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  Low, Harry
NameHarry Low
, California , United States
Born Unknown
Last ModifedBarack O-blame-a
May 25, 2007 10:45pm
InfoJustice Low has earned a reputation for skillfully handling a wide variety of complex insurance issues. Prior to 2000, he mediated and arbitrated numerous insurance related disputes and served as Special Master and referee at JAMS.

From September 2000 to January 2003, Justice Low served as California's 38th Insurance Commissioner after appointment by Governor Davis and unanimous confirmation by the Legislature. He was asked to restore respect and confidence in the California Department of Insurance after the previous Commissioner resigned. Through his leadership, Commissioner Low helped gain for California the reputation of one of the best insurance regulators in the nation.

As a Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, he has written a variety of opinions on insurance law. Justice Low is very knowledgeable in interpretation of insurance law and in the regulation of insurers. He has experience in interpreting insurance policies as they relate to coverage issues, duties of insurers, and reinsurers. He has worked closely with insurance consumer groups, policyholders, agents and brokers, third party claimants, and insurance carriers. He can assist in resolving disputes in insurance insolvency issues. Justice Low is the Arbitrator for the Surplus Lines Association and served as Trustee to Golden Eagle Insurance Company insolvency proceedings.

Justice Low is available to assist attorneys in trial and appellate cases. He has served as Special Master, referee, trustee, and provisional director.

Prior to serving as California's Insurance Commissioner, Justice Low settled numerous insurance related disputes and has served as a Special Master on insurance coverage and damage disputes.

Representative Matters
Evaluator/Consultant on insurance regulatory matters
Mediated successfully equitable contribution indemnification issues among over 30 insurance companies
Successfully mediated health insurance disputes, disability claims, and professional liability
Successfully mediated many bad faith claims including issues of mold damage, fire damage, construction defect, broker commissions, personal injury, and pollution
Umpire in appraisal of insurance loss disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
BAJI Committee Member, 2003-Present
Spirit of Excellence Award, American Bar Association, 2002
Judge Lowell Jensen Public Service Award, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, 2000
Distinguished Alumni Award for extraordinary contributions to the legal profession, Boalt Hall Alumni Association, UC Berkeley, 1993
President, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, 1999-2000
President, San Francisco Police Commission, 1992-1996
National President, Appellate Judge Conference of the American Bar, 1991
National President, Chinese-American Citizens Alliance, 1981-1991
President, California Judges Association, 1978-1979
Board member, Center for Judicial Education and Research
California Judicial Council
President, Center for Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco
Founding Chairman of the Board, The Chinese American International School
Lectured extensively throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe

Background and Education
Insurance Commissioner, State of California Department of Insurance, 2000-January 2003
Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, 1983-1992
Judge, San Francisco County Superior Court, 1974-1983
Judge, San Francisco Municipal Court, 1967-1974
Commissioner, Worker's Compensation Appeals Board
Deputy Attorney General for California in the Civil and Tax Division
J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of California, Berkeley


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  09/18/2000 CA Insurance Commissioner Won 100.00% (+100.00%)