Cozen O’Connor: Molander, Julia A.

Julia A. Molander

Member

San Francisco

(415) 593-9609

(415) 692-3718

Julia A. Molander represents the insurance industry in virtually all aspects of their business, including insurance coverage litigation, insurance counseling, extracontractual (bad faith) liability, insurance fraud, underwriting matters, policy drafting, regulatory compliance, brokerage and agency liability, insurance insolvency and legislative issues. She has served as first-chair in more than 20 bench trials, jury trials and arbitrations.

Julia has more than 30 years experience in strategically managing insurance risk, on an enterprise-wide basis (state, regional and national), in areas such as construction defects, class actions, cyber risks, trucking and cumulative trauma. Julia was elected a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel in 2014 and the Insurance Litigation Institute of America, where she currently serves as chair. She is rated AV Pre-eminent by her peers and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” since 2005.

Julia has lectured at major professional conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Association of California Insurance Companies, the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the American Conference Institute, the Property Law Research Bureau, the Insurance Risk Management Institute and the Practising Law Institute. She is a contributing editor the CEB publication California Liability Insurance Practice: Claims and Litigation. She has published numerous articles and scholarly discussions on a variety of insurance topics.

Julia earned her Bachelor of Science with distinction from Northwestern University in 1974 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1978.

Experience

News

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Julia Molander Discusses the Future of Driverless Trucking in EHS Today

December 08, 2015

Julia Molander is quoted in EHS Today on the autonomous vehicle industry and the direction it is going.

Publications

Insurers Beware: New York Rules May Apply to Policies Neither Issued nor Delivered in State [Global Insurance Alert]

December 07, 2017

Julia Molander and Laura Dowgin discuss the implications of the Carlson decision for out-of-state insurers that insure corporations that do business in New York, where the corporation is not a resident of New York but has “a substantial business presence” in the state.

Webinar: Review of Significant Bad Faith Cases in 2016 (3/23/2017 at 11:30a – 12:30p ET) [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

March 21, 2017

Julia Molander and Jennifer Kennedy-Coggins of the Global Insurance Department present this one-hour Cozen O'Connor webinar which will provide a review of some of the most significant insurance coverage bad faith cases decided across the United States in 2016. The speakers will examine key...

Are Attorneys’ Bills Privileged Once Litigation Ends – California Supreme Court Says No in ACLU Litigation? [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

February 14, 2017

The California Supreme Court recently held, in Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court (2016) that attorneys’ invoices may not be protected by the attorney-client privilege after litigation ends. The issue arose out of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU to obtain billing records by law firms...

Nickerson Redux: Five Lessons On Punitive Damages For Bad Faith Attorneys [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

November 09, 2016

This past June the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company, 63 Cal.4th 363 (2016), holding that post-trial Brandt fees could be included in the damage calculus for purposes of evaluating the ratio of punitive damages to compensatory damages. We...

Construction Defect: Oregon Supreme Court Strips Wyoming Sawmills Down to the Studs [Global Insurance Alert]

September 28, 2016

Julia A. Molander and William F. Knowles discuss the FountainCourt Homeowners Association v. American Family Mutual Ins. Co. decision holds that eviscerated the seminal case of Wyoming Sawmills v. Transportation Ins. Co.

California Supreme Court Invites Suits against Defendants Doing Any Business in California [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

August 31, 2016

In a hotly contested 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. The Superior Court of San Francisco County, 2016 WL 4506107 greatly expanded the concept of specific jurisdiction to allow a non-resident plaintiff to file suit in California courts against any...

When a Policy Limits Offer is Not Enough: A Cautionary Tale of a Failure to Settle Case [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

July 28, 2016

In a recent unpublished decision, the California Court of Appeals upheld a $3 million judgment against an auto liability insurer that rejected proposed language in a settlement agreement, notwithstanding the insurer’s policy limits offer. Barickman v. Mercury Opinion, 2016 WL 3975279 (Cal. Ct. App....

Genuine Dispute Defeats Both Bad Faith and Elder Abuse [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

July 06, 2016

The Paslays sued State Farm for failing to pay a portion of the damage caused to their Pacific Palisades house by a heavy rainstorm and for forcing them to move back into the house while it was still under construction. The complaint asserted claims for breach of insurance contract, bad faith,...

The Advantages of Removal: Twombly and Iqbal Applied to Bad Faith Claims [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

June 28, 2016

This month, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an opinion that reminds insurance carriers and their counsel that it is often beneficial to remove certain cases to federal court. While federal court offers many advantages in insurance litigation, the recent opinion in Camp v. N.J. Mfrs. Ins....

Bad Faith Attorneys’ Fees Are Compensatory Damages in Determining Cap On Punitive Damages [Global Insurance Alert]

June 10, 2016

Julie Molander discusses a recent California Supreme Court case that could be a harbinger of future appeals attempting to expand the constitutional cap on punitive damages.

Driverless Vehicles and the Effect on Insurance [DRI For The Defense]

May 30, 2016

Julia Molander and Yevgenia Wiener of the Global Insurance Department discuss driverless vehicles, which will require a new liability paradigm.

California Statute Trumps Anti-Assignment Clauses in Liability Insurance Policies [Global Insurance Alert]

August 21, 2015

In a unanimous decision that will have a serious impact on long-tail exposures, the California Supreme Court in Fluor Corp. v. Superior Court (Hartford Acc. & Indem.) has determined that policyholders may transfer liability policies to new entities formed after the policies were purchased.

Education

  • Stanford University Law School, J.D., 1978
  • Northwestern University, B.S., with honors, 1974

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers, 2017 Women of Influence

Who's Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance, Women in Business Law 2007 - 2016

Best Lawyers in America 2017-2019

Super Lawyer: Insurance Coverage (California) 2006 - 2016

Chambers & Partners USA, 2011

  • California
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation and Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Sections
  • Vice-Chair, TIPS Insurance Coverage, Vice-Chair Litigation Committee
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Chair, Defese Research Institute, Insurance Law Committee
  • California State Representative to DRI (1997-2000)
  • President, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California (1995-1996)
  • Past Chair, State Bar of California Insurance Law Committee
  • Former Board Member, Northern California Conference of Insurance Counsel
  • Former Executive Committee Member, Insurance Law Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco