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Ira D. Goldberg
Ira has been litigating and advising clients on insurance coverage, bad faith, toxic tort, commercial disputes, and defense and indemnity issues for more than 35 years. Ira serves as National Counsel for a nationwide retailer defendant in talc lawsuits responsible for seeking, negotiating, and obtaining agreements to defend and indemnify from manufacturers of talc products sold by his client. Ira is admitted in all California state and federal courts as well as the Ninth Circuit, and has given presentations on a variety of issues at seminars including the Defense Research Institute.Ira has represented national insurers in all facets of single and complex multi-party actions involving coverage for environmental, asbestos, talc, and a broad range of first and third-party claims for insurance coverage.
Ira was recruited to create a startup law firm to manage Farmers Insurance Companies’ extra-contractual and bad faith litigation nationwide. He developed creative, innovative case resolution strategies consistent with the client’s business goals and achieved optimal overall legal and business result for the client by driving urgency and resolution-based actions and trials.
Ira served as National Director for Construction Defect Coverage Litigation for the CNA Insurance Companies and was a member of a small Strategic Claims group to exclusively manage lawsuits with reserves in excess of $5M, reporting directly to the General Counsel and senior claims management.
Ira was the Managing Attorney for the San Francisco office of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, overseeing coverage litigation of and eight-attorney office, advising, litigating, and resolving complex disputes in commercial liability, environmental, construction defect, personal injury, and duty to defend liability coverage cases.
Ira received his A.B. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, Ira served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Allen E. Broussard, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.