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Managing Partner: Thomas E. Mulvihill [email protected]

Thomas E. Mulvihill

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Thomas E. Mulvihill

Managing Partner


Mr. Mulvihill is the firm’s Managing Partner. His thirty two year career has been devoted to the practice of insurance law, including coverage and bad faith litigation, first and third party coverage analysis, monitoring counsel, the drafting of policy forms and endorsements, and claims auditing. Mr. Mulvihill has represented international and domestic insurers in more than eight hundred matters at the federal and state trial court level and has represented insurers before the California Supreme Court, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Mulvihill is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell and “10” by AVVO. Mr. Mulvihill is identified as a Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media and as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Insurance Law. Mr. Mulvihill is a member of the American Bar Association, DRI and the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, and is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel.


Mr. Mulvihill is a native San Franciscan. Mr. Mulvihill is a graduate of Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. Mr. Mulvihill is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before all the Courts in the State of California, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Mulvihill is a former securities broker and former member of the NASD Board of Arbitrators. 

Publications & Lectures

The following is list of representative publications and public lectures:


ABA Journal Coverage: Montrose: An Analysis; Verdict: Isn’t It Time To Buy The Emperor Some New Clothes: A Critique Of Johansson And Policy Limit Demands; Verdict: Insuring The Faith: Coverage For Acts Of Molestation; Comment: Can They Really Do That? Stipulated Judgments and the No Action Clause.

Public Lectures

Insurance Bad Faith: Litigation and Trial Practice (National Business Institute – San Jose); Collapse of US Housing Market and Impact on Liability Insurance (Lloyds – London); Equitable Contribution Litigation Practice (Claims Managers Association – Costa Mesa); Litigation Training For Civil Defense Lawyers (Association of Defense Counsel- San Francisco); Pollution Insurance Coverage (Mealey’s – Amelia Island); Statutory Bad Faith (Lloyds – London); Bad Faith Trial and Practice (Association of Defense Counsel – San Francisco); Copyright Insurance Coverage (Practicing Law Institute – San Francisco); Expansion of the Pollution Exclusion (Association of Defense Counsel – Monterey); Interpretation of the No Action Clause (Association of Defense Counsel – Monterey).

Appellate Matters

Interstate Fire & Cas. Co. v. Axis Surplus Ins. Co. (2018) 2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7393; Certain London Underwriters v. Fairmont Specialty (2013) 2013 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3169; Hamilton v. Maryland (2002) 27 Cal 4th 718; Bullock v. Maryland (2001) 85 Cal App 4th 1435; Westshield v. Superior Court (2001) 82 Cal App 4th 935; Franklin Miller v. Commerce and Industry (2000) 242 F3d 381, 2000 U.S. App. Unpub. LEXIS 36879; Clark Manufacturing v. Northfield (1998) 187 F3d 646, 1999 U.S. App. Unpub. LEXIS 27515; Northern Ins. Co. v. Allied Mut. Ins. Co., 107 F.3d 877, 1997 U.S. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8036; Acme v. Fireman’s Fund (1989) 221 Cal App 3d 170; Heckert v. McDonald (1988) 208 Cal App 3d 832.

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