Brian McDonald has represented policyholders in major coverage disputes for more than 15 years and has helped clients secure hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance recoveries for extraordinary losses. He represents policyholders in litigation and negotiations on a broad range of insurance claims, including coverage for cyber liability, securities class actions, derivative actions, complex commercial lawsuits, employee class actions, asbestos bodily injury and other toxic tort claims, product liability claims, environmental hazards, and property damage claims. He also advises clients on the design, negotiation, and purchase of corporate insurance programs.
Brian counsels policyholders relating to a broad array of insurance lines, including cyber insurance, directors and officers liability, representation and warranty, commercial general liability, employment practices liability, property and business interruption, errors and omissions, environmental, and umbrella/excess insurance. Brian also counsels clients on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and corporate risk management.
- July 2019
The Guide to Cyber Investigations, Global Investigations Review: Chapter 5 Insurance (co-authored with Richard DeNatale).
- January 27, 2017
Top 10 Tips to Help In-House Counsel Maximize Their Company's Insurance Assets
- January 24, 2017
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: 2016 Year-End Review and What Lies Ahead in 2017
- January 5, 2017
Bad Faith Claims When Verdicts Exceed Policy Limits: Navigating Nuances of the Insurer's Duty to Settle
- January 2016
Insurance Coverage Fundamentals and Best Practices – What In-House Counsel Needs to Know to Manage Risk on the Front End and After A Loss or Claim
- July 16, 2014
Insurance and Bankruptcy: Coverage Issues When Insured Files for Bankruptcy, Bar Association of San Francisco
- April 15, 2010
Insurance 101: What Every In-House Lawyer Needs to Know, Bar Association of San Francisco
- January 13, 2010
Insurance Essentials for In-House Lawyers, Jones Day CLE Event, Jones Day San Francisco
- November 7, 2007
Deposition Skills Training Workshop, Bar Association of San Francisco
- University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D. 2002; Managing Editor, California Law Review; Articles Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Review); Georgetown University (B.S. in Foreign Service, summa cum laude, 1999)
- California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California; and U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Margaret Morrow, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2002-2003)