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    Rene L. Siemens

    Rene L. Siemens
    Partner

    T: +1.213.488.7277 F: +1.213.629.1033

    Rene Siemens is a nationally recognized insurance coverage practitioner who represents policyholders in negotiations and disputes with their insurers. He also handles complex product liability, mass tort, environmental, and consumer cases.

    Mr. Siemens has helped clients recover over $2 billion from their insurers. Chambers USA has described him as “an encyclopedia of insurance law,” the PLC Cross-Border Insurance and Reinsurance Handbook ranks him in the top tier of policyholder attorneys, Legal 500 has described him as “the smartest guy in the room,” he is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, and he has been listed in the International Who’s Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers. Mr. Siemens is also a member of the firm's nationally ranked privacy and cybersecurity practices. His practice ranges from insurance issues arising out of major disaster, environmental, asbestos, nuclear, and product coverage claims to large privacy and data security, property, and business interruption insurance losses; disputes under D&O, E&O, and fiduciary liability policies; and advertising, aviation, bond, clinical trial, cyber, employment, life, media, mold, privacy and warranty coverage issues.

    Clients also frequently consult Mr. Siemens on complex underwriting and risk management issues, including drafting and negotiating D&O, cyber, environmental, and other insurance policy contracts, risk transfer provisions in corporate transactions, structuring captive insurance and reinsurance programs, and claims presentation to insurers, captives, and their reinsurers.

    Mr. Siemens’ insurance coverage work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner, Recorder, Los Angeles Lawyer, California Lawyer, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Jerusalem Report, Business Insurance, Insurance Litigation, Risk & Insurance, Insurance Law 360, LexisNexis Insurance Law E-Newsletter, National Journal, Bloomberg Law Reports, Computer Fraud and Security, Reuters Accelus, Risk Management, and The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog. He publishes and speaks frequently on insurance issues and co-authored chapters on product liability insurance and alternative dispute resolution in the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide, on property insurance exclusions in the New Appleman on Insurance Law, and on cyber insurance in New Appleman on Insurance: Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law.

    Honors & Awards
    • Chambers USA, Insurance: Policyholder —California (2010-2014)
    • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (2014-2015)
    • Legal 500 US, Data Protection and Privacy (2011-2014), Cyber Crime (2014)
    • PLC Which Lawyer?, Insurance: Policy Holder-led Practices—Los Angeles (2011-2012)
    • Who's Who Legal, Insurance & Reinsurance—Cailfornia (2013)
    • Wiley W. Manuel Award, Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California (2003)
    • Certificate of Recognition for Pro Bono Activities, Speaker of the Assembly of the State of California (2002)
    • Richard E. Guggenheim Pro Bono Award (2000)
    • Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award, Bet Tzedek Legal Service (1999)
    • Super Lawyers (2010-2014)
    Affiliations

    Fellow of American College of Coverage & Extracontractual Counsel

    Editorial Advisory Board 2011, Law360

    Western Justice Center Foundation (Board of Directors, former)

    Western Center on Law and Poverty (Board of Directors, former)

    American Bar Association (Litigation and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections); Co-chair, CGL Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

    State Bar of California

    Los Angeles County Bar Association

    Risk and Insurance Management Society

    Counsel to the Rampart Independent Review Panel, charged by the Los Angeles Police Commission with performing a review of the Los Angeles Police Department

    Courts

    United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits, and United States District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of California

    Selected Decisions

    Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. v. Corcino & Associates, et al., 2013 WL 5687527 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 7, 2013)

    Chartis Specialty Ins. Co. v. United States, 2013 WL 3803334 (N.D. Cal. July 19, 2013)

    Health Net, Inc. v. RLI Ins. Co., 206 Cal. App. 4th 232 (2012)

    Whittaker Corp. v. American Nuclear Insurers, 671 F. Supp. 2d 242, 2009 WL 4342512 (D. Mass. Dec. 1, 2009); Whittaker Corp. v. American Nuclear Insurers, 2009 WL 2982958 D. Mass. Sept. 15, 2009); Whittaker Corp. v. American Nuclear Insurers, 2007 WL 2257084 (D. Mass. 2007)

