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Meet Insurance Section Chair, Kathryn Oliver, Farella Braun + Martel


Kathryn Oliver is the 2011 Chair of the Insurance Practice Section. She is Special Counsel at Farella Braun + Martel, where she specializes in the representation of policyholders. She has over 15 years of experience in insurance coverage litigation as well as advising on coverage issues arising under first and third party policies, including general liability, directors and officers and property policies. Kathy received her B.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University and her JD from Boalt Hall.

Kathryn OliverOliver describes the Insurance Practice Section in this way, “We are fortunate to have a highly-skilled base of insurance practitioners in the Bay Area who not only can benefit from the section’s activities
but also enrich the practice by participating in programs and offering program suggestions.”

Oliver is joined by Renee Callantine, Esq. of Chapman Popik & White, who serves as Section vice chair. Oliver organized the seminar in January on 2010 California Insurance Law. The panel included Michael Greenberg, Covington & Burling; Michael Topp, Sedgwick; San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer and John DiMugno, editor of numerous insurance publications.

Callantine is moderating the next seminar, “Insurance Issues in Mediation” on May 5, featuring Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.) and Craig Meredith, Esq., both with JAMS. The program is co-sponsored by the Litigation Section and will also be webcasted live.

In almost all types of litigation, insurance issues are inevitable. Some cases have an overarching insurance issue at dispute. Other times, when parties strive to reach settlement, they discover underlying insurance coverage issues that must be resolved before the case can settle. The May 5 program will provide an overview of the insurance issues that arise in various types of mediations.

For more information about the in-person and live webcast seminar, visit

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