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Ms. Chivers focuses her practice on professional liability and complex insurance coverage litigation in state and federal courts. Her professional liability matters encompass the defense of lawyers and design professionals through trial. As a legal malpractice attorney, Ms. Chivers has "re-litigated" underlying matters in various areas of law, including, patent and trademark, divorce, family law, estate planning, bankruptcy, and contract disputes. She has obtained favorable court judgments and settlements on behalf of a wide variety of design clients, including architects; structural, electrical and mechanical engineers; as well as land surveyors, and interior designers. Ms. Chivers also has significant experience in representing and counseling insurers on coverage matters, including construction defect, errors and omissions, directors and officers, builders risk, and miscellaneous lines of insurance. 

Ms. Chivers also regularly counsels her design professional and attorney clients on risk management and ethics issues. She further handles risk management hotline counseling for attorney-insureds on behalf of Hinshaw's various insurer clients. She is a regular contributor to various publications on risk management and ethics issues involving lawyers and law firms.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in October 2000, Ms. Chivers worked as an associate with the firm of Burnham & Brown.

Professional Affiliations

  • San Francisco Bar Association
    • Legal Ethics Committee

  • American Bar Association
  • San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Associate member
  • Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Professional Responsibility
    Lawyers (APRL), member

Representative Matters

  • Ms. Chivers obtained a $5 million unanimous jury verdict in favor of a major international client in a highly contested breach of contract case. The Court of Appeal affirmed the jury's verdict. Ms. Chivers also prepared the winning Respondent's Brief.
  • Ms. Chivers successfully defended a renowned San Francisco architect against design professional negligence claims arising from the new construction of a multi-million dollar luxury home. The trial court granted summary judgment on the issue of standing. The trial court's decision was affirmed by the California Court of Appeal.
  • Ms. Chivers has significant experience in defending lawyers and law firms. She has also filed several successful motions to strike pursuant to California’s Anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (Anti-SLAPP) statute. In 2011, Ms. Chivers obtained an attorneys' fee award for over $240,000 in connection with a successful Anti-SLAPP motion against claims of fraud and conspiracy against a prominent lawyer and law firm in federal court.

Presentations

Ms. Chivers’ presentations include:

  • "Health Care Practice Ethical Issues," The Health Law Committee April MCLE Program, webcast, April 2016.
  • "What's Trending in the Insurance Marketplace?," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2016.
  • "The Insurance Marketplace and Considerations," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2015.
  • "Making and Opposing Special Motions to Strike Under California Anti-SLAPP Statute," Continuing Education for the Bar, San Francisco, California, February 2005.
  • "Selected Insurance Coverage Issues In California And Nevada Construction Defect Litigation," OneBeacon Insurance Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2004.

Publications

  • "The Billable Hour Stranglehold on Insurance Defense Litigation," The Recorder, August 10, 2016.
  • "Hollywood Trend on Movies About Legal Ethics and Attorneys," Daily Journal, May 6, 2016.
  • "Make Your Firm's Practice Groups a Risk Management Tool," The Recorder, April 6, 2016. 
  • "Actions Speak Louder Than Words: The Legal Ethics of Equality," The Recorder, February 5, 2016.  
  • "The Dos and Don't of Professional Liability Insurance," Daily Journal, February 3, 2016.
  • "Can Zealous Advocacy Go Too Far?," The Recorder, January 19, 2016.
  • "Viewpoint: The Clock in Ticking on Mediation Confidentiality," The Recorder, December 8, 2015.
  • "Six Tips for Negotiating Fees," The Recorder, November 9, 2015.

  • "The Anti-SLAPP Battleground and Davis v. Cox", DRI's, Riding the E&O Line, Volume 16 Issue 3 2015.  
  • "That Insurer Must Provide Independent Counsel Even Where Conflict Would Not Affect Outcome of Liability," E&O Weekly Prevention, Agents of America, August 8, 2013.
  • "Three Insurance Pitfalls to Avoid for the Design Professional," co-author, The Professional Line, December 2008.
  • "Selected Insurance Coverage Issues Arising In California and Nevada Construction Defect Litigation," a Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP publication, 2004.
  • "California Law Regarding the Appointment of Independent Counsel," section author, a Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP publication, "Independent Counsel Law In All 50 States," 2005.
  • "Limiting Liability for Design Professionals in Construction Defect Claims," published in Professional Lines, a Hinshaw newsletter, May 2005.
  • "Interpreting the Competing Interests of the CGL Insured and Insurer," The Professional Line, June 2004.

Education

J.D., University of San Francisco, 1999

B.A., with honors, California State University, 1995

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