GailAnn Y. Stargardter

Partner

GailAnn Y. Stargardter

Partner

4695 MacArthur Court, Suite 350, Newport Beach, CA 92660
T: 949.975.8200 F: 949.975.8210


Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Counsel

For the past 23 years, Gail Stargardter has provided coverage advice to her insurance clients and represented them in coverage and bad faith litigation arising under personal and commercial lines policies. She is licensed to practice in Federal and State Court in Washington (1988), Oregon (2003) and California (2007).

Having spent five years with a major insurance company, during which time she supervised the Special Investigation Unit for Washington and Alaska, Gail understands both the legal and practical aspects of claims handling and insurance litigation. A colleague recently made the following comment about Gail’s legal abilities: “Gail is one of the very best in a very difficult field.” This sentiment is matched by her clients who trust her to represent them at the trial court and appellate court level.

Comprehensive Client Service

As part of her comprehensive services to her clients, Gail provides training to claims personnel on claims handling and legal issues including duty to defend, duty to settle, and handling defense of third party claims under a reservation of rights.

Gail has served as an expert witness on insurance matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. She regularly speaks to legal and insurance industry organizations. She has attained an AV rating, the highest rating available, from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been identified as one of San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers™.

Overview

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Counsel

For the past 23 years, Gail Stargardter has provided coverage advice to her insurance clients and represented them in coverage and bad faith litigation arising under personal and commercial lines policies. She is licensed to practice in Federal and State Court in Washington (1988), Oregon (2003) and California (2007).

Having spent five years with a major insurance company, during which time she supervised the Special Investigation Unit for Washington and Alaska, Gail understands both the legal and practical aspects of claims handling and insurance litigation. A colleague recently made the following comment about Gail’s legal abilities: “Gail is one of the very best in a very difficult field.” This sentiment is matched by her clients who trust her to represent them at the trial court and appellate court level.

Comprehensive Client Service

As part of her comprehensive services to her clients, Gail provides training to claims personnel on claims handling and legal issues including duty to defend, duty to settle, and handling defense of third party claims under a reservation of rights.

Gail has served as an expert witness on insurance matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. She regularly speaks to legal and insurance industry organizations. She has attained an AV rating, the highest rating available, from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been identified as one of San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers™.

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Education

  • Suffolk University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1988
  • Muhlenberg College, B.A., 1979

Admission

  • State Bar of California, 2007
  • Oregon State Bar, 2003
  • Washington State Bar Association, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Memberships

  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association

Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
  • San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers™, 2011