Eryk Gettell is an accomplished attorney with extensive experience counseling insurers on complex insurance coverage and litigation matters involving directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, financial institutions, professional liability, technology and media liability, cybersecurity and data privacy, and commercial general liability insurance.
Eryk is a Member in Severson & Werson’s Insurance Practice Group. Clients turn to Eryk because of his depth of knowledge regarding various lines of insurance, significant experience in representing insurers, and his real-world approach to resolving challenging coverage disputes.
Eryk has advised insurers on thousands of insurance claims such as securities class actions, board of director disputes, employment discrimination and sexual harassment matters, wage and hour lawsuits, professional negligence claims, regulatory investigations, professional negligence, data breach matters, and fiduciary liability claims. Eryk assists clients with evaluating the availability of coverage, preparing coverage letters, monitoring complex claims, representing insurers in settlement conferences and mediations, and coordinating with insureds, brokers, defense counsel, and policyholder counsel regarding insurance matters. Eryk also represents insurers in coverage litigation matters, including declaratory relief actions, litigation regarding fee disputes, and defending insurers in breach of contract and extra-contractual lawsuits.
Eryk is also an accomplished writer and speaker. He is a contributing author of California Liability Insurance Practice: Claims and Litigation, First Edition, Continuing Education of the Bar – California , Oakland (2021). He was a presenter at the ACE (America’s Claims Executive) Leadership Forum & Expo 2019 on the topic Avoiding Litigation with Mediation. While at Sedgwick, Eryk wrote numerous articles for Sedgwick’s Insurance Law Blog covering legal issues in various states. He was a contributing author of Directors & Officers Liability Insurance Deskbook, 4th Edition, American Bar Association Publishing, Chicago (2016). He has also presented to insurance clients on topics such as the insured’s right to independent counsel, mediations from the carrier’s perspective, and California’s Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations.
Eryk serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee, Pro Bono Committee, and Mentoring Committee. He is on the Board of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) Northern California Chapter. Eryk is also a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and the NAPABA Insurance Law Committee (NAPABA ILC). While in law school, Eryk served as a judicial extern for Judge Martin Burke with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Areas of Practice
- Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2006
- University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2002