Howard Garfield

Howard Garfield

Partner since 2011
Location:
San Rafael, California
Phone:
415-460-7754
Fax:
415-295-4122
Email:

Howard was formerly Of Counsel in the San Francisco office of Meckler Bulger Tilson Ma rick & Pearson LLP. Prior to joining the firm as a partner in April of 2011, he was a partner with Long & Levit LLP where he served as the firm's managing partner from 1983 through 1991 and from 1995 through 2000.

Howard maintains an active litigation practice that emphasizes the defense of employers and businesses in employment litigation, commercial and securities litigation, employment counseling, the defense of professionals, including accountants, lawyers, officers and directors, securities and commodities brokers, investment advisers, and insurance brokers, the representation of directors' and officers' liability insurance carriers, insurance coverage, with particular emphasis on professional errors and omissions, employment practices liability insurance, liability insurance and inter-insurance company disputes, reinsurance and other commercial and business disputes.

He has acted as both mediator and arbitrator and is a member of the panel of Resolution Remedies, an ADR provider in Northern California, and the National Arbitration Forum. Howard has served as counsel, as a party-appointed arbitrator, and as an umpire in reinsurance and insurance arbitrations, and he has testified extensively as an expert at trial and in depositions on insurance and law practice management issues, and the reasonableness of attorneys' fees, including the propriety, allocation and reasonableness of Brandt fees, in both state and federal courts. He also provides the annual training mandated by the California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations.

Howard was graduated from Stanford University as valedictorian of his class with Great Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Humanities. He was graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor degree c.I.

Areas of Practice

  • Defense of Employers and Businesses in Employment Litigation
  • Commercial and Securities Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Defense of Professionals
  • Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance Carriers
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Errors and Omissions
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance
  • Liability Insurance and Inter-Insurance Company Disputes
  • Reinsurance
  • Commercial and Business Disputes

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1969
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada
  • 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 District of South Carolina

Education

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • Juris Doctor cum laude
  • Stanford University, Stanford, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: Valedictorian of his class with Great Distinction
    • Honors: Honors in Humanities

Published Works

  • "The Uncertainty Continues: Allocation in Progressive Loss Cases", (Co-Author), Legal Ledger, Vol. 7, No. 3, Fall , 1996
  • "Current 'Hot' Topics in Advertising Liability Coverage", (Co-Author), Legal Ledger, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1996
  • "Non-Settling Insured's Liability for Judgments Which Invade The Excess Layer - A Review of the Law and Recommendations to Reduce Exposure" , Summer , 1996
  • "When Does A Consent Judgment Bind an Insurer in California?" , California Insurance Reporter, March, 1996
  • "Abracadabra - How A Reinsurer's Equitable Defenses May Disappear In TheCedent's Liquidation", (Co-Author) , Legal Ledger, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who in American Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Resolution Remedies, an ADR provider in Northern California, Member of the Panel
  • National Arbitration Forum, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Meckler Bulger Tilson Ma rick & Pearson LLP, San Francisco, Of Counsel
  • Long & Levit LLP, Managing Partner, 1983 - 1991
  • Long & Levit LLP, Managing Partner, 1995 - 2000