Sonia S. Waisman is a partner of the firm. She is engaged in general business litigation, focusing on complex insurance coverage cases. She has been national environmental coverage counsel for several large insurance companies and has served as liaison counsel in multi-billion dollar cases. Throughout her career, she has handled a wide array of litigated and non-litigated complex insurance coverage matters, including environmental, toxic tort (including mold), advertising injury and personal injury liability coverage, oil and gas, construction defect and bad faith, among other issues, under various types of policies. She has litigated in both state and federal courts throughout the country at the trial court and appellate levels, obtaining favorable judgments as well as achieving successful resolution through mediation. She has written several articles regarding insurance coverage law in professional journals, as well as annual updates for an environmental insurance coverage text.
Ms. Waisman also is actively involved in the development of animal law.
In addition to her law practice and work in the advancement of animal law issues, Ms. Waisman served as Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego County Superior Court, Small Claims Division, until she relocated to Los Angeles in 2000. While in law school she was a judicial extern with the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District.
Ms. Waisman is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Waisman was a Partner in the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster LLP before she joined Riedl, McCloskey & Waring LLP (now known as McCloskey, Waring, Waisman & Drury LLP) as Partner in the Los Angeles office November 1, 2008. She began her practice working with her current partner, Kathy Waring, in the San Diego office of Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, which later amalgamated into Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. She joined Morrison & Foerster as Of Counsel in that firm’s Los Angeles office in June 2000.
Ms. Waisman has received the highest rating (AV) from her peers.
Insurance Coverage Litigation and Advice
Animal Law (primarily academia)
Admitted: 1991, California
Law School: California Western School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1991
College: Albany College of Pharmacy, Medical Technology, B. S.
Born: Albany, New York