Michael B. Geibel is a partner in the firm and chairman of the firm's insurance defense department. Mr. Geibel's practice focuses on civil litigation and appeals in all state and federal courts within California as well as arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and other tribunals. Representative insurance clients of the firm include Clarendon, QBE Insurance, and Blue Cross of Southern California. Mr. Geibel is lead trial counsel on insurance defense cases within the firm, and, in addition to defense of common personal injury and property damage claims, has particularized experience in slope failure and subsidence litigation, "toxic" mold claims and remediation, construction defect or accident litigation, home sale misrepresentation claims, defense of malicious prosecution cases, catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions, drug manufacturing and pharmacy claims, and products liability cases. Mr. Geibel is a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, has been an active trial lawyer for over 20 years, and he has also served in the capacity of expert witness and mediator. His concentration extends to insurance coverage issues under both liability and property policies, including issues relating to duty to defend, Cumis triggering coverage reservations, uninsured and under-insured motorist claims, and first party property loss claims.
In 2013 for the seventh consecutive year Mr. Geibel was named by Southern California Super Lawyers as a top attorney in California. From the group of candidates, only 5% of Southern California attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers.
Speaker, Contractor' Commercial General Liability Coverage Dispute Trends, GGLTS 16th Annual Review Preview Construction Law Seminar (2010)
Panel Speaker, Recent Developments in Insurance Law and Bad Faith, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel Annual Seminar (1994)
M. Geibel, Chapter Sixteen, The Architect/Engineer, CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION LAW (HLK Global Communications, Inc., 2007).
Absolute Immunity for Attorney Communications Under California Civil Code Section 42(a), 14 University of West Los Angeles Law Review 35, 1982
HONORS AND AWARDS
American Jurisprudence Award, Debtor-Creditor Relations II
Southern California Super Lawyers, Litigation, Personal Injury Defense: General (2007-2012)
AV rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Insurance Defense Litigation
Construction Defect Litigation
Property and Casualty Insurance Law
Civil Trial and Appellate Practice
Insurance Coverage Litigation
Loyola Law School (J.D., cum laude), Los Angeles, CA, 1981
Honors: member, St. Thomas More Honor Society; staff, Loyola Law Review (1980 - 1981)
University of California at Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education (Teaching Credential), Los Angeles, CA, 1973
University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., English), Los Angeles, CA, 1972
State Bar of California
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
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