Mark Raskoff


Mark Raskoff has been involved in cutting edge, complex litigation issues more than 30 years handling product liability, construction defect and all aspects of insurance coverage litigation, including disputes under commercial general liability, E & O, professional liability policies, and reinsurance certificates affecting environmental claims. He also has substantial experience in environmental coverage litigation, including trial.

Mark has particular expertise in drafting policy forms concerning appropriate exclusions for environmental liabilities and allocation issues both as to inter-insurer disputes and as between insurers and policyholders.
He is a member of the California State Bar Association, Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, and Panel of Arbitrators, National Futures Association. Mark earned his B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and J.D. from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

A frequent lecturer on topics such as mold litigation and coverage issues, bad faith claims handling and right to independent counsel, he has also authored and co-authored numerous articles and insurance treatises such as:
Environmental Insurance Litigation: Law and Practice and Environmental Insurance Litigation: Practice Forms,” West, 1992
“Ethical Issues in Bad Faith Litigation,” NBI Seminars, January 2008
“Bad Faith Insurance Issues," NBI Seminars, 2008, 2007, 2003
“Additional Insured Issues,” Mealey’s Additional Insurance Conference, December, 2004
“Mold Insurance Coverage - Emerging Insurance Perspectives - New Policy Forms, Interpretation, Insurance Regulatory Responses,” Mealey’s Mold Insurance Litigation Conference, September 2002 “Mold Contamination Litigation - Class Actions,“ Mealey’s Mold Litigation Seminars, October 2001 “Mold Litigation - Liability and Coverage Issues” (2000) ECMA, reprinted Mealey’s Mold Litigation Seminars, February 2002
“Show Me the Money - Allocation Issues From Policyholder, Primary, Excess, Reinsurance Perspectives,” ECMA, April 1999
“Arguments Advanced by Insureds for Coverage of Environmental Claims,”22 Pacific Law Journal 771-824, 1991
“Cumis Counsel: An Uncertain Alliance With Friend Or Foe”
“Legal Damages versus Equitable Relief in California Pollution Cases: What Does the Future Hold?” 2 California Insurance;
“The Pollution Exclusion in Liability Insurance Policies,” 13 Los Angeles Lawyer 20, 1990 Editor, “California Unfair Settlement Practices Regulations Deskbook,” 1993. “Comparative Negligence in California: Multiple Party Litigation,7 Pacific Law Journal, 770-810, 1976