Patricia Daza-Luu is a litigation associate with extensive experience in insurance coverage disputes as well as intellectual property and entertainment/media matters. Patricia handles insurance coverage investigations and disputes (including throughout trial and arbitration) under all types of policies, and has experience in a wide range of issues, from commercial disputes to employment matters.
Patricia’s experience includes all aspects of preparing for trial and arbitration. Her many legal skills include researching and drafting of appellate briefs and motions, handling all aspects of the discovery process, preparing, researching and drafting substantive motions, drafting and opposing motions in limine, preparing fact and expert witnesses, and preparing exhibits and supporting partners during ongoing trials.
Patricia represents insurers in coverage disputes and bad faith actions throughout California, with a substantial amount of her practice in federal court. She has drafted coverage opinions related to complex construction defect matters, claims-made coverages, umbrella and excess claims, first-party claims and third-party comprehensive general liability claims. She has researched and provided strategic advice on copyright and trademarks related to derivative works and rights, such as media development of property. With a J.D. and an LL.M. degree in international law from Duke University School of Law and experience working in the United States and Japan, Patricia’s capabilities extend to international business insurance litigation matters, including international intellectual property issues. The following represent some of the matters she has handled:
- Obtained summary judgment, finding no coverage for a theft claim based on the subject policy’s entrustment exclusions.
- Obtained summary judgment, finding no coverage for a duty to defend case, as the underlying claims alleged in the underlying action fell outside the scope of the policies’ insuring agreement for “Personal and Advertising Injury Offense,” and were also expressly excluded from coverage under the policies’ Intellectual Property Exclusion (IP Exclusion).
- Obtained terminating sanctions in California state court action for bad faith and breach of contract, based on plaintiff’s failure to comply with deposition and other discovery requests. Terminating sanctions followed the Court’s granting of defendant’s motion to compel and for payment of monetary sanctions.
- Obtained a complete defense verdict in a multi-million dollar bad faith trial arising out of a vandalism claim by the insured’s former tenant/partner.
Presentations and Publications
- Author “A Recent Decision by the Seventh Circuit that an Employer’s Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII Bolsters Protection for LGBTQ Workers,” Sedgwick’s C-Suite Risk Report (April 12, 2017).
- Co-Chair, 22nd Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles’ (WLALA) Annual Litigators Forum: “Conduct Unbecoming of a Woman ... ” (March 2017).
- Co-author (with partner Susan K. Sullivan), “The Other Conditions to Recovery,” Financial Institution Bonds (Fourth Edition): A Complete Analysis of the Entire Bond (2016).
- “FOODIES BEWARE: A Business’ Burden of Proof for Online Defamation and Consumer’s Coverage Concerns,” Sedgwick’s Media Law Bulletin (October 2016).
- “Proportionality: A Case Law Analysis,” The Woman Advocate, American Bar Association Section of Litigation (February 2016).
- “Cinemart v. Regal: A Case Study in the Potential for CGL Coverage,” Sedgwick’s Media Law Bulletin (February 2016).
- “FCC Regulation: Indecency by Interest Groups,” 7 Duke Law & Technology Review, 1-23 (2008).
- 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)
- U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.)
- U.S. District Court (S.D. Cal.)
- U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)
- J.D. (2008) Duke University School of Law (History)
- LL.M. (2008) Duke University School of Law
- B.A. (2005) University of California, Los Angeles, cum laude
Memberships and Affiliations
- Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles — Litigation Section co-chair
- Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) — Southern California Young Lawyers Committee
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Domestic Violence Legal Services Project
- American Bar Association