Moris Davidovitz

Managing Partner

Morey obtained his bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and obtained his law degree (with Honors) from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was staff member of the Ecology Law Quarterly.

Morey’s thirty-three year practice includes experience in many aspects of casualty and insurance matters, including transportation, construction defect, municipal liability, professional liability, products liability, environmental, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, and psychological injuries. He has represented litigants in the California state courts up to the California Supreme Court and the federal courts up to the United States Supreme Court, and has handled construction defect, property damage and insurance matters in Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Minnesota and Puerto Rico.

Morey is an arbitrator, pro tem settlement judge, and mediator for various courts, and has acted as an expert witness for insurance claims procedures. He is rated AV (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected as a Northern California Superlawyer. Morey’s recent trials include an environmental damage case of national significance for a public entity, a case of substantial physical injuries for a claimant, a construction defect case for a contractor, and a construction subrogation action for an insurer.

 

Charles H. Bolcom

Partner

Charles’ litigation practice emphasizes environmental claims, municipal liability, and construction defect defense.  Charles received his B.A. degree from University of California, Berkeley, in 1982, and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1997, where he received an award for the best oral argument in Moot Court competition and was editor of the USF Maritime Law Journal.  Before his legal career, Charles was assistant to a congressman in Washington D.C. and was a newspaper reporter.

 

Hilary E. Youngblood

Partner

Hilary's practice is focused on medical malpractice defense and representation of multinational corporations against claims of professional liability, personal injury, products and premises liability, HIPAA violations, data security breaches, and contract disputes.  Recent successes include summary judgment in a birth injury medical malpractice action, negotiated dismissal of a $2.7M personal injury claim, and dismissal of hospital client by demurrer affirmed on appeal by the First Appellate District Court.  

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., Hilary received her J.D. in 2007 from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Hilary's law school experience included a judicial clerkship with the Dallas County District Court and an externship with New Orleans Legal Assistance through Tulane's Domestic Violence Clinic.  Before joining Davidovitz +  Bennett in 2007, she served as a staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid.  Hilary is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California.

 

Robert Diemer

Partner

Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.  He received his J.D. degree (cum laude) in 1986 from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where served as Articles Editor of the Case Western Reserve Law Review. He also wrote the article “Assuring the Public Interest in Equal Employment Opportunity After Firefighters Local 1781 v. Stotts,” 36 Case Western Reserve Law Review 87 (1986).

Bob is admitted in all state and federal courts in California since 1986, and before the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia since 1992.  Bob has tried 19 cases to verdict.  His current practice focuses on insurance coverage and litigation, indemnity, personal injury, and complex construction defect litigation. Bob’s significant cases include the successful defense of a soils engineer in a $100-million bridge collapse action before the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. 

 

Patricia S. Lakner

Of Counsel

Patricia her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco.  She has been a member of the California Bar since 1984, and also belongs to the Association of Defense Counsel.  Patricia’s practice is insurance coverage matters, environmental claims, transportation, professional liability and construction defect cases.  Patricia is fluent in French. 

 

Kristen L. Walter

Of Counsel

Kristen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from John Carroll University in 1992, with a minor in Spanish and a concentration in International Relations.  She also studied abroad in Valencia, Spain and Monterrey, Mexico.  In 1995, Kristen received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was Associate Editor of Health Matrix, the Journal of Law-Medicine.  Kristen practices primarily in the areas of wrongful termination, personal injury, product liability, construction defect and medical professional liability.  Kristen is admitted to practice law in both California and Ohio. 

 

Alan Law

Of Counsel

Alan's practice areas include medical malpractice defense, hospital liability, and personal injury defense.  Alan received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, in 2006.  He received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2009.  While at USF, Alan received the CALI Award for Excellence in Antitrust Law.  In 2008, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi of the United States District Court, Central District of California. 

 

Nicholas P. Burke

Of Counsel

Nicholas obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst in 2001.  After graduating from college, Nicholas lived and worked in Japan for several years.  Nicholas studied law at the University of Oregon where he was an associate editor of the Oregon Review of International Law.  Nicholas has been a member of the California Bar since 2008 and his practice focuses on primarily on public entity liability, environmental claims and construction defect defense.