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Mary J. Rettberg - Los Angeles, CA

11766 Wilshire BoulevardSixth Floor Los Angeles, CA 90025

Updated: 08/24/2015

Los Angeles Litigation Lawyer

Overview

Mary Rettberg specializes in representing insurers in coverage and related matters, with an emphasis in construction, professional liability, and title insurance, as well as extracontractual issues. Ms. Rettberg has advised clients on business practices, underwriting and claims handling, and has drafted policy language and endorsements...

Mary Rettberg specializes in representing insurers in coverage and related matters, with an emphasis in construction, professional liability, and title insurance, as well as extracontractual issues. Ms. Rettberg has advised clients on business practices, underwriting and claims handling, and has drafted policy language and endorsements. Ms. Rettberg also has litigated bad faith, professional liability and title insurance cases in California, and has appeared in the Appellate Courts of the State of California.

Ms. Rettberg attended California State University, Los Angeles, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1987. Ms. Rettberg is licensed to practice before all California State Courts, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Courts, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.

Representative Matters
Insurance

• Our investigation and coverage determination lead to the client insurance company disclaiming a duty to defend or indemnify the named insured general contractor in a multi-million dollar suit for damage arising from the construction of a condominium/residential mixed use project. Through the investigation, we learned that although the contract between the insured and the property owner had been executed during the policy period, the policy was cancelled at the insured' request prior to the insured commencing work.

• An insured HVAC contractor was sued for bodily injury and petty damage resulting from a leak in an HVAC line that caused a bedroom ceiling to collapse. Although the elderly plaintiff claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages related to the bodily injuries, the matter settled for a nominal amount for the property damage following mediation where we presented coverage defenses that the bodily injury occurred after the policy terminated.

• A neighboring property owner filed suit against a general contractor that constructed a single family residence on the adjoining property. Our investigation and coverage determination supported the client insurance company's declination of a duty to defend based on a land subsidence exclusion, as the only damages sought were for loss of lateral support.

• In a case against a general contractor alleging over $350,000 in damages related to a property remodel, the client insurance company was able to settle on behalf of the insured general contractor for $50,000. At mediation, following the general contractor's representation that he had no assets, we argued and convinced plaintiff, an attorney, most of the alleged damages sought were precluded from coverage under the terms of the client insurer's policy.

• The client insurance company's insured general contractor tendered a complaint by plaintiff property owners, who were also the insured's business partners, after a multi-million dollar default was entered against the insured. The client agreed to defend the insured in an effort to set aside the default judgment, or alternatively, to reduce the amount of the default judgment. The trial court declined to set aside the default judgment, finding the insured made a conscious decision not to respond to the summons and complaint, and refused to reduce the amount of the judgment. On appeal, the court ordered the default judgment be reduced by several million dollars, but affirmed the trial court's decision not to set the default aside. Based on the default judgment, the terms of the policy, and the findings of the trial court, the client was able to decline to indemnify the insured for the default judgment.

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About Mary J. Rettberg

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Associate

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Business & Corporate

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1987
    J.D.
  • California State University, Los Angeles, California, 1982
    B.A.
    Major: Political Science

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information

Address

11766 Wilshire BoulevardSixth Floor Los Angeles, CA 90025

Fax

  • (310) 473-2525

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