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Robert V. Closson, Esq.


Mr. Closson graduated from Shippensburg State College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Western State University College of Law in 1986. Following graduation, he initially served as a multi-lines claims representative with the Travelers Companies in San Diego before entering private practice in 1987.


Mr. Closson joined Clifford Hirsch, APLC in September 2008 as senior counsel. He continues to concentrate his practice in insurance coverage litigation, "bad faith" litigation, coverage related matters, and appeals.  His insurance practice has involved the property and casualty fields of commercial and personal lines policies with an emphasis on construction defect, intellectual property, business litigation and environmental claims.  His clients have included insurers, contractor and trade associations, businesses, individuals and non-profit entities.


Mr. Closson is admitted to practice before the California state courts and the U.S. District courts for all of the Districts of California, the U.S. District court for the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has litigated and acted as amicus curiae counsel in numerous cases, including numerous published decisions, as attached hereto.  He has lectured locally and nationally on insurance issues including presentations on behalf of the PLRB, MC Consultants, Lorman Business Center, and the West Coast Casualty Seminar.  He is a co-author of California Liability Insurance Claims and Practice: Claims & Litigation (Continuing Education of the Bar, 1993-present), Chapter 9, Investigating the Claim; and First Party Coverage in Miller's California Construction Defect Litigation - Residential and Commercial (2d Ed. 1993 Wiley Publications).


Mr. Closson is a member of the California State Bar, the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association.  He has an AV® Rating with Martindale-Hubbell.


Shippensburg State College, B.A., History, 1983
Western State University College of Law, J.D., 1986


State Bar of California, 1986
U.S. District Courts of California (Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central)
U.S. District Court of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Reported Cases
Hensel Phelps Construction v. Superior Court [Smart Corner Owners Assn.], (4th DCA Cal. 2020) 2020 WL 370445 (Amicus)
McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.4th 241 (Amicus)
Employers Mutual Cas. Co. v. Philadelphia Ins. (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 340

Crawford v. Weather Shield Mfg. (2008) 44 Cal.4th 541 (amicus)
Safeco Ins. Co. of America v. Superior Court (Century Surety) (2006) 140 Cal.App.4th 874 
Acosta et. al. v. Glenfed Development et. al. (2005) 128 Cal.App.4th 1278 (amicus)
Travelers Cas. & Surety Co. v Century Surety Co. (2004) 118 Cal.App.4th 1156
SDR v AISLIC (S.D.Cal. 2004) 320 F.Supp.2d 1043
Rosen v. State Farm Gen. Ins. Co. (2003) 30 Cal.4th 107 (amicus)
Rice v. Safeco Property & Cas. Co. (9th Cir. 2003) 78 Fed.Appx. 641 (amicus)
Jimenez v. Superior Court (2002) 29 Cal.4th 473 (amicus)
Maryland Casualty Company v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (2000) 81 Cal.App.4th 1082
Alan O. Aas v. Superior Court (2000) 24 Cal.4th 627 (amicus)
Maryland Casualty Company v. Nationwide Insurance Company (1998) 65 Cal.App.4th 21
Maryland Casualty Company v. National American Insurance Company of California (1996) 48 Cal.App.4th 1822
Fireman's Fund Insurance Company v. Aetna Casualty (1990) 223 Cal.App.3d 1621
National American Insurance Company v. Coburn (1989) 209 Cal.App.3d 914


San Diego County Bar Association
San Diego Defense Lawyers Association