Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith


Hon. Maria P. Rivera  (Ret.)​
First District Court of Appeal

Types of Cases Handled:

• Bad faith
• Homeowner’s insurance coverage
• Coverage issues/exclusions
• Equitable contribution
• Waiver and estoppel
• Duty to defend
• Third party claims
• Liquidation
• Surety bonds

Representative Cases:

  • Dispute about whether it was improper for an insurer to defend under a reservation of rights, in an action in which only some of the claims were covered by the homeowners’ policy, where the insurer reserved the right to recover the costs of the defense.

  • Dispute about whether subcontractor’s default judgment against general contractor can be used as the sole basis for proving liability on the part of the general contractor’s surety.

  • Case regarding whether building owner’s insurer could sue subcontractor for alleged negligence in causing fire because insurer is bound by owner’s waiver of subrogation rights in prime contract.​
  • Mediator

  • Arbitrator

  • Discovery Referee

  • Appellate Consultant