Profiles

B. Thomas French

Mr. French has been admitted to practice in California since 1975 and has over 40 years experience litigating insurance, toxic tort, health care, and construction cases in both the state and federal courts in California.

  • HASSARD BONNINGTON LLP, San Francisco, CA

    Partner, 1981-Present

    Associate, 1976-1981

  • Alleged Insurance “bad faith”, 1993.  Insurance “bad faith” case in which the plaintiff asserted claims for unpaid benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages. Defense verdict. 

    Alleged Insurance “bad faith”, 1982.  Insurance “bad faith” case in which the plaintiff asserted claims for unpaid benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages.  Plaintiff’s verdict for $1,203.05 for unpaid benefits, $20,000 for emotional distress, and $80,000 in punitive damages.  Reversed on appeal. 

    Alleged Insurance “bad faith”, 1982.  Insurance “bad faith” case in which the plaintiff asserted claims for unpaid benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages.  Plaintiff’s verdict for $25,000 in compensatory damages and no punitive damages. 

    Alleged Insurance “bad faith”, 1981.  Insurance “bad faith” case in which the plaintiff asserted claims for unpaid benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages.  Defense verdict. 

  • Case Name: Benson v. Superior Court 

    Citation: (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 1179 

     

    Case Name: Duran v. St. Luke’s Hosp. 

    Citation: (2003) 114 Cal.App.4th 457 

     

    Case Name: Betterton v. Leichtling 

    Citation: (2002) 101 Cal.App.4th 749 

     

    Case Name: Rakestraw v. California Physicians’ Service 

    Citation: (2000) 81 Cal.App.4th 39 

     

    Case Name: California Physicians’ Service v. Superior Court 

    Citation: (1992) 9 Cal.App.4th 1321 

     

    Case Name: Sarchett v. Blue Shield of California 

    Citation: (1987) 43 Cal.3d 1 

     

    Case Name: Fields v. Blue Shield of California 

    Citation: (1985) 163 Cal.App.3d 570 

     

     Case Name: Weisman v. Blue Shield of California 

    Citation: (1984) 163 Cal.App.3d 61 

     

    Case Name: Sarchett v. Blue Shield of California 

    Citation: (1984) 158 Cal.App.3d 218 [superseded by grant of review] 

     

    Case Name: Contreras v. St. Luke’s Hospital 

    Citation: (1978) 78 Cal.App.3d 

    • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
    • University of California Berkeley, B.S.
  • Address: 275 Battery Street, Suite 1600San Francisco, CA 94111

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