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Charles (Tim) McCoy

Hon. Charles (Tim) W. McCoy, Jr. (Ret.)

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Geri Yulo
T: 213-253-9711
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th St. , 32nd Floor , Los Angeles , CA 90013

Judge McCoy has many years of experience handling insurance-related cases as a trial judge, settlement judge, and now mediator and arbitrator. His experience includes a wide range of issues including bad faith, duty to defend/indemnify, various forms of indemnity provisions, exclusions, deductibles, retentions, surety contracts, equitable contribution, additional insured provisions, reinsurance, excess insurance, subordinated claims, workers compensation insurance and more. Cases mediated by Judge McCoy often include substantial insurance elements that must be appropriately resolved in order to achieve settlement.

 Judge McCoy’s personal civility skills and hands-on case management style have facilitated successful resolution of countless insurance-related matters. He has earned a reputation for gaining the trust of plaintiffs, defendants, insurance executives and adjusters.

Representative Matters

  • Breach of insurance contract, bad faith policy cancellation and unfair business practices involving thousands of business interruption and property claims, including subsidence, arising from major public transit rail construction project 
  • Managed and led ultimate settlement of major clergy abuse litigations (involving hundreds of individual lawsuits) in California and nationally – many of these cases raised very complex insurance coverage issues involving multiple layers of insurance spanning many decades
  • Coverage and insurance fraud claims arising from major California forest fire
  • Numerous construction defect cases raising many insurance-related issues
  • Bad faith refusal to defend and indemnify commercial aircraft accident case
  • Complicated insurance disputes arising in groundwater contamination and clean-up cases
  • Over 1000 cases arising from Northridge Earthquake involving coverage issues relating to policies insuring both commercial and residential properties
  • Numerous personal injury cases where coverage is a significant issue
  • Insurance bad faith claims made in many commercial and personal injury litigation contexts
  • Honors
    • Outstanding Jurist Award, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2011
    • Emil Gumpert Award for Outstanding Jurist in the Field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Center for Civic Mediation, Los Angeles, 2010
    • Golden Mike Freedom of Information Award, Radio and Television News Association of Los Angeles, 2011
    • Hon. Tom C. Clark Award, National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, 2010
    • Pearl F. Vogel President’s Award, Valley Community Legal Foundation, 2010
    • Person of the Year Award, Los Angeles Metropolitan News, 2009
    • Trial Judge of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2008
  • Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, 1993-2013
    • Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2009 and 2010
    • Assistant Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2007 and 2008
    • Supervising Judge of all Civil Trial Courts, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2005 and 2006
    • Supervising Judge of the Complex Litigation Courts of Los Angeles, 2004 and 2005 (Founding Bench Officer and Trial Judge of the Complex Courts, 2000-2005)
    • Mandatory Settlement Conference Judge, 2013
    • Supervising Judge, Juvenile Delinquency Courts, East District, 2011 and 2012

Counsel Comments

    • “McCoy settled a case that he never thought would settle. They were ready to go to trial. What made the difference is Judge McCoy's follow up with the parties. He worked nights and weekends and called him at 9:00 pm on a Saturday. I really appreciated the follow-up....”
    • “McCoy's follow up was excellent and that is what helped settle the matter because parties were really far apart...”
    • “Can't say enough about him. What makes him stand out is his work ethic and he will definitely use him again....”
    • "I love Judge McCoy. Our same parties were before Judge McCoy for his last case in court and he settled that matter so our expectations were high and he met them....”
    • "We would definitely recommend Judge McCoy’s services. We would also use him again. He clearly understood the case and was able to communicate those issues accurately and fairly. We and our clients are happy with the results of our mediation."
    • “McCoy is a quick study, he understands business issues beautifully. He understood it whether intuitively or by asking questions. He shuttled diplomacy during the entire process, a choice that worked really well. Our client was from Virginia and the judge did a spiel about how he presided over one of the biggest superior courts in the country with over 450 judges. I asked if the judge's spiel helped and the client said it absolutely helped. The client didn’t know McCoy and doesn't really understand Cali culture so he said that it helped him a lot.”
    • “McCoy was great and did a fantastic job. This was set in a very short time and the judge prepared over the weekend to have a mediation on Martin Luther King Day. He came very prepared and he was a big component in getting this matter settled. Will absolutely use him again."
    • “We found Judge McCoy to be thoughtful, well prepared, fair, and easy to work with.”
    • "He was a quick study, grasped the business and legal points and reached a resolution of a company matter.”

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