Raul L. Martinez

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    633 West 5th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Raul Martinez is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Appellate Practice. His practice also involves insurance law, professional responsibility and ethics, professional liability, and general civil litigation.

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Publications

  • “The Care and Feeding of Insurers Under the Cumis Statute,” Association of Bus. Trial Lawyers, ABTL Report, January 1991
  • “Filing Criminal Charges for a Civil Advantage,” L.A. County Bar Association, Litigation Section Newsletter, Winter 1990
  • “Ex Parte Communications,” L.A. County Bar Association, Litigation Section Newsletter, Fall 1990
  • “Selling a Law Practice,” L.A. County Bar Association, Litigation Section Newsletter, Spring 1990
  • “Aggregate Settlement Offers,” L.A. County Bar Association, Litigation Section Newsletter, Fall 1989

Published Opinions

  • Gaeton St. Cyr v. California Fair Plan Association, 223 Cal.App.4th 786 (2014) (Insurance Coverage: Court affirmed order sustaining demurrer without leave to amend because defendant satisfied its contractual obligations under the fire insurance policies issued to plaintiffs.)
  • St. Cyr v. Cal. FAIR Plan Ass’n, 2014 Cal.App. LEXIS 105 (Cal.App.2d Dist. Jan. 31, 2014) (Holding that California FAIR Plan complied with all statutory and contractual requirements in connection with damages to homes in wild fires)
  • California Paving & Grading Co., Inc. v. Lincoln General Ins. Co., 206 Cal.App.4th 36 [141 Cal.Rptr.3d 405] (2012) (Subdivision improvement constitutes work of improvement contracted for by a public entity)
  • Mission Viejo Emergency Medical Associates v. Beta Healthcare Group,197 Cal.App.4th 1146 [128 Cal.Rptr.3d 330] (2011) (Professional Liability Insurance Arbitration)
  • Minkler v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 49 Cal.4th 315 [110 Cal.Rptr.3d 612] (2010) (Insurance coverage)
  • Superior Dispatch v. Ins. Corp. of New York, 181 Cal.App.4th 175 [104 Cal.Rptr.3d 508] (2010) (Insurance coverage)
  • Colony Insurance Co. v. Crusader Insurance Co., 188 Cal.App.4th 743 [115 Cal.Rptr.3d 611] (2010) (Insurance coverage)
  • Bell v. BMW, 181 Cal.App.4th 1108 [105 Cal.Rptr.3d 485] (2010) (Products liability)
  • Purdum v. Holmes, 187 Cal.App.4th 916 [115 Cal.Rptr.3d 21] (2010) (Escrow agent liability)
  • Roberts v. Assurance Co. of America, 163 Cal.App.4th 1398 [78 Cal.Rptr.3d 361] (2008) (Insurance broker duties)
  • Cardinal Health 301, Inc. v. Tyco Electronics Corp., 169 Cal.App.4th 116 [87 Cal.Rptr.3d 5] (2008) (Products warranty)
  • Medeiros v. Superior Court (Health Net of California), 146 Cal.App.4th 1008 [53 Cal.Rptr.3d 307] (2007) (Health care arbitration)
  • Rusheen v. Cohen, 37 Cal.4th 1048 [39 Cal.Rptr.3d 516] (2006) (Anti-SLAPP motion and litigation privilege)
  • Zembsch v. Superior Court (Health Net of California, Inc.), 146 Cal.App.4th 153 [53 Cal.Rptr.3d 69] (2006) (Healthcare arbitration)
  • Israel-Curley v. California Fair Plan, 126 Cal.App.4th 123 [24 Cal.Rptr.3d 1] (2005) (Construing exception to revival of Northridge Earthquake statute of limitations)
  • California Fair Plan Assn. v. Superior Court (Darwish), 115 Cal.App.4th 158, [8 Cal.Rptr.3d 746] (2004) (Examination under oath)
  • Elizarraras v. L.A. Private Security Services, Inc., 108 Cal.App.4th 237 [133 Cal.Rptr.2d 302] (2003) (Duties of private security company retained by bar owner)
  • Ferguson v. Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, 30 Cal.4th 1037 [135 Cal.Rptr.2d 46] (2003) (Amicus re liability of attorneys for lost punitive damages)
  • Golden Eagle Refinery Co. v. Associated Internat. Ins. Co., 85 Cal.App.4th 1300 [102 Cal.Rptr.2d 834] (2001) (Environmental coverage proof of causation)
  • Vu v. Prudential Property & Casualty Ins. Co., 26 Cal.4th 1142 [113 Cal.Rptr.2d 70] (2001) (Suit limitation under Insurance Code § 2071)
  • Housing Group v. California Ins. Guarantee Assn., 47 Cal.App.4th 528 [56 Cal.Rptr.2d 378] (1996) (Insurance coverage/umbrella policy)
  • Golden Eagle Ins. Co. v. Foremost Ins. Co., 20 Cal.App.4th 1372 [25 Cal.Rptr. 242] (1993) (Insurance policy cancellation)
  • California Ins. Guarantee Assn. v. Worker’s Comp. Appeal Bd., 10 Cal.App.4th 988 [12 Cal.Rptr.2d 848] (1992) (Insurance/insolvency)
  • California Union Insurance Co. v. American Diversified Savings Bank, 948 F.2d 556 (9th Cir. 1991) (Interpretation of termination provision under fidelity bond)
  • Haight v. Handweiler, 199 Cal.App.3d 85 [244 Cal.Rptr. 488] (1988) (Malicious prosecution)
  • Robinson v. McGinn, 195 Cal.App.3d 66 [240 Cal.Rptr. 423] (1987) (Legal malpractice statute of limitations)
  • Karubian v. Security Pacific Nat’l. Bank, 152 Cal.App.3d 134 [199 Cal.Rptr. 295] (1984) (Five year dismissal statute)
  • Bledstein v. Superior Court, 162 Cal.App.3d 152 [208 Cal.Rptr. 428] (1984) (Legal Malpractice statute of limitations)
  • Adelson v. Hertz Rent-A-Car, 133 Cal.App.3d 221 [183 Cal.Rptr. 779] (1982) (Three year dismissal)
  • Server v. Interpace Corp., 657 F.2d 1115 (9th Cir. 1981) (ERISA)

Professional Presentations

  • “Overview of Principal Statutory And Coverage Issues Under the California Insurance Guarantee Act,” October 2001
  • Practicing Law Institute, “Litigation Employment Discrimination Cases,” June 1995
  • State Bar Ethics Symposium, May 1995
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor Law Section, “Representing Multiple Parties in Employment Cases,” 1992
  • CEB, “Avoiding Malpractice in California,” August 1990
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, “Dreams and Nightmares of a Trial Lawyer,” 1990
  • Rutter Group, “Rules of Professional Conduct,” 1989

Admissions

California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States District Court for the Central District of California

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Associations

  • State Bar Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct, 2001-present
  • State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluations Commission, 1996-1999
  • State Bar Professional Liability Insurance Committee, 1992-1996
  • State Bar Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct, 1988-1991
  • Chair, State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, 1987-1988
  • State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, 1982-1988

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent rating)
  • Named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2016 (given to top 5% of practicing attorneys in Southern California)

Education

Stanford University

Juris Doctor, 1976

  • Note Editor, Stanford Law Review

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science, 1973

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