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Hunt Ortmann is one of the foremost authorities on California construction law, contracts, dispute resolution and litigation offering additional legal services in the areas of business and commercial law, employment matters and labor law compliance, real estate, insurance and suretyship.

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Philip Thompson

Senior Counsel



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Philip Thompson has more than three decades of experience in insurance coverage, insurance coverage litigation and subrogation, including 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 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.


J.D., Loyola Marymount University
B.A., California State University, Northridge,
cum laude

Bars + Courts

United States District Court, Central and Eastern Districts of California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
New Mexico


Los Angeles County Bar Assiciation
California State Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
New Mexico Bar Association

  • American Jurisprudence Award in Real Property Law
  • Southern California Super Lawyers 2011-2019
  • Best Lawyers 2017-2019
Representative Work

Headed a coverage team for a major insurance carrier for 10 years doing half of California coverage opinion work and producing a huge saving for the client. Lead counsel in a tainted food subragation matter for a leading mid-west insurer recovering in excess of $10,000,000 for insurer. Involved in a construction defect insurance coverage dispute for a major insurer involving over 50 underlying construction defect suits and an exposure in excess of $50,000,000. Has tried over ten coverage litigation cases to verdict, and won many summary judgement motions. Has written numerous appeals and writs.

News + Publications

Mr. Thomson regularly publishes articles on insurance-related matters in industry and professional publications.

Hunt Ortmann Welcomes Three New Attorneys to its Insurance and Employment Groups

Speaking Engagements + Seminars

Gave numerous seminars to clients on various topics involving insurance coverage

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