David E. Bocan



David Bocan's practice focuses on insurance and reinsurance coverage, insurance subrogation, insurance bad faith law, insurance business and regulatory law and alternative dispute resolution.

Obtained $5,800,000 settlement for subrogated insurer after winning liability phase of an inverse condemnation trial. 

Co-trial counsel in the representation of several foreign and domestic insurance companies in litigation arising from the Olympic pipeline rupture and explosion in Bellingham, Washington. As a result of the unavailability of the pipeline, Atlantic Richfield sustained business interruption and extra expense losses. The litigation involved the resolution of coverage issues with Atlantic Richfield and a subrogation action against the owner and operator of the pipeline. The subrogation case settled for a confidential amount a month before trial was scheduled to begin in federal court in Seattle

Dole Food Company fire at its Yuma, Arizona processing plant.

City of Oakland, California building damage from the 1989 earthquake.

Brought RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) lawsuit against numerous attorneys in Southern California who conspired to defraud insurance companies.  Recovered millions of dollars for insurance company client.

Super Lawyers David Bocan

  • Selected as one of the “Top Rated Lawyers in International Law & International Trade,” American Lawyer Media (2012)
  • Named a “Southern California Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (2004, 2006-2011)
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Wayne State University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Michigan, B.A.
Professional Associations
  • Appointed to the American Bar Association Committees of Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance, Property Insurance, Insurance Coverage Litigation and Subcommittees on Insurance Bad Faith and International Insurance
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, (Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Practice and Law Sections)
  • Has lectured for numerous insurance-related seminars dealing with issues of insurance bad faith, deposition preparation, personal liability of claims professionals, legal issues of concurrent causation in insurance losses, the role of the forensic accountant in insurance claims investigations, ethical dilemmas in property insurance claims, insurance fraud, subrogation and recovery actions and numerous other topics.
  • Has spoken to groups including: The London Insurance Market, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Annual Insurance Fraud Seminar of the American Insurance Services Group, California Workers' Compensation Institute, Property Claims Association of the Pacific, and Property Claims Association of Sacramento.

  • LEED Issues in Green Building Insurance Claims
    Loss Executive Association Educational Conference, New Port, Rhode Island (June 9, 2010)
  • LEED Issues in Green Building Insurance Claims
    Property Loss Research Bureau Large Loss Conference, Tampa, Florida (November 2, 2009)
  • Wildfire Losses: Adjusting a Manufacturer's Wildfire Claim
    Property Loss Research Bureau Large Loss Conference, Tucson, Arizona (December 1, 2008)
  • Contamination Issues in Large Manufacturing Losses
    Property Research Bureau Large Loss Conference, Washington, D.C. (November 26, 2007)
  • Business Interruption Losses
    Property Loss Research Bureau Large Loss Conference, Austin, Texas (November 28, 2006)


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