Gary R. Selvin

(510) 874-1814
(510) 465-8976


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Occidental College, Los Angeles, 1978


  • ‘AV’ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as Northern California Super Lawyer, 2008 – 2022
  • State Bar of California, 1983

For more than three decades, Gary Selvin has been counseling both national and regional insurance companies on claims, and has been representing them in bad faith litigation before state and federal court systems throughout California and the United States.

Mr. Selvin provides coverage advice under general liability policies (including OCIP policies) on a broad variety of issues, which include cutting edge questions involving Internet commerce, priest sexual abuse, complex personal injury and advertising injury issues, and construction defects. He also provides coverage assistance to clients on errors and omissions policies insuring lawyers, real estate agents, and architects and engineers.

His insurance coverage counseling practice also involves complex, diverse, and often sensitive claims. He assists in the investigation and coverage analysis of sophisticated commercial property claims, which include arson and fraud losses, business income and extra expense losses, and the variety of unique issues which arise under both ISO and manuscripted property forms.

Mr. Selvin’s trial experience is extensive and includes a broad array of policies and issues. He has tried to verdict a substantial number of bad faith cases involving virtually all claims presented within the sphere of coverage – denials of first and third party claims, bad faith failure to settle, notice/prejudice issues, uninsured and underinsured bad faith cases, construction bad faith claims, business income, causation of loss, inland marine policy issues, and earthquake claims. This trial experience, coupled with his coverage analysis and opinion writing, gives him the unique ability to understand, in context, the consequence of decisions made during the claim process.

In addition to trials involving insurance and bad faith, he also has tried to verdict lawsuits alleging legal, real estate, medical malpractice, and serious bodily injury claims involving orthopedic injuries, quadriplegia, amputations, and brain injuries.

Mr. Selvin has argued dozens of appeals before state appellate and Supreme Courts and federal appellate courts in jurisdictions nationwide on issues involving property and casualty coverage and bad faith.