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Hager & Dowling
319 East Carrillo Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Barbara, California 93101Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 805-966-4700
Fax: 805-966-4120
E-Mail: mail@hdlaw.com
www.hdlaw.com
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About Us
Client Information
Personnel
Established: 1997

Practice Areas
  • Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Bad Faith
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Appellate Practice
  • Employment Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Public Entities
  • Environmental Law
  • Negligence
  • Major Litigation
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About Us
Hager & Dowling takes pride in the wide range of legal services we offer. Our work encompasses all areas of insurance coverage and litigation, general tort litigation, appellate practice, commercial and business litigation, construction, employment, landlord-tenant, public entity representation, and DUI/traffic. Our 5 attorneys and our loyal support staff provide clients high quality, cost-effective representation throughout Central and Southern California. Our lawyers have spent 50,000 hours on bad faith issues in the last five years alone. More details are available on our website www.hdlaw.com, or by calling us.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AIG - Private Client GroupAlliance United Insurance Company
Allianz Global Corporate & SpecialtyAmeriprise Insurance Company
California Automobile Insurance CompanyCarnegie General Insurance Agency
Chartis Claims, Inc.Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
CNAFireman's Fund Insurance Company
Frankenmuth Insurance CompanyGeneral Casualty Company
Mercury Casualty CompanyMercury Insurance Company
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Of Counsel
John V. Hager
Santa Barbara, CA
Admitted
  • California, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1987
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County and Ventura County Bar Associations
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Southern California, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1971
  • University of Southern California, J.D., 1974
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Firm Member
Thomas J. Dowling
Santa Barbara, CA
Admitted
  • California, 1972
Memberships:
  • Federal, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Bar Associations
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Loyola University of Los Angeles, B.A., 1969
  • University of Southern California, J.D., 1972
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Managing Partner
Lora D. Hemphill
Santa Barbara, CA
Admitted
  • California, 2001
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
Education:
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 1993
  • Santa Barbara College of Law, J.D., 2001
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Associates
Lizinka C. Benton
Santa Barbara, CA
Admitted
  • California, 2004
  • Connecticut, 2006
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1987
  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, M.F.A. (with distinction), 1991
  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2004
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Christine W. Chambers
Santa Barbara, CA
Admitted
  • California, 2010
Education:
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A. (maxima cum laude), 2007
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2010
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Caitlin R. Maurer
Santa Barbara, CA
Admitted
  • California, 2011
Education:
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., 2007
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 2011
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