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Dan Rowan Cortright

Dan Rowan Cortright

Seasoned litigator with experience in many fields of law
  • Personal Injury, Business Law, Insurance Claims ...
  • California
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Biography

Experienced litigator with 20+ years' experience in a variety of legal fields, including personal injury, products liability, real estate, landlord-tenant, breach of contract, business disputes/litigation, construction defect/contracts law, employment law, commercial litigation, pre-litigation disputes/resolutions, mediations/arbitrations.

Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Products Liability
    Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Tenants' Rights
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Privacy Law
    Consumer Law
    Elder Law
    Employment Law
    Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Insurance Defense
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Payment accepted by Venmo and PayPal.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: Bar # 206856
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
The Rowan Firm
- Current
Owner/Principal attorney at full-service law offices managed/run by myself, representing a variety of clients in many different legal fields.
Senior Counsel
Tyson Mendes
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Represented insurance, contractor and business clients in a variety of matters.
Senior Counsel
O'Brien Law
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Represented insurers in variety of claim disputes (personal injury, property damage, etc.).
Associate Attorney
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
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Acted as local national counsel for insurer in toxic tort litigation.
Senior Associate Attorney
Walsworth Franklin Bevins & McCall LLP
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Handled all aspects of litigation practice, including representation of insurance carriers and San Francisco Housing Authority, supervised 9 associates for one insurance client.
Associate Attorney
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP
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Represented secured creditors in bankruptcy and loan workouts.
Education
University of San Francisco School of Law
J.D. (1999) | Law
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University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. (1995) | Political Science
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Activities: Cycling Team Director
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Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 206856
Member
Current
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SONOMA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
The Rowan Firm
Legal Answers
44 Questions Answered
Q. Now after over three years the management has giving notice of remediation services can I still sue for per. Injury
A: If you've been injured by someone else's negligence (e.g. by failing to remediate a known mold exposure), then yes, you can sue the person who failed to remediate (i.e. the former property manager) for your injuries/damages. There is a 2-year statute of limitations for injury cases, so make sure you consult with a personal injury attorney well before 2 years after the manager's failure to remediate so you can get your case filed before the statute of limitations runs out on your claim.
Q. Auto accident, concern about liability and the current claims process
A: 1. When you are pulling into the road from parking, you are entering another's right of way, so if the other car was moving in that right of way, then you have violated his right of way. So contesting liability in this case doesn't seem like a winner. 2. Yes, unfortunately these claims do not happen as quickly as we'd like them to. 3. You are entitled to the other person's insurance statement during litigation/arbitration, but they do not have a duty to disclose that to you unless/until suit has been filed. 4. Once you report it to your insurance, they should handle the defense of the other driver's claim, including hiring an attorney to represent you if the other party files suit. 5. The assets will only be vulnerable to judgment IF your $100k policy doesn't cover the claimed damages. And even then, the party who gets an excess (i.e. more than your policy limit) judgment will have to file a lien on any real property asset. That lien will then stand in line behind the mortgage and any other senior (i.e. second/refi mortgage) liens. The only way the judgment creditor could foreclose on its lien to collect is if there is enough equity in the real property to pay off all senior liens in full.
Q. An SDGE tree contract worker came onto my property, hit my dog and left without notifying me. Is there anything i can do
A: You should be able to make a claim with SDGE for personal property damage for your dog, and the driver and/or the company may also be liable for animal cruelty. If SDGE denies your claim, you may be able to sue for civil damages.
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Contact & Map
The Rowan Firm
P.O. BOX 2354
Rohnert Park, CA 94927-2354
Telephone: (707) 360-1009
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed