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Rockwood & Noziska LLP


Neal H. Rockwood

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Address:
9968 Hibert Street, Suite 107
San Diego, CA 92131

Telephone: (619) 224-7778
Fax: (619) 224-7779

Experience

Neal H. Rockwood emphasizes his practice in litigation for plaintiffs with a focus in construction defect, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith.

Born in Medford, Massachusetts, Mr. Rockwood attended high school in northern California, after which he lived in Africa for a year and a half with his parents who were Peace Corps volunteers.

After returning from Africa he attended college at San Francisco State University and earned a degree in International Relations. While at San Francisco State he was President of the International Relations Student Union and graduated with departmental honors, magna cum laude, in 1978.

Mr. Rockwood obtained his legal education at Western State University College of Law where he ranked in the top ten percent of his class and was a member of Law Review. He graduated in 1982 and practiced in various law firms emphasizing in insurance bad faith and construction defect litigation prior to joining the firm of Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire & Padilla in 1987. In July of 2001 he formed his own firm with C. Brant Noziska, Rockwood & Noziska, LLP.

Prior to forming Rockwood & Noziska LLP Mr. Rockwood worked at Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire & Padilla. Started as an associate in 1987 and became partner in January of 1991. Practice emphasized in construction defect and insurance bad faith litigation as well as coverage analysis attendant to those cases.

Since 2001, Mr. Rockwood, through his professional corporation, has been a founding partner with the law firm of Rockwood & Noziska, LLP, continuing his emphasis in construction defect and insurance bad faith litigation. This includes coverage analysis relative to third party liability policies.

Education

San Francisco State University, 1978
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

  • Departmental Honors, Magna Cum Laude

Western State University School of Law, 1982
Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • Law Review

 

Community Activities

Past member of the Insurance Commissioner’s Consumer Complaints and Unfair Claims Practices Task Force, the purpose of which was to create the Regulations for California governing insurance companies’ actions.

San Diego County Bar Foundation: Board member from 1994 to 2001 including past President for two years and current board member including Vice-President in 2017 and President in 2018. The San Diego County Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the San Diego County Bar Association. Through this partnership with the San Diego legal community, SDCBF strives to provide access to justice by investing in sustainable results and advocacy for people and communities in our region that are impacted by poverty, abuse and discrimination. (sdcbf.org)

San Diego County Bar Association – As well as being a member, Mr. Rockwood Co-Chaired Law Week Committee for four years.

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego – Editor of the Insurance Law Column for the Trial Bar News, 1994 and 1995. Spoke at seminars on insurance coverage, bad faith, and insurance related issues relative to construction defect cases.

Consumer Attorneys of California – Speaker at various annual conventions on the topic of insurance bad faith, coverage related questions in construction defect cases and new topics related to insurance cases.

Recognition

Two Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards
Presented by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego for Outstanding Trial Advocacy in 1800 South. Maple v. Allied Property & Casualty (2009)

Presented by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego for Outstanding Trial Advocacy in CSP – Union v. State Farm Fire and Casualty (May 1992)

Top Ten Plaintiff Verdicts in California 2009
Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 27, 2010 $28.7 Million in 1800 South. Maple v. Allied Property & Casualty (2009)

Top One Hundred Verdicts (58) in the United States 2009
As published by Verdict Search an ALM publication $28.7 Million in 1800 South. Maple v. Allied Property & Casualty (2009)

Top Ten Plaintiff Verdicts in California 2009
Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 27, 2010 $28.7 Million in 1800 South. Maple v. Allied Property & Casualty (2009)

Top Lawyers Award
Presented by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2005

Outstanding Service Award
Presented by the San Diego County Bar Association for services as Co-Chair of the Law Week Activities 1991

Certificate of Recognition
Presented by Insurance Commissioner, John Garamendi for Distinguished Service on the Commissioner’s Consumer Complaints and Unfair Practices Task Force

Two Appreciation Awards
Served as President of the San Diego County Bar Foundation for two years. Award was presented by San Diego County Bar Foundation for Exceptional Service to the Bar Foundation from 1994-2001.

