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Bryan M. Weiss Attorney at Law
Los Angeles Office
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San Francisco Office
415-391-2058 fax

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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1999


  • Whittier Law School, Los Angeles, California (J.D., cum laude, 1985)
    • Law Review: Whittier Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1984
    • Law Review: Whittier Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor, 1984 - 1985
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana (B.S., 1982)

Bryan M. Weiss

Bryan M. Weiss is a Partner and Co-Chair of Murchison & Cumming’s Insurance Law Practice Group, specializing in providing coverage advice to insurers and representing insurers in declaratory relief and bad faith actions, as well as handling appeals in insurance-related matters. Mr. Weiss' expertise includes intellectual property and Coverage B coverage matters, first party property matters, and coverage issues arising under general and professional liability policies.

Mr. Weiss is a frequent author and speaker on insurance-related issues, including serving as Co-Editor of DRI’s “Covered Events” newsletter and speaking at PLRB/LIRB Regional and Annual meetings for several years. He is an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, presently serving as the Vice Chair of Publications for the Insurance & Reinsurance Committee. Mr. Weiss was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel and was recognized in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers for his work in insurance law. He is "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Representative Published Decisions

  • Hui v. Sturbaum (2014) 222 Cal.App.4th 1109;
  • Colony Ins. Co. v. Crusader Ins. Co. (2010) 188 Cal. App. 4th 743;
  • Hudson Ins. Co. v. Colony Ins. Co. (9th Cir. 2010) 624 F.3d 1264;
  • Monticello Ins. Co. v. Essex Ins. Co. (2008) 162 Cal.App.4th 1376;
  • Essex Ins. Co. v. Five Star Dye House, Inc. (2006) 38 Cal.4th 1252;
  • Church Mutual Ins. Co. v. U.S. Liability Ins. Co. (S.D. Cal. 2004) 347 F.Supp.2d 880;
  • Scottsdale Insurance Company v. Essex Insurance Company 98 Cal. App. 4th 86 (2002);
  • Mez v. Pacific National Insurance Company 76 Cal. App. 4th 856 (1999), review denied (March 22, 2000);
  • Floveyor International, Ltd. v. The Superior Court Of Los Angeles County (1997) 59 Cal.App.4th 789;
  • Hartford Fire Insurance Company v. Irene Macri (1992) 4 Cal.4th 318;

Unpublished Decisions:

  • Strauss v. Sheffield Ins. Corp., 2008 WL 2229817;
  • Scholle Corp. v. Agricultural Ins. Co., Not Reported in Cal.Rptr.3d, 2008 WL 948335, Nonpublished/Noncitable (Cal. Rules of Court, Rules 8.1105 and 8.1110, 8.1115), Cal.App. 4 Dist., April 09, 2008;
  • Entertainment Industry Development Corp. of Southern Cal. v. U.S. Liability Ins. Co., 254 Fed.Appx. 586, 2007 WL 3390912, (Not Selected for publication in the Federal Reporter), C.A.9 (Cal.), November 14, 2007;
  • Giannetti v. Burlington Ins. Co., 170 Fed.Appx. 461, 2006 WL 544305, (Not Selected for publication in the Federal Reporter), C.A.9 (Cal.), March 07, 2006;
  • Moser v. Trans-General Life & Casualty Group Inc., 161 Fed.Appx. 666, 2006 WL 9836, (Not Selected for publication in the Federal Reporter), C.A.9 (Cal.), January 03, 2006;
  • Great American Assur. v. McCormick, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2005 WL 3095972, N.D.Cal., November 15, 2005;
  • Zurich Specialties London Ltd. v. Gemini Ins. Co., Not Reported in Cal.Rptr.3d, 2005 WL 1102650, Nonpublished/Noncitable (Cal. Rules of Court, Rules 8.1105 and 8.1110, 8.1115), Cal.App. 4 Dist., May 10, 2005;
  • Rio Vista Associates v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. (2005) 2005 WL 408007;
  • Figueroa v. CNA/Continental Cas. Co. Ins., Not Reported in Cal.Rptr.2d, 2001 WL 1649220, Nonpublished/Noncitable (Cal. Rules of Court, Rules 8.1105 and 8.1110, 8.1115), Cal.App. 2 Dist., December 21, 2001;
  • Figueroa v. Avis Rent-A-Car-System, Inc., Not Reported in Cal.Rptr.2d, 2001 WL 1650057, Nonpublished/Noncitable (Cal. Rules of Court, Rules 8.1105 and 8.1110, 8.1115), Cal.App. 2 Dist., December 21, 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chair of the USLAW Insurance & Risk Management Practice Group
  • Vice-Chair of Publications for IADC Insurance Committee
  • Vice-Chair IADC "Defense Counsel Journal"
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, Fellow
  • International Association of Defense Counsel - Vice-Chair, Bad Faith Subcommittee
  • Defense Research Institute - Co-Editor, Insurance Law Committee Newsletter; Vice-Chair of Publications for Insurance Law Committee; Member, Insurance, Appellate, and Life, Health & Disability Committees
  • PLRB - Instructor

