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December 2018

Bentley & More Hosts Veterans Legal Institute’s Lawyers for Warriors Planning Committee Meeting and Lunch

On Tuesday December 18, Bentley & More hosted the Veterans Legal Institute’s Lawyers for Warriors Planning Committee December Meeting and Lunch. Our own Natasha Axelrod is part of the planning committee for the next Lawyers for Warriors event to be held September 23, 2019 at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. The event is a networking and fundraising event honoring and supporting the Veterans Legal Institute, which provides pro bono legal services to veterans, and has served over 5,000 low-income veterans to date.

Bentley & More is proud to be working with such a dedicated and amazing organization. https://www.vetslegal.com/

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Bentley & More Partner Greg Bentley Quoted in The Press Democrat Following Announcement of Lawsuit Against Insurance Giant CSAA

Press coverage from Tuesday’s press conference announcing the filing of the lawsuit against insurance giant CSAA on behalf of five families who lost their homes in the 2017 wine country fires. Bentley & More’s Greg Bentley is quoted in the article linked below: “These AAA insureds — as well as many other AAA insureds throughout the state — are woefully underinsured in the event of a fire loss and will be unable to rebuild their home.”

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/9083572-181/santa-rosa-area-wildfire-victims-sue

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Bentley & More Partner Greg Bentley Announces Filing of Insurance Bad Faith Lawsuit Against Insurance Giant CSAA for Underinsuring Families Who Lost Their Homes in 2017 Wildfires

On December 18, 2018 Greg Bentley of Bentley & More LLP held a press conference to announce the filing of an insurance bad faith lawsuit by several families against AAA, known as CSAA Insurance Group in Northern California, claiming the insurance giant systematically underinsured their homes before the 2017 Wildfires destroyed their properties. Because of AAA’s actions, these families have been left hundreds of thousands of dollars short of the cost to rebuild their homes. Despite purchasing AAA homeowner insurance policies they thought would take care of them when disaster strikes, many cannot even begin rebuilding their homes, moving back into their communities, and trying to rebuild their lives. Mr. Bentley, along with co-counsel Chris Kreeger of Rosenthal & Kreeger, represents five families whose properties were damaged and who are suing CSAA.

The event was covered by the local ABC, KPIX/CBS, and KTVU/Fox stations, as well as the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

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Bentley & More Partner Keith More Helps Raise Over $216,000 for Charity at OCTLA Top Gun Awards Ceremony

On December 1st, Bentley and More LLP Partner Keith More helped raise over $216,000 for charity as the live auctioneer at the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association’s (OCTLA) Top Gun Awards ceremony held at the Westin South Coast Plaza. Every year the annual event raises money for charity, and this year’s deserving non-profit was Together We Rise, an organization dedicated to helping children in foster care. Mr. More, a three time winner of OCTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year and former president of the organization, is in his eighth year of serving as live auctioneer for the annual event. Bentley & More also sponsored the sold out event. “We could not be more excited to help in raising a record amount for Together We Rise. Everyone involved is absolutely amazing,” said Mr. More. Please join us in our commitment this holiday season in giving back to the community. Photo by Rick Kraemer, Executive Presentations.

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Bentley & More Partners Greg Bentley and Clare Lucich Obtain $947,000 Verdict Against $185,000 Offer

THIS JUST IN: Bentley & More partners Greg Bentley and Clare Lucich obtained a $947,000 verdict against Corona Del Mar Properties LLC. The offer going into Trial was $185,000! Defense asked the jury to award only $50,000 to $100,000, but clearly the jury did not buy the defense’s attempt to discount justice. In this case, the Plaintiff slipped and fell on a freshly painted walkway at a retail property and suffered serious injuries to her shoulder and bicep requiring surgery. The Plaintiff was additionally diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve compression disorder resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling. Great work Greg and Clare!

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Options for Compensation After a Wildfire

California’s recent fires have caused millions of dollars in destruction from property damage, injury, and death. The 2018 fire season has the dubious honor of being the worst in California history. Thousands of residents throughout the state have been displaced from their homes and suffered both tangible and intangible losses as a result. Knowing your options for compensation following a wildfire is one of the best ways to protect your family... Read More

How Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Wildfire Victims

Tragically, this has been a catastrophic year for wildfires throughout the state of California. Several blazes have ravaged the area, leading to hundreds of thousands of acres burned, thousands of people displaced from their homes, and millions of dollars of property damage. With so many people reporting total losses, insurance companies are inundated with claims. As a policyholder, you essentially pay your premiums in exchange for a promis... Read More