Travis Wall is a litigator who devotes a significant portion of his practice to the defense of insurance companies in coverage disputes involving property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, life insurance, healthcare, and ERISA and non-ERISA disability claims. Mr. Wall has substantial knowledge in the area of cyber risks, and advises his clients on policy and coverage matters involving data breaches and the risks associated with the use of technology and social media. Outside of his insurance practice, Mr. Wall represents both plaintiffs and defendants in securities cases, including the defense of registered investment advisors and broker dealers in court proceedings and FINRA arbitrations. He also counsels companies on all facets of e-discovery, including the production of metadata and developments in technology assisted review (TAR).
Mr. Wall joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in October 2014 as a result of the merger of Hinshaw and the Los Angeles-based firm of Barger & Wolen LLP, where he founded Barger's Cyber Risk and Technology Group.
- The State Bar of California, Member
- The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Member
- BASF Business Law Section, Co-Chair (2014-), Executive Committee (2012 to 2014)
- BASF Business Law Section, Member, Executive Committee (2012-2014)
- BASF Barristers Commercial, Business and Bankruptcy Law Section, Co-Chair (2005-2006)
A selection of Mr. Wall's representative matters includes:
- Successfully defended both primary and excess insurers in long-tail claims involving environmental contamination, progressive property damage, and asbestos injuries.
- Lead negotiator for insurer in settlements of widely publicized sexual abuse claims against religious institutions.
- Summary dismissal of lawsuit against stop-loss carrier concerning denial of coverage due to failure to disclose potential large loss claim.
- Represented insurers in disputes with providers over coverage for medical expenses.
- Obtained defense verdict in two-week federal jury trial involving claims under catastrophic disability policy.
- Defended life insurer against churning claims involving policies providing over $100 million in death benefits.
- Prevailed in arbitration on complex commission dispute involving life settlements.
- Represented cedent in dispute with reinsurer over enforceability of premium guarantee provisions in hundreds of treaties.
- Monitored responses to data breaches and other cyber incidents on behalf of insurers.
- Defended claims against investment advisor by institutional client to recover investment losses from 2008 stock market crash.
- Prosecuted suit on behalf of state agency in contract and suitability claim concerning purchase of structured investment vehicle "lite" (SIV-lite) backed by subprime RMBS.
- Arbitrated suits before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in claims involving allegations of fraud, unauthorized trading, unsuitable investment recommendations, and professional negligence.
- Spearheaded defense of railroad in complicated real estate dispute with a pipeline company regarding an easement affecting 1800 miles of the railroad right of way.
Mr. Wall's presentations include "The Latest Developments in Coverage for Data Breaches," for the San Francisco Bar Association, in San Francisco, California, May 2014.
Mr. Wall has been quoted in Dell's Tech Page One. A selection of his publications includes:
- "Cyber-Security Insurance," Chapter 54 (new), Insurance Law & Practice, LexisNexis, December 2014
- "Excess Insurance and the Primary/Excess Relationship," Chapter 14 (revised), California Insurance Law & Practice, LexisNexis Matthew Bender, 2014
- "Cyberattacks Push Companies to Specialty Insurance Policies," The Recorder, May 23, 2014
- "Deciphering the Cybersecurity Framework," Claims Journal, April 2014
- "Understanding the Rules of Contract Construction: A Primer for Nonlitigators (Part One)," California Business Law Reporter, Volume 35, Number 4, January 2014.
- "Understanding the Rules of Contract Construction: A Primer for Nonlitigators (Part Two)," California Business Law Reporter, Volume 35, Number 5, March 2014.
- "Allocation Issues in Multi-year, Continuing Loss Cases: All Sums and Pro Rata, Stacking, And Horizontal And Vertical Exhaustion," "Insurance Practices and Coverage in Liability Defense, Second Edition," (formerly "Defending the Insured"), December 2013.
- "Fees, Please: When it comes to arbitration, be careful what you ask for," co-author, The Recorder, Arbitration and Mediation Supplement, March 2004.
- June 2, 2015LifeHealthPro
- April 28, 2015Insurance Coverage Alert
J.D., Berkeley Law, University of California at Berkeley, 1997
- Member and Senior Articles Editor, California Law Review (1995-1997)
M.A., Modern French History, University of California at Los Angeles, 1992
B.A., with high honors, University of California at Berkeley, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California