Ian Corzine is Managing Partner of West Corzine, LLP in Los Angeles, Westlake Village, and Simi Valley, California. Mr. Corzine focuses his practice on complex litigation cases involving bad faith and insurance coverage disputes.
He was drawn to insurance law by virtue of his early years working as a handyman in his family’s small business: “Time after time, my Dad had claims denied by insurance companies. It didn’t matter if they were business claims, workers’ comp claims, or crime claims. Someone had to stop the insurance companies from cheating people out of benefits they owed. I felt I was the guy to do it.” Since beginning his legal career, Mr. Corzine has tried dozens of cases, conducted numerous arbitrations, and recovered millions of dollars for policy holders.
Mr. Corzine obtained his Juris Doctorate degree with Honors and Order of the Coif from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from University of California, Davis. Before practicing law, Mr. Corzine was Executive Assistant to the Governor of California and studied public administration during his term as a California Executive Fellow. In law school, Mr. Corzine joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California, as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting those arrested for crimes on federal lands. After law school, Hon. Peter A. Nowinski of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, appointed Mr. Corzine as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk.
In recent years, Mr. Corzine has authored numerous insurance-related articles in trade publications and is a frequent speaker at insurance, business, entertainment, and construction conventions and seminars. He was voted the Valley’s Trusted Advisor 2014 by San Fernando Valley Business Journal and has been named a “Who’s Who” in business litigation by the Pacific Coast Business Journal for three years running. In his free time, Mr. Corzine serves as General Counsel for Hope’s Haven Children’s Charity, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to families who have children suffering from terminal illness.
Areas of Practice
- 75% Insurance Litigation
- 25% Business Litigation
- California, 1998
- McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
- With Honors
- Order of the Coif
- University of California
- Major: Communications
- “Living Life to Excess”: Excess Liability Insurance, West Coast Casualty, May 1, 2004 – May 15, 2004
- The CIGA Code: Unraveling the Secrets of Insurance Guaranty Associations, West Coast Casualty, May 1, 2005 – May 15, 2005
- “Burn, Baby, Burn”: Defense within Limits Policies, West Coast Casualty, May 1, 2006 – May 15, 2006
- “How to Remodel Home Absolutely Free!”: Cal. B&P Code 7031, West Coast Casualty, May 1, 2008 – May 15, 2008
- Construction Defects & Insurance: Perspectives, West Coast Casualty, May 1, 2009 – May 15, 2009
- “I Feel So Conflicted”: Attorney Ethics in Real World, West Coast Casualty, May 1, 2010 – May 15, 2010
- “One for All, and All for One”: The Team Approach to Defending Subcontractors, West Coast Casualty, May 1, 2011 – May 15, 2011
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Active Member
- Ventura County Bar Association, Active Member
Past Employment Positions
- Monteleone & McCrory, LLP (Los Angeles), Associate
- Hon. Peter A. Nowinski, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Judicial Law Clerk
- U.S. Attorney’s Office (Sacramento), Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
- California Executive Fellow (Business, Transportation & Housing Agency), Special Assistant to the Secretary
- California Governor’s Office, Executive Assistant to the Governor of California
- Kappa Sigma