Derek S. Chaiken

Top rated Insurance Coverage attorney in Los Angeles, California

Merlin Law Group
Derek S. Chaiken
Merlin Law Group

Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage

Licensed in California since: 2008

Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022

Merlin Law Group

2049 Century Park East
Suite 650
Los Angeles, CA 90067 Phone: 213-374-0416 Email: Derek S. Chaiken Visit website


Derek S. Chaiken is a trial attorney at Merlin Law Group’s Los Angeles offices, who tirelessly advocates for justice on behalf of his clients.  He has dedicated his practice to representing policyholders when their claims are unlawfully denied or underpaid. Derek attended the University of Michigan and University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law.  In law school, he served as a clerk for the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

First Admitted: 2008, California

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter of CLE Program, Handling and Litigating Wildfire Claims in California, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Attorneys, Insurance, 2022
  • Speaker regarding the topic of insurance claims for property contents claims, Keynote Speaker at 2023 CAPIA Spring Conference, Litigating Contents Claims in California, Insurance, 2023
  • Speaker on topic of Appraisal Under Insurance Policies in California , Speaker, Appraisal in California at NAPIA First Party Claims Conference , 2023
  • Speaker on the Use of Drones in Property Claim Adjusment , Speaker, Speaker/Lecturer at American Bar Association, Property Division, Insurance, Legal, 2019
  • Discussion of drone usage and liability during claim adjustment and preparation for litigation, Speaker, Speaker at First Party Claims Conference Annual Convention (Warwick, Rhode Island), Insurance, Legal, 2019
  • Recovered more $5 million in settlements, arbitration, mediation and trial awards for clients, 2022
  • Various settlements totaling millions of dollars with many different insurance carriers for first party property claims on behalf of business and homeowners, 2019
  • Settlement with product manufacturer $4.5 million, 2018
  • Insurance Bad Faith Settlement with Mercury involving minors. Contractual dispute $40,000, but carrier paid $420,000 to resolve bad faith claims., 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Insurance

Office location for Derek S. Chaiken

2049 Century Park East
Suite 650
Los Angeles, CA 90067


1 Year Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022

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