Joel P. Gumbiner was admitted to the California Bar in 1983 after receiving his J.D., with honors, from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. There he received the American Jurisprudence Award, the Law Review Comment of the Year Award, was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society, and served as Articles Editor for the USF Law Review.
For more than thirty years, Mr. Gumbiner has litigated cases involving insurance coverage and “Bad Faith”. Mr. Gumbiner has extensive trial and appellate experience and has written and lectured on insurance-related issues all over the country. Mr. Gumbiner has represented commercial and individual policyholders in every type of insurance dispute, from claims advice and coverage opinions, through trial and appeals, and including arbitrations, Appraisal hearings and mediations. He has obtained more than a dozen multi-million dollar results for clients and has litigated several major California insurance cases including the landmark California Supreme Court case ofGarvey v. State Farm.
Mr. Gumbiner has also represented insured clients in disputes outside of litigation including “examinations under oath,” insurance “Appraisal” hearings, and direct claims negotiations/settlements with all major commercial and personal lines insurance companies. Mr. Gumbiner has also litigated and tried cases involving landslides, floods, construction defect and employment discrimination in state and federal courts in California and Nevada.
Mr. Gumbiner has served as an expert witness on insurance coverage and claims handling in litigation, and has been named as a Party Appraiser in first party property insurance Appraisals in California and Arizona. He has served as court-appointed arbitrator, mediator and discovery facilitator in the San Francisco and Marin County Superior Courts. He has also been selected one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers every year since 2008.
Mr. Gumbiner has served on the Marin County Bar Association Board of Directors for eight years and was MCBA President in 2013. Mr. Gumbiner has also served on Board of the Central Marin Pop Warner Football organization, including two years as president. He was on the Board of Congregation Rodef Sholom in Marin County and was Chairman of the Religious School Board of Trustees for two years. He has coached youth sports and has coached a local high school Mock Trial team for the past 10 years.