Quality | Integrity

Beth Yoffie’s practice focuses on insurance coverage and litigation.  During the past 30 years, Ms. Yoffie has authored more than a thousand coverage opinions analyzing a huge variety of coverage issues presented under D&O, E&O, fidelity, general liability, homeowner, jewelers block, auto liability, and property and casualty policies, including claims arising from Ponzi schemes, employment liability, personal and advertising injury liability, professional negligence, environmental contamination, soils subsidence, earthquake, fire, mold, construction defect, intellectual property, and securities and antitrust litigation.

Ms. Yoffie’s experience also includes providing advice concerning, and litigation of matters involving life, health, disability and ERISA, healthcare service plans, PPOs, life insurance disputes and CIGA.  She has drafted hundreds of denial and reservation of rights letters and litigated declaratory relief, breach of contract, bad faith, rescission, interpleader and contribution actions in state and federal courts, from inception through trial, mediation and arbitration.

Ms. Yoffie has drafted insurance policy language and insurer policies and procedures.

Representative Matters

  • Gregorian v. Izvestia, 658 F. Supp. 1224 (C.D. Cal. 1987)
  • Slottow v. American Casualty Co., 10 F.3d 1355 (9th Cir. 1993)
  • Zaky v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 3659 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • American Intern. Specialty Lines Ins. Co. v. Continental Cas. Ins. Co., 142 Cal.App.4th 1342 (2006)
  • Superior Dispatch, Inc. v. Insurance Corporation of New York, 181 Cal.App.4th 175 (2010)
  • H. Ball Bearings, Inc. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31448 (C.D. Calif. March 10, 2014)
  • Heller v. Am. States Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3636 (C.D. Calif. Jan. 9, 2017)
  • Hamman-Miller-Beauchamp-Deeble, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Agency Corp., (C.D. Calif., Case No. 13-07129, July 7, 2014)

Education

Ms. Yoffie earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, in 1985.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1982.

Professional Activities

CGL Editorial Board, 2016-present; Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court, Small Claims Court Appeals,1992-1997; Judicial Intern, Justice William R. Channel, California Court of Appeal, First District, 1895

Articles and Publications

  • Single Loss Provision Applies to Pre- and Post-Policy Theft, IRMI.com, October 2016
  • Suit Triggering Attorney Fees Based on Client Fraud Does Not Trigger Malpractice Policy, IRMI.com, October 2016
  • Lessee’s Dishonest Acts Excluded, IRMI.com, December 2016
  • Per Accident Limit Applies Regardless of Number of Covered Autos, IRMI.com, December 2016
  • Prior Knowledge Exclusion in Claims-Made Professional Liability Policy Construed Narrowly, com, December 2016
  • Hurricane Damage to Insured’s Fence Covered by Homeowner’s Policy, IRMI.com, April 2017
  • Ninth Circuit Rules Insurer’s Negligent Failure to Respond to Policy Limits Settlement Demand is Not Bad Faith, IRMI.com, January 2018
  • Additional Insureds Must Give Prompt Written Notice of Claim, IRMI.com, January 2018