Cheryl Dunn Soto

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Del Mar, CA

Franklin | Soto LLP
 | 445 Marine View Avenue, Suite 300
Del Mar, CA 92014
Phone: 619-872-2522
Fax: 619-566-0221
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (60%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing her practice primarily on bad faith and other insurance coverage disputes, Cheryl Dunn Soto is a partner at Franklin Soto LLP, where she also handles general business litigation and federal white collar criminal defense cases. Located in Del Mar, California, she represents business and individual clients throughout San Diego County. Admitted to practice in California, Arizona, and New York, Ms. Soto is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

In her insurance practice, Ms. Soto's cases include officers' and directors' policies, errors and omissions coverage held by attorneys, accountants, and other professionals, and general commercial liability. Her clients in this regard have been contractors, realtors, car dealers, broker-dealers, and homeowners associations, among other businesses, whose claims have been denied or delayed by their insurance companies. Ms. Soto has also worked on other types of commercial litigation such as unfair competition, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty fraud, and contract breaches, and her criminal defense experience has encompassed insider trading and embezzlement. In all of her professional endeavors, she has often been able to obtain favorable results for her clients, and she has earned the respect of her colleagues as a result, as attested to by her AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and her 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Ms. Soto is a graduate of The University of Arizona, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies summa cum laude in 1990 and was inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa Society. Remaining in Tucson, she attended what was then known as The University of Arizona College of Law and was a member of the Arizona Law Review before being awarded her Juris Doctor in 1993.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Insurance Coverage (60%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Business Litigation (30%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)

Focus Areas

Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2019

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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

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:

  • 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. "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)
  • 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
Office Location for Cheryl Dunn Soto

445 Marine View Avenue
Suite 300
Del Mar, CA 92014

Phone: 619-872-2522

Fax: 619-566-0221

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Last Updated: 1/18/2019

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