Teri Mae Rutledge has represented third-party liability and property insurers in declaratory relief and equitable contribution lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the 9th Circuit.
She has advised insurers about electronic discovery requirements and claims practices under California and federal law. She was a judicial extern for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court, Northern District, California.
Secured a declaration on summary judgment that our client had no duty to defend or indemnity its insured, the owner of a truck driving training school, in an underlying case stemming from a fatal accident caused by a student at the school. We successfully argued that the commercial general liability policy at issue contained a broad auto exclusion that applied to training, barring coverage under the facts presented.
Won summary judgment on behalf of an insurance company client sued in federal court in Alaska after it denied coverage under an E&O liability policy. In granting the motion, the court accepted our argument that coverage was properly denied under the claims-made policy because the claim was not made and reported during the same policy period. Teri Mae argued the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed the trial court ruling.
University of California, Davis, J.D., 2008
Miami University–Oxford, B. Phil., with honors, 1994