Lawrence Hobel

Lawrence A. Hobel

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Covington & Burling LLP
One Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-5356
Tel: +1 415 591 7028



  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 1976
    • California Law Review
  • University of California at Berkeley, A.B., 1973
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

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Lawrence Hobel advises domestic and international clients on policyholder coverage and complex environmental matters and litigation.

According to the latest edition of Chambers US (2015), sources say that Mr. Hobel is “very creative in his approach to insurance issues and looks at a complicated problem and finds two or three ways to solve it that others wouldn’t,” and that he is “well spoken, has a fantastic grasp of the case law, is a good strategic thinker and is an all-around strong coverage attorney.”

Representative Matters


  • Represented large industrial company litigating coverage for asbestos bodily injury, noise-induced hearing loss and other bodily injury claims and negotiated settlements as to which insurers were obligated to pay over $1 billion.
  • Represented mining company on open pit mining first-party property and business interruption loss in Indonesia, resulting in a nine-figure settlement with reinsurers.
  • Represented large industrial company in first- and third-party coverage negotiations following catastrophic explosion in Louisiana. Negotiated nine-figure settlement with first-party carriers of client’s property damage and business interruption loss and negotiated payment of eight-figure third-party liability claims.
  • Represented client in coverage litigation over hurricane/flood/wind loss damage and business interruption loss.
  • Represented financial institution in coverage litigation respecting insurer obligations under policy protecting against loss from faulty appraisals.

Honors and Rankings

  • Chambers USA (National and California) (Insurance)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Insurance)
  • Legal 500: US Recommended Lawyers (Environment)
  • The Practical Law Company (PLC) - Insurance and Reinsurance, The Law and Leading Lawyers Worldwide
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal (Insurance and Reinsurance)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (Insurance and Environmental)

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