Haight is celebrating new partner promotions in 2024. Congratulations to Gary LaHendro, Melvin Marcia and Philip McDermott!
Gary LaHendro became a member of the California State Bar in December 1993. He is a member of the Risk Management & Insurance Law Practice Group. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Gary’s clients include carriers within the United States and London Markets for whom he has provided coverage advice on various lines of coverage, including commercial general liability, excess, errors and omissions, auto, and representations and warranties. Gary also monitors the defense of insureds with respect to third-party lawsuits. In addition to coverage work, Gary has over 20 years of litigation experience as lead defense counsel on cases involving soil and groundwater contamination, professional liability, construction defect and personal injury cases. He is also a skilled appellate attorney and Certified Mediator.
Melvin Marcia became a member of the California State Bar on June 1, 2016. Melvin is a member of the firm’s Transportation Law, General Liability, Product Liability and Fire Litigation Practice Groups. His practice focuses on litigation of high value cases, ranging from catastrophic injury, wrongful death, premises liability, business disputes, product liability, uninsured/underinsured arbitrations and subrogation matters.
Philip McDermott became a member of the California State Bar on November 25, 2015. Philip started his career practicing civil litigation defense in a wide range of areas that included hospitality, business solutions, construction, general liability, product liability, professional liability, and transportation. Philip now focuses on performing general counsel and transactional work for commercial clients primarily in the retail, hospitality, shipping, construction and legal industries. Philip draws upon his extensive experience in litigation to represent and advocate for his clients at all stages with a focus on prevention, compliance, risk mitigation, and productivity.