Amy M. Churan

310.552.0130

Experience

In her complex insurance and business litigation practice, Amy Churan deals daily with earth-shattering events – literally.  She has extensive experience in litigation stemming from a variety of catastrophic events: building collapses, explosions, pipeline failures, tsunamis, fires and earthquakes to name a few. Ms. Churan also handles a broad spectrum of construction defect litigation, supply chain disruption and business interruption claims.

Representing insurance company clients across the U.S. and abroad, Ms. Churan has a deep understanding of highly complex matters involving property insurance litigation, insurance coverage, and subrogation, as well as stringently-regulated California bad faith claims.  Ms. Churan also represents other non-insurance clients in defense of class actions, false advertising and deceptive trade practices matters, breach of contracts actions and product liability defense litigation.

Through her extensive experience, Ms. Churan has developed big-picture strategic vision and strong tactical savvy, complemented by strong investigation skills and meticulous case forensics and management abilities.  A “quick study” who often is required to rapidly master the workings of new industries and technologies, Ms. Churan has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to work effectively with experts from diverse technical disciplines.  She has earned particularly high praise from her clients for the depth of her knowledge of the insurance industry. She also is known for her sensitivity to her clients’ needs to maintain future relationships with their insureds, as well as her proven ability to keep litigation matters in scope, on time and on budget.  From her non-insurance clients she has won high praise for her creativity and critical thinking, strengths that yield original approaches to resolving disputes favorably.

A transplant to Los Angeles from the Midwest, Ms. Churan remains active in professional and community activities.  She was named a “Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2008 and 2010. She is a trainer for the state on California Fair Claims Regulations, and she frequently delivers CLE programs and seminars for clients and independent claims adjusters. Volunteer work at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice has led to service on its Board of Directors, coaching teens on job seeking skills, and even performing occasional electrical, painting and general clean-up work, a commitment that led to her being awarded a 2014 Community Leader Award.

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Represented several foreign and domestic insurance companies in litigation arising from a pipeline rupture and explosion that resulted in sustained business interruption and extra expense losses.  The litigation involved the resolution of coverage issues with the insured and a subrogation action against the owner and operator of the pipeline.

Represented major insurance company in multi-million dollar coverage dispute and subsequent litigation arising from construction defects at a large hotel. 

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2020)
  • Recipient of the “Community Leader Award,” Boys & Girls Club of Venice (2014)
  • Named a "Southern California Rising Star," Super Lawyers (2008, 2010)
  • Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Venice
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • Minnesota (Inactive)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Michigan State University, B.A., International Relations, with honors
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association

  • Quoted in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, "The Legal Costs of Going Green," January 11, 2010.

  • Business Development Styles Finding What Works for You
    Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), Los Angeles, California (May 25, 2017)
  • Dont Break a LEG Understanding the LEG Defect Exclusions
    Lloyd’s Market Association, Masterclass (October 1, 2016)
  • Navigating Insurance Bad Faith in the United States: How to Meet Your Customers’ Needs, Sidestep Adjustment Pitfalls, and Avoid Extra-Contractual Exposure
    Property Risks & Coverage International Insurance Conference, London, England (June 30, 2016)
  • California Wildfires – Sparking the Debate Over Insurance Coverage
    Loss Executives Association, Boston, Massachusetts (June 11, 2014)
  • 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)
  • California Fair Claim Settlement Practices Regulations
    In-house training for Insurance Adjusters (October 10, 2008)

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