I am a founding partner of Edison, McDowell & Hetherington's California office. I specialize in litigating insurance coverage, complex business and class action disputes in California and federal courts nationwide. I focus on representing and counseling insurance company clients in coverage, bad faith and extra-contractual disputes. I have successfully litigated coverage cases involving general liability, personal lines (life, disability and accident), entertainment liability, errors and omissions, employment liability, and professional liability policies. My practice also specializes in class action matters which have been pursued under a wide variety of consumer protection laws. I have represented insurers, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing companies, start-ups and other businesses against claims of unfair competition law in U.S. courts and international forums. These matters include alleged violations under Section 17200 of the California Business and Professions Code as well as alleged false advertising claims and violations of the California Insurance Code and Fair Credit Reporting Act. I have been named by San Francisco Business Times as one of its "40 Under 40" and recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in California for three years. I was also asked to join the Litigation Counsel of America. The California office of EMH, which I co-founded and am the managing partner of, has been recognized by Chambers & Partners USA in the category of Insurance-Insurer for two years in a row. I served on the Board and Executive Committee of California Women Lawyers for six years. I speak regularly at conferences and mentor other attorneys on how to advance their legal career while maintaining their personal and family life, sanity and sense of humor. I am licensed in California and Washington.
University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Juris Doctor
Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Arts
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