• Harry W.R. Chamberlain II

    Certified Appellate Specialist
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    Direct: 916.552.2380
    General: 916.552.2300
    Fax: 916.552.2323

    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4380
    General: 310.312.4000
    Fax: 310.312.4224


    University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D.; Editor, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.


    San Diego State University, B.A., summa cum laude.

    Bar Admissions


    North Carolina

    Washington, D.C.

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    • Speaking Engagements


    Harry Chamberlain is a partner in the Litigation Division in the Sacramento and Los Angeles offices.  His practice focuses on insurance and appellate litigation with an emphasis on complex litigation and regulatory and employment law.  He represents professionals and businesses with a special concentration on post-trial remedies and appeals.  Mr. Chamberlain is past president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the 2010-2011 President of California Defense Counsel, the nation's largest regional bar associations of civil defense trial attorneys.  He is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, and has argued hundreds of appeals, representing clients before the California Supreme Court and the highest courts of several other jurisdictions. 

    Representative Experience

    • Thayer v. Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP (2012) 207 Cal. App. 4th 141:  Action by a client's spouse - claiming attorneys mishandled a class action settlement implicated free speech and petition rights in representing "actual clients" - was barred as a SLAPP suit.
    • Prospect Medical Group v. Northridge Emergency Medical Group (Jan. 2009) 45 Cal. 4th 497: California law prohibits doctors from "balance billing" patients for fees owed by HMO.
    • Mayer v. L&B Real Estate (2008) 43 Cal. 4th 1231: Property owner's due process right to set aside invalid tax sale does not accrue until possession is "disturbed" by valid notice of sale.
    • Crawford v. Weather Shield Mfg. (2008) 44 Cal. 4th 541 (amicus): A pre-suit indemnity agreement may require a subcontractor to immediately defend the developer upon demand.
    • City of Anaheim v. Angels Baseball LP (Dec. 2008) 2008 WL 5274631: Adopting team name "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" did not violate stadium lease with City of Anaheim.
    • Cohn v. Corinthian Colleges, Angels Baseball LP (2008) 169 Cal. App. 4th 523: Mother's Day tote bag giveaway at Angels' baseball game was not unlawful discrimination against men.
    • Ramalingam v. Thompson (2007) 151 Cal. App. 4th 491 (amicus): Litigation privilege bars malpractice claims relating to a jointly retained forensic accountant's opinion and testimony.
    • Kibler v. Northern Inyo County Hosp. Dist. (2006) 39 Cal. 4th 192 (amicus): Anti-SLAPP statute applies to disciplinary decisions by a hospital peer review committee.
    • Jarrow Formulas Inc. v. La Marche (2003) 31 Cal. 4th 728: Lawyers may challenge claims for malicious prosecution under the anti-SLAPP statute, and recover legal fees if they prevail.
    • Viner v. Sweet (2003) 30 Cal. 4th 1232 (amicus): A client suing for legal malpractice must prove a more favorable outcome would have resulted "but for" the lawyer's negligence.
    • Musser v. Provencher (2002) 28 Cal. 4th. 274 (amicus): Attorneys may seek indemnification for co-counsel's errors committed during joint representation of the client.
    • Summit Financial Holdings Ltd. v. Continental Lawyers Title Co. (2002) 27 Cal. 4th 1160 (amicus): Escrow agents owe no duty to protect third parties outside of the transaction.
    • Van Wagner Communications, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles (2001) 84 Cal. App. 4th 299: First Amendment bars City from arbitrarily denying billboard permits.
    • Shade Foods, Inc. v. Royal Ins. Co. of America (2000) 78 Cal. App. 4th 847:  $14 million bad faith and punitive damages verdict reversed for insufficient evidence of malice.
    • Potvin v. MetLife Ins. Co. (2000) 22 Cal. 4th 1060: Case-by-case analysis required to decide if due process precludes the at-will termination of a medical provider by a health plan.
    • Temple Community Hosp. v. Superior Court (1999) 20 Cal. 4th 464, Cedars-Sinai Med. Center v. Superior Court (1998) 18 Cal. 4th 1 (amicus): "Spoliation of evidence" is not a tort.
    • PPG Industries, Inc. v. Transamerica Ins. Co. (1999) 20 Cal. 4th 310 (amicus): Public policy bars insured's bad faith action against insurer for failing to settle punitive damages claim.
    • Parsons v. Crown Disposal Co. (1997) 15 Cal. 4th 456: A waste disposal company has no liability to a horseback rider for noises made during routine trash collection operations.
    • Rubin v. Green (1993) 4 Cal. 4th 1187: Absolute litigation privilege bars private actions against attorneys under Business & Professions Code §17200.
    • Bay Cities Paving & Grading Inc. v. Lawyers' Mutual Ins. Co. (1993) 5 Cal. 4th 854 (amicus): Policy limits available for "related" claims requires "common sense" reading of the contract.

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards

    AV-Rated in Martindale-Hubbell, Insurance Law.

    Southern California Super Lawyer, 2005-2012.


    “Out of Balance: ‘Balance-Billing’ Unfairly Puts the Patient in the Middle,” Points and Authorities, Fall/Winter 2007; OC Lawyer, December 2008.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in the states of California, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Speaking Engagements

    "Mediation Confidentiality and Professional Liability," West Legal Education Center, January 2011.

    "After the Meltdown: Do You Really Have Insurance Coverage?" Buchalter Nemer Web Seminar, April 2009; County Counsels' Association of California, September 2008.

    "Anti-SLAPP: It's Not Just for Defamation Anymore," Northern California Defense Counsel, December 2008.

    "Tactical Advantage? The Do's and Don'ts of Summary Adjudication," CAALA 2006.

    "Real Lawyers Don't Mediate…And Other Urban Legends," California CEB, 2005.

    "Crossing the Line: California's New Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Rules," LACBA, 2004.

    "Lawyers SLAPP Back! Challenging Derivative Tort Suits Under CCP § 425.16," LACBA, Southern California Defense Counsel, 2002-2004.

    "The Seven Deadly Sins: Why Attorneys Get Stung By Juries in Legal Malpractice Cases," Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, LACBA, 1996-2007.