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Lawrence Hobel
Lawrence A. Hobel
San Francisco +1 415 591 7028 Download V-card

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.”


  • 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.
  • Representation of companies as insureds or additional insureds in disputes with insurers over coverage for significant personal injury and property damage claims.
  • Advising company on cyber coverage.
  • Representing companies and Directors and Officers in disputes with insurers over D&O coverage.
  • Providing insurance advice on structuring of corporate transactions.


  • Represented industrial company in litigation and in negotiations with EPA, water purveyors and other PRPs respecting Baldwin Park Operable Unit Groundwater Site, including negotiations of 15 year agreement for a  groundwater cleanup and water supply project in Southern California. 
  • Represented industrial company as to its many thousand acre NPL site in Northern California, including negotiations with EPA, DTSC, and Regional Board over remedy issues. 
  • Represented industrial company in negotiations with nearby property owners and with water purveyors respecting replacement water supply claims. 
  • Represented companies in Proposition 65 litigation or claims, including food products, consumer products and environmental exposures. 
  • Advised companies and negotiate contractual provisions relative to environmental issues associated with various acquisitions and divestitures. 
  • Advised client on compliance with NEPA, CEQA and various environmental siting and natural resource laws.
  • Provided advise to company relative to CEQA and water supply issues to support large mixed commercial/residential development 
  • 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)