LANCE D. ORLOFF, PARTNER

Lance OrloffBIO

Lance D. Orloff joined Daniels, Baratta & Fine in 1984 as an associate trial attorney. Lance became a partner in 1992. In 1999, Jim Baratta asked him to join him in the newly created firm of Grant, Genovese & Baratta. Since 1999, Lance continues to litigate defense and bad-faith cases through trial and as the firm’s appellate specialist.

While Lance was in law school, he was a paid assistant to Professor Frederick J. Lower during his writing of a treatise on California Insurance Law. He also served as an extern for Judge Robert S.W. Lew for the California Court of Appeals. Lance authored Judge Lew’s published opinion in People v. Parsons. He was honored to be among a few selected law students to try misdemeanor cases for the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

From these experiences, Lance developed his desire to specialize in litigating insurance-related disputes at trial and continuing to litigate insurance law in the appellate courts. He developed his trial-preparation skills as a law clerk preparing high-exposure medical-malpractice, construction-defect, and products-liability cases for trial. Upon passing the bar exam on his first attempt, legendary trial-attorney Jack Daniels hired Lance as a trial associate at Daniels, Baratta & Fine. Soon after, Lance obtained his first defense verdict for L.A. County in a personal-injury case arising out of a bus accident.

During his career, Lance has represented insurance-industry clients in disputes involving insurance issues on the cutting edge of California Law. He tried cases involving cutting-edge issues like third-party bad faith, Cumis counsel, concurrent causes of loss, and multi-party pollution claims. Lance also recovered successful results at trial of large-exposure vehicle accidents, construction-defect, large-scale pollution, and wrongful-death cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He is one of the most experienced insurance lawyers in California in representing insurance-industry clients in Cumis-fee arbitrations and Buss/Blue Ridge reimbursement trials.

Lance has also briefed and argued appeals resulting in published opinions establishing and interpreting some of the most hotly-litigated issues in California insurance law. Lance’s appellate victories in Furlough v. Transamerica, Collin v. American Empire, and Dalrymple v. USAA are routinely relied upon by the California Supreme Court and appellate courts in the areas of arbitration, property-damage, and bad-faith law. In 2009, the California Supreme Court in Ramirez v. Nelson, which Lance briefed and argued, reversed an appellate-court decision exposing California homeowners and their insurers to limitless damages for injuries sustained by independent contractors hired by homeowners to maintain their homes. His experience includes 16 published appellate opinions in appeals he has briefed and argued in the California Supreme and appellate courts, and the Federal District courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


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