    State of California v. Continental Ins. Co., 55 Cal. 4th 186 (2012); State of California v. Continental Ins. Co., 170 Cal. App. 4th 160 (2009) (amicus)

    West Coast Life Insurance Co. v. Life Brokerage Partners LLC, et al., 2009 WL 2957749 (S.D Fla. Sept. 9, 2009); West Coast Life Insurance Co. v. Life Brokerage Partners LLC, et al, 2009 WL 2872823 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 2, 2009); West Coast Life Insurance Co. v. Life Brokerage Partners LLC, et al, 2009 WL 2447975 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 7, 2009); West Coast Life Insurance Co. v. Life Brokerage Partners LLC, et al, 2009 WL 2244223 (S.D. Fla. July 27, 2009); West Coast Life Insurance Co. v. Life Brokerage Partners LLC, et al, 2009 WL 2244327 (S.D. Fla. July 27, 2009); West Coast Life Insurance Co. v. Life Brokerage Partners LLC, et al, 2009 WL 2058800 (S.D. Fla. July 15, 2009)

    In re Assicurazioni Generali, S.p.A. Holocaust Insurance Litig., 592 F.3d 113 (2d Cir. 2010); Rubin v. Assicurazioni Generali, S.p.A, 129 S. Ct. 1347 (2009); Rubin v. Assicurazioni Generali, S.p.A., 290 Fed. Appx. 376 (2d Cir. 2008); Rubin v. Assicurazioni Generali, S.p.A., 249 Fed. Appx. 237 (2d Cir. 2007); In re Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. Holocaust Insurance Litig., 340 F. Supp. 2d 494 (S.D.N.Y. 2004); In re Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. Holocaust Insurance Litig., 2003 WL 145545 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); In re Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. Holocaust Insurance Litig., 228 F. Supp. 2d 348 (S.D.N.Y. 2002)

    Castaic Lake Water Agency v. Whittaker Corp., 272 F. Supp. 2d 1053 (C.D. Cal. 2003); Castaic Lake Water Agency v. Whittaker Corp., 2002 WL 34700741 (C.D. Cal. 2002)

    Alpha Therapeutic Corp. v. Home Ins. Co., 90 Cal. App. 4th 1330 (2001)


    Publications and External Presentations

    “Insurance Industry Poised to Introduce New Exclusions for Cyber Attacks This Year: What You Need to Know,” Perspectives on Insurance Recovery, Summer, 2014

    “Zurich Seeks to Assert Unprecedented Control over Defense Counsel,” GraveltoGavel Blog, August, 2014

    “How Consumer and Retail Businesses Can Prepare for the Next Data Breach, Webinar, April, 2014

    “How to Manage a Cyber Claim,” RIMS National Conference, April, 2014

    “Healthcare Industry Panel,” RIMS National Conference, April, 2014

    “Insurance Coverage Trends: California Year in Review,” Pillsbury CLE Marathon, January, 2014

    “Muddying the Waters on Policy Stacking Law,” Perspectives on Insurance Recovery, Summer, 2013

    “Should Statutory Damages Be Covered?  Many Courts Say Yes,” Law360, September, 2013

    “Cybersecurity Risk Transfer,” Webinar, October, 2013

    “Cyberinsurance Claims,” Webinar, October, 2013

    “Managing Cyber Risks: How to Keep Your Data Safe,” RIMS National Conference, April, 2013

    “Cyber Insurance: What Do Your Clients Need?,” Healthcare Information and Mangagement Systems Society Legal Task Force, April, 2013

    “Insuring Against the Next Disaster,” Pillsbury CLE Marathon, January, 2013

    “Preserving and Maximizing Insurance Claims in the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” Lexis-Nexis, January, 2013

    “Preserving and Maximizing Insurance Claims in the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” October, 2012

    “How Cyber Insurance Can Mitigate Losses from Cyber Attacks,” Insurance Coverage Law Report, October/November, 2012

    "How to Buy Cyber Insurance," Risk Management, October, 2012

    "Emerging Legal Trends in Cyber Insurance," Webinar, October, 2012

    "Obtaining Optimal Cyber Insurance," New Appleman on Insurance: Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law, Lexis-Nexis, September, 2012

