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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

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Peter  Abrahams

Peter Abrahams

Of Counsel - Los Angeles Office

How Peter Helps Clients

Insurers, public companies, and government entities rely on Peter Abrahams to handle complex appeals, often those involving multi-million dollar damages awards. Peter has served as lead counsel in hundreds of cases in the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Peter’s successes include the reversal of a $12 million judgment in Baker v. National Interstate Ins. Co. (2009) and a win before the Ninth Circuit in Northrup Grumman Corp. v. Factory Mut. Ins. Co. (2008), a case involving a dispute over insurance coverage for $1 billion in damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.


Peter is of counsel to the firm and prior to joining Horvitz & Levy was a name partner with O’Flaherty, Abrahams & Carl. Earlier, he served as a research attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District. He is admitted to practice before California state courts, the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Peter is the author or co-author of articles on civil procedure and appellate law topics, and has been a frequent Continuing Education of the Bar lecturer.

Representative Matters

Bamberger v. Marsh USA, Inc. (2017)
Ninth Circuit ruled for insurer in bad faith and coverage action

Olympic and Georgia Partners v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co. (2016)
Successfully defended summary judgment for insurer client in California Court of Appeal dispute over coverage for cost of removing and replacing cracked stone flooring in high-rise condominium development

Milhouse v. Travelers Commercial Ins. Co. (2016)
Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of insurer in dispute over payment of benefits for home destroyed in wildfire

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. v. Zurich American Ins. Co., et al. (2015)
Ninth Circuit held that insurer owes no duty to defend policy holder against consumer class actions

Carter v. Heitzler (2015)
California Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment in negligence suit arising from horseback riding injury

Education

  • Loyola Law School of Los Angeles
    J.D., 1969
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    B.A., 1966

Clerkships

  • Justice Clarke E. Stephens, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five (1969-1970)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

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