Sandra Smith Thayer

Insurance Coverage

Partner
2049 Century Park East, Suite 700 Los Angeles, California 90067-3109
T: (310) 772-8338 thayers@dicksteinshapiro.com

Biography

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.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

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.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

While studying at Tulane Law School, Sandy was editor-in-chief of the Sports Lawyers Journal.

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Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers

  • Legal 500: The Client's Guide to the US Legal Profession

  • Southern California Super Lawyers

  • Legal 500: The Client's Guide to the US Legal Profession

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal's Top 100 Women Litigators

  • Law360: Rising Star - Top Policyholder Attorneys Under 40

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal's Top Plaintiff Verdicts in California

Bar Admissions

California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Practice Blog

Political Risk Insurance for Businesses Operating in Russia and Ukraine

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Given recent events, there is an increased interest in political risk insurance in Russia and Ukraine. However, it also appears that insurers have stopped underwriting political risk insurance, at least for exposures in Ukraine for the time being, and many insurers are declining to quote on Russian exposures, or are subjecting new inquiries to greater, … Continue Reading