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Marina Karvelas

Marina Karvelas is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on insurance and business litigation including insurance industry regulation, insurance rate regulation, insurance bad faith, class actions, statutory unfair business practices, and appellate practice matters.

Ms. Karvelas has rendered numerous coverage opinions involving property and casualty insurance, including private passenger automobile policies, commercial automobile policies, comprehensive general liability policies, commercial trucking policies and MCS-90 endorsements. Her coverage expertise includes all levels of insurance coverage from primary, excess to umbrella. In connection with her transportation insurance coverage experience, Ms. Karvelas has rendered coverage opinions involving the law in various states including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Ms. Karvelas also has extensive experience in bad faith litigation including defending insurers against multimillion dollar stipulated judgments brought by third party plaintiffs as assignees of the insured’s rights under the policy. In these cases, Ms. Karvelas aggressively postures the case for negotiation and settlement favorable to the insurer. Recently, Ms. Karvelas has handled bad faith litigation involving construction defects in the State of Washington.

Ms. Karvelas handles a myriad of complex litigation matters in the California courts. She has extensive experience with California’s prior approval statutory scheme for private passenger automobile policies and has defended insurance companies in numerous cases alleging violations of the statutory scheme. Ms. Karvelas was integral in defeating claims that the statute provided a private right of action to sue insurance companies. See Farmers Ins. Exchange v. Superior Court, 137 Cal. App. 4th 842 (2006).

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1991
  • University of Chicago, B.A., with honors, 1986

Articles & Publications

Notable Decisions and Reported Opinions

  • MacKay v. Superior Court, 188 Cal. App. 4th 1427 (2010)
  • Farmers Ins. Exchange v. Superior Court, 137 Cal. App. 4th 842 (2006)
  • Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation v. Low, 85 Cal. App. 4th 1179 (2000)
  • Proposition 103 Enforcement Project v. Quackenbush, 64 Cal. App. 4th 1473 (1998)

Professional Memberships

  • The State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
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