• Amy B. Briggs

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    San Francisco
    Direct: 415.291.7451
    General: 415.291.7400
    Fax: 415.291.7474


    University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 1997.
    Editor, U.C. Davis Law Review.


    Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, American History and Literature, 1991.

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    Ms. Briggs’ complex business litigation practice focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. Ms. Briggs has represented policyholders from across different industries, with a particular focus on financial institutions, healthcare providers, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. She has successfully litigated first- and third-party coverage and bad faith claims arising under general, fiduciary, employment practices, directors and officers, and errors and omissions liability policies, as well as commercial property policies. She has appeared and argued before the California Court of Appeal on multiple occasions.

    In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Briggs counsels clients on the interplay between risk management, coverage, and emerging legal issues.

    Representative Matters

    • (2015) Represented fifth largest health system in nation; obtained unanimous arbitration award of full coverage following excess carrier’s denial of coverage and declaratory relief action (later compelled to arbitration) under employment practices liability policy after jury returned $168 million verdict against client.
    • (2015) Successfully obtained complete dismissal of insurer’s first-filed declaratory relief action on grounds of forum non conveniens on behalf of Swedish company specializing in the marketing of wood pulp and paper-related products internationally. Insurer filed suit seeking a declaration of no coverage for loss arising under a crime policy, and the case settled shortly after court ordered dismissal.
    • (2014) Represented publicly traded environmental solutions company in coverage litigation following $281 million jury verdict against client in Texas; carrier had rejected opportunities to settle underlying action within policy limits.
    • (2014) Litigated, and then successfully mediated, coverage dispute on behalf of retailer in connection with civil claims and criminal investigation arising out of sale of investment-grade precious metals and rare coins to public.
    • (2014) Obtained coverage for Taiwanese bank operating throughout United States for defense of criminal investigation into alleged violations of anti-money laundering statutes.
    • (2013) Represented Swedish pharmaceutical company in arbitration arising out of company’s acquisition of and merger with U.S.-based specialty pharmaceutical company. Client made indemnification claim against seller for subsequent mass tort lawsuits arising out of drug acquired in transaction and seller’s breach of insurance representations in merger agreement. After obtaining favorable ruling from arbitrator on key legal issue, matter settled shortly thereafter.
    • (2013) Obtained favorable appellate decision on issue of first impression securing coverage for the criminal defense for surgeon wrongfully accused of falsifying and submitting documents to government in connection with organ transplant program. See Mount Hawley Ins. Co. v. Lopez, 215 Cal. App. 4th 1385 (2013).
    • (2013) Represented leading diversified financial services companies and largest independent broker/dealer in claim under financial institution bond, obtaining favorable recovery for client.
    • (2011) Represented largest school district in California in arbitration over coverage for extensive damage to school auditorium following arson fire set by student; following appraisal arbitration, case settled favorably for school district allowing for complete reconstruction of building.
    • (2010) Represented largest operator of ATM network in the world in obtaining full coverage for loss resulting from data breach and resulting identify theft of customer information without resorting to litigation.

    Honors & Awards


    Co-author, 1 New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chapter 148, Volume 12, “INTRODUCTORY MATTERS IN LITIGATION, ARBITRATION AND SETTLEMENT.”

    Memberships & Activities

    Editorial Advisory Board, Insurance Law360 (2012 and 2013).

    Admitted to practice in California and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaker, Willis General Liability Claims Webinar Series, February 2014.

    Speaker, “Tricks of the Trade – How to Reduce or Even Eliminate the Chances Your Insurance Company Will Delay or Deny Coverage for a Claim,” Orange County and Los Angeles, CA, May 2013.

    Panelist, “Bank on It: D&O Insurance Counts,” Frank Crystal & Co. Webinar, May 2012.

    Speaker, “Important Coverage Issues,” Moss Adams Community Banking Conference, Newport Beach, CA, September 2012.

    Speaker, “Other People’s Money: Insurance in Lean Times,” RIMS, Northern Nevada Chapter, Reno, NV, January 2010.

    Speaker, “International Claims: A Legal Perspective,” Assurex Global Marketing and Commercial Lines Meeting, Atlanta, GA, August 2009.

    Speaker, “International Claims: A Legal Perspective,” Assurex International Business Meeting, Pasadena, CA, June 2009.

    Speaker, “Taking and Defending Depositions: Deposition Strategy,” Practicing Law Institute seminar, San Francisco, CA, June 2009.

    Panelist, “Claims Certainty: Getting What You Paid For,” Global Risk Management Forum, San Francisco, CA, February 2009.