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts and Comparative Law

Published Works

  • "The Prior Knowledge Exclusion in Claims-Made Policies", USLAW Magazine, Fall/Winter 2013
  • "Application of Unfair Business Practice Statutes to Claims Handling Conduct – the Zhang Decision", IADC Insurance and Reinsurance Committee Newsletter, October 2013
  • "California Courts and the Duty to Initiate Settlement Negotiations: Ramifications of the DU Decision(s)," IADC Committee Newsletter, Insurance and Reinsurance, Bad Faith Subcommittee, February 2013
  • "The Duty to Defend 'Inextricably Intertwined' Actions," IADC Committee Newsletter, Insurance and Reinsurance, April 2012
  • "Covered Events", Defense Research Institute, Co-Editor
  • "E-risk: Managing Risk in the Information Age", AIC, Allianz Insurance Company, April, 2001
  • "Insurance Coverage for Inducement to Commit Patent Infringement Claims", Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Spring, 2000
  • "Article, Liability of Service Personnel for Injuries Caused by Defective Products", Phi Magazine (Germany), March, 1996
  • "Article, Coverage Issues Raised By Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Claims", Defense Research Institute Insurance Coverage Seminar, June, 1994
  • "Sexual Harassment: What It Is, What It Isn't, and Who Signs the Check for Defense or Indemnity", Federal of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Summer, 1996
  • "1983 California Court of Appeals Survey-Entertainment Law", 6 Whittier L. Rev. 391, 1984


Classes/Seminars Taught

  • "Lightning Round: USLAW's Practice Group 5-Minute Drill," USLAW NETWORK Worldwide Virtual Retreat, October 2020
  • “Insurance Coverage for Punitive Damage Awards,” IADC Midyear Meeting, February 10, 2018, La Quinta, CA
  • "Architects and Engineers: The Interplay of Commercial General Liability and Errors and Omissions Policies," USLAW Client Conference, April 9, 2016, Palos Verdes, CA
  • "Number of Occurrences," IADC 2016 Midyear Meeting, February 23, 2016, Pebble Beach, CA
  • "Equitable Issues Between Carriers," Allianz/SF Reinsurance Training, December 9, 2015
  • "Technology and Product Liability Exposures - Insurance Issues Impacting the Ride Share Industry," Insuralex, November 5, 2015, Los Angeles, CA
  • "Concurrent Investigations - Investigating Coverage and Liability," Property Loss Research Bureau (PRLB), September 10, 2015
  • "Advice of Counsel," Insuralex, April 8, 2014 Chicago, IL
  • "Selected Issues in Claims-Made Policies," Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Defense Panel Seminar, August 7, 2013, Minneapolis, MN
  • "Bad Faith: Can an insurer be liable even in the absence of a settlement demand?" USLAW Network 2013 CLE Program , June 25, 2013, Santa Monica, CA
  • "Coverage B of the CGL Policy--Exclusions and Defenses to Coverage," DRI Insurance Coverage Claims Institute, April 10-12, 2013, Chicago, IL
  • "Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property and Business Torts--Coverage B and Beyond," USLAW Client Conference, April 4-6, 2013, Tucson, AZ
  • "Personal and Advertising Injury Coverage--Emerging Issues," PLRB Claims Conference, March 19-20, 2013, Boston, MA
  • "Investigating the Duty to Defend," PLRB 2012 Regional Adjusters Conferences
  • "Fast and Furious: The Insurance Coverage Five-Minute Drill," USLAW Network Client Conference, April 12-14, 2012, Dana Point, C
  • "Reserving Rights and Potential Impact on Coverage," PLRB 2011 Regional Adjusters Conferences 
  • "Defense of Intellectual Property Claims," PLRB 2009 Regional Adjusters Conferences
  • "Recent Developments in Advertising and Personal Injury Coverage," PLRB 2008 Regional Adjusters Conferences
  • "Handling Bodily Injury Claims from a Coverage Perspective," PLRB Regional Adjusters Conferences, 2004 - 2006
  • Instructor, "Advanced Legal Skills," Whittier College School of Law, 1991 - 1993