LOS ANGELES – April 29, 2019 – Construction, Insurance and Employment law firm Hunt, Ortmann, Palffy, Nieves, Darling and Mah, Inc. announced today the addition of three new attorneys to its roster, further rounding out its growing practice groups. Philip Thompson and Michael H. Lee have joined the firm’s Insurance Practice Group, and Daniel J. O’Neil-Ortiz has joined the Employment Practice Group.
Mr. Thompson joins the firm as senior counsel and brings more than three decades of experience in insurance coverage, insurance coverage litigation and subrogation to the firm. His experience includes numerous trials, arbitrations, mediations and appeals. He has written over a thousand coverage opinions involving business disputes, construction defects, bodily injury, property damage, advertising injury and personal injury, under CGL, auto, homeowner’s and premises policies, primary and excess, and he has recovered in excess of $11,000,000 for his clients in subrogation matters. Prior to joining Hunt Ortmann, Mr. Thompson co-founded Nelsen, Thompson, Pegue & Thornton APC in 1987, and Pegue & Thompson in 2015.
Mr. Lee joins the firm as senior counsel. He has more than 20 years of practice as a coverage and litigation attorney with experience handling a variety of claims and litigating coverage and bad faith actions. He has evaluated and monitored complex residential and commercial construction defect and construction products liability claims nationwide concerning developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and has represented product manufacturers from inception to resolution, including multi-party, litigated claims involving large-scale real estate projects.
Mr. O’Neil-Ortiz joins the firm as an associate and brings nearly 10 years of extensive employment as well as general business litigation experience including multi-million dollar class actions and single plaintiff employment matters. He has represented business owners in a variety of general civil litigation matters and has counseled numerous clients regarding wrongful termination issues. His practice includes representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in their business and commercial litigation matters, including general liability, breach of contract, business tort, and public works claims. He also is involved in matters involving insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, defense, indemnity, and claims analysis.
“Hunt Ortmann has a client-focused entrepreneurial approach to legal counsel and professional services, and we are uniquely positioned to grow our Insurance and Employment Groups as a benefit to our existing and future clients,” said JoLynn Scharrer, head of the firm’s Insurance and Employment Practice Groups. “With exceptional experience and a solid roster in construction law services, both insurance and employment law are natural growth areas for the firm and for our clients. The firm is excited to elevate its service offerings for new and existing clients with this talented team.”
Hunt Ortmann also recently added senior counsel Sander Alvarez to the Insurance Group in February.
About Hunt Ortmann, Palffy, Nieves, Darling & Mah, Inc.
Based in Pasadena, Calif., Hunt Ortmann is one of the foremost authorities on California construction law, contracts, dispute resolution and litigation. In addition, the firm offers a host of complementary legal and business services aimed at assisting clients with employment and labor counseling, insurance, real estate and other commercial issues. For nearly five decades, Hunt Ortmann’s team has applied their multi-faceted understanding of the construction space and related industries on behalf of clients that include developers, general contractors, subcontractors and materials suppliers, as well as public and municipal entities, among others.