Joseph De Hope has emphasized his practice on insurance coverage, professional liability defense (attorneys, insurance agents and real estate agents) and the defense of bad faith and complex litigation in the State and Federal Courts.
In addition to litigating coverage, Mr. De Hope has tried cases involving personal injury, products liability, governmental liability and punitive damages. His reported appellate cases relate to insurance coverage, bad faith, governmental liability and equitable indemnity.
Mr. De Hope has arbitrated or mediated more than 75 cases as counsel for a party and more than 300 cases as a mediator or arbitrator. He has been retained as an expert in property, casualty and title insurance disputes and his breadth of experience also includes providing coverage opinions in life and disability matters.
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in July 2003, Mr. De Hope was of counsel to the Brydon Law Group and prior to that was a partner with Bullen, McKone, McKinley, Gay, Keitges and Pach. Since 1977, his practice has emphasized the direct representation of insurance companies.
Mr. De Hope is an active member of the American Bar Association Torts and Insurance Practice Section, and is a member of the Property Insurance Law, Insurance Coverage Litigation and Fidelity and Surety Sub-Committees. He is also a member of the California Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Mr. De Hope is a past member of the Defense Research Institute, Northern California Defense Counsel Association, the Northern California Fraud Investigator’s Association and the California Conference of Arson Investigators.
In July 2006, Mr. De Hope was appointed to a three-year term on the State Bar of California’s Committee on Administration of Justice (Northern Section), which studies and reports recommendations on proposed changes in civil procedure, court rules and administration, rules of evidence and other matters impacting the administration of justice in the civil courts. Mr. De Hope’s term runs from October 2006 to September 2009.
Mr. De Hope holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability.