b. THOMAS FRENCH

Contact

Address 275 Battery Street
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone 415.288.9800
Fax 415.288.9801
Asbestos Fax 415.288.9802
Email btf@hassard.com Download Vcard

Practice Areas

Toxic Tort Litigation

Asbestos Litigation

Silica Litigation

General Civil Litigation

Health Care Law

Insurance Law

Business, Tax & Probate Law

Construction Law

Education

Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude

University of California Berkeley, B.S.

Bar Admissions

California 1975
Northern District of CA 1975
Ninth Circuit 1984
U.S. Supreme Court 2011

Mr. French has been admitted to practice in California since 1975 and has over 40 years experience litigating insurance, toxic tort, health care, and construction cases in both the state and federal courts in California.

Trial Experience

Landa v. California Physicians' Service, San Diego, California, 1993. Insurance "bad faith" case in which the plaintiff asserted claims for unpaid benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages. Defense verdict.

Sarchett v. Blue Shield of California, Los Angeles, California, 1982. Insurance "bad faith" case in which the plaintiff asserted claims for unpaid benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages. Plaintiff's verdict for $1,203.05 for unpaid benefits, $20,000 for emotional distress, and $80,000 in punitive damages. Reversed on appeal.

Weisman v. Blue Shield of California, San Diego, California, 1982. Insurance "bad faith" case in which the plaintiff asserted claims for unpaid benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages. Plaintiff's verdict for $25,000 in compensatory damages and no punitive damages.

Fields v. Blue Shield of California, San Diego, California, 1981. Insurance "bad faith" case in which the plaintiff asserted claims for unpaid benefits, emotional distress, and punitive damages. Defense verdict.

Published Appellate Decisions
Case Name: Benson v. Superior Court
Citation: (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 1179
Case Name: Duran v. St. Luke's Hosp.
Citation: (2003) 114 Cal.App.4th 457
Case Name: Betterton v. Leichtling
Citation: (2002) 101 Cal.App.4th 749
Case Name: Rakestraw v. California Physicians' Service
Citation: (2000) 81 Cal.App.4th 39
Case Name: California Physicians' Service v. Superior Court
Citation: (1992) 9 Cal.App.4th 1321
Case Name: Sarchett v. Blue Shield of California
Citation: (1987) 43 Cal.3d 1
Case Name: Fields v. Blue Shield of California
Citation: (1985) 163 Cal.App.3d 570
Case Name: Weisman v. Blue Shield of California
Citation: (1984) 163 Cal.App.3d 61
Case Name: Sarchett v. Blue Shield of California
Citation: (1984) 158 Cal.App.3d 218 [superseded by grant of review]
Case Name: Contreras v. St. Luke's Hospital
Citation: (1978) 78 Cal.App.3d 919