Andrew B. Downs

Shareholder, Board of Directors, San Francisco Office

Direct Dial: 415.352.2716
Fax: 415.352.2701
andy.downs@bullivant.com



Practice Areas

Industries

Bar/Court Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • Nevada, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law - J.D., 1983
  • The Johns Hopkins University - B.A., 1980

Practice Experience

Andy Downs has been litigating and counseling clients regarding complex commercial and insurance coverage litigation, including the defense of class actions, for over 30 years. He is licensed to practice in both California and Nevada and practices throughout both states, having appeared during the course of his career in over 30 different courts. He appears regularly in the federal district courts in both California and Nevada, as well as the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation. He has also handled matters pro hac vice in Hawaii, Washington, New Mexico, Utah and Guam.

Andy represents national and international insurance companies in connection with complex coverage and bad faith claims under first-party property, fidelity, inland marine and ocean marine policies and under specialized third-party policies, including Directors & Officers and Errors & Omissions policies. Andy provides counsel to those companies regarding their rights and responsibilities, and serves as trial counsel in coverage and bad faith actions. He has experience defending class actions, handling multi-district litigation, electronic discovery and managing complex disputes. Andy offers his clients timely, creative and practical advice regarding the defense and resolution of these claims in the context of the client's overall business needs.

Andy is consistently ranked in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. In 2011, Chambers noted he is "a go-to lawyer when it comes to complex insurance coverage matters. Chambers researchers' sources see him as 'one of the nation's premier experts in first-party coverage matters.'" In 2010, they reported, in mediations he "'is amazing, and always on top of any situation,' interviewees say in praise."

Andy also represents businesses in connection with commercial disputes. In addition, he also has handled lawsuits involving maritime activities, including maritime lien and ship arrest actions, claims against maritime businesses, and suits involving the navigation of both pleasure and commercial vessels. He has also acted as a commercial arbitrator.

Andy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, a by-invitation-only organization of attorneys who represent businesses. He co-chaired the Federation's 2011 Insurance Industry Institute, formerly co-chaired the Insurance Industry Committee and is Chair of the Federation's Social Media Committee. He is a former Chair of the Federation's Property Insurance Section and is a frequent instructor at the Litigation Management College. He also is a former Chair of the only national organization of property insurance attorneys and is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. A co-editor of the Property Insurance Litigator's Handbook recently published in its Second Edition by the American Bar Association, he also is the author of the chapter on Concurrent Causation in the treatise Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation published by West and the ABA, co-author of a chapter in California CEB's California Property Insurance Law and Litigation and author of a chapter in the Defense Research Institute's recent Professional Liability Insurance: A Compendium of State Law. Andy also is a long time member of the editorial board of West Publishing's Insurance Litigation Reporter. A former member of the Claims Conference Committee for the Property Loss Research Bureau, Andy is a regular author, instructor and speaker on claims handing, complex litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith issues.

Outside the office, Andy is a Nationally Certified Stroke & Turn Judge for USA Swimming.

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Recent Representative Matters

  • Successful representation of fidelity insurer in class action litigation arising out of the $97,000,000 Ponzi scheme collapse of one of the largest Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 Qualified Intermediaries.
  • Represented commercial property insurer in obtaining favorable verdict in bad faith jury trial in connection with alleged business income losses. Judgment affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented insurer in obtaining forum non conveniens dismissal of a $22 million coverage and extra-contractual suit in Clark County, Nevada in favor of a New York forum, where the insurer later defeated the suit.
  • Successful representation of holding company against alter ego claims regarding a former subsidiary.
  • Representation of market insurers in resolution of claims involving damage to a container crane.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Member, Board of Directors, 2012-2015; Chair, Social Media Committee, 2013-2015; Co-Chair, Insurance Industry Committee, 2012-2014; Faculty Member, Litigation Management College, 2007-2009 & 2013; Faculty Member, Litigation Management College Graduate Program, 2014; Co-Chair, Insurance Industry Institute, 2011; Chair, Property Insurance Section, 2005-2007; Recipient Joseph R. Olshan Award for outstanding Committee Chair, 2014)
  • American Bar Association (Member; Chair, Property Insurance Law CommitteeTort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2002-2003)
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (Fellow)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member, Commercial Litigation Committee; Member, Fidelity and Surety Committee; Member, Insurance Law Committee)
  • Property & Liability Resource Bureau (Member, Claims Conference Committee, 2009-2011)
  • Association of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco (Member)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Member)
  • West Publishing (Member, Editorial Board, Insurance Litigation Reporter, 2001-Present)
  • USA Swimming/Pacific Swimming, Nationally Certified Stroke & Turn Judge

Awards and Honors

  • AV® Preeminent™, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named one of California's top insurance lawyers by Chambers USA (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 — Insurance Coverage)
  • Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
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Advisories and Insights

