Law Offices Of

John E. Peer


For the past thirty years John's practice has focused on complex insurance coverage litigation.  John spent the first sixteen years of his career at Long & Levit, where he served as Managing Partner of its Los Angeles office. He then practiced briefly with Cummins & White and the New York firm of Kroll, Rubin & Fiorella before founding Woolls Peer Dollinger & Scher.

Since 1980, John has represented insurance companies, underwriters, claim analysts and other insurer employees in complex insurance coverage matters and in attendant reinsurance claims. From 1990 to 1996, John served as West Coast Regional Counsel for CNA's Centralized Environmental and Asbestos Claims Department.

For the past decade, John's practice also has included a focus on complex construction defect and personal and advertising injury coverage matters. He regularly represents insurers of owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors and has been involved in many of the largest construction defect matters in Southern California.  John acts as lead counsel in major insurance coverage actions. In 1988, he served as lead trial counsel for the CNA Insurance Companies in the massive 14 month trial of Shell Oil Co. v. Accident & Casualty of Winterthur in San Bruno, California. He also was lead counsel in the Martin Marietta litigation in Los Angeles and for several products liability coverage actions. John served as lead counsel for Yosemite Insurance Company in the massive State of California v. Allstate, et al. (Stringfellow) environmental coverage action.  In addition to counseling clients on a wide variety of coverage and bad faith matters, John also drafts policy forms and endorsements for insurance clients. John frequently lectures on insurance coverage, bad faith litigation and claims handling issues and has authored several articles on insurance-related matters.

John received a B.A. cum laude in History from Colorado State University in 1971 and an M.A. in History from Northern Illinois University in 1973. He received his J.D. cum laude in 1980 from the University of San Francisco, where he was a member of the Law Review and McAuliffe Honor Society.

He is admitted in all California state and federal courts, as well as the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, American Bar Association, Torts & Insurance Practice Section, as well as the California and Los County Bar Associations.

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