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Jose M. Umbert

Partner
San Francisco
44 Montgomery Street
Suite 3400
San Francisco CA 94104
TEL: (415) 633-1914
FAX: (415) 693-0770
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Jose handles a wide variety of complex litigation and arbitration matters.  He represents major insurance companies in first-party coverage cases, involving losses at industrial and energy facilities, construction defects, and related time element claims.  Jose has handled losses in the U.S., Latin America, Spain, and North Africa.  He has also been involved in international reinsurance arbitrations.  In addition, Jose has substantial experience in commercial litigation and competition matters, also with a significant international component. 

Jose has written and presented on several insurance coverage and antitrust issues.  He is a member of the board of directors of a non-profit organization focused on promoting commerce between California and Spain, and volunteers for a non-profit advancing immigrants' rights and opportunities. 

Representative Matters

Defense of insurer in coverage litigation arising out of defects in the construction of a luxury hotel in California

Representation of insurer in claim by glass manufacturing company in Mexico arising out of Hurricane Alex

Defense of international energy company in multidistrict litigation challenging its sales practices

Representation of major corporations pursuing competition claims against price-fixing cartels in Europe

Representation of insurer in claim involving the interruption of natural gas supply to a Tunisian power plant as a result of an offshore oil well shutdown

Defense of insurer in coverage litigation involving damage and business interruption at a glass manufacturing plant in Spain

Representation of reinsurer in arbitration arising out of the 9/11 terrorist attack

Defense of coverage arbitration arising out of the theft of stock from a check manufacturing plant in Mexico

Defense of class action alleging that organic products start-up breached agreements with investors

Representation of consumer class asserting unfair competition claims against credit card networks

Representation of insurer in claim involving damage to a reactor at a methanol plant in Trinidad

Representation of reinsurer in international arbitration involving the contamination of cereal oats by an unapproved pesticide

Articles & Presentations

"Where To Bring Damages Claims In EU Int’l Cartel Cases?" Competition Law360, February 28, 2014, co-author

"Unique Discovery Challenges In International Cartel Cases," Competition Law360, January 31, 2014, co-author

"The Latest On Duty To Defend In Calif.," Insurance Law360, November 27, 2013, author

"New Trends To Watch In Cyber Risk Insurance," Insurance Law360, August 6, 2013, author

"Calif. Plumbs The Depths Of Water Damage Exclusions," Insurance Law360, April 10, 2013, author

"Pinnacle's Limited Impact On California Property Litigation," Insurance Law360, November 2, 2012, co-author

"The Scope of Property Insurance Appraisals in California," Insurance Law360, July 7, 2011, co-author

Competition Law Roundtable, 18th Annual International Law Firm Alliance ILFA e-iure Conference, May 26-28, 2011, presenter (Corresponding PowerPoint presentation in PDF format)

"Case Study: Zhang v. Superior Court," Insurance Law360, February 15, 2011, co-author

"Private Enforcement of Articles 101 and 102 in Europe's National Courts," The Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, published by the Center for International Legal Studies, Volume 32, 2010, co-author

"Case Study: Village Northridge v. State Farm," Insurance Law360, October 7, 2010, co-author

"Disqualification Standards: Party-Selected Appraisers," Insurance Law360, February 8, 2010, co-author

"Next Battleground In EU Antitrust Litigation," Competition Law360, April 7, 2009, co-author

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