Daniel G. Bath, P.C.

Partner

  • location icon Los Angeles, CA
    633 West 5th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Daniel Bath is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Commercial Litigation, Consumer Litigation Defense & Financial Services, Real Estate, Land Use and Environment, Banking & Finance, and Professional Liability Practices. With more than 25 years of civil litigation experience, Mr. Bath regularly represents professionals, financial institutions and business concerns in a wide range of commercial matters, with an emphasis on finance lender liability, real estate litigation and professional liability defense. He also has experience in the areas of bankruptcy, trade secret misappropriation litigation, common interest development law, product and general liability defense, first and third-party property insurance coverage and litigation, livestock and transportation litigation.

Mr. Bath was the lead trial attorney in the precedent-setting commercial decision Arriaga v. CitiCapital Commercial Corporation, in which the California Court of Appeal held for the first time that a finance lessor not engaged in the business of distributing goods to the public cannot be held strictly liable for personal injuries based on a theory that it was instrumental in placing the product into the stream of commerce.

Mr. Bath also was the lead defense attorney in the ground-breaking insurance “bad faith” decision Chateau Chamberay Homeowners Association v. Associated International Insurance Company, holding an insurer denying or delaying payment of policy benefits due to a genuine dispute over the existence of coverage liability is not liable for tortious breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

Published Opinions

  • Tiphani Ni v. Royal Business Bank, 607 Fed. Appx. 720 (9th Cir. 2015) (not officially published)
  • Kazovsky v. Metrocities Mortgage, LLC., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7236 (C.D. Cal. 2012)
  • Schafer v. CitiMortgage, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64558 (C.D. Cal. 2011)
  • Rhode v. Trantina, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21921 (C.D. Cal. 2011)
  • Taddeo v. Meridian Private Residences Homeowners Association, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101667 (U.S.D.C. Nev. 2010) 
  • Arriaga v. CitiCapital Commercial Corp., 167 Cal.App.4th 1527, 85 Cal.Rptr.3d 143 (2008)
  • Chateau Chamberay Homeowners Association vs. Associated International Insurance Company, 90 Cal.App.4th 335, 108 Cal.Rptr.2d 776 (2001)
  • Adelman vs. Associated International Insurance Company, 90 Cal.App.4th 352, 108 Cal.Rptr.2d 788 (2001)

Publications

Comment, “The Case For A Statutory Second Degree Felony-Murder Rule in California,” 16 Pacific Law Journal 271, October 1984

Professional Presentations

Speaker, Mortgage Default Litigation Seminar, “Recent Developments in Consumer Finance Litigation,” O’Fallon, MO., April 2010

Admissions

California

United States District Court for the Central District of California

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Associations

  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • California Lawyers for the Arts

Education

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Juris Doctor

University of California at Santa Barbara

Bachelor of Arts in English

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