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Clarke B. Holland - OF COUNSEL

pic_holland.jpgClarke Holland is a founding partner of Pacific Law Partners. Prior to helping form Pacific Law Partners, Clarke was a partner with Thornton, Taylor in San Francisco.


Clarke has worked on a wide range of issues impacting the insurance industry particularly in the handling of disaster claims litigation, such as the Oakland Hills fire and the Morgan Hill, Whittier, Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes, and Hurricane Katrina. He served as trial counsel in Garvey v. State Farm and amicus counsel in State Farm v. Von Der Leith, cases which set the standard for analysis of "concurrent causation."


More recently, Clarke has argued before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in cases impacting the scope of coverage for Hurricane Katrina - in Tuepker v. State Farm and Broussard v. State Farm.


Clarke has handled over 50 appeals in California, Hawaii, Oklahoma and the 5th and 6th Circuit Courts of Appeal, including 20 published decisions involving property and casualty insurance issues.


Clarke is a former Vice-Chair of the Property Insurance Committee of the ABA and has written extensively on insurance coverage and bad faith issues.


Born and raised in Santa Rosa, California, other than frequent trips to Los Angeles, Clarke has lived in Northern California all his life. In his spare time, he enjoys Cal Bear football, World War II history, beekeeping, fine wine and movies. Clarke and his wife Tamara live in Marin County with their dog Gracie.


Bar Admissions:

    California, 1977


University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1977

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1974

Published Works:

    "Getting the Most Out of Discovery: Selected Topics Regarding Discovery in Bad Faith Cases," March, 1996

    "'Kibbee' Kids: Insurance Coverage in Dual-Costody Situations," San Francisco Daily Journal, March 18, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships:

    State Bar of California
    Los Angeles County Bar Association

    American Bar Association, 1989 - 1990 Vice-Chair, Property Law Insurance Committee

    Media Law Reports, 1976 Associate Editor, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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