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Howard M. Garfield

Howard M. Garfield

Of Counsel
San Francisco
Three Embarcadero Center
Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Mr. Garfield is a member of the Professional Liability, Risk Management & Insurance Law and Employment & Labor Practice Groups. His practice focuses on a wide variety of areas which affect employers and businesses in employment litigation, commercial, trade secret, copyright and securities litigation, employment counseling and the defense of professionals. He has represented insurers in coverage counseling and disputes and in the defense of bad faith actions. Mr. Garfield also has extensive experience representing management in employment dispute resolution via mediations, arbitrations and litigation.

His representation includes:

  • accountants
  • lawyers
  • officers and directors
  • securities and commodities brokers
  • investment advisers
  • insurance brokers
  • directors’ and officers’ liability insurance carriers
  • insurance coverage, with an emphasis on professional errors and omissions, employment practices liability insurance, liability insurance and inter-insurance company disputes, reinsurance and other commercial and business disputes

Mr. Garfield is also a member of Resolution Remedies and the National Arbitration Forum, he has acted as both mediator and arbitrator. He has served as counsel, a party-appointed arbitrator, and refereed reinsurance and insurance arbitrations. He has testified extensively as an expert at trial and in deposition regarding insurance and law practice management issues and the reasonableness of attorneys’ fees, including the propriety, allocation and reasonableness of Brandt fees, in both state and federal courts. He also provides annual training mandated by the California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations.


Harvard University Law School (JD, 1968)

Stanford University (A.B., 1964)

California, 1969
California State Courts
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Alaska