Mr. Bague is a member of the Risk Management & Insurance Law, Construction Law and Food Safety Practice Groups. Gary has decades of experience in the management and transfer of risk, and his clients rely on him as a trusted counselor and litigator. He regularly advises and defends the interests of a number of carriers and companies in various industries with regard to insurance issues arising out of virtually all lines of insurance, including: commercial, general liability and property, professional liability, auto, homeowners, environmental/pollution, workers’ compensation, life, health, and disability. He is past chair of the firm’s Risk Management & Insurance Law Practice Group, and is active in the Construction Law and Food Safety Practice Groups.
He represents primary and excess insurers and reinsurers, brokers and agents in insurance coverage litigation, as well as in first and third party extracontractual litigation. Gary regularly provides coverage opinions, drafts provisions for insurance policies and self-insurance trusts, has coordinated fraud investigations on behalf of life insurers, and has served as national coverage counsel. He has advised hospitals regarding contracts with medical personnel, and construction contractors.
In his construction practice, Gary has advised and represented developers, general contractors and artisan subcontractors and their insurers in construction defect liability claims litigation, and in litigation over coverage disputes. He routinely advises and defends homeowners associations with regard to requirements under California’s Davis Stirling Act. He also represents clients with regard to issues concerning, controlled (wrap) insurance programs, additional insured issues, contractual and equitable indemnity, and anti-indemnity statutes, and assists in the review and drafting of construction contracts.
With regard to the food industry, he regularly advises and defends companies on issues of risk financing, risk transfer, and management of insurance assets in the context of product liability litigation, in addition to helping serve as national coordinating counsel in recall litigation.
Gary’s experience is reflected in the fact that he has:
He has been recognized by:
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (JD, 1980) Recipient: Snodgrass Moot Court Award
California State University at Los Angeles (BA, 1977) magna cum laude
Beta Gamma Sigma
Phi Kappa Phi
Chair Emeritus, ALFA International Board of Directors
ALFA International, Member of the Insurance Law and Construction Law Practice Groups
Defense Research Institute
Asian Pacific American Bar Association
American Society of Healthcare Risk Management
American Bar Association
Martindale Hubbell Preeminent AV Rated
Top Lawyers of Southern California, Los Angeles Times
Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Thousand Oaks, Council President 2004-2008