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Valarie H. Jonas Attorney at Law
San Francisco Office
415-391-2058 fax
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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (J.D., 1988)
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (B.A. in English, cum laude, 1983)
    With Distinction
  • University of Paris, The Sorbonne, Paris, France (1985)
  • University of Marseille, Aix en Provence, France (1985)

Valarie H. Jonas

Valarie H. Jonas is a Partner in Murchison & Cumming’s San Francisco office and serves as co-chair of the firm's Insurance Law practice group. Ms. Jonas focuses her practice in the areas of first and third party insurance coverage, bad faith and complex commercial litigation, including extensive experience with marine claims, fine art, specie, cargo, fidelity and D&O coverage claims, as well as toxic tort and environmental insurance coverage, business torts, creditor rights, complex business litigation and employment litigation. She is “AV preeminent” rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Jonas has represented domestic and international insurers, particularly based in London, and has litigated insurance coverage matters in California, Arizona and Washington, where she has been admitted pro hac vice. Ms. Jonas has tried numerous jury and bench trials before state and federal courts. Her previous experience includes representing the Insurance Commissioner of the State of California in Federal and State Court litigation.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Steering Committee Member
  • 2011, 2012 & 2013 International Fine Art and Specie Insurance Conference
  • Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Member
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, Fellow

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • "The Elephant in the Room: Resolution of Subrogation Claims in Which Insureds May Have out of Pocket Interest", Northern California Chapter of National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), October 2013
  • "Mediatiing a Case Driven by Coverage Issues and Avoiding Bad Faith", Murchison & Cumming's Insurance Roundtable Series, September 24, 2013, San Francisco, CA
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege in Insurance Disputes," Strafford Publications, May 22, 2013
  • "Idol 2013--Jury Selection in State and Federal Courts," ABA 2013 Insurance Coverage CLE Seminar, February 28-March 2, 2013, Tucson, AZ
  • "Tools for Successfully Navigating the Subrogation Obstacle Course," Murchison & Cumming Insurance Roundtable, November 13, 2012, San Francisco, CA
  • "Hey! Give Me Back That Document! Privilege Issues in Insurance Coverage Disputes," ABA 2012 Insurance Coverage CLE Seminar, March 2, 2012, Tucson, AZ
  • Speaker, Mock Trial Session, 2011 ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, March 3 - 5, 2011, Tucson, AZ



  • French (proficient)


  • Chi Omega