DAR Successfully Defends Appeal of Summary Judgment For Insurer In Bad-Faith Action

On November 27, 2023, a three-justice panel of the First Appellate District affirmed the San Francisco Superior Court’s order granting summary judgment for Fire Insurance Exchange (“FIE”) in a first-party bad-faith action. The insured had asserted claims for breach of two insurance contracts and bad-faith denial of policy benefits on a first-party water loss in … Continue reading DAR Successfully Defends Appeal of Summary Judgment For Insurer In Bad-Faith Action

Austin Lenzkes

Austin is an associate in the Long Beach office of Demler, Armstrong & Rowland. He graduated cum laude from Western State College of Law in 2021 and, during his time, there he achieved academic awards for his legal writing in his Civil Procedure and Bar studies classes. Prior to law school, Austin attended Arizona State … Continue reading Austin Lenzkes

Edward Tugade Named President of the Association of Defense Counsel

Demler, Armstrong & Rowland takes great pride in announcing that on December 7, 2023, Partner Ed Tugade will take office as the 65th president of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADC). As the ADC’s President, Ed will work with the Officers and Directors of the ADC Board and the ADC … Continue reading Edward Tugade Named President of the Association of Defense Counsel

Los Angeles Jury Returns a Defense Verdict for Partners Brian Buddell and Jennifer Rasmussen

We are pleased to announce that after a five-week trial, a Van Nuys jury returned a complete defense verdict in favor of our client, a wholesale plumbing supplier, tried by Demler, Armstrong & Rowland (“DAR”) partners Brian H. Buddell and Jennifer C. Rasmussen. Asking the jury to award over $100 Million, Plaintiffs Kirtley Bjoin and … Continue reading Los Angeles Jury Returns a Defense Verdict for Partners Brian Buddell and Jennifer Rasmussen

Nick Pancharian

Nick Pancharian is an attorney in Demler, Armstrong & Rowland’s Sacramento office.  He primarily focuses his practice on transportation law and insurance coverage for public entities.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pancharian represented public entities in litigation involving a variety of claims.  In addition, he has extensive professional experience outside the practice of law … Continue reading Nick Pancharian

Merve Kaner

Merve Kaner is an associate at the Long Beach office of Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, where she brings her extensive experience as a seasoned litigator from Turkey.  With a background in both civil and criminal defense, Merve has practiced law in Turkey for numerous years, handling a diverse range of cases in both national and … Continue reading Merve Kaner

Golf Event with the VFW

The firm recently supported a golf benefit for VFW Post 4647 in Antelope, California. Jim Weixel from the firm’s Sacramento office participated in the outing, which was well attended by members of the post and from the local community. Many thanks to the VFW for a great day out and for the opportunity to support … Continue reading Golf Event with the VFW

Michele Barnes

Ms. Barnes is a seasoned litigator who has tried scores of cases throughout the West Coast and routinely argued before the California and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Ms. Barnes’ practice focuses on representing industrial and consumer product manufacturers. Ms. Barnes serves as National Coordinating Counsel for several clients overseeing tort litigation claims throughout the … Continue reading Michele Barnes

Summary Judgement for Landlord in Pitbull Case

Marking a victory for DAR by partner Pennie Liu and associate Kelly Kim, they obtained summary judgment in a dog bite/premises liability case in favor of our landlord clients who rented out a single-family home in El Monte.  Unbeknownst to the landlords, the tenant’s pitbull had violently killed another dog years before it attacked the … Continue reading Summary Judgement for Landlord in Pitbull Case


On April 11, 2023, Partner John Brydon will be speaking with Alexandra S. Fernandez and Guy Kornblum as the moderator on the best approach to taking the depositions of key witnesses. Click here for details and to register: Display event – Taking “Killer” Depositions of Key Witnesses (sfbar.org)

Courtney Ryan

Courtney Ryan is an associate in the Long Beach office of Demler Armstrong, & Rowland. Courtney earned her law degree from Pepperdine Caruso School of Law in 2022. Prior to law school, Courtney attended California State University, Long Beach, where she graduated cum laude and received her B.A. in Business Economics. Before joining Demler, Armstrong, … Continue reading Courtney Ryan

David Steele

Mr. Steele was born in Michigan and graduated in 1990 from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with an emphasis on International Relations. In 1993, he obtained his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco. While attending college and law school, Mr. Steele served in the United States … Continue reading David Steele

Salin Ebrahamian

Salin Ebrahamian is a Partner at Demler, Rowland, & Armstrong, LLP and an experienced litigator, who has successfully represented product manufacturers and suppliers in complex civil litigation for the last 15 years. Her practice has been primarily focused on product liability and toxic tort litigation in California and she has managed cases from inception through … Continue reading Salin Ebrahamian

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