Edward J. Valdespino
Of Counsel – Atlanta
Edward J. Valdespino is an insurance coverage attorney who provides counsel to insurer clients on a broad range of complex coverage issues. His practice focuses on matters arising from commercial general liability, property and casualty, and gig economy policies.
Prior to joining Fields Howell, Edward served as Of Counsel at an insurance law firm in California. In this role, he drafted coverage opinions and reservation of rights letters for clients as he examined and advised on coverage issues. When litigation was necessary, he represented insurance carriers in first party bad faith claims and insureds against third party liability claims. He also researched emerging areas of insurance law and assisted clients in updating existing policies and assisted clients in their development of new insurance products.
Edward is a two-time graduate of the University of Texas, having earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy before returning the University’s School of Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2010. He is admitted to the state bars of California and Texas, as well as all Federal District Courts in both California and Texas.
University of Texas School of Law, 2010
- with Honors
- Texas International Law Journal, Editor
- Rapoport Center for Human Rights, 2008 Summer Fellow
- University of Texas, B.A., 2002
Presentations and Publications
“California Fair Claims Training,” presented as compliance training for insurers and CLE in California (2019 – 2020)
“Bad Faith Failure to Settle and Responding to Stowers Demands in Texas,” presented at an In-House Liability Round Table and as CLE (2020)
“Joining Forces: Collaboration Among Law Enforcement, the Insurance Industry, and Outside Counsel,” panelist member at the Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association, Southern Chapter 47th Annual Training Seminar in San Diego, California (October 2019)
“Shifting Risks: How to Draft Effective Insurance and Indemnification Provisions in Commercial Contracts,” panelist member at The Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms Business Meeting in San Diego, California (February 2018)
Shifting Viewpoints: The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvement Act, A Substantive or Jurisdictional Approach, Texas International Law Journal Vol. 45 No. 2, 457 (2009)
State Bar of California
State Bar of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Dickstein Shapiro LLP, 389 F. Supp. 3d 794, (C.D. Cal. 2019)
Zurich Am. Ins. Co. v. First Mercury Ins. Co., No. 17-CV-06638-JSW, 2018 WL 1175083 (N.D.Cal. Mar. 5, 2018)
Joseph v. Kaye, No. Cv 16-01245 SLO (GJSx), 2016 WL 3677142 (C.D. Cal. July 7, 2016), aff’d 9th Cir. May 31, 2017
First Mercury Ins. Co. v. Great Divide Ins. Co., 203 F. Supp.3d 1043 (N.D. Cal. 2016)
Atnip v. American General Life Ins. Co., No. SACV 14-1462-JLS (RNBx), 2015 WL 542770 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 27, 2015)
Murphy v. American General Life Ins. Co., 74 F.Supp.3d 1267 (C.D. Cal. 2015)
Murphy v. American General Life Ins. Co., No. CV14-00486 JAK (SPx), 2015 WL 4379834 (July 15, 2015), appeal dismissed (9th Cir. 15-56592) (Jan. 4, 2016).
Obtained summary judgment in first party bad faith case against carrier seeking in excess of $5 million plus punitive damages, arising out of flooding in Walnut Creek, California.
Obtained summary judgment for carrier of security company in coverage dispute arising out of severe beating of a fan at San Francisco 49er’s Levi’s Stadium.
Obtained partial summary judgment in a coverage dispute over a $64 million malpractice judgment.
Represented insurance carriers in connection with a wide variety of STOLI litigation matters including successfully rescinding over $20 million of fraudulently obtained policies.
Represented several life, health, and disability insurers in complex insurance and financial services cases nationwide.
Represented a life assurance company and senior offices in a muli-million dollar state securities class action arising out of the Bernie Madoff and Thomas Petters Ponzi Schemes.