About the Firm

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McDowell Shaw & Garcia has earned the prestigious AV peer-review rating by the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. The firm draws upon the comprehensive background and experience of ten attorneys to provide effective client representation in insurance defense litigation, including personal injury, products liability, professional liability, construction defects and business/commercial litigation. The firm has successfully litigated numerous cases in a variety of issues involving insurance defense law, which encompass such general liability matters as automobile accident cases, assault and battery/excessive force and mold cases.

With extensive resources to investigate, analyze, and litigate suspicious claims and a dedication to detail, McDowell Shaw & Garcia is well regarded for its vigorous handling of suspicious first- and third-party claims, as well as the defense of insurance carriers and extra-contractual/bad-faith actions. Collectively, the firm’s attorneys have conducted thousands of examinations under oath and depositions regarding suspicious property loss claims, fraudulent personal injury accident claims, and inflated and unreasonable medical payment claims. Hundreds of these suspicious claims have been tried or arbitrated.

The firm has also assisted its clients with investigations of out-of-state first party suspicious claims, including those in Nevada, Oregon, Arizona and elsewhere.

McDowell Shaw & Garcia is pleased to provide legal services throughout the state of California with its offices maintained in Walnut Creek, San Jose, Sacramento, and Fresno. From these locations, the firm is able to handle cases venued in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humbolt, Kern, Marin, Madera, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, and Tulare.

McDowell Shaw & Garcia also offers its clients throughout the United States onsite, custom training seminars. These seminars cover a variety of legal topics, including litigation techniques, examinations under oath, bad faith issues, questionable medical/chiropractic billings and handling suspicious claims.

Pledged to professional excellence, McDowell Shaw & Garcia enjoys longstanding relationships with its clients and is proud to include a number of the country’s top-rated insurance companies among those clients.