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Cassidy Chivers advises lawyers and law firms on ethics and risk management, as well as law firm formation and partnership dissolution matters. She is also the co-leader of Hinshaw's risk management program, lawyeringlaw.com, which offers risk management and ethics hotline services to lawyers and law firms nationwide. Ms. Chivers is a regular speaker and contributor to various publications on risk management and ethics issues. 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. Ms. Chivers has obtained significant court judgments and settlements on behalf of her clients.

Ms. Chivers also represents contractors and design professionals in a wide variety of disputes and transactions involving all types of residential and commercial building projects. She counsels clients concerning all phases of the building process, including bidding and contracting, value engineering, project documentation and deliverables, mechanics lien law, and early dispute resolution. She also handles post-construction disputes, including extra and changed work claims; delay, disruption and acceleration claims; and construction defect, indemnity and subrogation claims.

Ms. Chivers 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.

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
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Defense Ethics and Professionalism Publications, Chair
  • Association of Professional Responsibility
    Lawyers (APRL)

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:

  • Moderator, "I'm Just Here for the Ethics Credits: Discussing the New California Rules of Professional Conduct and the CPUC’s Rule 1.1," CCPUC and WIPU MCLE, San Francisco, California, January 24, 2019
  • "California's New Rules of Professional Conduct: What You Need to Know," DRI, Webinar, December 6, 2018

  • "Ethical Issues on Licensing," Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2018, Practising Law Institute, Webinar, December 5, 2018

  • "Ethics in Licensing," Understanding the IP License, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, California, December 2017

  • "The Year in Review,"  Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2017

  • "Top Tips for Ensuring Cyber Compliance, Mitigating Risk of Breach & Post Breach Obligations," Bolton & Company, Los Angeles, California, January 17, 2017

  • "Liability Issues for Design Professionals," Lorman Webinar, October 31, 2016

  • "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 Road After Goodyear Tire v. Haeger: A More Cautious Approach to Sanctions," DRI's Professionalism Perspectives, Volume 19 Issue 1, March 2018

  • "The Ethical Risks of Using 'Alternative Facts' in Settlement Negotiations, DRI's For the Defense, November 2017

  • Co-Author, "The Case for Negotiating OCG Conflict and Indemnity Provisions," In-House Defense Quarterly, Fall 2017 

  • "Regulation of the Legal Profession in the United States: Overview," Regulation of the Legal Profession Global Guide, April 1, 2017

  • "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

  • Co-Author, "Three Insurance Pitfalls to Avoid for the Design Professional," 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

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J.D., University of San Francisco, 1999

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