Ann asiano

Ann M. Asiano


San Diego

One America Plaza
600 West Broadway, Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92101
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J.D., Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California, 1980
B.A., San Diego State University, San Diego, California, 1977, Psychology
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Super Lawyers, 2005, 2007-2016
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated - Martindale-Hubbell
Pro Tem Judge - Marin and Alameda Counties
Court-Appointed Mediator - Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, and Napa Counties
Distributor Liaison Counsel Appointed by the Superior Court for Los Angeles County in Fen/Phen Diet Drug Litigation,
Defense Tactics Instructor, Peace Officer Standards of Training (POST), August 1990
Board of Directors, Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California (2000 - Present)
Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
Public Agency Risk Managers Association (PARMA)
Italian-American Bar Association
American for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE)
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Marin County Bar Association

Ann M. Asiano


Ann Asiano has focused the entirety of her career on the representation of insureds for excess and surplus carriers. She has been at the forefront of the litigation, whether it entails a product liability claim relating to a high tech company in Northern California, an agricultural piece of equipment in the Central Valley, an industrial press in Los Angeles or consumer products in San Diego. Drugs and medical devices are also in her repartee, having served as National Counsel for the diet drug Fen-Phen litigation. Ann’s clients include commercial transportation and trucking companies, premises owners in slip and falls, security guard cases, and defense of business owners for criminal actions of third persons arising out of assault and sexual violence. 

Her vast knowledge representing general and subcontractors in construction site accident cases has rendered her an expert in the fields of OSHA and scaffolding regulations and general contractor oversight and coordination. Ann’s entertainment clients include amusement ride manufacturers and designers. In the realm of professional liability, her clients include insurance agents and brokers, architects, engineers and medical practitioners. 

Ann has the distinction of the representation of San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles World Airports. She has been serving public entity clients for over 30 years. Her clientele ranges from cities and counties to public districts and public airports. She has defended public agencies in a wide range of matters such as dangerous conditions of public property cases, including intersection accidents, trips and falls on displaced sidewalks, police officer liability for excessive force and civil rights violations, inverse condemnation, and ADA liability. 

Ann has the distinguished honor of being the first civilian in the State of California to earn an Instructors Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certification in Weaponless Defense. She has taught update courses for POST at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and has presented many seminars on Sidewalk Liability and Tree Roots and has written many of the existing Municipal Sidewalk Ordinances for California Cities. 

Her outside interests include motorcycle riding, motorsports of all kinds, cycling, weight lifting, physical fitness and saving the ocean and its inhabitants.


  • Product Liability Overview, June 2007
  • "Top Ten Things Not To Say: How To Respond To The Public Request for Information," California Public Records Act, May 3, 2007
  • Presenter, "Sidewalk Liability Issues Post Gonzales," Bay Cities Join Powers Insurance Authority, April 27, 2005
  • "Labor Law Update for 2004: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon Series, January 2004
  • "Police Liability Forum, ADA," Bay Cities Joint Powers Insurance Authority, March 27, 2002
  • "Police Liability Forum, ADA," Central San Joaquin Valley Risk Management Authority, March 26, 2002
  • Moderator, "American with Disabilities Act," Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, December 2001
  • "Risk Management Update," Continuous Professional Training, Hayward Police Department, September and October 1995
  • "Negotiating a Settlement," Public Agency Risk Managers Association, February 1993
  • "Legal Updates," Alameda County Sheriffs Department, Monthly 1989-1992
  • "Police Officer Excessive Force," Public Agency Risk Managers Association, February 1992
  • "Courtroom Evidence," Continuing Education of the Bar, December 1990
  • Instructor, "Defensive Tactics and Weaponless Defense," Alameda County Sheriffs Department, 1989-1990
  • "Police Officer Excessive Force," Public Agency Risk Managers Association, February 1989