Defending Insurance Companies in Bad Faith Claims for Nearly 40 years

Since the formation of Coddington, Hicks & Danforth in 1977, we have been one of the premier firms offering representation to some of the nation's largest insurance companies in a variety of litigated and nonlitigated bad faith claims. From our Redwood City office, our firm represents insurers in the local Bay Area communities, as well as communities throughout the state of California and the nation.

Experience in a Wide Variety of Bad Faith Claims and Lawsuits

We defend insurance companies in a wide variety of claims brought by policyholders and others alleging wrongful denial of policy benefits, wrongful refusal to settle third-party claims and other types of wrongful and improper conduct. We represent insurers in extracontractual disputes involving all types of insurance policies and coverage, including commercial general liability, property and casualty, aviation, directors' and officers' liability, marine, employment liability, professional liability, automobile, product liability and homeowners.

Our firm has a distinguished record of obtaining favorable jury verdicts and successfully prosecuting or defending appeals for our insurer clients. Our lawyers are considered to be among the most experienced in the field.

Class Action Lawsuits

Using our substantial experience in both insurance law and class action litigation, our attorneys are uniquely qualified to defend insurers against increasingly common insurance-related class action claims and litigation. Our experience includes defending class action claims involving commercial and personal lines of insurance coverage with issues involving:

  • Unfair business practices
  • Computer-based valuation programs
  • Evaluation of claims
  • Misinterpretation of policy provisions
  • Direct repair programs
  • Auto body shop labor rates and repairs
  • Steering

Assisting Insurers in Preventing Bad Faith Claims

Many of our bad faith attorneys are regularly invited to give presentations, seminars and lectures on the subject of insurance bad faith law and claims handling practices. We also routinely provide educational seminars for general counsel, claims personnel and in-house lawyers at insurance companies about avoiding allegations of bad faith, including wrongful refusal to settle claims. Our presentations focus on a variety of pertinent issues, including how to properly evaluate insurance claims, claims handling best practices and successful defense strategies to employ when problems do arise.