Donald Brown’s trial, arbitration, and appellate practice focuses on representing policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes.
Mr. Brown has served as lead counsel in lawsuits involving substantial claims under directors and officers insurance policies; financial, media, software, and other errors and omissions policies (including coverage for false advertising and unfair business practices claims); general liability policies (including coverage for mass tort and environmental liabilities); construction policies; fidelity and other financial guaranty policies; and first-party property damage policies (including major damage and business interruption losses resulting from hurricane, tornado and other catastrophic events).
Mr. Brown was the lead trial lawyer for ExxonMobil in its lawsuit against more than 100 insurers over more than $2 billion of coverage for environmental cleanup liabilities associated with some 5,000 sites. He also was the lead lawyer for Fibreboard in the trial of key phases of the landmark California Asbestos Insurance Coverage Cases, which led to insurance recoveries in excess of $2 billion.
Mr. Brown also serves as the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office.