Latham’s success leading the joint defense effort that secured the complete dismissal, with prejudice, of all claims against our client BMW and several other German automakers in the so-called “Circle of Five” emissions conspiracy litigation was chosen among the Top Defense Verdicts of 2020.
Drew Gardiner counsels clients on strategies for maximizing insurance coverage and represents policyholders in complex insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. Mr. Gardiner has prosecuted coverage claims involving a variety of first- and third-party policies, including commercial general liability, directors and officers (D&O) liability, errors and omissions and environmental impairment policies.
Mr. Gardiner also has significant experience advising clients on the strategic management of insurance portfolios, including evaluating D&O policy terms, and negotiating improvements in policy language. Additionally, Mr. Gardiner counsels clients on insurance-related aspects of corporate transactions and negotiates custom insurance products for a variety of potential risks, including representation and warranties, environmental, tax, property, and business interruption policies.
Mr. Gardiner has represented a number of clients seeking insurance coverage for historical environmental liabilities, including National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in remediation of contaminated sediments in San Diego Bay, Xcel Energy in remediation of sediments at the Ashland Superfund Site on Lake Superior, and Montrose Chemical Corporation of California in remediation of contaminated groundwater, soils, and DNAPL in Torrance, California.
Mr. Gardiner also represents the NCAA in obtaining insurance coverage for over 250 class action and individual lawsuits alleging the NCAA’s liability for alleged concussion-related injuries suffered by former student-athletes.
In addition to the above, Mr. Gardiner’s current clients include Facebook, Cigna, Carvana, and PG&E.
In 2021 and 2022, Mr. Gardiner was recognized in Chambers USA for Insurance: Policyholder - California. From 2020-2022, The Legal 500 US recognized Mr. Gardiner as a Next Generation Partner for Insurance. In 2014, Mr. Gardiner was named a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript. He was named a Top 40 Under 40 Business Professional by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2016.
- Co-Author, "Continental: Policyholders Entitled to Full Limits on All Triggered Policies," Daily Journal, 2012