Dale A. Amato

Dale A. Amato, a partner in the Berger Kahn San Diego office, practices in the areas of insurance coverage, construction defect, first-party claims investigation, general liability defense, criminal defense appeals and public entity liability. Dale is recognized to the list of 2014-present Southern California Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for the top 5% of the Bar.

Representing major insurance companies, Dale has handled a significant amount of insurance bad faith defense cases as well as assisting insurance carriers during claim investigations by providing legal coverage opinions and conducting examinations under oath in the area of suspect claims. Dale has also represented developers, subcontractors and soils engineers in construction defect litigation. In addition to having jury trial and arbitration experience, Dale has prepared briefing for the California Supreme Court and have argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal and the California Court of Appeal.

Dale enjoys bicycling, skiing and music. He is married with two children and lives in Jamul, California.


Education
University of San Diego School of Law (JD, 1988)


Admitted to Practice

California
U.S. District Court, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


Memberships

American Bar Association
San Diego County Bar Association
San Diego Defense Lawyers


Distinctions

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
2017 Southern California Super Lawyers
2016 Southern California Super Lawyers
2015 Southern California Super Lawyers
2014 Southern California Super Lawyers
2015 Top Lawyers in San Diego
2014 Top Lawyers in San Diego
2013 Top Lawyers in San Diego


Activities

Director, San Diego Rural Fire Protection District


Recent Media Coverage

Attorney Journal Features Steven Gentry and Dale Amato for their Recognition to the 2017 List of Southern California Super Lawyers
Attorney Journal – February 20, 2017

Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers – January 20, 2017

The National Law Journal Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Lawyers”
National Law Journal – September 1, 2016

Wall Street Journal Features Berger Kahn as a 2016 “Top Ranked Law Firm”
Wall Street Journal – January 29, 2016

Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers – January 20, 2016

San Diego Principals Roberta Winston and Dale Amato Featured in Attorney Journal as “Top Rated Attorneys”
San Diego Attorney Journal – December 17, 2015

Nine Berger Kahn Partners Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition
Super Lawyers – November 23, 2015

Los Angeles Times Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Attorneys”
Los Angeles Times – October 14, 2015

Attorney Journal Features San Diego Principals Roberta Taylor Winston and Dale Amato for Inclusion to List of “Top Rated Lawyers”
San Diego Attorney Journal – May 1, 2015

San Diego Magazine Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of 2015 Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”
San Diego Magazine – March 30, 2015

Nine Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers – January 21, 2015

Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”
Los Angeles Times – September 1, 2014

National Law Journal Identifies Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law”
National Law Journal – September 1, 2014

Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers – January 17, 2014

Where’s Amato: Berger Kahn Partner Highlighted for Unique Travel
San Diego Lawyer Magazine- December 30, 2013

Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”
Los Angeles Times- October 2, 2013