Neil Selman specializes in representing insurers in coverage and related matters, emphasizing first and third party property-casualty issues, construction and environmental matters, entertainment coverages, professional liability, as well as extracontractual issues. Mr. Selman advises his clients on business practices, underwriting and claims handling, and drafts policy language and endorsements. His expertise also includes primary/excess issues and the representation of surplus lines carriers. He is also involved in the defense of insureds, and has nationally coordinated cases involving toxic substances.
Mr. Selman has represented insurers not only in a consulting capacity, but has also litigated matters in all areas relating to insurance. He has tried coverage and bad faith cases in California and other States and has appeared in the Appellate Courts of the State of California and other States as well. He has also been responsible for arguing cases before the California Supreme Court which have had significant impact on California insurance coverage law and the rights of insurers.
Mr. Selman attended the University of Southern California, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1971 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also received his J.D. at the University of Southern California in 1974. He is admitted to practice before all California State Courts, all Federal Courts within the State of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has practiced law continuously since 1974.
Mr. Selman participates in seminars and panels on insurance issues throughout the United States, including the American Bar Association, the California State Bar Convention, Defense Research Institute, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) for the California State Bar, West Coast Casualty, Combined Claims Conference, Ohio Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Lorman Educational Institute, The Insurance Education Association, RE/MAX International Summer Conference for Brokers/Owners and Managers, The Seminar Group, and The Environmental Claim Managers Association. Mr. Selman also serves as an expert witness pertaining to insurance and claim handling issues and has testified on various insurance issues. For the past ten years, Mr. Selman has been invited by the California State Bar to teach insurance issues at the California State Bar Annual Meeting.
Mr. Selman is a member of the Defense Research Institute (Committee on Insurance Law; current Chair of the Subcommittee on Excess/Umbrella Issues; past Chair of the Subcommittee on Employment Law Claims), American Bar Association (Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee; Co-Chair of the Additional Insured Subcommittee), Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Coverage/Bad Faith Substantive Law Committee), Los Angeles County Bar Association (Insurance Committee), and served as Vice Chairman of the Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee, Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Selman is rated AV® PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell, indicating that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Selman has served as Judge Pro Tempore in the Los Angeles Municipal Court and as Arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court Arbitration Program. He is certified as a graduate of a mediation program provided by Pepperdine Law School, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, "Mediating the Litigated Case," May, 1999.
Mr. Selman is involved in community activities in the Los Angeles area. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Bowl Society, a support group for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl. He was the founder and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Pacific Palisades Celebration of Our Shared Values, which was a community-wide, week-long event focusing on the importance of values, an event sponsored by all religious institutions in Pacific Palisades, California. Mr. Selman recently served on the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Committee of the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Selman has been voted by in-house counsel and peers as one of the preeminent insurance & reinsurance practitioners in the world by Expert Guides’ Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers.