Jonathan Gross


Jonathan Gross has concentrated his practice for 30 years in insurance coverage matters and insurance bad faith defense. He served as a regional and nationwide troubleshooter for several national carriers and worked on claims and cases involving all aspects of commercial and personal lines first-party property claims. He has extensive experience with time element coverages, builder’s risk claims, cyber coverage losses, boiler and machinery claims, and mining claims, as well as defending third-party liability coverage cases and bad faith claims. He also defends major corporations in employment litigation, including discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation claims.

Jonathan has assisted with claims in most western states and has litigated coverage and bad faith cases in California, Washington, Texas, West Virginia, Alaska, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, and Nevada. His experience includes a wide range of claim resolution procedures ranging from direct negotiations, mediation and appraisal to trials and appeals.

Jonathan has been a leader in California’s mediation and alternative dispute resolution community for over 20 years. He was Chairman of the California State Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and has mediated hundreds of cases and often trains mediators.


  • Recognized in Super Lawyers, Northern California, Insurance Coverage, 2023
  • Defense Research Institute: Chairman of the First Party Property Subcommittee (2018-2020)
  • Loss Executive Association: Associate Member (2008-2014)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau
  • Adjunct Professor, Hastings College of the Law
  • Recipient of the George W. Yancey Memorial Award, presented by the International Association of Defense Counsel for Most Outstanding Article


Media Coverage

Bylined Articles

  • “California,” co-authored with Albert K. Alikin, Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Compendium, DRI Defense Library Series, 2018
  • “What Punitive Damages Message Is the U.S. Supreme Court Sending?,” Defense Counsel Journal, October 2002
  • “O.J.’s Complaint: ‘Simpson’ Ruling Opens Door To Higher Verdicts, Admission Of Prejudicial Evidence,” Daily Journal, May 10, 2001
  • “Perplexing Punishment: Awarding Punitive Damages In Bad-Faith Insurance Cases,” California Law Business, October 16, 2000
  • “Bad Faith Litigation In California,” Manual, National Business Institute, 1999
  •  “Proof of Excess Insurer’s Cause of Action Against Primary Insurer,” American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts 3d, 1994
  • “Defending ‘Pattern and Practice’ Evidence in Punitive Damages Cases,” Defense Counsel Journal, Volume 61, Number 3, July 1994
  • “Insurer’s Right to Rescind Insurance Contract for the Insured’s False Statement,” American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts 3d, 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Earthquake Claims Management,” Loss Executives Association, Newport, RI, June 7, 2018
  • Presenter, “Property Insurance Appraisal: An Overview of the Cases Providing Guidance,” Defense Research Institute Conference, April 2014
  • Presenter, “Appraisal Versus Arbitration,” DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, Chicago, IL, April 4, 2014
  • Presenter, “Navigating the Minefield of Large Loss Valuation Disputes,” Loss Executives Association, Tampa, FL, January 23-24, 2014
  • Presenter, “Expanding Business Income Loss Coverage,” PLRB Large Loss Conference, Jacksonville, FL, November 19, 2013
  • Presenter, “Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation,” American Conference Institute, San Francisco, CA, July 31, 2013
  • Presenter, “California Fair Claims Practices Regulations,” “Handling Earthquake Claims in California,” “Bad Faith Litigation,” and “Negotiating and Settling Insurance Claims,” to various insurers, professional associations, and training organizations, 2005-2021
  • “The Appraisal Process: A Brief Overview For The Practitioner,” American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, CLE Seminar, March 2005


California, 1986
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


J.D., Hastings College of the Law, 1985
B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz, 1982

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