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James Bernald focuses his practice on insurance coverage. He litigates claims arising from loss under a broad range of policies including commercial general liability, property, business interruption, directors and officers, errors and omissions, employment practices liability, media liability, life, and disability. He also has experience defending professional liability claims made against insurance agents and brokers.

In addition to Mr. Bernald’s coverage litigation work, he has extensive experience preparing coverage opinions on behalf of insurers.

Mr. Bernald is also experienced in litigating other types of cases, including unfair competition, construction defect, environmental claims, employment, partnership disputes, and general business disputes. He has also litigated landlord-tenant and civil rights cases on behalf of pro bono clients.


  • California
  • U.S. District Court
    • Central District of California
    • Eastern District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Ninth Circuit


  • University of Southern California Law School – J.D.
  • Pomona College – B.A.

Professional Memberships

  • California Bar Association
Super Lawyers Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Law 360