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Darryl Horowitt, Esq.
Partner & Chair Litigation Department
499 West Shaw Avenue,Suite 116
Fresno CA 93704
phone: 559-248-4820
fax: 559-248-4830
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP is a Civil Litigation and Transactions Firm. It provides a wide variety of services to businesses and individuals through its two departments. By concentrating in these areas, members of the firm have become exceptionally proficient in dealing with all phases of preventive law, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and the negotiation and preparation of documentation to meet the needs of today's businesses. The firm has a varied client base ranging from small family operations to large, publicly traded corporations.

Darryl Horowitt, Esq.Darryl Horowitt, Esq. has conducted all phases of litigation in the areas of Banking, Business Disputes, Securities Fraud (class action and individual), Construction, Real Estate, Environmental, Casualty Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and Commercial Collections, from initial client contact to settlement, mediation, arbitration and trial - court and jury (State and Federal Court) and administrative proceedings (before the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, National Labor Relations Board, California Department of Fair Housing and Employment, Worker's Compensation Appeals Board and Agricultural Labor Relations Board).

Mr. Horowitt has also assisted in transactions, including incorporation, purchase and sale agreements, secured and unsecured transactions, and employment contracts. In the field of alternative dispute resolution, he has served as an arbitrator (for the American Arbitration Association, NASD Regulation, Inc., Better Business Bureau Dispute Resolution Center, and the Fresno and Madera County Superior Courts), mediator (privately and for the Better Business Bureau Dispute Resolution Center), special master (for Judge James Ware, United States District Court, Northern District of California) and judge pro tem (Fresno County Courts).

Firm's Areas of Practice Include
  • Banking
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Business
  • Casualty Insurance Defense
  • Construction Litigation and Transactions
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Law
  • Commercial Collections
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation, arbitration and mini-trials)
  • Estate / Tax Planning
  • As the owner of a business that may be a party to a lawsuit, you need to know about the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI), also known as e-discovery. Why? Because the requirements to preserve and produce ESI are quickly evolving and have often taken over lawsuits as if e-discovery has a life of its own. This article will address the basics of e-discovery so that your business can start taking steps to minimize its impact.

    2/10/2016 · Insurance
    In a previous issue of Legal Brief, I discussed protecting yourself with adequate auto insurance. This is, perhaps, the insurance that is most commonly bought, because every driver is required to be covered by automobile liability insurance. But what about business owners? Should they buy insurance as well?

    11/20/2015 · Legal Issues
    Every day, in almost every city, and in almost every state, a business is served with a subpena. Your business may have received one in the past or may receive one soon. For those who are not regular participants in lawsuits, subpoenas are a mysterious document which you should know about.

    10/1/2015 · Finance
    It is an unfortunate fact of business that from time to time one of your customers will not pay for goods or services you provide. It is a frustrating and sometimes helpless feeling that you have knowing that even though you provided a valuable product or service, for reasons beyond your control you are simply not paid. How do you collect your money? What follows are some techniques that will help you effectively collect your receivables.

    Litigation in our court system has become an expensive, time-consuming, and frus trating process which often yields undesired results. Nevertheless, a trial may be necessary to vindicate certain fundamental rights. For many disputes, however, there are alternatives to trial. This article addresses some of the alternatives, known collectively as "Alternative Dispute Resolution ('ADR')," and their potential benefit.

    Because of the increase in cost of litigation, and the more frequent use of arbitration clauses in all forms of contracts, arbitration is used with increasing frequency. Although arbitration is an excellent choice in many instances, it may not be right in every case. This article will discuss the pros and cons of arbitration so that you may know whether it is right for you.

    10/14/2014 · Forgery & Fraud
    Identity theft should be a concern to all because of its pervasiveness. One form of theft is the opening of a credit card account using a pre-approved credit card solicitation. You may have received one or more of these solicitations every day, if not every week. Sometimes, the same company will send more than one such solicitation. The credit card companies do this because they receive information from credit reporting agencies and those with acceptable credit scores are sent more attractive offers.

    7/25/2014 · Legal Issues
    Many consumer lawyers have argued that the failure to disclose a deferred down payment constitutes a Rees-Levering violation even if the amount of the down payment is accurately stated. An issue did, however, exist as to whether or not the inadvertent exclusion of a deferred down payment on the line for a down payment constitutes a Rees-Levering violation. This question has been answered by the court in Rojas v. Platinum Auto Group, Inc. (January 15, 2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 997.

    4/19/2012 · Banking
    Virtually everyone and every business has a relationship with a financial institution, whether it be a bank, savings bank, or credit union. When the account is opened, there is the hope that nothing will go wrong in the account and that your funds will be preserved.

