100 Bush Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94104-3950
Admitted to Practice
– All courts in the State of California
– U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1983
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (with high honors, Political Science), 1980
– “The Fair Claims Practices Act: 2011,” presented with Robert Gerhardt and Mark Tratten to private client, September, 2011
– “Late Breaking Medical Malpractice Cases You Need to Know,” presented with Mark Kiefer and Von Reyes to private client claims and underwriting professionals, March 2015
Andy is the Managing Partner of our San Francisco office and serves as a member of Ericksen Arbuthnot's Board of Directors. Admitted to the California Bar in 1983, Mr. Sclar joined the firm in 1985. He is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell. He has also been named a Northern California Super Lawyer for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Andy is also Co-Chair of Ericksen Arbuthnot's Insurance Coverage practice group. He advises clients by issuing coverage opinions on a wide range of insurance issues arising under general liability, property, and errors and omissions policies, standard form and manuscript, primary and excess. Andy also represents clients in insurance coverage litigation, including declaratory relief actions, defense of extra contractual liability claims, insurance policy rescission actions, and subrogation and contribution actions under additional insured endorsements.
Andy is a member of Ericksen Arbuthnot’s Professional Liability practice group. He has a strong track record in defending lawyers, real estate agents and brokers, insurance agents and brokers, psychologists, and other health care professionals. His legal malpractice clients have varied fields of expertise including bankruptcy, tax, trust and estates, and personal injury.
Andy has a broad range of additional experience handling construction defect and construction site accident cases, as well as wrongful termination, premises liability, products liability, commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters, and commercial trucking.
He has successfully conducted jury trials in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and in California Superior Courts in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. He also has received favorable results for clients in bench trials and binding arbitration proceedings.
Andy has developed a successful appellate practice, prevailing numerous times in the California Court of Appeals and in the Ninth Circuit on a host of issues ranging from insurance coverage, insurance policy rescission, contract interpretation, enforcement of client contractual obligation to pay attorney for legal services, to jurisdictional and procedural issues.
Two of his appellate victories have been published: Travelers Ins. Co. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. (1989) 207 Cal.App. 3d 1390 (obtained a reversal for our client regarding coverage trigger under a legal malpractice policy indemnifying against claims arising from policy period acts); Blake v. Excel (9th Cir., 1997) 104 F. 3d 1158 (obtained affirmance of summary judgment and award of attorney’s fees in favor of our client in a case interpreting indemnity rights in ship repair contract).
He is a member of the State Bar of California, Litigation and Law Practice Management & Technology Sections, the Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
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