Darren Teshima is a partner in Orrick’s Insurance Recovery Group, and is based in the San Francisco office. His commercial litigation practice concentrates on the representation of corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Teshima represents clients in the financial services, technology and retail industries, advising them on a variety of insurance issues, and litigating against their insurers.
Mr. Teshima’s recent engagements include:
Currently representing Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc., in three lawsuits in the New York Supreme Court brought by “monoline” insurers Assured Guaranty, MBIA and FGIC, seeking to deny coverage under financial guarantees covering residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transactions. Successfully representing Epson America, Inc., in a coverage action in the Central District of California against Greenwich Insurance Company seeking defense coverage under a D&O policy for an underlying consumer class action and employment case. Advising a technology rideshare company about D&O, E&O and media liability coverage issues affecting its unique business model. Successfully representing a media technology company in a dispute with its D&O insurer regarding reimbursement of defense costs for an underlying action.
In 2012, Mr. Teshima spent three months on loan to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney, where he first-chaired four criminal jury trials to verdict.
Mr. Teshima is on the editorial board of Orrick's Policyholder Insider, an insurance recovery blog, the co-editor of Orrick’s Policyholder Observer, the Insurance practice group’s quarterly publication, and an editor of Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review.
Additionally, Mr. Teshima is passionate about pro bono work, and is a two-time recipient of Legal Services for Children’s Pro Bono Advocate Award. He has successfully handled administrative trials and hearings on behalf of asylum seekers, low-income tenants, and has provided litigation advice to nonprofit organizations. He recently successfully represented the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in an action to halt the implementation of a federal regulation that would have greatly truncated the time for death-sentenced inmates to file habeas petitions.
Mr. Teshima is active in Orrick’s recruiting and diversity initiatives, and is the recipient of Orrick’s Diversity Award. Mr. Teshima also serves on the boards of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus, and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies.
Before joining Orrick, Mr. Teshima was an associate at Heller Ehrman LLP.