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General Defense
A Professional Corporation
555 12th Street, Suite 1800
Oakland, California 94607Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 510-834-4350
Fax: 510-839-1897
www.bjg.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12925, Oakland, CA 94604-2925
Established: 1974

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
  • Product Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Construction Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Civil Rights
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Transportation
  • Cargo
  • Wrongful Termination
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Public Entity Defense
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About Us
Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe was founded in 1974 in Oakland, California and brings its almost fifty years of experience to every case. Since its inception, BJG has handled civil matters in virtually every forum in California, from out of court private arbitration hearings to proceedings at the California Supreme Court. Our wide experience allows us to find the most effective and efficient way to achieve the optimal results for our clients – be it a “bet the company” case or a minor dispute. With almost fifty years of firm experience, our attorneys have the resources and backgrounds to successfully handle every matter to the satisfaction of our clients. BJG prides itself on providing premium quality legal work, personal service, and reasonable billing rates.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Admiral Insurance CompanyAffiliated FM Insurance Company
AIMS - Acclamation Insurance Management ServicesAllied World Assurance Company
American Claims ServiceAmTrust
Anchor Claims Services, Inc.Apollo Syndicate Management Ltd.
Arch Insurance GroupAspen Insurance UK Limited
Atain Specialty Insurance CompanyAXA Re Property & Casualty
AXIS Insurance CompanyBroadspire
Canopius US Insurance, Inc.Carl Warren & Company
Claims Resource Management, Inc.Clarendon America Insurance Company
Clarendon National Insurance CompanyCrawford & Company
Crawford Technical ServicesCrum & Forster
Developers Surety and Indemnity CompanyFirst Specialty Insurance Corporation
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.Hanover Insurance Group
Hudson Insurance CompanyJohns Eastern Company, Inc.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe LimitedLloyd's Underwriters
Mattei Insurance Services, Inc.MS Amlin
Network Adjusters, Inc.North American Risk Services
North American Specialty Insurance CompanyQBE the Americas
Quanta Specialty Lines Insurance CompanyResolute Management Limited
Risk Management Services, Inc.RiverStone Claims Management, LLC
Rockhill Insurance CompanyRoyal & SunAlliance
Sedgwick CMSSeneca Insurance Company
Sirius International Insurance CorporationState Auto Insurance Companies
Swiss Re America GroupTokio Marine HCC
TRISTAR Risk ManagementVirginia Surety Company, Inc.
Westport Insurance CorporationYork Risk Services Group, Inc.
Non-Insurance Clients
Administrative Office of the CourtsAmvac Chemical Corporation
Cinemark USA, Inc.Cintas Corporation
County of AlamedaCounty of Santa Barbara
East Bay Municipal Utility DistrictHarley-Davidson Motor Company Group, Inc.
Target Corporation
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Personnel Information
Shareholders
Robert B. Lueck
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:rlueck@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 1978
Mr. Lueck has been a member of the California State Bar since 1978, where his practice has focused on the defense of civil litigation involving claims for bodily injury and property damage, with associated insurance and indemnity disputes. His practice has emphasized all manner of construction-related litigation, although it has also included liability insurance coverage and insurance coverage litigation, bodily injury claims arising from premises liability and product liability, as well as the defense of public entities. Mr. Lueck practices before all of the California State Courts, and is also admitted to practice before the Northern District, Eastern District and Central District Federal Courts, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Lueck handles cases from Kern County northward to the Oregon border. Mr. Lueck has significant trial experience in both State and Federal Courts, and has presented cases to the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Lueck has served as a Mediator and Special Master, and has assisted various local courts as a settlement neutral. He has also lectured for the California CEB Program.

Mr. Lueck joined Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe in 1978 as an associate attorney, and has been a shareholder with the firm since 1985. Mr. Lueck is the senior member of Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe’s construction practice group and is Managing Partner/President of the firm.
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Southern California, A.B., 1975
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1978
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Alan E. Swerdlow
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:aswerdlow@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 1987
Alan Swerdlow represents insurance companies in connection with complex coverage and bad faith claims. Mr. Swerdlow provides counsel to those companies regarding their rights and responsibilities, and serves as trial counsel in coverage and bad faith actions. Mr. Swerdlow also represents Public Entities in connection with their insurance matters including analysis and representation regarding pooling agreements and Memorandums of Coverage. Mr. Swerdlow assists carriers in drafting policies, endorsements and establishing methodologies for handling complex claims. Mr. Swerdlow also handles personal injury, construction defect and commercial disputes. Alan Swerdlow practices in all the state and federal trial and appellate courts in California.

