Year in Review: Key Issues & Trends from 2023

February 2024

From all of us at Gray·Duffy, we hope your 2024 is off to a great start.

In the past year, our firm brought on several attorneys and experienced significant growth and success, thanks to you – our clients and colleagues, who put their trust in us. We discussed our expanding team and taking over new office space in an interview with San Fernando Valley Business Journal, read more here.

Our team is particularly proud to have obtained a complete defense verdict for American Plumbing, Inc. against State Farm General Insurance Company in a $1.885 million fire damage claim. The jury returned a verdict in under two hours finding that our client was not negligent in its installation of a water heater nor did its installation cause the fire.

In recognition of our commitment and achievements on behalf of clients, the firm was honored to once again be ranked by Best Law FirmsSuper LawyersBest Lawyers and maintained our Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.

We look forward to building on this success and continuing to deliver unparalleled legal service. Wishing you a prosperous and fulfilling year ahead!

-Michael Eisenbaum, Managing Partner

Earning a Degree in Risk Management

and Insurance at Cal State University, Northridge

As the current generation of those working in the insurance industry retire without qualified replacements, a gap has arisen. Too, misconceptions about what careers in the insurance industry entail and lack of advanced courses offered are additional factors widening this gap.

In their article for the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Self-Insurers and Risk Managers newsletter, Partner Timothy Thornton and Associate Kathryn Camerlengo examine opportunities via California State University, Northridge‘s Risk Management and Insurance Program.


Samantha Kim Joins as an Associate in the Woodland Hills Office

Samantha Kim’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including, but not limited to, personal injury and construction defect. Prior to joining Gray•Duffy, Samantha operated her own firm, the Law Offices of Samantha H. Kim, for more than a decade where she provided a range of legal services to her clients. Read more about her background and expertise here.

Erin Tenner Speaks at NADA Show 2024

Partner Erin Tenner presented “Financial Considerations When Buying or Selling a Dealership” at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show 2024 on February 1 in Las Vegas. Learn more here.

Kathryn Camerlengo Appointed as Newsletter Editor for the Self Insurers and Risk Managers Committee of ABA TIPS

Associate Kathryn Camerlengo has been named the Newsletter Editor for the Self Insurers and Risk Managers Committee of ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) for the 2023-24 bar year. The TIPS Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee brings together attorneys, self-insurers and risk management professionals to network, publish and speak on relevant legal issues and learn from others’ experiences in the areas of risk management and self-insurance. Read more.

Gray·Duffy Named a Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” for Insurance Law

For the ninth consecutive year, Gray·Duffy has been recognized as a “Best Law Firm®” by Best Lawyers in the category of Insurance Law. The firm was awarded a Tier 1 ranking in Los Angeles, the highest designation given in a practice area. Learn more.

Three Partners Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers 2024

Managing Partner Michael Eisenbaum and Partners Erin Tenner and Timothy Thornton have been selected for inclusion on the Southern California Super Lawyers 2024 list. This marks Mike’s first year being ranked in Civil Litigation: Defense; Erin’s third year in Mergers & Acquisitions; and Tim’s thirteenth year in Insurance Coverage. Read more.

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