Attorneys

A. Byrne Conley

A. Byrne Conley was admitted to the bar in 1983, after graduating from the University of San Francisco (B.A. with honors, 1979), and University of California Hasting College of Law (J.D. with honors, 1983). He graduated Order of the Coif, Thurston Society.

He has extensive civil litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels in public agency and insurance defense, including police, civil rights, dangerous condition, employment practices and pollution claims as well as insurance coverage litigation, and also serves as general counsel for numerous California self-insurance pools covering cities, schools, sanitary districts and park and recreation districts, including the California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority, California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, California Sanitation Risk Management Authority, California Association for Park and Recreation Indemnity, San Diego Pooled Insurance Program Authority and the Northern California Cities Self Insurance Fund. He has also done project work for a number of other self-insurance pools including the Santa Clara County Schools Insurance Group, Monterey County SIG, Contra Costa County SIG, Bay Cities JPIA, California Transit Indemnity Pool, Schools Excess Liability Fund, Redwood Empire Municipal Insurance Fund, Housing Authorities Risk Retention Pool, and several municipal pool members including counties and cities. His general counsel work includes monitoring claims, ensuring Government Code compliance, drafting coverage documents and handling coverage disputes. He has conducted numerous lectures and seminars on public entity tort liability case law and insurance JPA issues for the Public Agency Risk Managers Association and the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities.

 

Peter Urhausen

Peter A. Urhausen was admitted to the bar in 1992, after graduating from California State University, San Jose (B.A. with great distinction, 1985), and the University of California, Hasting College of Law (J.D. with honors, 1992). He graduated Order of the Coif, Thurston Society. He has significant trial and appellate experience in the areas of insurance coverage, insurance litigation, public agency defense including dangerous condition and auto claims, and contract / commercial lease issues.

 

Sean C. Conley

Sean Conley was admitted to the bar in 1987. His education was earned at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. cum laude, 1983), and the University of California, Hasting College of Law (J.D. with honors, 1987). He has handled civil litigation and appeals in State and Federal courts, and has conducted numerous trials and arbitrations in matters such as realty disputes, travel agency law, bankruptcy discharge liability, construction litigation, personal injury, medical lien disputes and civil rights litigation.

He has handled litigation for public agencies including general tort litigation, civil rights, condemnation and inverse condemnation, land-use regulation, insurance, administrative matters (such as Public Records Act and Brown Act issues, employment administrative review, and peace officer personnel record requests), bankruptcy matters, contractual disputes and construction disputes.

He has handled construction litigation extensively, including stop notices, mechanics liens, construction defect and delay claims. He has also handled a variety of civil tort claims in a variety of areas, including personal injury, product liability, as well as contract disputes.

 

Austin Gibbons

Austin R. Gibbons was admitted to the bar in 1964, after graduating from St. Mary’s College (A.B., 1959) and Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (J.D., 1963). He began his career with the State of California, Division of Highways and then practiced with the Richmond and Walnut Creek firm of Tinning and DeLap. He established his own firm as senior partner in 1977 and has practiced continuously since that time in Walnut Creek representing businesses, insurance carriers and public agency self insurance pools both in civil litigation and as general counsel. He has extensive trial experience in both State and Federal Courts throughout the state.