Recent Firm News

ADC Leadership

Partner Jennifer Wilhelmi was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADC).  She is also serving as Co-Chair of the Construction Substantive Law Section, and is enjoying her new responsibilities with the industry organization that our firm has been heavily involved in for the last 30+ years!

Our partners speak…people listen

Kory Phillips spoke at MC Consultants annual West region construction defect and insurance coverage conference in San Diego. The panel addressed the builder’s right to repair legislation in the Western states, and specifically the pros and cons of such legislation.

Bob Bellagamba was a panelist at the first annual Axis Construction defect seminar, addressing alternative dispute resolution approaches in construction defect litigation.

Matt Constantino will be a panelist in the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Construction/Environmental Mini-Conference in Anaheim on November 8, 2013. He will be speaking on the highlights of various states’ “Right to Repair” or “Notice and Opportunity to Repair” statutes, with a particular focus on SB 800 – California’s Right to Repair statute, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of such statutes

Master in Trial

Partner Chris Beeman participated as a panelist in The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) “Masters in Trial” program last fall in San Francisco. He is also a State Chair for Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) and  continues in his role as a chairperson for the ABOTA “Civility Matters” program.

Efficient Success

An elderly plaintiff suffered memory loss and emotional injuries when he tripped on a raised sidewalk that our client repaired eight months before the incident.  Plaintiff filed an action against the property owner alleging that the poorly maintained sidewalk created a dangerous tripping hazard.  The property owner filed a cross-complaint alleging that our client failed to remove the hazard when they cut the concrete slab.  We filed a motion for summary judgment arguing that the client was protected by the accepted work doctrine.  Days before an opposition to the motion was due, the property owner dismissed the cross-complaint in return for a waiver of costs.

Supreme Diversity

Clapp|Moroney sponsored an event hosted by the San Mateo County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee honoring California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s Chief Justice. Several attorneys from the firm attended the event, including partner Chris Scheley, and associates Pamela Bumatay, April Santos, Selena Galaviz, Catharine Christian, David Yoshida, and Daniel Lee. During the night, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye emphasized the importance of diversity in the practice of law, and applauded the efforts of firms like ours.


Partner Ted Scheley, and associates Daniel Lee and Catharine Christian represented a national wholesale distributor of construction products in a personal injury matter involving a plaintiff that partially severed three of his fingers while using a sliding miter saw. Utilizing key portions of plaintiff’s deposition testimony, they prepared a Motion for Summary Judgment on the grounds that a dual employment relationship existed between plaintiff and our client, limiting plaintiff’s recovery to worker’s compensation benefits. Without filing the motion, the Clapp Moroney lawyers convinced plaintiff to settle for a nominal amount, despite plaintiff’s significant injuries, our client’s potential exposure, and the minimal liability of the saw manufacturer.