Sandra Smith Thayer is a partner and the California leader of Dickstein Shapiro’s Insurance Coverage Group. She also is the leader of the group’s Insurance Broker Liability Practice. Sandy conducts an active trial and arbitration practice, representing insureds in complex insurance coverage matters and in disputes and litigation with insurance brokers. She co-led efforts to secure $1.8 billion from various insurers for San Diego Gas & Electric’s liabilities for the 2007 San Diego wildfires and served as one of two trial counsel for Sempra Energy in a two-week jury trial in October 2008 against Marsh USA, obtaining a $48.5 million jury verdict that was affirmed in full by the Ninth Circuit in 2010. Sandy has arbitrated before the London Court of International Arbitration and second-chaired an arbitration in which a motion picture studio recovered $70 million.
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Sandy has handled matters regarding insurance coverage for political risk claims; business interruption and extra expense claims; earthquakes, fires, and other natural disaster losses; employment, discrimination, and harassment claims; entertainment industry liabilities and production losses; environmental and pollution losses; errors and omissions and professional liabilities; fraud and misrepresentation; products liability; and securities laws violations. She also has represented clients in a wide range of non-insurance matters.
While studying at Tulane Law School, Sandy was editor-in-chief of the Sports Lawyers Journal.