Dawn Valentine is a litigator with over 20 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, with an emphasis on Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action litigation and all aspects of insurance-related matters. Dawn advises clients in pre-dispute evaluations and all facets of litigation. Dawn also has experience advising clients on false and misleading advertising and unfair business practices and has significant appellate experience.
I focus my practice on all facets of complex commercial litigation matters. I am particularly adept at fashioning early processes for practical, early resolution of disputes.
I have extensive experience providing coverage advice and developing and implementing litigation strategies for complex coverage actions involving primary, excess, errors and omissions, and directors–and-officers policies, malpractice claims, asbestos litigation, intellectual property matters, advertising injury claims, intentional torts, punitive damages, and lost wages claims.
I have litigated ERISA class action matters and numerous other types of ERISA disputes in district court and on appeal.
I have extensive experience both in pursuing and defending against fraud claims. I have litigated fraud claims against an agent that resulted in a directed verdict and successfully defended several health clinics against allegations of False Claims Act violations, including convincing the U.S. Attorney not to intervene.
I have had primary responsibility for managing complex disputes involving false advertising, unfair competition, copyright and trademark violations, and contract disputes. I specialize in devising assertive litigation strategies and using efficient and effective motion practice, and have a history of settling cases for waiver of cost or little or no financial participation by clients.
The economic, physical, and emotional fallout from the COVID-19 global pandemic, climate change, increasingly devastating fires, hurricanes and flooding will continue to challenge insurers, policyholders, and insurance guaranty funds for years to come. I also see an increasing amount of litigation and legal uncertainty around emerging risks posed by advances in technology and newly enacted privacy regulations.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; President’s Award
University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, J.D.
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