Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Charles Danaher represents insurance companies that are sued for bad faith, fraud and unfair competition. Mr. Danaher's clients include Allstate Insurance Companies, State Farm Insurance Companies, Farmers Insurance Exchange and Auto Club of So. Cal. While the focus of his practice is in California, Mr. Danaher has represented insurance company clients in Wyoming, West Virginia, Nevada, Montana, Indiana, Missouri, Alaska, Maryland, Arkansas, Oregon, Colorado and Ohio.
Mr. Danaher has served as lead counsel in numerous class actions filed against his insurance company clients. He has successfully defended class actions involving such issues as the payment of overhead and profit, the payment of sales tax, the manner in which actual cash value is determined, whether coverage exists for innocent co-insureds, issues involving med-pay coverage, and allegations of premium overcharging.
Together with the members of his practice group, Mr. Danaher was one of the first attorneys in California to successfully advocate the "genuine dispute" defense. Today, this defense is considered to be the most important and viable defense available to an insurance company that has been sued for bad faith.
Mr. Danaher has obtained numerous published decisions from state and federal courts on significant issues affecting the insurance industry.
Mr. Danaher is a former member of the firm's Executive Committee.