Served as Chair of the Golf committee in 2003. Presented by San Diego County Bar Association for exemplary service as Chair of the Golf Committee.

AV Preeminent Rating
The AV Preeminent Rating is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards

 

Lectures

Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention/Seminar, November 2000. Topic of Discussion: “Construction Defect, Cutting Edge.”

Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention/Seminar, November 1999. “If I Had a Hammer: Handling Construction Defect Litigation, Insurance Related Issues.”

Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention/Seminar, March 1998. “Insurance Issues to Look For In Construction Defect Lawsuits”

Western Trial Lawyer Association “Pride, Passion and the Practice of Law,” June 1998. Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. Topic of Discussion: “Experts, Proof and Sex Appeal”

Consumers Attorneys of San Diego and Nevada Trial Lawyers Association “Construction Defect Witnesses: The Good Bad and The Ugly,” June 1997. Las Vegas, Nevada. Topic of Discussion: “Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses.”

American Bar Association Mid Year Meeting of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, February 1996. Newport, California. Topic of Discussion: “Cutting the Gordian Knot: Mediating the Construction Coverage Dispute.”

Lorman Education Services, August 1995. San Diego, California.
Topic of Discussion: “Insurance Bad Faith Claims, Anatomy of a Bad Faith Trial.”

Lorman Education Services, March 1994. San Diego, California.
Topic of Discussion: “Insurance Law Update; Issues in California Bad Faith Litigation.”

Lorman Education Services, November 1993. San Diego, California.
Topic of Discussion: “Insurance Law and Litigation, Anatomy of a Bad Faith Trial.”

Publications

American Association of Justice, Insurance Law Section, Vol. 15, No. 2, Winter 2009: “The Hidden Truth Behind an Insurer’s Denial: The Crime Fraud Exception to the Attorney Client Privilege”

Shepards/McGraw-Hill Insurance Litigation Reporter Vol. 11, Number 5, May 1989, feature article: “Garvey v. State Farm The Dawning of a New Era in California Earth Movement/Construction Defect Coverage Claims.” Co-Authored by James A. Roberts

Western State University Journal of Law, Vol. 4, Number 1, 1995: “The Continuing and Progressive Loss and Loss in Progress Rule: When is Coverage Triggered Under First and Third Party Policies?” Co-Authored by Robert E. Bright

Trial Bar News, Vol. 17, Issue 5, May 1994: “‘Premises Alienated’ exclusion (Narrowly Interpreted) Prudential-LMI Commercial Insurance Company v. Reliance Insurance Co.”

Trial Bar News, Vol. 17, Issue 6, June/July 1994: “Is Third Party Bad Faith Liability Dead?”

Trial Bar News, Vol. 17, Issue 9, November 1994: “Application of ‘No Action’ Clause When Insured Has Settled Underlying Action.”

Trial Bar News, Vol. 17, Issue 10, December 1994: “Food For Thought: 4th District Rules Insurers Cannot Bring Good Faith Settlement Motions.”

Trial Bar News, Vol. 18, Issue 3, March 1995: “Tortious Breach of Settlement Agreement – Settlements a Helping Hand.” Co-Authored by C. Brant Noziska, Esq.

Trial Bar News, Vol. 18, Issue 5, November 1995: “Change Over Notices, Adequate or Not?” (Coverage Changes Require Adequate Notice.)

Trial Bar News, Vol. 18, Issue 7, August/September 1995: “The Case That Launched a Thousand Slips: Antitrust Claims and the Insurance Industry.” (Unfair Trade Laws Apply to Carriers.) (Co-Authored by Robert E. Bright)

Trial Bar News, Vol. 18, Issue 9, November 1995: “Emotional Distress and Duty to Defend”