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Scott Buresh
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Mr. Buresh received his undergraduate degree in 1973 from the University of Oregon and his law degree in 1976 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California.  He served as a deputy in the Marin County Public Defenders office and then as an associate with Bledsoe, Smith, Cathcart, Boyd & Eliot, an insurance defense firm in San Francisco.  In 1982 he co-founded York, Buresh and Kaplan in Berkeley; the firm subsequently became Buresh, Kaplan, Feller and Chang.  Now of Counsel, he continues to practice with the firm in its current incarnation.

Over the span of his career, Scott has acted as insurer-retained panel counsel in third-party casualty litigation, as well as counsel to both insurers and policyholders in first- and third-party coverage and bad faith disputes. Over the last fifteen years, he has served as outside general counsel to medical device manufacturers, handling product liability claims as well as insurance coverage and contract disputes, among other things. He was counsel to the Buckman Company in the orthopedic bone screw product liability litigation, resulting in the United States Supreme Court decision Buckman Co. v Plaintiffs' Legal Committee (2001) 531 U.S. 341.  He has lectured on insurance issues to the California Association of Defense Counsel, the State of California's Trial Judicial Attorneys Institute and the Primerus Defense Institute.  He serves as an arbitrator with the San Francisco Superior Court.

Areas Of Practice

  • Product Liability
  • Insurance
  • Contracts

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1976

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • University of Oregon

      Representative Cases

      • Buckman v. Plaintiffs’ Legal Committee, United States Supreme Court

      Classes/Seminars

      • Insurance Issues, California Association of Defense Counsel
      • Insurance Issues, Primerus Defense Institute
      • Insurance Issues, State of California’s Trial Judicial Attorneys Institute

      Professional Associations and Memberships

      • San Francisco Superior Court, Arbitrator

      Past Employment Positions

      • Marin County Public Defender’s office, Deputy
      • Bledsoe, Smith, Cathcart, Boyd & Eliot, Associate

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