Douglas R. Irvine


Douglas R. Irvine is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law, Insurance Coverage, Insurance Regulatory & Compliance, and Directors & Officers Coverage & Litigation Practices. He has more than 30 years of experience in insurance and litigation matters. His experience includes the following types of matters:

  • Coverage litigation and arbitration for commercial lines and personal lines
  • Analysis and opinions of insurance issues for commercial lines and personal lines
  • Declaratory relief actions concerning coverage, fraud, rescission, and recovery
  • Defense of officers and directors in actions, including those brought by Trustees, Creditors Committees and General Assignees
  • Defense of professionals including attorneys, brokers, agents and realtors, and mortgage bankers
  • Investigation of claims and assistance to claims professionals
  • Policy drafting and review
  • Reinsurance arbitration
  • Document retention and data security
  • Electronic discovery management and advice
  • General business litigation

Published Decisions

  • Shy v. the Insurance Co. of the State of Pennsylvania, 528 Fed. Appx. 752 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • R&R Sails, Inc. v. Ins. Co. of the State of Pa., 673 F.3d 1240 (9th Cir. 2012)
  • Clearone Communications v. National Union, 494 F.3d 1238 (2007)
  • Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum v. National Union, 480 F. Supp.2d 1182 (2007)
  • USA Nutrasource v. CNA, 140 F. Supp.2d 1049 (2001)
  • In re Seko Investment, Inc., 156 F.3d 1005 (9th Cir. (Cal) 1998)
  • Vaccaro v. Kaiman, 63 Cal.App.4th 761 (1998)
  • Murray v. State Farm, 219 Cal. App.3d 58 (1990)
  • Brodkin v. State Farm, 217 Cal.App.3d 210 (1989)
  • State Farm v. Martin, 872 F.2d 319 (9th Cir. (Cal) 1989)
  • Extern - Hon. Laughlin E. Waters, USDC CD Cal (Summer, 1983)


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern 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 Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Central District of California

Southern District of California

Eastern District of California

Northern District of California


  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section and TIPS Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association


University of Santa Clara School of Law

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1985

Pomona College

Bachelor of Arts, 1982

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