Carey B. Moorehead Senior Counsel




Carey Moorehead devotes his practice to representing the insurance industry in coverage disputes, primarily in the areas of directors and officers liability, environmental contamination, and professional and general liability claims. He has also defended insureds in class action securities litigation, antitrust and professional liability suits. Additionally, he has handled numerous appeals before California state and federal appellate courts. Carey has authored client newsletters on insurance coverage issues and made several presentations on claims handling and coverage issues.

Carey brings more than 30 years of coverage and litigation experience to bear to provide the thoughtful direction needed to guide his clients through turbulent waters and to favorably resolve disputes before they escalate, and he provides the aggressive representation required when diplomacy is no longer an option.

Areas of Focus

Insurance-Reinsurance Coverage / Bad Faith
Carey provides skilled representation to domestic and foreign insurers in coverage disputes, including declaratory judgment, rescission and interpleader actions. He acts both as coverage counsel and monitoring counsel for his insurer clients. Carey frequently represents insurance company clients in high-stakes bad-faith litigation.

Directors & Officers
Carey regularly represents D&O insurers with respect to class action securities litigation against their for-profit corporate insureds, including numerous high-tech and Fortune 500 companies. He has successfully defended several corporate insureds and their directors/officers in class action securities litigation as well as antitrust and professional liability suits.

Professional Liability
Carey represents insurers in coverage disputes in the area of professional liability, frequently acting as coverage and monitoring counsel. He has also successfully defended lawyers and accountants in professional liability matters in state and federal courts.


Representative Matters

Successfully represented purchaser of a shell insurance company in a dispute with the seller over the continuing responsibility for a large book of post-sale environmental claims.

Successfully represented an insurer in coverage and bad-faith litigation arising out of the insured’s unauthorized multimillion-dollar settlement of a claim for which coverage was disputed.

Represented numerous insurers as coverage counsel in shareholder and derivative securities class actions against their insureds, including biotech, manufacturing, sales and consumer companies, including several Fortune 100 companies.

Reported Decisions

International Knights of Wine v. Ball Corp. (1980) 110 Cal. App. 3d 1001

Georgie Boy Manufacturing Inc. v. Superior Court (Celebre) (1981) 115 Cal. App. 3d 217

Kane v. National Ski Patrol (2001) 88 Cal. App. 4th 204

Beneficial Standard Life Insurance Company. v. J.C. Penney Life Insurance Company, 137 Fed. Appx. 9, 2005 WL 1432914 (9th Cir. 2005)

State of California v. Continental Insurance Group, et al., (2009) 169 Cal. App. 4th 1114 (de-published and review grt’d 91 Cal. Rptr. 3d 106)

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