Raymond F. Bourhis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Ray Bourhis Associates
 | 12 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: 415-392-4660
Fax: 415-421-0259
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1972
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage
Attorney Profile

Attorney Raymond F. Bourhis is the founder and owner of the Bourhis Law Group in San Francisco, California. A top-rated attorney with more than 47 years of legal experience, Mr. Bourhis represents a diverse range of clients throughout the state and all across the country who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Long-term disability insurance

·        Catastrophic losses

·        Bad faith insurance

·        Insurance law

Over the course of his career, Mr. Bourhis has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of his clients in both state and federal courts. Serving as lead counsel on a number of cases throughout the United States, he has secured precedent-setting verdicts and settlements for those he has served, and he has earned a reputation as one of the nation's leading attorneys for long-term disability insurance and bad faith insurance litigation.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Bourhis obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, in 1972. He has also served several appointed roles, including special master of the California Department of Insurance and member of the Federal Judicial Selection Advisory Committee. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Bourhis is the founder of InsuranceConsumers.com, and he helped establish what has since become CALPIRG when he was still in law school.

Mr. Bourhis has numerous publications to his credit, and he has conducted many lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of topics related to insurance law and disability coverage. Moreover, the television program "60 Minutes" featured him in a story about insurance industry abuses and unfair claims and underwriting practices.

Recognized for his professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Bourhis holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received other awards and honors from his peers as well as many positive reviews from his satisfied clients.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
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Insurance Coverage (100%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Focus Areas

Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Raymond Bourhis

Admitted: 1972, California

Professional Webpage: https://raybourhis.com/our-firm/ray-bourhis/

Honors/Awards:

  • Martindale Hubbell, AV-rated (highest rating)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Appointed by United States Senator Barbara Boxer to the Federal Judicial Selection Advisory Committee
  • Special Master, Department of Insurance: Appointed by San Francisco Superior Court Judge John Dearman

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founder, Cal Advocates

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Recognition and Recovery for Bad Faith Torts. TRIAL Magazine. Association of Trial Lawyers of America. December, 1982
  • Examination and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses. State Bar of California. C.E.B., San Francisco, CA 1981
  • Pleading and Proving General Damages. State Bar of California. C.E.B. San Francisco, San Mateo, Yosemite, CA 1982
  • Summation. California Trial Lawyers Association. Statewide Seminar, Anaheim, CA 1982
  • Evaluating and Arguing Damages. California Trial Lawyers Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. San Francisco, CA 1983
  • Proving Income Loss for the Insured Professional or Self-Employed Person. California Trial Lawyers Association. CTLA. March, 1983
  • Strategy and Tactical Considerations in Bad Faith Actions. California Trial Lawyers Association. San Francisco, CA 1985
  • Persuasion in Settlement and Trial. California Trial Lawyers Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. San Francisco, CA 1983
  • Insurance Bad Faith and The Use of Insurance Code Section 790.03. California Trial Lawyers Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. San Francisco, CA 1983
  • California Trial Lawyers Association. CTLA. August, 1984
  • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation. California Trial Lawyers Association. Statewide Seminar. San Diego, CA 1984
  • Calculating and Proving Damages. State Bar of California. C.E.B. San Francisco, San Jose, Tahoe. January, 1985
  • Insurance Bad Faith: Some Commonly Asked Questions, Answers and a Few Predictions. San Francisco Attorney Magazine. Bar Association of San Francisco. California Trial Lawyers Magazine. CTLA. March, 1985
  • Bad Faith Insurance Litigation. State Bar of California, C.E.B. Seminar. San Francisco, Monterey, San Rafael, San Jose, April-May, 1985
  • The Duty to Defend in Insurance Regulation: General Principles. Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Breckenridge, CO March, 1996
  • Trial Strategy in Insurance Bad Faith Litigation. California Trial Lawyers Association. San Francisco, CA 1985
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith. Stratton Press. Bad Faith Seminar. San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Santa Clara. 1988 - 1989
  • Advising Individual and Commercial Policyholders Concerning Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith. The San Francisco Daily Journal, 1992
  • Selected Issues in Insurance Litigation. State Bar of California, Videotaped for 34 additional locations – December, 1993
  • Selected Issues in Insurance Litigation. State Bar of California, Continuing Education of the Bar. San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sacramento
  • Emergency Issues in Commercial and Homeowners Coverage. Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Chicago, IL – July, 1994
  • Cross-Examination of Insurance Witnesses at Deposition and Trial. Consumer Attorneys of California. April, 1995
  • Homeowners’ Insurance and Bad Faith. Consumer Attorneys of California. Los Angeles, CA – November, 1995
  • The Duty to Defend in Insurance Regulation: General Principles. Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Los Angeles, CA February, 1996
  • The Preparation and Trial of an Individual Disability Bad Faith Case: State Bar of California, 76th Annual Meeting. Anaheim, CA September 2003
  • Insurance Litigation, Recorder Magazine (Legal Newspaper). Analyzing Insurance Coverage and Maximizing Recoveries in Bad Faith Cases. San Francisco, CA – July, 1996
  • The Need for Federal Insurance Reform. Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Boston, MA July, 1996
  • Cross-Examination in Deposition and at Trial. Consumer Attorneys of California. San Francisco, CA November, 1996
  • Cross-Examination of the Insurer’s Bad Faith Expert. Association of Trial Lawyers of America. San Diego, CA July, 1997
  • Summation in a Bad Faith Case. Consumer Attorneys of California. Lake Tahoe, NV March, 1998
  • Strategies for Success in Litigating Disability Claims. American Conference Institute. Boston, MA June, 1999
  • Bad Faith: Depositions and Cross Examinations of Claims Personnel; Expanding Your Practice in the New Millennium. Association of Trial Lawyers of America. San Francisco, CA – July, 1999
  • Analyzing “Own Occupation” Disability Coverage. Association of Trial Lawyers of America Conference. Miami Beach, FL February, 2002
  • Punitive Damages in Disability Coverage. Association of Trial Lawyers of America Conference. San Diego April, 2002
  • Litigating Individual Disability Insurance Claims: Obtaining Punitive Damage Verdicts in Bad Faith Claims. The Bar Association of San Francisco, November, 2002
  • The Ins & Outs of Litigating Bad Faith Disability Cases At Trial. San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. January, 2003
  • Litigating Disability Insurance Claims. American Conference Institute, Boston, MA March, 2003
  • Mealey’s Litigation Report, Insurance Bad Faith July 20, 2004, 9th Circuit Panel Upholds $7.6 Million Verdict in Favor of Insured, Finds No Error (Joan Hangarter v. Provident Life and Accident Insurance Co., The Paul Revere Life Insurance Co., and UNUMProvident Corp., 02-17423, 9th Cir. 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 12841)
  • When Disaster Strikes Will Your Insurer Be There For You, San Francisco Chronicle, Op Ed, September 2005
  • So You Thought You Had Disability Insurance, Northern California Psychiatric Association June 2004
  • The Private Practice of Public Interest Law, Panel Discussion, Harvard Law School, April 03
  • Author, Insult to Injury: Insurance, Fraud and the Big Business of Bad Faith. Endorsed by Sen. Edward Kennedy, Hon. Lynn Woolsey, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • California Tort Reporter, June-July 2004, McGregor v. Paul Revere Life Insurance Co., 369 F.3d 1099 (9th Cir. 2004)
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12 Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

Phone: 415-392-4660

Fax: 415-421-0259

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