Dean McElroy has broad experience in first- and third-party insurance coverage analysis, coverage and bad faith litigation, insurance defense, reinsurance, premium recovery litigation and anti-SLAPP litigation. He has handled the interpretation and application of many different types of insurance, including general liability, property and casualty, accidental death and dismemberment, workers’ compensation, professional liability and marine.
Dean has successfully represented insurers facing unique fact patterns and complex legal issues, such as environmental contamination at a Superfund site, a class action alleging poisonous bird food, and a massive landslide which severely disrupted freight and Amtrak service on a major Western rail route.
Prior to concentrating on insurance law, Dean practiced in Chicago for several years, where he specialized in complex commercial litigation and handled a variety of matters involving trade secrets, antitrust, contract disputes, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, and execution and collection of judgments.
United States District Court of the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits
J.D., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1991
B.A., University of Michigan, 1983
Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter
Successfully argued before the California First District Court of Appeal in Pearce v. State Compensation Insurance Fund, Case No. A103877 (October 21, 2004, unpublished), and before the Third District Court of Appeal in Ben Palazzolo, Inc, et al. v. Jonathan Neil & Associates, Inc., et al, Case No. C046646, October 2005, unpublished.
Worked on several matters before the California Court of Appeal and the Illinois Appellate Court.
Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a carrier facing claims of breach of contract and bad faith following the denial of accidental death benefits in the reported case of Schar v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., 242 F.Supp.2d 708 (N.D. Cal. 2002).
Litigated third party coverage for underlying claims alleging patent infringement.
Defended coverage litigation arising from fraudulent activities by Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) involving workers compensation insurance.