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Marvin Straus Headshot April 2014 FinalPartner in the San Diego and Los Angeles offices.

Complex fraud litigation, complex first and third party insurance defense, bad faith defense, and complex first and third party insurance coverage. Successful prosecution in what is believed to be a “first-of-its-kind” cross-complaint in California under Insurance Code section 1871.7. Resulted in dismissal of bad faith complaint and an award on cross-complaint of six-figure non-dischargeable judgment. Conducted examinations under oath nationwide. Conducted numerous depositions, mediations, discovery motions, motions for summary judgment/adjudication, as well as examinations under oath in large loss, arson, property theft, auto, commercial, cargo, trucking, and specialty claims. Management and compliance oversight of San Diego, Sacramento and Arizona offices so as to ensure consistent, high quality work product.

Frequent presenter to trade organizations, professional organizations, businesses and insurance companies on topics involving effective use of examinations under oath, fraud, coverage, liability defense, and bad faith issues. Drafting of publications for distribution to trade organizations and clients. Provided review and value added advice for businesses and insurance organizations. Provided review and analysis of regulatory compliance of existing insurance policies.

Legal and Legislative Chairperson for Board of Governors for San Diego Insurance Adjusters Association (SDIAA).

Prior Experience:

Brownwood, Chazen & Cannon – San Diego, California
Regional SIU Counsel
Founded and managed special investigations for international insurance company for California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Worked closely with investigators, counsel, claims adjusters, managers, and upper management to develop and implement strategies for utilization throughout the organization. Involved in all aspects of special investigations including coverage recommendations, litigation and analysis of fraudulent claims, training of managers and claims personnel, as well as drafting of publications.

Brownwood, Chazen & Cannon – San Diego, California
Involvement of all aspects of third party litigated files. Involvement in tens of hundreds of depositions, court appearances/motions, arbitrations (binding and non-binding), and mediations. Involved in all aspects of discovery from investigation and drafting, to arguing motions to compel before the court. Involved in all aspects of pleading from initial stages to dispositive motions, involving the summary judgment motions of wrongful death and catastrophic actions. Involvement in extra-contractual and cumis counsel issues. Extensive contact with investigators, claims adjusters, supervisors, business owners, presidents, and employees. Litigated numerous jury trials in San Diego and Los Angeles County. Successfully reversed a San Diego Superior Court decision in the Fourth District Court of Appeals – First District matter of Guyer et al. v. D.L. Sinjem Company, Inc. et al. (unpublished).

Law school: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Dean’s List, 1997.

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990.

Areas of practice: Complex Fraud Litigation, Insurance Defense, Bad Faith Defense, Workers’ Compensation Defense, and Insurance Coverage. Within his practice, Mr. Straus has conducted hundreds of examinations under oath in property theft, auto, commercial, cargo, trucking, and specialty claims in California and Arizona.

Licensed to practice in California since 1998.

Further SIU Experience: Regional SIU Counsel for the Liberty Mutual Group.

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Presentations: Marvin Straus is a frequent presenter to insurance companies and professional organizations on topics involving effective examinations under oath, fraud, coverage, and bad faith issues.

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