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Peter S. Selvin - Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Commercial and Business Litigation Lawyer
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1801 Century Park EastSuite 1600Los Angeles, CA 90067-2318
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Peter S. SelvinLawyer Overview

Peter S. Selvin is a seasoned trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. Although he has particular expertise in the areas of insurance coverage and international litigation, he has successfully handled high-dollar real estate, intellectual property and other business disputes. Chief among his strengths is his ability to counsel clients and help achieve strategic business solutions. Since 2007 he has been listed for both Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law in Best...

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Peter S. Selvin is a seasoned trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. Although he has particular expertise in the areas of insurance coverage and international litigation, he has successfully handled high-dollar real estate, intellectual property and other business disputes. Chief among his strengths is his ability to counsel clients and help achieve strategic business solutions. Since 2007 he has been listed for both Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law in Best Lawyers in America. He also enjoys the highest AV "preeminent" peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

In 2011 Peter won a notable trial victory which resulted in the one of the largest judgments (over $ 22 million) issued that year by the Los Angeles Superior Court. Other notable experience includes his involvement in a highly publicized three-month "bet the company" jury trial; his longstanding representation of media figures and celebrities in high-stakes litigation; and his expertise in successfully pursuing insurance coverage in the context of business torts and intellectual property litigation.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of California (Los Angeles) law school, Peter is a prolific writer and frequent speaker on emerging legal topics. He has lectured or spoken before such organizations as Continuing Education of the Bar, the Practicing Law Institute and the International Bar Association.

Formerly a partner for 25 years with a large international law firm, Peter now practices with TroyGould PC, a mid-sized Los Angeles firm representing a wide range of business clients. 

