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Insurance Appeals
Data Security and Privacy Breaches
International Media and Technology

Monica Slakey is an internationally experienced defense and coverage attorney who specializes in handling complex technology, media and privacy matters involving the U.S, European, and London Markets. She provides oversight counsel for clients nationwide and globally regarding coverage, claims handling, litigation management and corporate risk. She also advises clients regarding data security and privacy breaches, including evaluation, regulatory investigations, and handling of consumer lawsuits.  

Ms. Slakey has handled a variety of litigation and appeals, including significant national experience in asbestos, pollution and mass tort insurance coverage litigation and California-based business torts litigation. She has a broad range of appellate experience, in both state and federal court, with a particular focus on appeals from complex jury trials. She has participated in the successful defense of some of the largest insurance coverage cases ever tried to verdict in California. 

Along with decades of legal experience, Monica has served as a trusted advisor to, and interlocutor with, government officials, most recently as a senior advisor to the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in San Francisco and previously as a political officer serving abroad with the U.S. State Department. Monica’s international experience, including as a Robert Bosch Fellow with the German Ministry of Finance, gives her the perspective clients need to navigate different jurisdictions and effectively address global risks and claims. She speaks five languages (English, German, French, Norwegian, Italian). 

Monica enjoys teaching and has taught CLE courses on European Union law, legal research and writing, and defense and indemnity coverage issues, among others. She has also been a visiting speaker for undergraduate courses at her alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, where she previously sang with the California Golden Overtones. Monica is an outdoor enthusiast who, as an avid runner, ran the final leg of a gold medal women’s relay team for the Olympic-distance Wildflower Triathlon. 

  • Santa Clara University J.D., 1993, merit scholar, member of Moot Court Board
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1988
  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1987, honors exchange program
  • State Bar of California, 1993
  • Four Star Oil & Gas Company, et al. v. Allianz Insurance Co., et al. (Los Angeles coverage litigation involving all of Texaco’s environmental sites in the United States and Canada) 
  • Shell Oil Company v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Co., et al. (San Francisco and Illinois coverage litigation involving polybutylene pipe property damage claims)
  • Exxon vs. Insurance Company of North America (environmental coverage litigation involving 5,000 sites) 
  • Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, et al. (San Francisco asbestos coverage litigation involving products issues and 524(g) federal bankruptcy proceedings)
  • FMC Corporation v. Plaisted and Companies, et al. (Santa Clara County, CA multi-phase environmental coverage litigation involving 60 sites, seven separate jury trials and seven separate appeals) 
  • Syntex v. Lowsley-Williams and Cos. (1998) 67 Cal.App.4th 871 (environmental insurance coverage)
  • FMC v. Plaisted and Companies (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 1132 (environmental insurance coverage) 
  • La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. v. Industrial Indemnity Co. (1994) 9 Cal.4th 27 (workers’ compensation; amicus brief) 

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