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Moris Davidovitz

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Office: San Francisco
Phone: 415.510.5815
Fax: 415.391.0274
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Moris Davidovitz

Morey’s forty year practice includes experience in many aspects of casualty and insurance matters, including transportation, construction defect, municipal liability, professional liability, products liability, environmental, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, and psychological injuries. He has represented litigants in the California state courts up to the California Supreme Court and the federal courts up to the United States Supreme Court, and has handled construction defect, property damage and insurance matters in Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Minnesota and Puerto Rico.

Morey is an arbitrator, pro tem settlement judge, and mediator for various courts, and has acted as an expert witness for insurance claims procedures. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized in the Northern California Super Lawyers® list by Thomson Reuters in 2008. Morey’s recent trials include an environmental damage case of national significance for a public entity, a case of substantial physical injuries for a claimant, a construction defect case for a contractor, and a construction subrogation action for an insurer.

Morey obtained his bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and obtained his law degree (with Honors) from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was staff member of the Ecology Law Quarterly. 

 

Admitted

California, 1976
District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
 

Education

J.D., with honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1976
B.A., summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, 1973
 

Honors

Martindale-Hubbell rated AV Preeminent and Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, 2008
Northern California Super Lawyers® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2008)
American Jurisprudence Award, Crimes, 1974

 

Affiliations

Panel of Arbitrators, San Francisco Superior Court
Pro Tem Settlement Judge, San Francisco Superior Court
Sacramento Superior Court panel of mediators
Sonoma Superior Court panel of mediators
Expert Witness (insurance claims, wind turbine insurance, trucking insurance)
 

Presentations/Publications 

“The Right to Independent Counsel in Texas and California,” 24th Annual Insurance Seminar, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., April 2017

“Protecting the Construction Manager: Insurance” - CMAA Conference 2016

“Problems and Solutions in Resolving the Complex, Multi-layered Construction Defect Case” - West Coast Casualty Conference, 2016

“Adjusting Fire Loss Claims, The Binder, Vol. 40, No. 3 (2015)

“Trends and Developments in Class Actions, Mass Tort and Multidistrict Litigation” - CLM, 2013

“Motor Carrier Insurance Policies: What Every Lawyer Should Know”, San Francisco Daily Journal, October 6, 2010

"Aviation Deaths on the Seas: The Flight Into Maritime Law," Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall 1986 [cited in In Re Air Crash Disaster Near Honolulu, Hawaii, on Feb. 24, 1989, 783 F.Supp. 1261 (N.D. Ca. 1992)]

"Immunity: Cooperation With Investigation," OFA Newsletter, March 1991

"A New Immunity For Airports: Federal Preemption," Airport Services, November/December 1990

"New Theory of Airport Immunity Emerges From Bethman Decision," The Binder, July 1990

"Pending Aviation Bills 100th Congress," OFA Newsletter, January 1989

Aviation Source Directory, 2nd Edition (1989)

"Analysis - Royal Globe, May It Rest In Peace," Claims, September, 1988

"Architect Liability for Design Defects," Sun/Coast Architect/Builder, July, 1988

"Protecting The Independent Adjuster's File From Disclosure in Litigation," Claims, October 1988 [reprinted in Adjuster's Guide and in OFA Newsletter, July  1988]

"Court Delay - Reduction Act To Impact Claims," Claims, May 1988

"Contributing Editor to Claims and Claims Intelligence Report"

"Contributor to training curriculum of American Institute for Property & Liability Underwriters"