Daniel Bath, P.C.

Partner

Daniel.Bath@lewisbrisbois.com

Daniel Bath is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Public Agency & Public Finance, Real Estate, Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, Consumer Financial Services, Banking & Finance, and Professional Liability Practices. With more than 30 years of civil litigation experience, Mr. Bath regularly represents public agencies, railroads, professionals, financial institutions and other industries on a broad range of commercial, real estate, insurance and business litigation issues.

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.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Complex Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Real Estate, Land Use & Environment
  • Banking & Finance
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Agency & Municipal Law
  • COVID-19: Contractual & Commercial Litigation Disputes

Additional Experience

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

Professional Presentations

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

Education

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Juris Doctor

University of California at Santa Barbara

Bachelor of Arts in English

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