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Cathy Yanni

Cathy Yanni

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Case Manager
Tina Oja
T: 415-774-2627
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111
As a mediator with JAMS, Cathy Yanni has extensive experience settling significant insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. Her experience covers every type of insurance policy including general liability, life, health, disability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, workers compensation, and reinsurance. Many of the construction, business/commercial, employment, environmental, and real estate disputes that Ms. Yanni mediates involve complicated insurance coverage issues.

Representative Matters

  • Bad Faith
    • Claims by insured against CGL policy: involve extent of advertising injury coverage
    • Class actions brought by insureds against multiple workers compensation carriers: issues involve the allocation of medical/legal expense and reserves
    • Claims involve failure to defend with multiple insurers and allocation of the risk
    • Claims involve failure to provide long-term disability coverage
  • Coverage
    • Acted as Umpire in business valuation and interruption claim
    • Environmental litigation: application of pollution exclusion and triggers to multiple policies
    • Multiple cases: issues involve first and third party coverage, application of exclusions and indemnity
    • Claims involving tax and federal preemption issues and disability claims
  • Indemnity and Contribution
    • Numerous cases brought by insurers where there were multiple insurers on the risk, (construction defect and environmental underlying matters); allocation and additional insured issues
  • Subrogation
    • Multiple claims brought by insurers against third parties as a result of fire loss and construction defects
  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion”, National Law Journal, 2016, 2018
  • Recognized as "Top Master," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Recognized as a "Top California Neutral," Daily Journal, 2003-2008, 2010-2012
  • Recognized as AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • Woman of Achievement Award, Legal Momentum, 2008
  • Past President and Board of Directors, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (ACAM)
  • Board of Directors, The American College of e-Neutrals (ACESIN)
  • Lecturer, Mediation and Negotiation, Stanford Law School, University of California Berkeley School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, Golden Gate Law School, Hastings College of the Law, University of San Diego School of Law, Duke University Law School
  • Sedona Conference: E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program for Special Masters & Mediators
  • Conducts CLE seminars on ADR: Mediation, Negotiation, Ethics, Bias, Employment, Insurance, Special Masters and Referees, Intellectual Property, and e-Discovery
  • "Big Cases, Personal Touch," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, May 30, 2014
  • Panelist, JAMS, San Francisco, 1998-present
  • Discovery Referee, San Mateo County Superior Court, 1994-1998
  • Litigation Partner, major San Francisco law firm
  • Mediation Workshop, Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers
  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law; Editor, Law Review
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Dartmouth College; Honors Commendation

Counsel Comments

    • “Cathy truly cares about the parties and the issues. She does not stop or abandon the case until it settles.”

      -National Settlement Counsel
    • “Cathy knows each case and is persistent and patient with emotionally charged clients.”

      -Bay Area Attorney




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