    For many, the idea of owning your own business and being your own boss is alluring: you set your hours and you alone reap the rewards of your endeavors. Unfortunately, the road to success is often paved with many perils: employee costs continue to spiral as do the cost of goods; increased competition from other companies both here and abroad; more regulation from local, state and federal agencies; etc.

    11/17/2011 · Laws & Procedures
    On virtually any day of the week, you can pick up a newspaper and read about a lawsuit. You read the article and say to yourself: "There but for the grace of God go I." Then, the seemingly inevitable happens: You receive a letter from an attorney (or their client) that you are to be sued, or worse, you are served with a lawsuit.

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    Maxwell Freeman
    Senior Partner
    1818 Grand Canal Boulevard, Suite 4
    Stockton CA 95207
    phone: 209-474-1818
    fax: 209-474-1245
    Profile: Mr. Freeman founded this firm in 1962, three years after graduating from Stanford Law School, and has been serving local and national clients ever since. His expertise inlcude matters relating to Real Estate business and development, Eminent Domain / Condemnation, Commercial Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation. He has authored several articles including "An Overview of Defenses Available to Guarantors of Real Property Secured Transactions Under California Law," 2 Santa Clara Law Review (1998).

    Firm Profile: Serves as special litigation counsel to numerous government entities in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, tort and contract matters. The firm represents banks, real estate developers, contractors, food processors, growers and manufacturers. We serve as local counsel for many national companies in litigation, business and governmental matters.

    The firm's litigation practice focuses on: complex business litigation, including class actions, coordinated and multi-district proceedings; land use, real estate, eminent domain and environmental litigation; insurance coverage/bad faith disputes; professional liability; and appellate proceedings. Our transactional practice encompasses complex commercial and real estate transactions, including buy/sell agreements, development agreements, mergers and acquisitions.

    For more information, please contact us or visit our website.
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    Steven Plitt
    Senior Member
    The Cavanagh Law Firm
    1850 N. Central Avenue
    Suite 2400
    Phoenix AZ 85004
    phone: 602-333-4038
    fax: 602-322-4100
    Steven Plitt Liability Insurance Expert PhotoFor 32 years, Steven Plitt has represented policyholders / insureds in litigation and trial as well as representing insurance companies in Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith matters. During his career, he has reviewed more than 6,000 claim files from more than 100 insurance companies. He has regularly consulted with all levels of claim department management from claim adjusters, supervisors, branch claim managers, claim-legal personnel and executive level insurance company management.

    Mr. Plitt has also consulted with underwriting departments and participated with insurance company product development units and claims-legal to draft insurance policy language. He has reviewed and analyzed a broad spectrum of testimony from claims adjusters, claims management, claims attorneys, underwriters and other insurance company management as well as other insurance experts. He has reviewed an extensive variety of claims manuals, claims guidelines and other claims directives and practices.

    Mr. Plitt is a nationally recognized expert witness in insurance claim handling and bad faith cases and has been retained as an expert in more than 480+ cases venued in 30 states. He has qualified in both state and Federal Courts as a claims handling and insurance expert. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Arizona where he teaches insurance law.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Insurance Extra-contractual
    • Bad Faith Claims / Breach of Contract Claims
    • Claims Handling Practices
    • Unfair Claims Practices
    • Policy Interpretation
    • Coverage Denials
  • Property & Casualty Insurance
  • Personal & Commercial Lines
  • Surplus Lines
  • Excess & Umbrella Insurance
  • Insurance Agent / Broker Errors & Omissions
  • Miscellaneous Coverage
  • Mr. Plitt has an LL.M. in Insurance from the University of Connecticut. He is the current successor author to COUCH ON INSURANCE 3D where he and his team are rewriting and revising the entire treatise. He has written other books on insurance law. He has published in excess of 320 law reviews and other professional publications on insurance law in addition to his books. Mr. Plitt has been cited by the Supreme Courts of 29 states, the Intermediate Appellate Courts in 20 states, 10 of the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, 37 Federal District Courts, and the Federal Court of Claims. He has been cited in 87 scholarly articles.

