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Overview

Brett DeArmond Bissett is a principal in the Insurance Recovery Practice Group with experience in insurance coverage litigation and counseling on insurance-related issues related to various types of coverage, including commercial general liability, directors' and officers' liability, professional liability, cyber liability, and property claims. Brett has represented insureds in both third-party and first-party insurance disputes. Brett has extensive general commercial litigation in both state and federal courts across the country. Brett also has general civil commercial litigation experience, including creditors’ rights in bankruptcy.  Brett has also successfully represented clients outside of litigation to resolve disputes through alternative dispute resolution methods.

Additionally, Brett has been involved with pro bono work. He has represented minors seeking to obtain guardianship and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, helped secure asylum for refugees, and represented multiple tenants in unlawful detainer actions. He has also represented non-profit organizations for insurance and general commercial litigation matters.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Maxus Liquidating Trust v. Greenstone: Currently represents a bankruptcy liquidating trust in an insurance recovery lawsuit seeking over $500 million in damages for historic liabilities assumed by contract, set for trial in 2021 in Texas federal court (Texas, 2019-present)
  • In re Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1566: Represents integrated utility company and its subsidiaries in Multidistrict Litigation, consolidated class actions from seven states, alleging wholesale natural gas price manipulation and seeking in excess of $500 million. The MDL cases have been appealed to the Ninth Circuit twice, and to the U. S. Supreme Court prior to remand to transferee courts. All cases but one have been resolved, with the remaining case set for trial in 2021 (D. Nevada, 2014-present)
  • William Parrish et al. v. Latham & Watkins LLP: Represented a law firm and its named defendant partners to obtain an award of over $1.6 million for reasonable attorneys' fees and costs as the prevailing party on a successful anti-SLAPP motion (California, 2017-2018)
  • Bedivere Insurance Company et al. v. Maxus Energy Corporation: Represented a policyholder seeking coverage for defense and indemnification damages in underlying litigation over historic environmental liabilities in Louisiana (Texas, 2018)
  • IDT Corporation et al. v. US Specialty Insurance et al.: Aided in representation of policyholder corporation and its chairman seeking defense cost coverage under directors’ and officers’ liability policy which resulted in millions of dollars available in coverage based on a successful motion for summary judgment refuting insurers’ denial arguing no wrongful acts were alleged against the chairman in his insured capacity for the policyholder.  (Delaware, 2018-2019).

Prior to joining the firm:

  • Kan-Di-Ki, LLC et al. v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company: Represented insureds in the healthcare industry in litigation to obtain directors’ and officers’ coverage for qui tam lawsuits and corresponding government investigations (California, 2014-2015)
  • Southern Natural Gas Company v. London Market Insurers: Aided in representation of policyholder in litigation seeking coverage for historic environmental liabilities; prepared briefs to the Alabama Supreme Court; the court upheld two jury verdicts in favor of coverage (Alabama, 2013)
  • Assisted in representation of CalPERS in multiple Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy cases including city of Stockton and city of San Bernardino (California, 2012-2013) 

Recognition

Rankings & Honors

  • Super Lawyers Southern California "Rising Star," 2018-2020

Media & Events

Education

J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 2011

B.A., magna cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 2007

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2011

Bar Associations

  • California, 2011
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