Charles J. Malaret

Charles Malaret is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Mr. Malaret focuses his practice on complex commercial and policyholder insurance coverage litigation. On the matters that he has been the lead or co-lead attorney, he has recovered more than $1 billion for his clients, and has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance assets through coverage-in-place agreements. Mr. Malaret also has successfully tried and litigated several non-insurance complex commercial litigation matters that have resulted in multi-million dollar favorable court decisions and settlements for his clients.

Mr. Malaret assists policyholders with insurance coverage and resolving pending claims. He also represents policyholders in providing advice to maximize and preserve insurance assets with regards to catastrophic losses, including obtaining defense and indemnity payments for ongoing litigation matters. He has assisted policyholders in obtaining insurance coverage for environmental liabilities, toxic tort liabilities, and catastrophic third-party bodily injury claims. Mr. Malaret has been lead counsel to manufacturing, chemical, and consumer product companies in insurance coverage disputes involving liabilities arising from benzene, asbestos, dioxin, solvents, and wood preserving materials. He also has advised pharmaceutical and medical device companies in dealing with alleged product liability claims relating to prescription drugs, vaccines, latex gloves, heart valves and pain pumps. In addition, he has advised many companies on insurance issues with regards to mergers, reorganizations, and bankruptcy proceedings to deal effectively with present and future catastrophic liabilities. He also has been approved multiple times as special insurance coverage counsel in bankruptcy proceedings, including in several cases where debtors have sought 524(g) protection under the bankruptcy code for asbestos liabilities.

Mr. Malaret's complex litigation experience also involves non-insurance matters. Recently, as lead trial counsel, he obtained a multi-million dollar judgment in a breach of contract/breach of lease case that was tried in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Malaret also successfully defended a utility company in a breach of contract and recession case where the requested damages exceeded $40 million dollars. During his career, he has tried cases throughout California in both state and federal courts, and has handled cases and insurance claims in Texas, Washington, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Maine, Florida, and in Latin America.

Mr. Malaret is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits.


Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Litigation, 2) Insurance Recovery, 3) Commercial Litigation, 4) Life Sciences and 5) Life Sciences and Healthcare
Law School University of California Davis School of Law
Education University of San Francisco (B.A., 1986)
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of California
Most recent firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
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