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Charles A. Danaher




  • J.D., Harvard University, 1989, cum laude
  • B.A., Rutgers College, 1986, summa cum laude
  • California
  • Maryland
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Charles Danaher is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office.

Areas of Practice

Charles Danaher represents insurance companies that are sued for bad faith, fraud and unfair competition. Mr. Danaher's clients include Allstate Insurance Companies, State Farm Insurance Companies, Farmers Insurance Exchange, Infinity Insurance Company, and Auto Club of So. Cal. While the focus of his practice is in California, Mr. Danaher has represented insurance company clients in Wyoming, West Virginia, Nevada, Florida, Montana, Indiana, Missouri, Alaska, Maryland, Arkansas, Oregon, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado and Ohio.

Mr. Danaher has served as lead counsel in numerous class actions filed against his insurance company clients. He has successfully defended class actions involving such issues as the payment of overhead and profit, the payment of sales tax, the manner in which actual cash value is determined, whether coverage exists for innocent co-insureds, issues involving med-pay coverage, and allegations of premium overcharging.

Together with the members of his practice group, Mr. Danaher was one of the first attorneys in California to successfully advocate the "genuine dispute" defense. Today, this defense is considered to be the most important and viable defense available to an insurance company that has been sued for bad faith.

Mr. Danaher, and his partner Peter Klee, have been named by Infinity Insurance as national coordinating counsel for bad faith claims against the company.  Mr. Danaher is also Infinity Insurance Company’s national coordinating counsel for third-party diminished value claims.

Mr. Danaher also represents the Unum Group in actions and disputes involving disability policies.

Mr. Danaher successfully represented Dole Food, Inc., in several consumer class actions challenging Dole’s labeling practices and issues involving Dole’s leases with third-parties.

Mr. Danaher has obtained numerous published decisions from state and federal courts on significant issues affecting the insurance industry.


  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating
  • San Diego Super Lawyers, 2007-2018 (Insurance)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007-2014 (Insurance)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2018 (Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation)
  • San Diego Magazine: Best Lawyers in San Diego, 2007-2015 (Insurance)
  • Super Lawyers: Business Edition, 2011-2013 (Insurance)
  • Corporate Counsel Magazine, 2010 Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Insurance Law
  • Super Lawyers: Corporate Counsel, 2010 (Insurance)
  • Co-Counsel for Du v. Deerbrook Insurance Co., Selected by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top Verdicts of 2010


  • Du v. Deerbrook - Defended Deerbrook in a jury trial. Plaintiff alleged that Deerbrook refused to settle a claim against its insured for the policy's $100,000 limits. Because the claim was not settled, the insured was ultimately found liable for a $5 million judgment. Deerbrook was sued for the amount of the judgment based on a "bad faith refusal to settle" theory. Defense verdict. This case was selected by the Daily Journal as a "Top Defense Verdict" for 2010.

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Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • "A Humorous Look at Litigating a Bad Faith Lawsuit," Luce Forward Insurance Litigation Seminar, Los Angeles, October 14, 2010