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Sander Alvarez’s practice is focused on insurance coverage litigation, including appeals, regarding all types of first- and third-party insurance policies, including commercial general liability, commercial property, homeowners, products liability, D & O and E & O, EPLI, and environmental pollution liability policies, among others. He has represented insurer clients on claim handling, compliance, underwriting, and policy drafting issues. He has particular expertise in the areas of environmental coverage litigation, including suits for declaratory relief, breach of contract, equitable contribution between insurers, and bad faith defense.
For more than 14 years, he worked as an in-house coverage litigator for two different insurers. He previously served as national coverage counsel for Japanese insurer NipponKoa Insurance Company, Ltd. Sander also has experience handling general tort litigation matters, as well as actions involving products liability, construction defect, breach of contract, and business torts. He counsels clients in every stage of a matter, from pre-litigation to litigation, including alternative dispute resolution particularly in private mediation, and when necessary trial and post-trial proceedings, including appeals.
Sander is a Los Angeles native who graduated from Loyola High School before heading to Amherst College in Massachusetts where he received his B.A. in 1992. He played running back on the Amherst football team and served as president of Delta Kappa Epsilon international fraternity. He received his J.D. in 1996 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He served as Articles Editor for the Hastings Journal of Environmental Law and was a judicial extern for the Hon. William J. Rea of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Sander is admitted to the California State Bar, all federal district courts in California, and has been admitted pro hac vice in New Mexico and federal district courts in Montana and Missouri. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute.