18 Yelitza Dunham2024-03-19T16:25:26+00:00

Yelitza Dunham

PARTNER

Areas of Practice

EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley – School of Law
J.D. and Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law
Prosser Award in Insurance Law
Harvard University
A.B., English Literature and Language, Cum Laude

ADMISSIONS

State Bar of California
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

“Appropriateness of Medical Monitoring Awards in Mass Tort Cases,”
BNA Toxics Law Reporter, Oct. 2011
“Use of Lone PineOrders in Cost Effective Management of Mass Tort and Class Actions,” BNA Toxics Law Reporter, Nov. 2008
“Insurance Coverage Transferability in Mergers Acquisitions,” Bloomberg Law Reports, Apr. 2008
“Principles of Advertising Industry Coverage,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, Aug. 7, 2007
“Insurance Against Terrorism Related Losses,” California Real Estate Journal, Apr. 7, 2003
“Business Interruption Cover Language is Key,” Business Insurance, Mar. 2003

Ms. Yelitza Dunham is a Partner in Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP’s San Francisco Bay Area Office. Yelitza specializes in complex commercial litigation matters and insurance law having served as legal counsel for over 20 years to a diverse range of clients that include Fortune 100 companies, government entities, and non-profits. Her expertise includes advising and representing clients with high stakes claims under all lines of insurance including employment practices liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, commercial general liability, first-party property, cybersecurity, and fidelity/crime. Yelitza also has significant experience with litigating environmental and mass tort claims.

Yelitza is a prolific author whose article, “Pay it Forward: Allocating Defense and Indemnity Costs in Environmental Liability Cases in California,” 24 Ins. Litig. Rptr. 43, was quoted as supporting authority by the Supreme Courts of California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, by appellate courts in Indiana and Connecticut, as well as by various treatises on insurance law. Yelitza has also frequently spoken on insurance law matters including recently at the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference (2022), the International Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting (2019), and the Advisen Cyber Risks Insights Conference (2018).

Yelitza is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and Harvard University. Prior to joining Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP, Yelitza worked for over a decade as a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. She is a native Spanish speaker, grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the Bay Area with her family and an assortment of pets.

Yelitza Dunham

PARTNER

Areas of Practice

EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley – School of Law
J.D. and Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law
Prosser Award in Insurance Law
Harvard University
A.B., English Literature and Language, Cum Laude

ADMISSIONS

State Bar of California
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

“Appropriateness of Medical Monitoring Awards in Mass Tort Cases,”
BNA Toxics Law Reporter, Oct. 2011
“Use of Lone PineOrders in Cost Effective Management of Mass Tort and Class Actions,” BNA Toxics Law Reporter, Nov. 2008
“Insurance Coverage Transferability in Mergers Acquisitions,” Bloomberg Law Reports, Apr. 2008
“Principles of Advertising Industry Coverage,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, Aug. 7, 2007
“Insurance Against Terrorism Related Losses,” California Real Estate Journal, Apr. 7, 2003
“Business Interruption Cover Language is Key,” Business Insurance, Mar. 2003

Ms. Yelitza Dunham is a Partner in Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP’s San Francisco Bay Area Office. Yelitza specializes in complex commercial litigation matters and insurance law having served as legal counsel for over 20 years to a diverse range of clients that include Fortune 100 companies, government entities, and non-profits. Her expertise includes advising and representing clients with high stakes claims under all lines of insurance including employment practices liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, commercial general liability, first-party property, cybersecurity, and fidelity/crime. Yelitza also has significant experience with litigating environmental and mass tort claims.

Yelitza is a prolific author whose article, “Pay it Forward: Allocating Defense and Indemnity Costs in Environmental Liability Cases in California,” 24 Ins. Litig. Rptr. 43, was quoted as supporting authority by the Supreme Courts of California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, by appellate courts in Indiana and Connecticut, as well as by various treatises on insurance law. Yelitza has also frequently spoken on insurance law matters including recently at the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference (2022), the International Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting (2019), and the Advisen Cyber Risks Insights Conference (2018).

Yelitza is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and Harvard University. Prior to joining Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP, Yelitza worked for over a decade as a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. She is a native Spanish speaker, grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the Bay Area with her family and an assortment of pets.

Yelitza Dunham

PARTNER

Areas of Practice

Ms. Yelitza Dunham is a Partner in Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP’s San Francisco Bay Area Office. Yelitza specializes in complex commercial litigation matters and insurance law having served as legal counsel for over 20 years to a diverse range of clients that include Fortune 100 companies, government entities, and non-profits. Her expertise includes advising and representing clients with high stakes claims under all lines of insurance including employment practices liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, commercial general liability, first-party property, cybersecurity, and fidelity/crime. Yelitza also has significant experience with litigating environmental and mass tort claims.

Yelitza is a prolific author whose article, “Pay it Forward: Allocating Defense and Indemnity Costs in Environmental Liability Cases in California,” 24 Ins. Litig. Rptr. 43, was quoted as supporting authority by the Supreme Courts of California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, by appellate courts in Indiana and Connecticut, as well as by various treatises on insurance law. Yelitza has also frequently spoken on insurance law matters including recently at the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference (2022), the International Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting (2019), and the Advisen Cyber Risks Insights Conference (2018).

Yelitza is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and Harvard University. Prior to joining Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP, Yelitza worked for over a decade as a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. She is a native Spanish speaker, grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the Bay Area with her family and an assortment of pets.

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