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San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

5 Park Plaza
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614

San Francisco
315 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94111


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1989

B.A., Economics and Communication, Stanford University, 1986


Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Insurance Law (2018-2024)

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Insurance Coverage and Business Litigation (2007-2013, Law & Politics)

Top 10 Attorneys for Insurance, The Daily Transcript


Michelle Bernard is the Co-Chair of the Insurance group for GRSM’s Southern California region (San Diego/Orange County/Los Angeles). She specializes in insurance coverage advice and bad faith litigation and also has extensive experience in the area of professional liability defense (insurance broker/agent). 

The primary focus of Michelle’s insurance practice is handling complex coverage matters and bad faith litigation on behalf of insurers. Her experience is broad-based and ranges from handling all aspects of property and casualty insurance coverage litigation (including related bad faith actions) to professional liability (D&O, E&O, EPLI), commercial trucking coverage, UIM/UM coverage, and life, health and disability matters.


  • California


  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), member and Regional Instructor for NITA’s intensive trial skills program and deposition workshops
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of Insurance Women (NAIW), Southern California Chapter
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