During the past 30 years, Beth Yoffie has authored more than a thousand coverage opinions analyzing a huge variety of coverage issues presented under D&O, E&O, fidelity, general liability, homeowner, jewelers block, auto liability, and property and casualty policies, including claims arising from Ponzi schemes, employment liability, personal and advertising injury liability, professional negligence, environmental contamination, soils subsidence, earthquake, fire, mold, construction defect, intellectual property, and securities and antitrust litigation.
Beth’s experience also includes providing advice concerning and litigation of matters involving life, health, disability and ERISA, healthcare service plans, PPOs, life insurance disputes and CIGA. She has drafted more than a thousand denial and reservation of rights letters and litigated declaratory relief, breach of contract, bad faith, rescission, interpleader and contribution action in state and federal courts, from inception through trial or arbitration.
Beth has drafted insurance policy language and insurer policies and procedures.
Beth also represented a Palo Alto businessman in a defamation lawsuit against Izvestia and several Foreign Trading Organizations of the former USSR involving, among other things, intervention by the U.S. Department of State on behalf of the USSR; and the estate of a murdered woman in a civil “murder” case, which ultimately led to the decedent’s husband’s criminal conviction of murder. She has represented numerous children in proceedings to obtain legal residency in the United States on a pro bono basis.
- Gregorian v. Izvestia, 658 F. Supp. 1224 (C.D. Cal. 1987)
- Slottow v. American Casualty Co., 10 F.3d 1355 (9th Cir. 1993)
- Zaky v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 3659 (9th Cir. 1999)
- American Intern. Specialty Lines Ins. Co. v. Continental Cas. Ins. Co., 142 Cal.App.4th 1342 (2006)
- Superior Dispatch, Inc. v. Insurance Corporation of New York, 181 Cal.App.4th 175 (2010)
Presentations and Publications
- “Insured Not Justified in Ignoring Claims-Made-and-Reporting Requirements,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog (August 8, 2014).
- “Homeowners Beware: Fraud in Claims Process Can Lead to Judicial Sanctions in Bad Faith Action,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog (March 13, 2014).
- “Allegations in Third-Party Complaint May Trigger Duty to Defend,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog (November 7, 2013).
- “Injured Party Free to Pursue Medical Payments Under Tortfeasor’s Policy After Settlement of Liability Claim,” Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog (July 8, 2013).
- 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)
- U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.)
- J.D. (1985) University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- B.A. (1982) University of California, Berkeley
Memberships and Affiliations
- Los Angeles Superior Court ― Judge Pro Team (1992-1997)