Mr. Swerdlow has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1987 specializing in insurance coverage for three decades. Mr. Swerdlow has handled cases on behalf of insurers at every level from pre-litigation matters to matters with the California Supreme Court. He is statewide and national coverage counsel for insurers and risk financing entities for both litigation and non-litigation services. For 30 years, Swerdlow has provided advice and representation regarding complex claims handling, underwriting and risk management.
Memberships:
  • American and Alameda County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
Education:
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1984
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1987
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Thomas E. Mulvihill
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:tmulvihill@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 1987
Mr. Mulvihill is the firm’s Vice President. His thirty year career has been devoted to the practice of insurance law, including coverage and bad faith litigation, first and third party coverage analysis, monitoring counsel, the drafting of policy forms and endorsements, and claims auditing., Mr. Mulvihill has represented international and domestic insurers in more than eight hundred matters at the federal and state trial court level and has represented insurers before the California Supreme Court, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Mulvihill is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell and “10” by AVVO. He is identified as a Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media and as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Insurance Law. Mr. Mulvihill is a member of the American Bar Association, DRI and the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada.
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • National Association of Securities Dealers (Board of Arbitrators)
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1981
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1987
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Christopher E. Brumfiel
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:cbrumfiel@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2001
Mr. Brumfiel’s practice focuses on the aggressive defense of companies involved in a variety of industries including multi-family residential housing, youth sports, commercial property management, hospitality and entertainment, transportation, and construction. Recent representative actions include the defense of a national youth sports organization in chronic traumatic encephalopathy litigation, the defense of a property management company in the Berkeley balcony collapse litigation, the defense of significant bodily injury and construction defect claims arising out of large-scale public and private development projects including the City of Emeryville Redevelopment Project, the University of California – Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, Santana Row, and the San Francisco Olympic Club, as well as the defense of Century Theatres in multiple premises liability actions, including wrongful death. Mr. Brumfiel has also successfully represented clients in class action litigation and tried cases to a defense verdict in both California and Arizona. Mr. Brumfiel has significant experience in the United States District Court and the California Courts of Appeal.
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., 1994
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2001
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Jeffrey A. Chadic
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:jchadic@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 1998
Mr. Chadic has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1998. With over 150 days of trial experience defending and prosecuting civil cases, Mr. Chadic has substantial experience in all phases of litigation up through trial and appeal. His current civil litigation practice primarily focuses on the defense of general contractors in construction defect defense matters, particularly involving high-end, custom single-family houses. He also represents businesses, including contractors and other business owners, in disputes, and assists them with the preparation of contracts, subcontracts, leases and other transactional and business documents. In addition, Mr. Chadic possesses considerable expertise in litigating surety bond disputes on public and private works, and surety and fidelity bonds in other commercial contexts.

Prior to law school, Mr. Chadic worked for construction companies in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Somalia in administrative and field supervision capacities.
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • Allan Hancock College, A.A./A.S., 1987
  • San Francisco State University, B.A., 1990
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1997
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Emmett E. Seltzer
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:eseltzer@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2003
Mr. Seltzer represents general contractors, subcontractors and developers in complex civil litigation. Additionally, he has handled personal injury, landlord-tenant, and insurance coverage litigation. He handles all phases of civil litigation from pre-litigation negotiations to pleadings, law and motion, discovery, alternative dispute resolution, trial, and enforcement of judgments and settlements.

Mr. Seltzer is a native of Southern California having moved to the Bay Area for law school. He worked as an elementary school teacher in Southern California from 1997 to 2000.

Prior to joining Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe in 2005, Mr. Seltzer practiced at a Bay Area firm where he handled toxic torts litigation, personal injury litigation, wills and trusts and estate litigation. He is licensed to practice in each of the state courts as well as the Northern and Eastern District Courts in California. Mr. Seltzer became a shareholder with Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe in 2016.
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • Vanguard University of Southern California, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1995
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2003
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Tamiko A. Dunham
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:tdunham@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2004
Ms. Dunham has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2004. She is admitted to practice before all of the Courts in the State of California; the United States District Courts (Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California); and the United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit).