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Practice Areas
Commercial and Business LitigationInternational Law
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
California, 1980U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1981U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1990U.S. District Court Southern District of CaliforniaU.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1990U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1987U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2006
Other Affiliations
State Bar of California, 1980 - Present (Member) Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1980 - Present (Member) California State Bar, 1992 - 1993 (Member, Committee on the Administration of Justice) California State Bar, Section on Technology, 1992 - 1993 (Co-Chair) Financial Lawyers Conference (Member) Federal Bar Association (Member) Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2006 - 2010 (Board of Governors) ABTL Report (Member, Board & Governors and Editorial Committee) Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section, 1996 - 2001 (Member, Executive Committee) American Bar Association (Member) International Bar Association (Member)
Education
University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1980
J.D.
University of Chicago, 1976
M.A.
Major: English Language and Literature
University of California, San Diego, 1975
B.A.
Honors: summa cum laude
Major: English
Past Positions
Clerk-Extern, 1979 Fok Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeals, Second District, Division Five, 1979
Classes and Seminars
Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Cyber-Space Liabilities, International Bar Association, 2012
Speaker, Repositioning Business for Growth, Directors Roundtable, 2002
Panelist, International Business Litigation and Arbitration, Practicing Law Institute, 2002
Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Business Interruption, Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc., 2002
Speaker, Civil Litigation Practice: 20th Annual Recent Developments, Continuing Education of the Bar, California, 2002
Panelist, Emerging Issues in Insurance Coverage, Risk and Insurance Management Society, 2001 - 2002
Trends in Antitrust Litigation, American Corporate Counsel Association, 2001
Speaker, Civil Litigation Practice: 19th Annual Recent Developments in Civil Procedure, Continuing Education of the Bar, California, 2001
Panelist, U.S. Regulation of Offshore Insurance Sales Practices, International Bar Association, 2000
Annual Panelist, Recent Developments in Civil Litigation, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2000 - Present
Speaker, Insurance And The Internet, International Bar Association, 2000
Speaker, Insurance Coverage For Intellectual Property Claims, Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc., 2000
Speaker, Preparing and Examining Expert Witnesses in Civil Litigation, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1994
Speaker, Lender Liability of Executives and Their Corporations, The Directors' Roundtable, 1994
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Honors
Named "Best Lawyer" in Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law, The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, Inc., 2007 - 2009Named "Southern California Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage and International by Law & Politics in Los Angeles magazine (2007 and 2008 editions)Highest "AV" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law DirectoryFellow, Litigation Counsel of America, (2012 - Present)
Representative Clients
Financial InstitutionsInsurance CompaniesLending Institutions
Office Information
Address
1801 Century Park EastSuite 1600Los Angeles, CA 90067-2318
Phone
310-402-2851
Fax
424-239-2657
Offers Free Initial Consultation
Yes
Accepts Credit Cards
Yes
Publication
Articles
International Service of Process, Transatlantic Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Oceana, 2003
Litigating in the U.S.: First Steps for Non-U.S. Claimants and Defendants, Global Counsel, April, 2002
Personal Jurisdiction over Non-U.S. Defendants, PLI, 2002
International Service of Process, Transatlantic Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Oceana, 2002
Liability of Foreign Corporations Based on Activities of U.S. Subsidiaries, Los Angeles Daily Journal, June, 2001
Determining Jurisdiction over Web Site Defendants, Los Angeles Daily Journal, April, 2001Real Coverage, Virtual World, Risk & Insurance, April 17, 2000U.S. Regulation of Offshore Insurance Sales Practices, International Bar Association, September, 2000Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards, Dalloz Affairs, June, 1999Proof of Foreign Law in International Litigation, Los Angeles Daily Journal, November, 1999Establishing Foreign Law in International Litigation in U.S. Courts, Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 30, 1999Application of Forum Non Conveniens Against Foreign Parties, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 27, 1999Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards, International Commercial Litigation, May, 1999Recent Developments on 1782, International Commercial Litigation, February, 1999New Cases on Forum Non Conveniens, International Commercial Litigation, December, 1998Jurisdictional Discovery Against Foreigners, International Commercial Litigation, November, 1998Criminal Prosecution of Antitrust Violations Abroad, International Litigation News, July, 1998Choice of Law In Securities Litigation, International Commercial Litigation, July, 1998U.S. Discovery Procedures Clash With Foreign Laws, International Commercial Litigation, April, 1998Lloyd's Names Kicked Out By Ninth Circuit, International Commercial Litigation, March, 1998The Emerging Law of Cyberspace, International Commercial Litigation, November, 1997Discovery in Aid of Foreign Litigation, International Commercial Litigation, December, 1997U.S. Discovery Procedures Clash With Foreign Laws, National Law Journal, Vol. 20, No. 32, April, 1998The Emerging Law of Cyberspace, Multimedia and Technology Licensing Law Report, February, 1998U.S. Discovery in Aid of Foreign Proceedings, Civil Litigation, International Bar Association, 1999Discovery in Aid of Foreign Litigation, Lawyers' Weekly, Vol. 18, No. 5, June, 1998Commercial Arbitration Practice in the U.S., International Litigation News, July, 1997The Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Antitrust Law, ABTL Report , Vol. XIX, No. 3, May, 1997U.S. Courts Override Choice of Forum Provisions, International Commercial Litigation, September, 1997Trademark Protection for Personal Names, National Law Journal , Vol. 18, No. 46, July, 1996Doctor's Assocs. v. Casarotto : The Federalization of Arbitration, ABTL Report , Vol. XIX, No. 1, September, 1996An Overview of Lender Liability Litigation, International Commercial Litigation, December, 1995Local Franchise Regulation and Investment in the U.S., International Financial Law Review, September, 1995The Strange Case of Alienage Jurisdiction, Beverly Hills Bar Journal, Fall, 1993Run for Coverage, Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 8, 2008A Liability Insurer's Duty to Settle, Risk & Insurance and California Lawyer (October 2007 and March 2008)Passing the Buck, Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 20, 2008Tort Liability in the Standards World: ANSI Legal Issues Forum 2007, Washington, District of Columbia, October 17, 2007Bad Vibrations: Subprime-Sparked Legal Action, The European Lawyer, October, 2007Liability Insurance Coverage for Copyright Infringement: A Copyright Practitioner’s Guide, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, April, 2007Insurance Coverage for Business Torts, ABTL Report, Fall, 2006Avoiding a Jury Trial Under U.S. Law, European Lawyer, September, 2004
Representative Cases
Solahart Industries Pty. Ltd. v. City of Vista, 1996 WL 765978 (U.S. District Court S. D. Cal. 1996) Firstmark Capital Corporation v. Hempel Financial Corporation, 83-1565 HLH (Gx), U.S. District Court C.D. Cal., 1987, reversed in part, 859 F. 2d 92, 9th Cir., 1988FNS Mortgage Service Corporation v. Pacific General Group, Inc., 24 Cal. App. 4th 1564 (1994)
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310-402-2851
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424-239-2657
1801 Century Park EastSuite 1600Los Angeles, CA 90067-2318