1 Program with Todd Haas, Esq.

Todd R. Haas is a Partner in Selman Breitman’s San Diego office and is a member of the firm’s Insurance, Commercial Litigation, and General Liability practice groups. He represents insurers in coverage disputes, including cases arising out of first- and third-party property casualty issues, construction, employment matters, intellectual property, healthcare, and extracontractual issues. His clients include national and state insurers, emerging construction companies, and health care facilities. He also has experience representing hospitals and residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) in disputes that involve sophisticated claims and lawsuits involving nursing care, medical standard of care, and employment matters.

With tremendous experience in Insurance Coverage and Litigation, Todd has a unique ability to consistently and efficiently analyze complex insurance coverage issues with ease and clarity, allowing him to effectively and efficiently advocate on behalf of insurers. He works closely with claim representatives, claims managers, brokers, and other insurance personnel. His collaboration and team approach is a great asset to obtain great results and to prioritize his clients’ interests.

Todd has been responsible for several published opinions before the California Fourth District and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, as well as a response to a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. The landmark case California Traditions, Inc. v. Claremont Liability Insurance Company (2011)197 Cal.App.4th 410, reaffirmed that a policy term is not ambiguous simply because it is not defined in the policy and that the reasonable expectations of the insured can only be used to interpret an ambiguous policy and cannot be used to create an ambiguity if none exists.

Todd's background in general liability defense, specifically in the area of health care, has proved a tremendous asset to Selman Breitman. In particular, Todd obtained a defense verdict for an RCFE in a complex and difficult three-week trial in which the plaintiff sought over $4 million in damages. He has also defended a local hospital against a difficult Family and Medical Leave Act, which resulted in a minimal verdict after trial, and he handled a six-day binding arbitration in an employment case, in which plaintiff sought $5,600 for uncontradicted wage and hour violations, over $611,000 in damages, $400,000 in attorneys' fees, and punitive damages.

 
Insurance Law Basics (1.0 General Participatory Credit)

Published by San Diego County Bar Association


Credit: CA


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