Bio & Experience Overview: Jeanette L. Viau, Esq. Insurance Bad Faith, Coverage & Insurance Dispute Lawyer

IMG_0379aBased in Los Angeles California, pre-eminent lawyer, Jeanette L.Viau has received the highest rating possible (AV-rated) by Martindale-Hubbell for outstanding legal ability and ethical standards, reserved for attorneys recognized as having the highest levels of skill and integrity. Ms. Viau has over 27 years of litigation and trial experience.

For the thirteen years between 1985 and 1998, Ms. Viau represented and defended insureds in liability cases and insurance companies in coverage and breach of contract/bad faith cases. Ms. Viau has litigated more than 500 insurance cases, attended and/or taken hundreds of depositions including experts, has substantial trial experience and has more than 20 unpublished decisions or writs. In addition, Ms. Viau is an accomplished insurance coverage lawyer and has written more than 1000 coverage opinions in her career. She has handled numerous appeals and in addition to her unpublished writs and appeals, she has two published decisions.

Since 1986, she has focused on insurance coverage and insurance bad faith litigation, analyzing whether a claim against the insured was covered under an insurance policy. Her insurance practice has covered the full range of litigation. Ms. Viau has been offering her expertise and experience to individuals and small companies involved in insurance disputes since 1998.

Ms. Viau is admitted to practice in California State Courts, the Federal District Courts of California and the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Additional Background on Jeanette L. Viau

Ms. Viau graduated from UCLA in 1982. After graduating from UCLA, she attended Loyola University Law School. At Loyola, she was on the National Moot Court Team, and on the Honors Board, Scott Moot Court Team. Ms. Viau worked for one year for Superior Court Judge Jess Whitehill, and researched and wrote his law and motion decisions.

In 1985, Ms. Viau joined the firm of Pachter, Gold & Schaffer (later Schaffer & Lax when Arnold Gold joined the Bench). During her first year at Schaffer & Lax, she practiced in the area of personal injury defense. She had a three-week premises liability jury trial in her first year, and obtained a defense verdict for her client. Starting in her second year of practice, she focused on insurance coverage and insurance “bad faith” defense, analyzing whether a claim against the insured individual or company was covered under an insurance policy.

While at Schaffer & Lax, Ms. Viau also handled numerous appeals, including the published decisions of Ahern v. Dillenback (1991) 1 Cal.App.4th 36 and Wilson v. Western Medical Review (1990) 222 Cal.App.3d 660.

In 1991, Ms. Viau joined the international law firm of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold. While there, she handled many insurance coverage, “bad faith” and HMO cases on behalf of a diverse client base. She also handled an ERISA pre-emption case through appeal before the Second District Court of Appeal, where she obtained a successful appellate result for the client. In 1997, she was elevated to the position of Special Counsel.

Ms. Viau has authored numerous publications and articles on issues involving insurance coverage and “bad faith.” She has given numerous seminars on the topics of insurance law and liability issues.

In 1998, Ms. Viau left her position at Sedgwick, and began representing insureds and injured persons. In 2000, she started her own Los Angeles law firm with Gary K. Kwasniewski. Viau & Kwasniewski represent insureds and plaintiffs in insurance coverage/breach actions, serious personal injury and wrongful death matters.

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