Colrena Johnson is a special counsel in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Orange County office and a member of the Insurance Defense Team.

Areas of Practice

Colrena has more than 30 years of experience in all lines of insurance coverage and bad faith, general liability, suspicious and fraudulent claims, and errors and omissions defense, including insurance brokers, architects and engineers, attorneys, accountants, real estate agents, escrow officers, contractors and subcontractors.  Her primary focus has been on insurance and she has represented insurers in complex coverage litigation and has defended carriers against high-exposure bad faith litigation in state and federal courts throughout California, often prevailing at the pre-trial motion stage.  She has also represented carriers at the appellate court level, resulting in the published pro-insurer decision in Cunningham v Universal Underwriters Insurance Company, 98 Cal.App.4th 1191 (2002), as one example.   

Colrena also counsels insurers in matters involving coverages and underlying claims, including personal and commercial property claims, suspected fraudulent claims, and claims arising under general liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, automobile liability and advertising injury liability.  She has extensive experience in drafting coverage opinion letters and writing coverage position letters in these various areas of insurance matters.    

Colrena is a past author of California Causes of Action (James Publishing), Breach of Contract (Insurance) and Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing (Insurance).  



J.D., Southwestern University, 1989

B.S., California State, Dominguez Hills, 1984, magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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