    Steven Plitt has been continuously listed as a top 50 lawyer in Arizona (2007-2014) by SOUTHWEST SUPER LAWYERS®, has been listed in BEST LAWYERS® since 2007 (insurance), and was named the Insurance Lawyer of the Year by BEST LAWYERS® in 2012 for Phoenix. He is a Fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and a Member of the American Law Institute where he is a consultive member on the development of the RESTATEMENT OF LIABILITY INSURANCE.
    Steven Plitt, et al
    Written by leading attorneys in insurance practice around the country, this book provides leading-edge discussion of insurance ramifications of major disasters. It provides varied perspectives on handling insurance coverage cases, with tips for almost any kind of situation that arises.
    Steven Plitt, et al
    This guide to the investigation and successful evaluation of automobile coverage and injury claims provides practical information in three ways. First, it provides a comprehensive discussion, with extensive case citation regarding policy interpretation, liability coverage, bad faith, unfair claims practices, and negligence.
    Steven Plitt, et al
    This is one of the most comprehensive, practical guides available for handling insurance liability cases. It explains essential legal concepts for handling basic insurance liability coverage questions.
    Steven Plitt, et al
    This new edition reflects law and practices governing insurance issues today. It offers definitive treatment on practically all types of insurance, including life, property, health and accident, liability and indemnity, automobile, fidelity guarantee, contract guarantee, group, reinsurance, annuities, governmental life and disability, ERISA, and COBRA.
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    Janice A. Ramsay, JD
    Property Insurance Consultant
    5 Saros
    Irvine CA 92603
    phone: 949-854-9375 or 949-400-5040 (cell)
    Janice A. Ramsay founded the law firm of Ramsay and Johnson, ALC in 1984. She merged her practice and that firm with Berger Kahn LLC in 1999. Since the late fall of 2007, she has primarily worked independently as an expert witness and consultant to other attorneys.

    During her career, Ms. Ramsay has given advice on coverage questions, underwriting procedures, rescission rights, claims handling, and insurers legal and policy obligations. She is experienced with both commercial and personal lines policies. Ms. Ramsay is familiar with the business of insurance and the legal framework of that business and has performed the procedures that are unique to the claims process such as examinations under oath, and appraisals. She has drafted or revised insurance policies for several insurance companies and has handled coverage litigation.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Ramsay has been retained in over 150 matters as an expert work during her law practice beginning as early as 1989. She has testified frequently in both deposition and trial on the standards and practices of the insurance industry. She has testified for insurers, insureds,brokers, and agents.

    Types of Losses:
    • Fire Losses
    • Organized Insurance Fraud
    • Landslides
    • Earthquakes
    • Water Damage / Mold
    • Defective Construction
  • Latent Defects
  • Riots
  • Acts of Civil Authority
  • Business Interruption
  • Suit Limitation Issues
  • Mortgagee Rights
  • Speaking Engagements - Ms. Ramsay has frequently been a speaker and/or panelist for the Orange County Bar Association, PLRB Annual Conference, the Combined Claims Conference, and many more. She has also given in-house seminars for several insurers.
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    Guy O. Kornblum
    1388 Sutter Street
    Suite 505
    San Francisco CA 94109
    phone: 415-440-7800 x2226
    fax: 415-440-7898
    Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a trial and appellate lawyer for 40 years. He is certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is a Fellow of the American College of Certified Attorney Specialists.

    Mr. Kornblum has handled over 4,000 litigated matters to conclusion and has several million dollar plus cases to his credit. He has represented hundreds of clients, small businesses, individuals, and large Fortune 500 corporations during his 40 plus years of practice in his practice. He is highly regarded for his courtroom and appellate skills, and his representation of his clients in mediations, where he has a strong track record of successful settlements.

    Areas of Practice:
    • Personal Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Insurance Law
    • Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith Claims
    • Medical and Legal Malpractice
  • Punitive Damage Actions
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Class Actions
  • Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Guy Kornblum is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar and Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, for those attorneys who have achieved multi- million dollar awards or settlements for their clients. He is also a Charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary, a Platinum Member of The Verdict Club, recognized for his “professional excellence in litigation,” and is a Legends Society “Top Lawyer” in the personal injury field and a Silver Member of the Elite Lawyers of America.

    Mr. Kornblum is the author of: Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases: Reaching the Settlement, published by the Thomson West Publishing Company and American Association for Justice, Second Edition, 2013; and co-author of Litigating Insurance Claims: Coverage, Bad Faith and Business Disputes (Wiley & Sons, 1991); and the California Practice Guide: Bad Faith (The Rutter Group, 1986). He also is a contributing author to the California Continuing Education of the Bar’s “Alternative Dispute Resolution in California,” which was published in 2005. He has authored over 200 published articles on trial practice, discovery, civil procedure, and insurance law and related topics.

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    Guy O. Kornblum
    A Guide For Those Who Are Victims of Wrongdoing Resulting in Injury or Death
    Guy O. Kornblum
    This book serves as a comprehensive guide to effective settlement techniques in the context of personal injury litigation. It helps you determine a settlement amount, choose the most appropriate form of settlement, and work with clients, mediators, and others to get the best settlement.
    Guy O. Kornblum, William A. Cerillo
    Written by renowned experts, this practical book details analysis and litigation of causalty policies. Explains specific insurance coverage for intellectual property claims, advertising injury, environmental losses, personal injury in business claims and duty to defend. Contains step-by-step strategies for insurance litigation and discusses how to use experts and investigators. Includes a copious amount of useful checklists and practice tips from expert litigator