Jess B. Millikan

Retired Shareholder, San Francisco Office

Direct Dial: 415.352.2718
Fax: 415.352.2701

Practice Areas


Peer Recognition

Practice Experience

Jess Millikan, retired February 2015, advised national and international insurers with respect to complex commercial property, liability and specialty-lines claims, and represented them in coverage and extra-contractual "bad faith" litigation. Her experience included all lines of marine and inland marine insurance (including hull, protection and indemnity (P&I), yacht, contractor's equipment, builder's risk, and jeweler's block) as well as commercial property and liability insurance, boiler & machinery insurance and other specialty lines.

Jess provided the firm and many professional organizations related to her practice with sound leadership. She was a managing partner for Derby, Cook, Quinby & Tweedt before the merger with Bullivant, she led the insurance practice group through a phase of growth and maturity for the firm and served as firm president.

In retirement, she is pursuing a love of the outdoors that has always animated her life and provides support and counsel to the The Nature Conservancy in the San Francisco Bay area.

Inquiries and questions related to areas of practice or specific files and matters in which Jess was involved should be directed to the Shareholder-in-Charge of the San Francisco office, Sam Ruby at, or to the current practice group leader, Matthew Sekits at

Awards and Honors

  • Named one of California's top insurance lawyers by Chambers USA (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011)

Advisories and Insights

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Speaker, "Words Matter: Drafting and Interpreting Insurance Policies," Association of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco (2014)
  • Speaker, "Legal Warranties and Wordings - Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say," Board of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco Biennial Marine Seminar (2014)
  • Co-Speaker, "What to Do When the Lights Go Out," Loss Executives Association Spring Meeting & Educational Conference (2013)
  • Co-Keynote Speaker, "How to Prepare Insurance Personnel for a Deposition," Celebration of National Association of Insurance Women Week Luncheon (2012)
  • Speaker, "Lessons Learned from California Wildfire Litigation," Swiss Re Americas Claims Conference (2012)
  • Co-Speaker, "Marine Employers Liability/Exposures & Insurance," Board of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco Marine Seminar (2012)