Fiona A. Chaney is a partner at Pasich LLP and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in her field. Fiona represents insureds in disputes with insurers for a wide variety of policies, including commercial liability, directors and officers, property, employment practices, business interruption, and media liability. In 2014, Fiona second-chaired the country’s first trial involving a “Superstorm Sandy” insurance claim in which the jury awarded the client damages and attorneys’ fees for breach of contract and bad faith. In 2016, she second-chaired a bench trial in which the court found in favor of the client and held that the insurer had not properly exhausted its policy. She also has served on litigation teams in a wide range of litigation and in an international arbitration.
Fiona’s practice has a particular emphasis on insurance coverage in the entertainment and sports industries. She has negotiated numerous defense and settlement agreements for losses caused by alleged bodily injuries, property damage, defamation, employment practices, and professional liabilities. In addition, Fiona has represented numerous entertainers, athletes, and high net worth individuals and has helped resolve their claims quickly, quietly, and out of the spotlight.
Fiona has handled insurance coverage matters for property damage; business interruption and extra expense claims; environmental and pollution losses; employment, discrimination, and harassment claims; entertainment industry liabilities; professional liabilities; advertising injuries; antitrust; unfair competition; and mass tort claims. Fiona also regularly presents on topics such as insurance coverage for data breach and other cyber liabilities. She also is also an editor and co-author of the New Appleman Sports and Entertainment Insurance Law & Practice Guide (LexisNexis, 2014), a book that addresses insurance law issues facing insureds in the sports and entertainment industries.
In addition to her insurance coverage practice, Fiona also has represented clients in a wide range of non-insurance matters, including white-collar criminal defense and government investigations.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- “Getting the Most Out of Your Liability Insurance Policies,” Association of Corporate Counsel, June 8, 2017
- A Look At First Party Insurance Coverage For Cannabis, Law360, May 18, 2017
- “Why is Cyber Security Insurance a Corporate Necessity,” West LegalEdCenter, April 17, 2017
- “Discovery of Insurance Reserves, Reinsurance, and ‘Other Claims’ Files in Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation, Navigating Relevancy, Privilege and Work Product, Burdensome Objections; Policyholder and Insurer Perspectives,” Strafford Webcast, November 8, 2016
- Bad faith spurs liability for excess settlements, Daily Journal, August 11, 2016
- “Data Breach Insurance Coverage: Critical Issues Explored,” The Knowledge Group Webcast, November 13, 2014
- “Leave Nothing on the Table: Getting the Most Out of Your Insurer’s Defense Obligation, ACC Legal Quick Hit,” November 19, 2013
- Practical Considerations for Media Liability Insurance, Association of Corporate Counsel website, October 3, 2013
- “Insurance Coverage for Marketing & Advertising Risks,” Association of Corporate Counsel, July 24, 2013
- Top Ten Insurance Considerations in Athlete and Celebrity Endorsements, Association of Corporate Counsel website, July 23, 2013
- One Less Excuse: Insurers Cannot Rely on California Insurance Code Section 533.5(b) to Deny Coverage for Federal Criminal Charges, Policyholder Informer, May 17, 2013
- “Pitfalls, Traps, and Rights Re-established: Insurance Hot Topics for Inside Counsel facing Cyber Claims, Investigation Expenses, and Other New Challenges—All While Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protection,” Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California Roundtable, April 24, 2013
- Insurers Cannot Misappropriate Advertising Injury Coverage, Policyholder Informer, March 4, 2013
- Maximizing D&O Insurance for Subprime and Options Backdating Claims, ABA Business Torts Journal, Fall 2008
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D., cum laude, 2003)
University of San Diego (B.A., 1994)