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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

333 South Hope Street, Forty-Third Floor, Los Angeles, California 90071

Established: 1927

Practice Areas

  • Antitrust
  • Bad Faith
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Trial and Appellate Practice

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About Us

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP represents clients in a wide variety of insurance-related litigation matters. The firm represents insurance companies, producers and third party administrators in all types of litigation, ranging from class actions and complex multi-party litigation to single insured disputes, and assists insurer clients in administrative and regulatory proceedings. For more information, please visit our Insurance page.

Sheppard Mullin is a full service Global 100 firm with 700 attorneys in 15 offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia. Since 1927, companies have turned to Sheppard Mullin to handle corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. In the U.S., the firm's clients include more than half of the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit www.sheppardmullin.com.

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Additional Locations

  • Century City, California
  • 1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1600
  • Century City, California 90067
    • Telephone: 310-228-3700
  • Palo Alto, California
  • 379 Lytton Avenue
  • Palo Alto, California 94301
    • Telephone: 650-815-2600
  • San Diego, California
  • 12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200
  • San Diego, California 92130
    • Telephone: 858-720-8900
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Three First National Plaza
  • 70 West Madison Street, 48th Floor
  • Chicago, Illinois 60602
    • Telephone: 312-499-6300
  • New York, New York
  • 30 Rockefeller Plaza
  • New York, New York 10112
    • Telephone: 212-653-8700
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 100
  • Washington, District of Columbia 20006
    • Telephone: 202-747-1900
  • London, Sheppard Mullin (UK) LLP
  • 25 Southampton Buildings
  • London, United Kingdom WC2A 1AL
    • Telephone: 44.0.20.3178.7830
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • 235 Avenue Louise, 11th Floor
  • Brussels, Belgium 1050
    • Telephone: 32.2.289.29.89
  • Beijing, China-PRC
  • 15F, China World Office 1
  • No. 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Chaoyang District
  • Beijing, China-PRC 100004
    • Telephone: 86.10.5706.7500
  • Shanghai, China-PRC
  • 26th Floor, Wheelock Square
  • 1717 Nanjing Road West
  • Jing An District, Shanghai, China-PRC 200040
    • Telephone: (86 21) 2321 6000
  • Seoul, Korea-South
  • West Tower, 23rd Floor, Mirae Asset Center 1 Building
  • 26 Euljiro 5-gil, Jung-gu
  • Seoul, Korea-South 100-210
    • Telephone: 82.2.6030.3000

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Partners


Andre J. Cronthall

Los Angeles, CA

Admitted
  • California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Specializes in complex commercial litigation with extensive experience as lead counsel in civil jury trials involving a wide variety of business disputes. Has litigated numerous matters from inception through appeal, with expertise in insurance-related litigation, products liability, commercial contract disputes and professional liability.
Memberships:
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Board of Governors)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • University of Southern California, B.S., 1981
  • University of Southern California School of Law, J.D., 1984
Honors:
Director, Hale Moot Court Honor's Program; Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Federalist Society

Frank Falzetta

Los Angeles, CA

Admitted
  • California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Defends class actions brought against insurance company clients for alleged business torts and antitrust violations. Also represents commercial and personal lines insurers in bad faith and complex coverage litigation. 
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1983
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1986

Fred R. Puglisi

Los Angeles, CA

Admitted
  • California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Has extensive experience in complex and general business litigation in state and federal courts, including class actions. Has conducted numerous trials and arbitrations, including trying class and representative actions. Also has broad appellate work which includes arguments to the California Court of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. 
Memberships:
  • American (Litigation Section) and Los Angeles County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California (Litigation Section)
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation (Board Member)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Former Board Member)
Education:
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, B.S. (cum laude), 1982
  • University of Minnesota, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1985

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High Profile Cases

A & J Liquor Co., Inc., et al., etc. v. State Compensation Insurance Fund, et al., San Francisco County Superior Court (No. 975982)

State Compensation Insurance Fund v. Onvoi Business Solutions Inc., Select Personal Services Inc. (No. CGC04-470352)

In the Matter of the Arbitration between Sierra Health Services, Inc. and Folksamerica Holding Company, Inc.

Norman Carter and Kathleen Carter v. Mid-West National Life Insurance Co. of Tennessee, Superior Court for the County of San Bernardino, (No. CIVRS1107691)

Cumbre, Inc. v. State Compensaion Insurance Fund, Superior Court for the County of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga District, (No. RCV073523)

Scott's Creations, Inc. v. The Underwriters at Interest at Lloyd's London, Los Angeles Superior Court, (No. BC337672)

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