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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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Sander Alvarez

Senior Counsel



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Sander Alvarez’s practice is focused on insurance coverage litigation, including appeals, regarding all types of first party and third party insurance policies, including commercial general liability, products liability, D & O and E & O, and environmental pollution liability policies, among others. He also counsels clients regarding general tort litigation matters involving products liability, construction defect, breach of contract, and business torts. Mr. Alvarez has represented insurer clients on claim handling, compliance, underwriting, and policy drafting issues. Additionally, he has particular expertise in the areas of environmental coverage litigation, including suits for declaratory relief, breach of contract, equitable contribution between insurers, and bad faith defense. Mr. Alvarez counsels clients in every stage of a matter, from pre-litigation to litigation, including alternative dispute resolution and in particular private mediation, and when necessary trial and post-trial proceedings, including appeals.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
    • Hastings Environmental Law Journal, Notes Editor
  • Amherst College, B.A.


  • All California state and federal courts
  • Montana and New Mexico (pro hac vice)
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Insurance Law


DRI (Defense Research Institute)

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