Ms. Dunham represents insurance carriers in litigation disputes in state and federal courts and defends insurers against claims of bad faith. She has extensive experience as coverage counsel for multiple insurers throughout all phases of claim handling, including litigation. Ms. Dunham also handles construction defect litigation matters for contractors and intervening insurers.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Dunham clerked with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. (with high honors), 2000
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2004
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Gregory B. Thomas
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:gthomas@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2005
Mr. Thomas has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2005. He is admitted to practice before all the courts of the State of California, all United States District Courts in California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Thomas has extensive experience in all phases of civil litigation from pre-litigation negotiations to pleadings, law and motion, discovery, alternative dispute resolution, jury trials to verdict, writs and appeals, and enforcement of judgments and settlements.

Prior to joining Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe, Mr. Thomas was an associate at a prominent San Diego defense firm and attended the San Diego Inn of Court College of Trial Advocacy. During law school, Mr. Thomas served as a Judicial Extern for Justice Patricia D. Benke, California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One and for Judge J. Richard Haden (Ret.), Superior Court of California, County of San Diego. Mr. Thomas was also a member of the University of San Diego’s National Moot Court Team and Moot Court Executive Board.

From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Thomas served as an officer in the United States Navy aboard surface combatant ships actively deployed to areas ranging from the Persian Gulf to the Sea of Japan.
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (cum laude), 1997
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2005
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Jonathan W. Heck
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:jheck@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2001
Mr. Heck represents developers, general contractors, and specialty subcontractors of all trades in all aspects of construction-related litigation including contract disputes, complex and high exposure construction defect claims, and the prosecution of indemnity and subrogation claims on behalf of contractors and their insurers. Mr. Heck’s experience with construction defect claims includes production and custom single family homes, multi-unit residential projects such as condominiums, apartments, and commercial buildings. Mr. Heck also handles insurance coverage disputes and litigation between insurers. Mr. Heck’s practice covers all phases of civil litigation from pre-litigation negotiations to pleadings, law and motion, discovery, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, and trial.
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., 1996
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 2001
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Associates
Christopher J. Lee
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:clee@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2011
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 2005
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2010
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James B. de los Reyes
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:jdelosreyes@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2011
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • Stanford University, B.A. (Departmental Honors), 1999
  • University of California, Hastings, J.D., 2011
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Lauren A. Pagan
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:lpagan@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2015
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • California State University, Chico, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2012
  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2015
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Michael E. Yakumithis
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:myakumithis@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2016
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Toledo, B.S., 2012
  • University of Toledo School of Law, J.D., 2015
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Temitayo O. Peters
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:opeters@bjg.com
Admitted
  • New York, 2015
  • California, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2017
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Certifications:
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US
Education:
  • California Baptist University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2010
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 2014
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Charles J. McCurdy
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:cmmcurdy@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2017
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (with honors), 2008
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (with honors), 2016
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Michael A. Slater
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:mslater@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2017
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, B.A. (cum laude), 2012
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2017
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Hyunki (John) Jung
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:jjung@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2017
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • Korea University, B.A., 2010
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2017
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Elizabeth T. Ferguson
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:eferguson@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2017
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Oakland Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A. (with honors), 2008
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2017
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Riti Chandiok
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:rchandiok@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2018
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Southern California, B.A. (cum laude), 2012
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2015
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Andrew H. VanSlyke
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:avanslyke@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2016
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Puget Sound, B.A., 2012
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 2016
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Matthew Trejo
Oakland, CA
E-Mail:mtrejo@bjg.com
Admitted
  • California, 2018
Education:
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. English (with highest honors), 2014
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2017
Born:1986
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Service Areas
Fairfield, California38 miles
Hayward, California17 miles
Martinez, California24 miles
Napa, California39 miles
Pleasanton, California30 miles
Redwood City, California35 miles
Sacramento, California90 miles
San Francisco, California13 miles
San Jose, California47 miles
San Rafael, California30 miles
Santa Rosa, California55 miles
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