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Ann Asiano represents insureds for excess and surplus carriers and litigates product liability claims. She advises a variety of public entity clients regarding a wide range of matters.

Ann is at the forefront of 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 experience representing general and subcontractors in construction site accident cases has rendered her proficient in the fields of OSHA and scaffolding regulations and general contractor oversight and coordination.

Ann’s represents clients in commercial transportation and trucking cases, 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. In addition, she represents entertainment clients including amusement ride manufacturers and designers. In the realm of professional liability, her clients include insurance agents and brokers, architects, engineers and medical practitioners.

Serving public entity clients ranging from cities and counties to public districts and airports for more than 30 years, Ann proudly represents San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles World Airports. She defends 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. and 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.


J.D., Western State University College of Law, Irvine, California, 1980
B.A., San Diego State University, San Diego, California, 1977, Psychology


Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law by Best Lawyers (2023-2024)

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


Association Southern California Defense Counsel (2017 to Present)

Association of Defense Counsel or Northern California and Nevada (2000 to Present)

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

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
  • Product Liability Overview, June 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,” Central San Joaquin Valley Risk Management Authority, March 26, 2002 and Bay Cities Joint Powers Insurance Authority, March 27, 2002
  • Moderator, “American with Disabilities Act,” Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, December 2001
  • “Top Ten Things Not To Say: How To Respond To The Public Request for Information,” California Public Records Act, May 3, 2007