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James M. McFaul

James M. McFaul

Santa Barbara, California

James M. McFaul was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree by the University of California, Los Angeles in 1973, and a Juris Doctor by Loyola Law School in 1978. For most of his career, Mr. McFaul has devoted his practice exclusively to the analysis and litigation of insurance coverage matters. Mr. McFaul's focus in his coverage practice is to render prompt, accurate and defensible coverage opinions when requested, and to aggressively litigate an insurer's coverage position when required. Mr. McFaul's practice has included extensive experience with both first and third-party coverages. In recent years, Mr. McFaul's services have been regularly engaged in various litigation matters including construction defect cases; environmental actions; business and commercial claims potentially involving personal injury coverage, advertising injury coverage, and directors and officers coverage; employment claims involving alleged wrongful termination and harassment; professional liability coverage claims, and a wide array of complex disputes arising among insurers in cases of coinsurance.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1978
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 1973


Minehan, McFaul & Fitch, LLP
Main Address

P.O. Box 50409
Santa Barbara, CA 93150
Phone: 805-963-8252
Fax: 805-963-8272

Secondary Address
1135 Eugenia Place, Suite C
Carpinteria, CA 93013
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