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YOUR BEST OFFENSE AGAINST DEFENSIVE INSURERS

Clyde M. Hettrick

Clyde's practice focuses on complex business litigation, especially insurance coverage matters on behalf of policyholders. Clyde has experience handling a wide range of average issues, including those related to products liability, advertising injury, personal injury, property damage, environmental contamination, toxic tort, copyright, patent infringement and business interruption claims. He has handled all aspects of civil litigation, including first and second-chairing trials, including one in which his client received a jury verdict awarding $20 million in punitive damages, which was among the top ten jury verdicts in California for that year. Clyde has handled numerous appellate matters, including briefing and oral argument before the California Court of Appeal and briefing before the California Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit. Clyde has represented several major aerospace, chemical and telecommunication clients achieving significant insurance recoveries for these clients.

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Prior to forming his own firm, Clyde was a partner at Dickstein Shapiro; Pasich & Kornfeld (where he was one of three founding equity partners), O'Donnell & Shaeffer, and Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey. At each firm, Clyde focused practice on policyholders' insurance coverage needs seeking recovery from their insurers. Clyde also was Research Director with LRN-The Legal Knowledge Company, where he worked closely with Fortune 100 companies concerning effective management of legal needs and costs.

Clyde has lectured and written extensively on subjects relating to insurance coverage. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles, and has been a lecturer at programs sponsored by Mealey's, The Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and Legal Tech. Clyde was invited to testify before the California State Senate Insurance Committee concerning proposed legislation. Clyde has met with members of the State Senate and key committee staff members concerning the interests of the California Manufacturers Association, as well as his own clients. Clyde also has spoken and written on the subject of computer technology and its uses in complex litigation. Clyde's publications include the following;
  • Chapter 19 of The Year 2000 and Beyond: Liability and Insurance for Computer Code Problems, Beyond Year 2000: Computer Viruses, Worms, and Bugs CCH Sup. 2000;
  • Policyholders Should Consider Whether to Proceed Directly Against Equitas In Insurance Coverage Actions Involving Substantial London Market Coverage, Environmental Claims Journal (Fall 1999);
  • Costly Breach, Insured Can Recover Expenses Incurred in Forcing Additional Carriers to Pay, Los Angeles Daily Journal (October 21, 1999);
  • Application of Aerojet; In Pursuit of Coverage for Environmental Costs, Environmental Claims Journal (Spring 1999);
  • When Seeking Coverage for Decades Of Pollution, Don't forget Your "Accident" Policies, Environmental Claims Journal (Winter 1999);
  • Once Is Better than Twice Especially at Half the Price Joint Litigation Support Efforts, Metropolitan Corporate Cousel (September 1997).

Clyde graduated in 1987 from Boalt Hall School of Law and in 1984 with honors from the University of Chicago.