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Aaron C. Agness

Partner

Aaron Agness specializes in insurance coverage disputes arising out of first party claims, third party comprehensive general liability claims, claims made coverages, umbrella and excess claims, and construction defect litigation. He represents insurers in coverage disputes and bad faith actions throughout California, with a substantial amount of his practice in Federal and Appellate Courts. He also provides coverage opinions on a broad range of complex insurance issues and has handled trademark and copyright matters for the firm’s intellectual property/entertainment practice.

Aaron Agness joined Weston & McElvain LLP in 2003 and became a partner in 2010. Mr. Agness has first-chaired and second-chaired both bench and jury trials, all of which resulted in favorable verdicts. He has handled numerous appellate matters, including arguing before the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal. He is adept at managing cases from inception through conclusion, and works closely with his clients in an effort to meet their goals through trial or settlement.

Representative Cases
  • La Jolla Spa MD, Inc. v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, 2017 WL 1046190 (9th Cir. 2017)
  • Clark v. Travelers Casualty Insurance Company of America, 2015 WL 5096418 (CD Cal 2015)
  • Gonzaga v. Burlington Insurance Company, 2014 WL 1327005 (Court of Appeal, Second District, 2014)
  • Esparza Enterprises, Inc. v. The Burlington Ins. Co., 522 Fed.Appx. 400 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • Memory Card International v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 2013 WL 12113413 (CD Cal 2013)
  • Wolfes v. Burlington Ins. Co., 2010 WL 842327 (ND Cal 2010)
Education
  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 2002, cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 1998
Admissions
  • California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Memberships/Miscellaneous
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2011-2016
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association