

Peter represents insurance companies only in the area of title insurance. He is an advocate for title insurers and underwritten title companies, for which he handles regulatory compliance, corporate formation and acquisitions, and RESPA lawsuits and administrative actions.

In all other areas, Peter represents policyholders. He advises his clients on risk management strategies in real estate development and business transactions, and litigates against insurers to recover policy benefits. Peter also litigates business and construction defect suits for clients, and often monitors the representation being provided by insurer-retained counsel in litigation.

Representative Matters 

Title Insurance Experience

Peter has a wide range of experience in litigation and transactions, as well as an in-depth understanding of the rules and regulations that affect title companies in today's competitive marketplace. He works closely with Sid Israels, a fellow Wendel Rosen attorney, who has over thirty years of experience representing major title insurers. Together they advance the interests of title insurers throughout the state.

Wendel Rosen operates under a philosophy of integrity and candor with regulatory authorities. Our clients benefit from our professional, long-term relationships and ability to communicate openly and honestly with regulators. Our experience, practice, and philosophy strive to minimize the length of time for regulatory approvals. We make efficient use of staff and cost-effective paralegals to deliver the highest quality legal services at a reasonable cost. In litigation we advocate vigorously for our clients with consideration and attention to the full range of our clients' interests.

Insurance Recovery Related Experience

Peter has more than thirteen years of experience litigating insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. Representative cases include:
 

  • Obtained insurance coverage for a lawsuit against an international Internet-based company after coverage was initially denied
  • Obtained insurance coverage for a lawsuit against a quasi-governmental agency after the claim was initially denied, allowing the case to settle with the insurer paying nearly 100% of the settlement
  • Forced multiple insurance carriers for a townhouse developer to settle a multi-million dollar construction defect lawsuit with no contribution from the policyholder/developer
  • Forced carriers in another construction defect lawsuit to pay significantly larger share of the settlement for the plaintiff's claims
  • Represented various parties in protracted insurance-coverage litigation relating to environmental contamination at industrial sites
  • Obtained near 100% recovery for a major publicity held corporation after its insurer denied coverage for mold-related claims
  • Negotiated resolutions of complex coverage issues involving claims-made and reported professional liability claims
  • Obtained high-limit excess insurance coverage without litigation, after the carrier had initially denied the claim

Risk Management Related Experience

  • Provided contractual and insurance risk transfer advice and consultation on large condominium development projects
  • Evaluated owner controlled insurance programs ("OCIPs") on large common interest developments
  • Reviewed construction contract to transfer risk and ensure smooth operation of OCIP insurance programs
  • Documented and implemented of comprehensive SB 800 ("Fix-It" law) programs
  • Provided advice regarding integrated risk management strategies
  • Provided insurance and risk management-related due diligence in corporate asset and stock acquisitions

Construction Defect Related Experience

Extensive experience defending regional and national residential home builders in construction defect litigation throughout the state.

Education

  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, J.D. (1994)
  • University of California, Berkeley; B.A., Rhetoric (1988)

Close Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • All State and Federal Courts in California

Close Publications

Close Affiliations

  • California Insurance Law Reports
  • Insurance Litigation Reports
    • Advisory Board Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • California Land Title Association

Close Speaking & Teaching

  • “Proving Damages Caused by Mold Infestation,” panelist, National Business Institute, November 13, 2008