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Annabelle Harris

Annabelle Harris Case Studies Insurance Appraisal & Appeal (pdf) Insurance Appraisal, Bad Faith & Appeal-Northridge Earthquake (pdf) Legitimate Dispute Doctrine Partner “Successful lawyers understand that strategy is everything. In each of my cases, I formulate an individual strategy that accounts for a wide range of factors presented and is specific to that case alone. Focus on that strategy separates me from other lawyers and explains why I get exceptional results.” Ms. Harris joined Cummins & White, LLP in 1987 and became a partner in 1994. Ms. Harris represents insurance companies and their insureds in all aspects of insurance coverage, from policy drafting to coverage analysis to claim appraisals, “bad faith” litigation and appeals. She also leads the firm’s appellate group, and in that capacity has handled close to 100 appeals in state appellate and supreme courts, as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. She has represented appellants, respondents, real parties in interest and Amicus Curiae in a number of appeals that have established new law on a wide range of subjects from insurance to securities to business and real estate matters. Practice Areas Insurance Coverage Insurance Litigation Appellate Matters Civil Litigation Bar Admissions U.S. District Court (Central, Eastern & Southern Districts of California) U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Education BA (English Literature), California State University, Fullerton Salzburg Institute of Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Representative Clients CNA Great American Insurance Group XL Insurance Salem Lutheran Church Santa Monica BMW CIBA Insurance Services Memberships State Bar of California American Bar Association Orange County Bar Association Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Charitable Interests & Community Service Ms. Harris serves on the youth board of Salem Lutheran Church helping to establish policies and plan activities for the youth groups. She also coached the Orange High School team in national mock trial competition sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Additionally, Ms. Harris serves on the Parent Council Executive Board for Servite High School. Special Notes While at McGeorge School of Law, Ms. Harris served as staff comment writer (1985–1986) and note editor (1986–1987) for the Pacific Law Journal, as well as staff writer for the International and Comparative Law Journal (1986–1987). She was on the Dean’s Honor Roll (1984–1985), and was the recipient of the Verne Adrian and Annabel McGeorge Academic Scholarship (1985). She also was honored for her work with the indigent for Community Legal Services. Ms. Harris is fluent in American Sign Language.