Philip R. Matthews

USA: California

Duane Morris LLP
One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
San Francisco
CA 94105-1127

Tel: +1 415 957 3174
Fax: +1 415 520 5640


Philip R. Matthews practices in the area of general civil litigation and insurance counseling and litigation with an emphasis on complex cases. He has been involved in some of the largest trials and appeals in California, including the trial and appeal of Shell Oil Co. vs. Accident and Casualty Co. of Winterthur (Rocky Mountain Arsenal case) and In Re Coordinated Asbestos Litigation (Manville, Fibreboard, Armstrong and GAF Coverage cases.) He also has been liaison and trial counsel in numerous complex cases such as Flintkote v. American Mutual, Four Star Oil & Gas Co. vs. Allianz (Texaco Environmental Coverage Litigation), Texaco Refining & Marketing, Inc. vs. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. (Texaco Toxic Tort), Exxon vs. Insurance Company of North America (Exxon Environmental Coverage Litigation), and Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London. He also has experience in bankruptcy law, asbestos bankruptcies and corporate transactions.

In addition to extensive litigation experience, Mr. Matthews has been involved in resolving complex insurance coverage disputes through alternative dispute resolution procedures including mediation and acting as specialist settlement counsel. Mr. Matthews has a successful record in achieving resolution of matters without protracted litigation. One example is working out a procedure to resolve, for a major group of insurers, one Fortune 50 corporation’s more than 1,000 coverage claims for pollution sites and thousands of toxic tort claimants before the filing of litigation. A decade later, other insurers are still litigating with the Fortune 50 company over these claims.

Mr. Matthews also has counseled insurers and reinsurers concerning complex toxic torts and mass tort litigation, Medicare issues, underlying legal issues and coordinating amicus briefs and other initiatives to develop the law in resolving such claims. His counseling involves a number of different types of claims such as asbestos, silica, various hazardous materials, tobacco and sexual abuse claims.

A member of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco, Mr. Matthews is a 1977 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a graduate of George Washington University.

Duane Morris’ Insurance and Reinsurance practice is a recognized leader in its field, among the true elite of law firms representing insurers’ interests nationally. Our “deep and talented group” (Chambers) has received both a top-tier ranking in insurance law from U.S. News / Best Lawyers and was ranked by Chambers as being among the top six law firms in the United States for representation of Insurers in Insurance Dispute Resolution.

The Duane Morris Insurance and Reinsurance practice has more than 100 attorneys working in or through the firm’s offices nationwide, including handling insurance cases from our offices in California (San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Lake Tahoe), Delaware (Wilmington), Florida (Miami), Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), Massachusetts (Boston), Nevada (Las Vegas), New York (NYC), New Jersey (Newark, Cherry Hill), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh), Texas (Houston), and Washington, D.C., as well as internationally in London and Singapore. Chambers USA describes the geographic scope of our practice this way: “A dominant footprint on the West Coast affords this well-regarded firm a healthy national presence in the full range of insurer-side coverage disputes.”

We handle the full range of insurance matters, from the routine to the most complex, and have a depth of experience in the field that is unsurpassed in the United States. Led by a core practice representing commercial liability insurers in general, excess and professional lines, we also vigorously represent clients operating in all lines of the insurance and reinsurance business, including property and casualty, life, accident and health, management and professional liability, financial lines, surety and financial guaranty.

Duane Morris represents insurers in each of the stages of company life-cycle, from initial formation, licensing and drafting policies for start-ups, through financial and market conduct examinations, regulatory advice and litigation for market leaders, and even acquisitions and other changes in control and insolvency matters. The firm has established niches in efficiently and successfully managing run-off exposures. We represent many of the leading insurers in the U.S., and we have extensive experience with the particular issues of UK and other European insurers — as Chambers USA observes: “The practice is also deeply respected for the work it carries out in relation to the London market.”

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 700 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges.

> More than 700 lawyers in offices in the U.S., UK and Asia
> Firm has nearly tripled in past 14 years
> Over 25% of client business conducted through multiple offices and practices


Philip Matthews has been “front and center on this work for 25 years and is a thoughtful and high-quality lawyer,” notes one market observer. He is frequently retained by insurers on big-ticket asbestos coverage litigation but has deep knowledge on all insurance coverage issues.
Chambers USA, 2015