Phyllis M. Cantor

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Phyllis Cantor, a partner at Wolkin Curran, specializes in insurance coverage and insurance coverage litigation on behalf of insurance carriers. She is National Coverage Counsel for Old Republic Risk Management. Her practice includes representing clients in large, complex litigation involving claims related to coverage for products liability, environmental damage, and asbestos and diacetyl injury. Immediately prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cantor worked for a major insurance carrier handling complex litigation and coverage claims. Before that she was in private practice and litigated several large environmental coverage actions. Her extensive experience both within the insurance industry and in private practice provide her with a valuable perspective in the representation of her clients. Her practice has encompassed preparing coverage opinions in both the first and third party settings involving a variety of legal issues, including advertising injury, business pursuits and professional services exclusions, automobile issues, pollution coverage and ADA and construction defect issues, disability and death benefits and coverage for claimed injury by DES and diacetyl. She has shown great success at employing mediation and other dispute resolution/settlement alternatives.

After Ms. Cantor received her Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and her Masters of Science from San Francisco State University, she received her Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University of Law. During her last year at Golden Gate, she completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Raymond Arata (Ret.), where she also worked with the Honorable Lee D. Baxter (Ret.). After completing law school, Ms. Cantor was a Legislative Aide for a supervisor on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She is a member of the California Bar, serves on the Executive Board of the Senior Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, is a member and past director and officer of the Queen’s Bench Bar Association and a past Director of the Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco. In 1990, Ms. Cantor was awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro-Bono Legal Services by the State Bar of California. She is the author of The Ninth Circuit Clarifies the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine, 14 Golden Gate L. Rev. 29 (1984). Ms. Cantor is admitted to the State Bar of California, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court of the State of California, and all U.S. District Courts of California.


J.D., Golden Gate University

Bachelor of Science, Indiana University

Masters of Science, San Francisco State University

Practice Areas

Insurance Coverage Litigation

Products Liability Litigation

Environmental Litigation