Publications and Presentations

  • Faculty Member/Speaker, Litigation Management College Graduate Program, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2014)
  • Speaker, "Insurance Litigation:  Admissibility of Social Media, Internet and E-Mail Evidence" (2014)
  • Speaker, "Tweeting on Twitter," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2014)
  • Co-Editor, "Property Insurance Litigator's Handbook, Second Edition," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) (2013)
  • Speaker, "Property Insurance Primer," Bar Association of San Francisco (2013)
  • Speaker, "Turning New Guns on Old Targets: Class Actions against Insurance Companies," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2013)
  • Speaker, "Coverage Triggers for Business Interruption," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Property Insurance Law Committee (2012)
  • Chapter Author, "Professional Liability Insurance: A Compendium of State Law," Defense Research Institute (DRI) (2012)
  • Speaker, "What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Always Stay in Vegas – Anatomy of a Conspiracy and Its Implications for Defendants, Insurers, and Their Attorneys," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2012)
  • Author, "What's In A Claim? A Lot, Depending On Policy Language," Law360 (2012)
  • Coordinating Editor, "The Tripartite Relationship: Guidebook for Defense Lawyers," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2011 Revision)
  • Chapter Co-Author, "California Property Insurance: Law and Litigation," The State Bar of California (2011)
  • Speaker, "Enforcing Policy Conditions and Warranties in a Hostile Environment," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2011)
  • Speaker, "CAFA Notice Requirements for Class Action Settlements," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2010)
  • Speaker, "Post-Meltdown Property Insurance Claims by Financial Institutions," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) And Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2010)
  • Speaker, "The Lawyer Game: Responding to Unethical Conduct," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2010)
  • Speaker, "Withering Leaves: Acting Ethically When You Fear Your Client Has Not," Defense Research Institute (DRI) (2010)
  • Speaker, "Managing the Case of a Lifetime," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2009)
  • Testimony, "Proposed Amendments to Rule 56, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," Advisory Committee on Civil Rules Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States (2009)
  • Speaker, "Effective Management of the Complex Multi-Jurisdictional First Party Coverage Matter: Class Actions and Multi-District Litigation," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) & Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Critical Issues Seminar (2008)
  • Speaker, "Practical Issues in Property Insurance Litigation," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Property Insurance Law Committee (2008)
  • Speaker, "Property Case Law Update," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2008)
  • Speaker, "Thorny Issues with Commercial Property Forms," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2008)
  • Faculty Member/Speaker, Litigation Management College, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2007-2009, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Lender Involvement: Avoiding Sub-Prime Claims Handling," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2007)
  • Moderator, "Litigating Mass Disasters in the Public Eye," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2007)
  • Co-Editor, "Property Insurance Litigator's Handbook," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) (2007)
  • Speaker, "Mortgagee Claims: Rights and Responsibilities," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2006)
  • Speaker, "Thorny Issues in Commercial Property Claims," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2006)
  • Speaker, "Insurance Litigation: Katrina-Related Claims," Law.Com and the Recorder (2005)
  • Speaker, "Mortgagee Claims," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2005)
  • Author, "Now What Do We Do? Time Element Claims following a Megaloss," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), The Brief (2005)
  • Speaker, "The Direct Physical Loss Requirement," Defense Research Institute (DRI) Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute (2005)
  • Author, "Business Interruption Coverage: A Primer on the Physical Loss Requirements," Nevada Lawyer (2004)
  • Speaker, "From Here to Infinity: A Brief Overview of the Connection between Physical Damage and Business Interruption Coverage," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (2004)
  • Speaker, "Mortgagee Claims," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2004)
  • Speaker, "Now What Do We Do? Time Element Claims following a Mega Loss: Partial Suspensions of Operations and the Period of Restoration," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Property Insurance Law Committee (2004)
  • Speaker, "Rescission in a Changed World," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) & Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Critical Issues Seminar (2004)
  • Author, "The Connection between Physical Damage and Business Interruption Coverage," 54 FDCC Quarterly 307 (2004)
  • Speaker, "Can Mold Be Managed?" (2003)
  • Speaker, "Supplementary Payments," Liability Insurance Research Bureau (2003)
  • Speaker, "The Mortgage Clause," Property Loss Research Bureau (2003)
  • Panelist, "Fraud Investigation: Non-Arson Fraud," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2002 & 2001)
  • Contributing Editor, "Bad Faith Law Report" (2001)
  • Speaker, "Coping with Excessive, Unduly, Burdensome or Abusive Discovery," Mealey Bad Faith Conference (2001)
  • Program Chair, "Earth, Wind, Fire & Water: Cutting Edge Issues in Property Insurance Claims following a Natural or Man Made Disaster," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Property Insurance Law Committee (2001)
  • Panelist, "Fraud Investigation: Non-Arson Fraud," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2001)
  • Speaker, "All Hell Breaks Loose: Conflicts of Interest in Subrogation Claims," American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Property Insurance Law Committee (2000)
  • Speaker, "Avoiding Ambiguity," American Institute of Marine Underwriters & Marine Underwriters of Southern California (2000)
  • Chapter Author, "Causation Issues in Property and Casualty Insurance Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation," West Group (2000)
  • Panelist, "Mortgagee Clause and Adjusting Claims by Financial Institutions," Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) (2000)
  • Co-Author, "Recent Developments in Property Insurance Law," 35 Tort & Insurance Law Journal 581 (2000)