You purchase insurance coverage to protect your future interests. If youƒ have gone to the trouble of obtaining a policy, youƒ will want to make sure that you get the coverage you deserve when it comes time to collect on it.

An Engaged Approach

As an insured, you will want to stay actively involved in any claim to which you are a party, even when an insurance company agrees to defend the claim. Many times, the insurance company’s approach to a case is not the approach that will provide you with the best business outcome. That is why you will want to have an advocate on your side. Having and maintaining proper insurance only begins your path to protection.

At Wendel Rosen, we have successfully resolved insurance disputes and recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of businesses, public entities and individual policyholders. Whether you are a developer or contractor dealing with construction defect claims, a manufacturer suffering loss of business due to a product liability lawsuit, or a professional facing malpractice claims, Wendel Rosen’s insurance practice can help you to navigate the claims process and protect your interests.

A Range of Protection

Firm attorneys help clients obtain insurance protection in all types of insurance claims, including:

  • Construction defect for developers of commercial and residential projects
  • Environmental liability insurance for developers, dry cleaners, manufacturers, industrial companies, property owners and public entities
  • Professional malpractice for doctors and medical professionals, lawyers and others
  • Directors & officers claims
  • Discrimination claims against employers
  • Disability insurance claims by employees
  • Property damage
  • Business interruption coverage
  • Coverage for asbestos, mold and other contaminants


Risk Management

Outside of litigation, we counsel real estate developers, home builders, investors, manufacturers, professionals and other businesses on comprehensive risk management strategies to improve financial performance and returns. Our attorneys frequently assist clients in the review and assessment of contractual obligations and negotiations to head off future liabilities or exposures.


Insurance Cost Recovery
  • Successfully litigated and recovered defense fees and indemnity from an insurance carrier that had denied coverage for mold-related liability claims
  • Recovered multiple millions of dollars for policyholders in environmental and mass toxic tort cases
  • Forced insurers to settle a multi-million dollar construction defect suit with no contribution from the developer-policyholder
  • Reversed an insurance carrier’s coverage denial in a wrongful death case and obtained multiple millions of dollars of insurance for family of deceased leading to settlement of the underlying claim
  • Challenged and reversed denials of coverage under professional liability policies issued to real estate brokers, doctors, lawyers, and others
Risk Management
  • Evaluations and recommendations for contractual risk transfer on large condominium and mixed-use projects
  • Evaluations and recommendations for owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIPs) on large common interest developments
  • Construction contract review, negotiation and documentation to transfer risk and ensure smooth operation of OCIP insurance programs
  • Documentation and implementation of SB800 (Fix-It law) programs
  • Insurance and risk management-related counsel in connection with corporate and asset acquisitions, foreclosures, and debt work-outs


There’s Plenty of Risk in a Startup: Insurance Can Help Limit Liability

There’s Plenty of Risk in a Startup: Insurance Can Help Limit Liability

05/29/2019 | Young Upstarts

On May 29, 2019, Young Upstarts published an article by Wendel Rosen insurance attorney Gary Barrera. The article touches upon why startups need insurance, what types of insurance startups need, and…

What You Need to Know About Additional Insured Endorsements

What You Need to Know About Additional Insured Endorsements

08/28/2017 | Gary Barrera

In the article “What You Need to Know About Additional Insured Endorsements,” construction attorney, Garry Barrera states a well-drafted insurance clause is an integral part of a construction contract because it…



Gary Barrera Joins Wendel Rosen’s Insurance Practice Group

Gary Barrera Joins Wendel Rosen’s Insurance Practice Group


OAKLAND, Calif., July 6, 2017 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the Bay Area and state, welcomes Gary…