Insurance defense has been a core practice area at Barker Olmsted & Barnier since its founding in 1994. Every insurance defense attorney at the firm has significant trial experience. For years, Barker Olmsted & Barnier has been trusted by national and international insurance companies to defend both their insureds in third-party liability cases and the carriers themselves in "bad faith" litigation. Because of the firm’s vast experience in many areas of insurance defense, Barker Olmsted & Barnier is proud to enjoy highly productive and effective relationships with its carrier clients.
Over the years, we have defended hundreds of cases on behalf of the insureds of the Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) (auto liability and homeowners’ policy claims) Lloyd’s of London (employment practices liability defense ("EPL")) Liberty Mutual (construction defect) and others.
Barker Olmsted & Barnier serves as EPL defense counsel where the employer's EPLI policy permits the employer to select its own counsel. Additionally, the firm serves as panel defense counsel. For more information, see our Employment and Labor page.
"Doug Barker and his team of attorneys are problem solvers as well as advocates. Their approach is both practical and intellectual. They are attentive to detail, keen in analysis, and realistic in their recommendations. Doug has attained consistently favorable results in his handling of multiple and complex issues, and he has my complete confidence."– Senior Litigation Specialist, Automobile Club of Southern California
INSURANCE CASE LAW UPDATE
Failure To Appear For Examination Under Oath Held Proper Basis To Deny Claim; Fatal To Bad Faith Claim
By Christopher W. Olmsted, Esq.
Most insurance policies obligate the insured to submit to an examination under oath (“EUO”). EUOs are powerful and often necessary tools used to gather crucial information from the insured during the claim process. What happens when the insured refuses to comply with his or her obligation to appear and testify? A Second Appellate District panel recently held that the refusal to appear for the examination justifies denial of the claim. Brizuela v. CalFarm (2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 578...
Legal Update for the San Diego Insurance Adjuster's Association (SDIAA)
Review of interesting legal developments affecting casualty insurance in California
INSURANCE TRADE ORGANIZATIONS
The firm is an active member of the following insurance organizations in San Diego.
San Diego Insurance Adjusters Association (SDIAA)
Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
||“Appellate Court Rejects Insured's Expansive Definition of “Arising Out of the Use Clause,“ by Christopher W. Olmsted