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Dean B. Herman



Business Phone:  415.870.7075

Business Fax:  415.870.7065

Mobile:  310.403.8014


Dean Herman has advised on and litigated complex business tort, intellectual property and insurance coverage issues for over thirty years, and has obtained published appellate opinions in his practice areas. Mr. Herman has served as coverage or supervisory counsel in a wide variety of matters arising out of most kinds of insurance policies and myriad insured risks, was lead coverage and supervisory counsel for one of the largest bar association professional liability insurance programs in the country, and also was national coordinating counsel on intellectual property litigation for a major insurer.


Mr. Herman defends and advises attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and brokers, architects and engineers, real estate agents and brokers, directors and officers, employers, financial advisors, mortgage brokers, and their insurers, on liability and insurance coverage issues. Mr. Herman’s experience also includes sophisticated business and commercial litigation in State and Federal trial and appellate courts on issues relating to torts, contracts, business organizations, real property, intellectual property, partnership rights, disputes among principals of all forms of business entities, employment related issues, film financing, and securities laws, as well as liability and coverage matters for insurers, real estate developers, financial institutions, directors and officers of corporations and similar business associations and other professionals. Mr. Herman also serves as an expert witness and consultant in areas of his specialization, speaks at seminars and other educational events on developing legal issues, and acts as a mediator in complex insurance coverage and other disputes.


Published Opinions

  • Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. J.R. Marketing, LLC, 61 Cal. 4th 988 (2015)

  • The Oglio Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. 200 Cal. App. 4th 573 (2011)

  • Aroa Marketing, Inc. v. Hartford Ins. Co. 1998 Cal. App. 4th 781 (2011)

  • Rossco Holdings, Inc. v. Bank of America, N.A. 149 Cal. App 4th 1353 (2007)

  • Stone v. Hartford 470 F. Supp. 2d 1088 (C.D. Cal. 2006)

  • Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Superior Court (C3 Entertainment) 125 Cal.App.4th 250 (2004), (review granted in California Supreme Court on Court's own motion, April 2005)

  • Jessen v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. 111 Cal.App.4th 698 (2003)

  • Twin City Fire Ins. Co. v. Wayne Ennen, et al. 2000 WL 558525 (E.D. Cal. 2000)

  • Weikel v. TCW Realty Fund II Holding Co. 55 Cal. App. 4th 1234 (1997)

  • Trulis v. Barton 107 F.3d 685 (9th Cir. 1995)

  • FRI Holdings, Inc. v. Hartford Cas. Ins. 70 Cal.App.4th 1023 (1999) (depublished)

  • Taub v. First State 44 Cal.App.4th 811 (1995)

  • Concha v. London 62 F.3d 1493 (9th Cir. 1995)

  • Crockford's Club Ltd. v. Si-Ahmed 203 Cal.App.3d 1402 (1988)

  • Hersch v. Citizens Savings and Loan Assn. 173 Cal.App.3d 373 (1985)

  • Valley Title Co. v. Superior Court 124 Cal.App.3d 867 (1981) (depublished)


Publications and News
  • How To Avoid Being A Discovery Pushover, Law360 ft. Dean Herman - Nov 24, 2014

  • Featured in "9th Circ. Frees Hanover From Covering Trade Dress Battle," Law360 - May 27, 2014

  • Named Super Lawyer for over ten consecutive years up through 2015

  • Dean Herman featured in "Witherspoon Can't Nix Insurer Suit Over Likeness Litigation," Law360 - Jan 23, 2014


Affiliations and Accolades
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)


  • University of California, Berkeley - LL.M.

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles - J.D.

  • California State University, Fullerton - B.A.






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