Maria Louise (Ria) Cousineau concentrates her practice in complex insurance coverage matters and bad faith litigation, addressing issues in property and liability policies in both commercial and personal lines. She is admitted to the California and Nevada bars, as well as the federal courts in both states.
Ria has defended insurer clients, through trial and appeal, in bad faith and coverage litigation in California, Nevada, and Oklahoma, and regularly counsels insurer clients on complex coverage questions. She has represented property insurers in numerous class actions in California. She is often asked to assist attorneys in other regions in preparing institutional cases and witnesses for deposition and trial.
Ria is a member of the ABA, the California and Nevada Bar Associations, the LA County Bar Association, DRI, the Loss Executives Association, and the National Association of Insurance Women. She volunteers as a mediator/arbitrator for numerous courts in Los Angeles County and regularly provides pro bono legal services to people of limited means.
Ria earned her J.D., cum laude, from Southwestern University. While in law school, she was an extern to the Honorable Arthur Alarcon, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. After graduating, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Charles Springer, Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. She received a B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine.
- Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1984
- University of California at Irvine, B.A., 1981
BAR ADMISSIONS : California; Nevada
- California Bar Association
- Nevada Bar Association
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Loss Executives Association
- National Association of Insurance Women
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