Bruce A. Friedman, Esq.

T: 310-392-3044
F: 310-396-7576

Bruce A. Friedman, Esq. has an extensive history handling a wide range of insurance matters both as a neutral and litigator. In nearly four decades, Bruce has represented policyholders and major insurance companies, and has established himself as a highly respected strategist, drawing from his past experience to find solutions to even the most complex, high-stakes disputes. He has even earned the distinction of having one of the Top 10 verdicts in California in 1996 for an insurance dispute. Bruce’s clients rely on his evaluative style when reviewing the merits of a case, knowing that he will take time to learn the case details and listen to every party’s side. His respectful demeanor allows him to quickly gain the confidence and trust of his clients, creating a relaxed environment that enhances the prospects of resolution.

Representative Matters

  • Insurance claim for damages related to major natural disaster, resulting in compensatory and punitive damages
  • Subrogation claims between insurers and businesses
  • Numerous insurance actions resulting from natural disasters, notably earthquakes and wildfires 
  • Bad faith and coverage disputes related to medical and hospitalization policies 
  • Coverage claims related to D&O, E&O, CGL, Property, Health, Life, Disability, EPL, Entertainment, Art, Internet Risks, Crime, Fidelity, Surety, Completion Bonds, and other policies of insurance 
  • Wide range of insurance disputes arising out of securities, business, employment, class action, broker and agent, ERISA claims, and malpractice matters 
  • Reinsurance claims arising from insolvency of major insurance company 
  • Appraisal disputes under first party property policies 
  • Allocation claims between primary, umbrella and excess insurers involving construction defect and continuing exposure cases 
  • Disputes related to financial products involving life insurance and annuities 
  • Liability insurance claims involving discrimination, harassment, and other employment-related issues 
  • Entertainment insurance disputes related to production costs, risks, profits, production-related claims, art insurance coverage and completion bonds 
  • Claims arising under legal and medical malpractice policies
  • International case involving insurance-related matters between major US-based food company and foreign distributor 
  • Chinese reverse merger class action cases involving insurances issues

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honors
    • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2014-present
    • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, 2004-2012
    • Recognized as a “Rising Star,” California’s Top 50 Neutrals, Daily Journal, 2013
    • Leading Lawyer in Insurance: Insurer Firms, California, Chambers USA, 2004-2012
    • Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year, Los Angeles, Best Lawyers, 2012
    • Leading Lawyer in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Insurance Law, Best Lawyers, 2005-2012
  • Memberships and Professional Affiliations
    • Adjunct Professor, Arbitrator Advocacy, University of Southern California School of Law, 2017
    • Rutter Insurance Litigator Contributing Editor, Third Party Coverages, D & O, Personal & Advertising Injury, Professional Liability
    • Mediator on the Mediation Panel, USDC, Central District of California, 2012-2017
    • Arbitrator, Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), 2013-2016
    • Member on Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability, Directors and Officers Liability, and Fidelity and Surety Law, American Bar Association Litigation Section and TIPS Section, 1985-present
    • Board of Directors, Public Counsel, 2003-2007
    • President and member of the Board of Trustees, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 1989-2006
    • Member of the Board of Directors of Paragon International Insurance Brokers, Lloyds of London, 1996-2002
    • President and member of the board, Hope-Net, an interfaith and homeless charity, 1989-2001
    • Top 10 plaintiff’s verdict in California, 1996
    • President and Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 1987-1995
  • ADR Profiles

Background and Education

  • Partner and Co-Chair, Complex Litigation Department, Bingham McCutchen, 2007-2012
  • Partner, Managing Partner, General Counsel, Chair of Litigation Department, Alschuler Grossman, 1995-2007
  • The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2011
  • J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School
  • B.A., with honors, Claremont McKenna College


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