Cheryl Dunn Soto

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Del Mar, CA

Franklin | Soto LLP
 | 445 Marine View Avenue, Del Mar, CA 92014
Phone: 619-872-2522
Fax: 619-566-0221
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Cheryl Dunn Soto is a seasoned attorney whose practice focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation on behalf of commercial policyholders, including contractors, attorneys, real estate professionals, broker-dealers, accountants, homeowners associations, non-profit organizations, auto dealers, and other companies of all sizes located throughout California and other parts of the country. She has served as both Chair and Co-Chair of the Insurance/Bad Faith Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.

    Cheryl has handled coverage matters involving a wide variety of policies, including directors and officers (“D&O”), errors and omissions (“E&O”), employment practices (“EPL”), commercial general liability (“CGL”), garage, cyber, property, excess/umbrella and other commercial policies. In addition to litigating coverage disputes, Cheryl is frequently called on to assist in analyzing and resolving insurance coverage issues pre-suit. She has provided counsel on highly complex, multi-layered coverage matters involving underlying lawsuits, coverage renewals, and policy buy-backs. Cheryl has enjoyed solving puzzles and riddles from an early age, so she thoroughly enjoys analyzing and solving insurance coverage issues for her clients and, in the process, vindicating their rights.

    Cheryl also handles other business litigation, including cases involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with contractual relations, fraud, unfair competition, and defamation.

    After graduating from law school in 1993 and before entering private practice, Cheryl worked for four district court judges in Arizona and California and a Ninth Circuit judge. During her time with the federal court, Cheryl handled a variety of civil and criminal matters involving state and federal law and acquired invaluable knowledge and insight regarding judicial practice and procedure that allow her to more effectively represent her clients.

    Prior to forming Franklin | Soto LLP, Cheryl practiced with a premier insurance recovery firm in San Diego and was the sole shareholder of Dunn Soto Law, APC, which exclusively represented policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. Cheryl is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and Arizona and has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

     

    *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
    • 80%Insurance Coverage
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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    About Cheryl Soto

    Admitted: 2007, California

    Professional Webpage: https://franklinsoto.law/attorneys/cheryl-dunn-soto/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 2017
    • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 2019
    • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Lorna E. Lockwood American Inn of Court, 1994-1995
    • Lawyers Club of San Diego, Membership Development Committee, 2014-2016
    • Lawyers Club of San Diego, Awards Committee, Co-Chair, 2016-2017
    • San Diego County Bar Association, Business and Corporate Law Section
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • San Diego County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
    • Arizona
    • New York
    • 2013-2014 Co-Chair, San Diego County Bar Insurance/Bad Faith Law Section, 2013
    • California
    • 2014-2015 Chair, San Diego County Bar Insurance/Bad Faith Law Section, 2014
    • Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter (Membership Development Committee), 2014
    • 2016-2017 Co-Chair, San Diego Lawyers Club Awards Committee, 2016

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Electra Owners Association, Board of Directors and President, 2019
    • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, 2019
    • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, 2016
    • Dress for Success San Diego Board of Directors; Legal Counsel Director, 2013
    • Electra Owners Association, Board of Directors, 2013
    • Electra Owners Association, Board of Directors and President, 2016
    • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, 2018
    • Dress for Success San Diego Board of Directors; Legal Counsel Director, 2015
    • Electra Owners Association, Board of Directors and Vice President, 2015
    • Electra Owners Association, Board of Directors and President, 2018
    • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, 2017
    • Dress for Success San Diego Board of Directors; Legal Counsel Director, 2014
    • Electra Owners Association, Board of Directors and Vice President, 2014
    • Electra Owners Association, Board of Directors and President, 2017

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Navigating the Labyrinth of Cyber Insurance, Construction Financial Management Association — Southwest Regional Conference, Phoenix, AZ (September 2018), Presenter, 2018
    • Presenter. "Insurance Law: 2017 Year in Review." Presented to the San Diego County Bar Association March 7, 2018
    • Cyber Insurance: What Every Financial Executive Should Know, Financial Executives Networking Group,San Diego Chapter (October 2018), 2018
    • Navigating the Rules for Citation of Unpublished Opinions, San Diego County Bar Association CLE Seminar (2012)
    • Note: Turner v. Safley and Its Progeny: A Gradual Retreat to the Hands-Off Doctrine?35 Ariz. L. Rev. 219 (1993)
    • Presenter.  Mitigating the Costs of Arbitration and Litigation.  Presented to the San Diego Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) February 15, 2018
    • Presenter.  "Cyber Insurance Basics." Presented to the San Diego Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) March 23, 2017
    • Presenter.  "Insurance Law: 2016 Year in Review." Presented to the San Diego County Bar Association February 14, 2017
    • Presenter.  "Protecting the Privilege: Understanding Attorney Client Privilege Issues When an Insurer is Involved."  Presented to the San Diego County Bar Association October 28, 2014.
    • Presenter.  "Insurance Law: What Every Practitioner Should Know." Presented to the San Diego County Bar Association July 1, 2014.
    • Presenter.  "Navigating the Labyrinth of Cyber Insurance."  Presented to the AICPA Construction and Real Estate Conference.  Las Vegas, NV.  December 7, 2017
    • Author. "Minimizing Your Dealership’s Cyber Risk By Maximizing Your Cyber Insurance Coverage."  Transmission Magazine.  July, 2017
    • Author. "Important Tips for Maximizing Your Insurance Dollars." Transmission Magazine. January/February, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • University of Arizona, B.A. (Interdisciplinary Studies), summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Flinn Foundation Scholar, 1990

    Industry Groups

    • Construction
    • Distribution And Manufacturing
    • Professionals
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    Office Location for Cheryl Dunn Soto

    445 Marine View Avenue
    Del Mar, CA 92014

    Phone: 619-872-2522

    Fax: 619-566-0221

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    Last Updated: 11/6/2019

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