    “Obtaining Optimal Cyber Insurance,” Lexis-Nexis, September, 2012

    “California Supreme Court Finds Full Coverage for Long-Tail environmental Liabilities,” August, 2012

    "9th Circuit Affirms Insurers Obligated to Initiate Settlement Discussions," Daily Journal, July, 2012

    "Cyber Insurance: Mitigating Loss from Cyber Attacks," Perspectives on Insurance, Summer, 2012

    "10 Tips for Buying Cyber Insurance," Perspectives on Insurance, Summer, 2012

    "Public Companies Must Disclose Cyber-Liability Risks," Perspectives on Insurance, Summer, 2012

    “Public Companies Must Disclose Cyber-Liability Risks,” Lexis-Nexis, November, 2011

    “Cyber Insurance Coverage,” Webinar, April, 2012

    "Data Breach Cyber Insurance Coverage," Webinar, April, 2012

    "Cybersecurity: Mitigating Risk," March, 2012

    "Emerging Legal Trends in Cyberinsurance," Pillsbury CLE Marathon, January, 2012

    "Property Insurance Exclusions," New Appleman on Insurance Law, Library Edition, Chapter 43, LexisNexis, 2012

    "Understanding Product Liability Insurance," New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide, Chapter 30B, LexisNexis, 2012

    Getting the Deal Through: Project Finance, United States Chapter, 2012

    "Emerging Legal Trends in Cyber Insurance," Webinar, October, 2011

    "Insurance in the Wake of the United Kingdom Bribery Act," ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation, ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation, July, 2011

    "UK Bribery Act 2010 - Consider Your Directors and Officers Insurance?," Lexis-Nexis, July, 2011

    "Old Wines, New Battles: Lessons from the Great Fire of 1906," Perspectives on Insurance Recovery, Summer 2011

    "Are Nuclear Accidents Covered?," Perspectives on Insurance, Summer, 2011

    "The 'Great Fire' Did It," Bloomberg Law Reports - Insurance Law, February, 2011

    "Lessons from 1906: Stories and Holdings from the 1906 San Francisco Fire Insurance Cases," January, 2011

    "Preparing to Defend Cases in High-Risk Jurisdictions or in Emerging Hot-Button Areas for Manufacturers," American Conference Institute: 15th Annual Drug and Medical Device Litigation, December, 2010

    "Case Overview: Lessons from the Great Fire of 1906," Risk Management, December, 2010

    "Are Costs of Cleaning Up Radioactive Contamination Covered?," LexisNexis, June, 2010

    "What You Have Always Wanted to Know About Privacy (but were afraid to ask)," Webinar, June, 2010

    "Key D&O Policy Enhancements to Consider," Webinar, March, 2010

    "Lessons from the Stanford Financial D&O Decision," Lexis-Nexis, March, 2010

    “E&O Insurance During the Economic Crisis,” 2010 RIMS National Conference

    “Piracy’s Impact on Insurance,” Risk Management, September, 2009

    “Insurance for Data Security Breaches and Consumer Privacy Claims,” Corporate Counselor, July, 2009

    “D&O Insurance During the Economic Crisis,” RIMS National Conference, April, 2009

    “Finding Insurance for Product Recalls,” BNA Product Liability & Safety Report, 2008

    Chapter 25 of the "New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide," “Alternative Dispute Resolution," LexisNexis, 2008

    “Learned Intermediary Doctrine,” National Law Journal, August, 2007

    “Recovering on Blackout-Related Losses,” Policyholder Perspective, August, 2003

    “World Trade Center Insurance Coverage Litigation,” Policyholder Perspective, April-May, 2002

    “Solving Difficult Allocation Problems,” Mealey Publications & Conference Group, January, 2002

    Report of the Rampart Independent Review Panel, November 16, 2000 (contributor)

    “Litigation Nuts & Bolts Program, Los Angeles County Bar Association, May 2, 2000

    “Insurance for Internet and E-Commerce Liabilities,” Computer Law Association Bulletin, April, 2000

    Admissions
    State of California
    Education
    J.D., Harvard Law School, 1995
    cum laude
    D.Phil., Oxford University, 1990
    B.Phil., Oxford University, 1985
    B.A. (Hons), University of Winnipeg, 1983

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