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Eight Clyde & Co Partners Launch Atheria Law

New Firm Opens with 35 Attorneys in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 1, 2019) – Atheria Law today launched as a new firm of 35 attorneys with decades of experience in insurance and reinsurance law, including in the areas of professional liability and technology, privacy and cyber.

Atheria Law was formed by attorneys and staff from global law firm Clyde & Co. The new firm is led by eight partners, half of whom are women, among its staff of professionals, which includes attorneys practicing in San Francisco, where the firm is headquartered, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. The founding partners are Bill Casey, Joan D’Ambrosio, Eric Moon, Christina Terplan, Julie Hawkinson, David Jordan, Christina Marshall and Jamison Narbaitz.  Terplan will serve as Atheria Law’s president.

“The partners are passionate about our clients and our industry,” said Terplan.  “We have been working together for years and share core values we are committed to advancing at Atheria Law, including the use of new technology and tools to provide industry leading advice while simultaneously advancing diversity and inclusion, mentoring, and professional development.”

“We are thrilled to embark upon this new enterprise with the founding of Atheria Law, which offers exciting opportunities to be more flexible and adaptable in the delivery of our legal services while partnering with our clients to meet and exceed their business objectives,” said Casey, who has focused exclusively on the insurance industry for more than 30 years. “Atheria Law is an evolution, rather than an entirely new beginning, that will enable us to be innovative and forward thinking in the delivery of top quality legal services to our clients.”

Following are Atheria Law’s founding partners:

Bill Casey – Casey concentrates on professional liability insurance coverage and litigation. In addition, he defends insurers and reinsurers in complex insurance coverage actions and arbitrations. Bill has counseled and represented insurers and reinsurers on policies involving lawyers’ liability; insurance for architects, engineers and other design professionals; media and technology; entertainment industry errors and omissions; contingency insurance; sports cancellation insurance; space and satellite insurance; project insurance; employment practices liability; D&O insurance; accountants’ professional liability; sports disability; general liability; property insurance; and judge’s professional liability. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University.

Joan D’Ambrosio – D’Ambrosio represents insurers with respect to technology, media, intellectual property and privacy claims, including involving data security and privacy breaches.  Her team has worked on thousands of data breach incidents of all sizes and types, ranging from single individual matters to the largest healthcare, retail, hospitality, education, and government incidents reported.  She has counseled insurers and their insureds in professional liability matters involving lawyers, architects, engineers, and miscellaneous errors and omissions risks. D’Ambrosio has been passionate about diversity and inclusion throughout her career, and is proud to have mentored and promoted many diverse attorneys and staff over the years.  She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from the University of California San Diego.

Julie Choi Hawkinson – Hawkinson represents insurers in respect of technology, media, intellectual property, privacy and D&O claims. She has particular focus and experience with complex and high-stakes class action claims in technology and media areas such as IP, defamation, software implementation, advertising, consumer privacy, and right of publicity litigation. Hawkinson is a champion for diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace, and actively is involved in numerous organizations that support and provide opportunities to underrepresented groups in the legal profession.  She is a true believer that diverse organizations perform better in every way. Hawkinson received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from the University of Southern California.

David Jordan – Jordan concentrates on counseling professional liability insurers and their insureds in matters involving up to billions of U.S. dollars in claimed damages. His professional liability practice includes complex matters across six continents, involving some of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the world. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) from the University of Alabama.

Christina (Tina) Marshall – Marshall advises insurers with respect to complex claims reported under policies issued to design professionals doing business globally. She also represents insurers in a broad range of insurance coverage issues arising under professional liability, general liability and excess/umbrella policies. Her practice is resolution-focused, and she has negotiated multi-million dollar claims and coverage disputes for close to 20 years.  She received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Santa Clara University.

Eric Moon – Moon represents insurers in connection with errors and omissions policies issued to professionals, including attorneys, architects, engineers, accountants, real estate agents, insurance brokers, business managers, and mortgage professionals. He also represents insurers with respect to general liability, employment-practices liability and event-contingency policies. Earlier in his career, Moon worked in London, practicing alongside clients and working in-house with several Lloyd’s syndicates. He has litigated on behalf of both insurers and their insureds. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University.

Jamison Narbaitz – Narbaitz represents London and U.S. insurers in claims involving cyber and privacy, technology errors and omissions, media liability, data breach, consumer class actions and IP. He has significant experience litigating insurance coverage actions involving CGL, commercial property, business interruption/extra expense, EPL, E&O and D&O policies. He currently serves as secretary of the Board of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) Northern California Chapter. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Christina Terplan – Terplan focuses her practice on technology, IP and privacy law. She represents insurers on a broad range of issues and in claims brought against technology and media companies. She also counsels clients regarding data security and privacy incidents, including evaluation of the scope of the incident, the required response, if any, and resulting regulatory investigations and consumer or patient lawsuits. A major focus for Terplan is on working with insurers on the development of new insurance programs and manuscripted coverages for evolving cyber security and data breach risks. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis.