Alicia Gurries

Associate

San Francisco

(415) 593-9618

(415) 692-3477

Recent Publication:

Montana: Unambiguous Exclusions Enforced Despite Lack of Table of Contents Required Under Statute [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

A recent Supreme Court decision, High Country Paving, Inc. v. United Fire & Cas. Co., 2022 MT 72, ¶ 1, answered in the negative a question certified by a federal district court regarding tensions inherent in Montana’s Property and Casualty Insurance Policy Simplification Act (“PSA”). The...

Alicia Gurries is experienced in handling business and construction defect litigation, subrogation and contribution actions and declaratory relief and bad faith litigation, including complex law and motion work. Alicia also provides coverage analysis of complex first- and third-party claims. Alicia has extensive experience in all phases of litigation including mediation and arbitration.

Publications

Montana: Unambiguous Exclusions Enforced Despite Lack of Table of Contents Required Under Statute [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

April 29, 2022

A recent Supreme Court decision, High Country Paving, Inc. v. United Fire & Cas. Co., 2022 MT 72, ¶ 1, answered in the negative a question certified by a federal district court regarding tensions inherent in Montana’s Property and Casualty Insurance Policy Simplification Act (“PSA”). The...

Ninth Circuit Holds COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses Require Direct Physical Damage To The Property [Property Insurance Law Observer Blog]

November 09, 2021

In March 2020, Mudpie Inc.—a San Francisco children’s store—ceased operations when California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all “non-essential” businesses to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the shut-down, Mudpie sought coverage for loss of “business income” and “extra expense” under...

Avoid Creating Coverage By Estoppel, Waiver & Forfeiture: California [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

May 19, 2021

Waiver, estoppel and forfeiture are doctrines on which insureds often rely to try to create coverage outside the terms of the insurance policy. Insureds will often assert that they are entitled to such extra-contractual coverage based entirely on how the insurer handled the claim. But under...

A Jury Must Find An Insurer Acted Unreasonably In Order To Find Bad Faith Failure to Settle [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

April 27, 2021

On March 8, 2021 the California Court of Appeal, reversing a $10 million verdict against Farmers, found that a jury must specifically find unreasonable acts by an insurer to support a “failure to settle” bad faith finding. Pinto v. Farmers Ins. Exch., No. B295742, __ Cal. App. 5th __, 2021 WL...

Texas Amends Insurance Code In Response To Weather Claims [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

August 14, 2017

On May 26, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed into law Texas House Bill 1774/Senate Bill 10. The new law makes changes to the Texas Insurance Code that will impact the way in which weather claims are brought and how those claims may be defended. The new law becomes effective on September 1,...

Education

  • Santa Clara University, J.D., 2000
  • California State University-Hayward, B.S., 1997
  • California