Lawrence Hobel advises domestic and international clients on policyholder coverage and complex environmental matters and litigation.
Mr. Hobel has served as lead counsel in numerous major coverage actions, and has secured in excess of $1.5 billion dollars in insurance recoveries for extraordinary losses. He has represented policyholders in litigation and negotiations on a broad range of insurance recovery claims and coverage, including first party property damage and business interruption loss, D&O and E&O disputes, privacy and data breach claims, third party toxic tort, asbestos, product liability, property damage claims, and environmental liability coverage. He is listed in various publications of leading lawyers, including being ranked both nationally and in California by Chambers USA.
Mr. Hobel co-chairs the firm’s Environmental Practice. Clients seek his counsel and representation on a broad range of environmental law and regulation, including waste and hazardous materials and substances, air, water, natural resources, Proposition 65 and other disclosure laws, and land use siting and permitting. His practice and experience also extends to emerging areas such as the impact of nanomaterials and climate change. He has defended clients in governmental enforcement litigation and negotiations, provided regulatory counsel and representation on federal, state and local environmental regulations impacting both project development and ongoing operations, and litigated CERCLA, private property damage and toxic tort disputes.
Mr. Hobel has been an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a frequent lecturer at numerous programs on insurance coverage and environmental issues.