Jeffrey A. Dollinger
Jeff Dollinger attended UCLA where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1986. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law in 1989. While in law school, he served as a Note Editor on the American Journal of Law and Medicine. While earning his law degree, Jeff took numerous graduate courses on the subject of Mass Communication at the Boston University school of Communication.
Jeff has been actively involved in multi-party commercial litigation since 1990, and litigated cases involving entertainment, First Amendment, and other complex commercial issues. Over the last 20 years, Jeff has specialized in analyzing and litigating insurance coverage issues, and regularly advises insurers as to their rights and obligations, with an emphasis on environmental and construction claims. Jeff has extensive experience litigating environmental insurance coverage matters against large corporate insureds, including Union Oil, Shell, Jensen-Kelly, Litton Industries, Martin Marietta, and the State of California. Jeff defends clients in bad faith litigation under all types of property and liability policies.
Jeff also advises a large, national independent adjusting company on regulatory compliance issues in all 50 states. He regularly addresses claims handling requirement questions and has assumed primary responsibility for regulatory filings with state Department of Insurance and Secretaries of State in more than 35 states.
Jeff is regularly retained to defend parties in commercial large-loss matters involving toxic tort, product liability, manufacturing and wrongful eviction claims - including landlord-tenant disputes. Jeff’s extensive business litigation background enables him to provide “complete defenses” to sophisticated commercial insureds. Jeff constantly focuses on risk-transfer and he has an excellent track record in subrogation and indemnity claim recoveries against carriers and their insureds. Jeff has engaged in numerous mock trials and is frequently retained as excess monitoring counsel to advise carrier clients regarding large-loss exposures.
In addition to his legal background, Jeff is himself a business entrepreneur with considerable franchise business law experience. He has incorporated multiple businesses and analyzed liability and tax issues in determining proper business structure and form. He negotiates and drafts management contracts, member and shareholder agreements, and commercial leases. Jeff troubleshoots business management issues, including compliance with OSHA regulations and the California Health and Labor codes. He analyzes franchise uniform offering circulars and advises both franchisers and franchisees as to their rights and obligations. Jeff also advises banking institutions, lenders and receivers concerning management and disposition of acquired property, receiver reporting obligations, inventory, account, and property management.
Jeff is a member of DRI and is actively engaged with the Council on Litigation Management ("CLM") where, as Co-Chair of the Live Standards Training Committee, he has responsibility for development of numerous substantive courses, including the subjects of bad faith, additional insured and contractual indemnity issues, mediation and fraud.
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