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Joseph E. Foss

Special Counsel



  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1998
  • B.S., Pepperdine University, 1995, cum laude
  • California
Thought Leadership


Joseph Foss is a special counsel in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office.

Areas of Practice

Joseph has extensive experience in all aspects of insurance-related litigation including insurance bad faith, coverage disputes, consumer class actions, and unfair business practices. Joseph has represented insurance company clients at trial, arbitration, and mediation. In addition to California law, Joseph's insurance litigation experience includes federal admiralty law. His practice has also focused on difficult questions regarding an insurer's duty to defend, with positive results for his clients. He has successfully argued on behalf of his clients before state and federal trial courts throughout California. Before joining the firm, he represented numerous healthcare providers at trial, arbitration and mediation in cases involving allegations of medical malpractice and other torts.


Notable Engagements

  • Kalan, et al. v. State Farm - jury defense verdict in insurance bad faith case arising from agent's alleged failure to procure requested coverage.
  • Cook v. Allstate Ins. Co., 337 F. Supp. 2d 1206 (C.D. Cal. 2004).
  • Farmer v. Allstate Ins. Co., 311 F. Supp. 2d 884 (C.D. Cal. 2004).

Representative Clients

  • Allstate
  • GPM Mutual
  • Horace Mann Insurance Companies
  • Infinity Insurance Company
  • John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • State Farm Insurance Company

Thought Leadership



  • Santa Clara County Local Transp. Auth v. Guardino, 24 Pepp. L. Rev. 1096 (1997)
  • People v. Fields, 24 Pepp. L. Rev. 1409 (1997)
  • Lezine v. Security Pac. Fin. Servs., Inc., Pepp. L. Rev. 282 (1998)
  • Sea-Land Serv., Inc. v. WCAB, 25 Pepp. L. Rev. 385 (1998)

Insurance Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • "Personal Insurance - The Playbook for Preventing and Defending Bad Faith Lawsuits in Personal Lines Insurance: Are Your Claims Handling Practices Keeping Pace with Recent Developments in the Law?" Luce Forward Insurance Litigation Seminar, September 11, 2008


  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • J.Reuben Clark Law Society
  • American Inns of Court - Louis M. Welsh Chapter
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • LEAD San Diego Alumni