Brendan V. Mullan

San Francisco
Phone: +1 415.365.7847
3 Embarcadero Center, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Brendan V. Mullan is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Insurance/Reinsurance Group in the San Francisco office. Brendan focuses his practice on litigating and counseling insurers and reinsurers in all aspects of the dispute resolution process with an emphasis on complex insurance coverage disputes involving property and casualty, professional, and specialty line policies.

Brendan has represented insurers in high-stakes coverage matters for underlying mass tort, environmental contamination, product liability, and construction defect claims seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage. He has also represented insurers in matters involving aviation, sexual assault, law enforcement, professional liability, intellectual property, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) benefits. His litigation experience includes representing insurers in bankruptcy proceedings and reinsurance companies with disputes arising under facultative and treaty reinsurance contracts. In addition, Brendan has authored several amicus briefs on behalf of insurer trade associations. Brendan’s experience includes trials, arbitrations, and the handling of appeals. 

Representative examples of his practice include:  

  • Represented insurers concerning concussion-related claims involving the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), and World Wrestling Entertainment.
  • Represented an insurer in a coverage lawsuit for underlying bodily injury claims arising out of talcum powder.
  • Counseled an insurer on a major environmental contamination claim involving remediation costs and bodily injury damages exceeding several hundred million dollars.
  • Represented insurers with respect to claims for insurance coverage by universities and other institutions arising out of sexual molestation claims.
  • Represented an insurer in a coverage lawsuit following the crash and total loss of an aircraft.
  • Represented an insurer in a coverage and bad faith lawsuit arising out of construction defect and faulty design claims.
  • Counseled an insurer on contract wording for a policy covering architects and engineers.
  • Counseled a reinsurer on premiums for books of yearly renewable term life insurance.
  • Counseled insurers on Cumis counsel issues.

Brendan has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Northern California Super Lawyers since 2016.

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Brendan worked in the San Francisco office of a national law firm where he represented insurers in a variety of coverage disputes and litigation matters.

Brendan graduated from San Francisco State University in 2005 with a B.A. in criminal justice. In 2009, he received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, magna cum laude. During law school Brendan was a member of the Association of Communication, Sports, and Entertainment Society and completed the Civil Litigation Concentration. Brendan played varsity baseball while in college.


Admitted to practice: California, Hawaii

Professional Memberships

  • 2018-2019, Young Lawyer Representative to the Insurance Coverage Litigation General Committee for ABA TIPS
  • 2019-2020, Vice-Chair to the Professional Liability Insurance General Committee for ABA TIPS

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Back to the Future of Aviation Insurance," Aviation Insurance Association Annual Conference (May 4, 2019). Panelist: Brendan V. Mullan.
  • "Corporate Successorship: When Corporate Successors to the Original Insured Demand Coverage Under the Policy," ABA TIPS 25th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Program (February 24, 2017). Speaker: Brendan V. Mullan.
  • "Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar," 2015 Hawaii State Bar Association Bar Convention (October 23, 2015). Panelist: Brendan V. Mullan.
  • "San Jose v. MLB Antitrust Case Reaches 9th Circuit," Bar Association of San Francisco (October 14, 2015). Moderator: Brendan V. Mullan.


  • "Aviation Sector Must Confront Airport Cyber Risks," Law360 (November 7, 2019). Authors: Laura Foggan, Brendan V. Mullan, Mark Meyer, Eileen M. Gleimer, and Jeffery L. Poston.
  • "Recent Developments in Excess, Surplus Lines, and Reinsurance," Volume 52-3 of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (Winter 2018). Co-Authors: Michael T. Carolan, Brendan V. Mullan, Hilary Loynes Palazzolo, Aaron Greenbaum, and Elizabeth C. Sackett.
  • "Recent Developments in Excess Insurance and Reinsurance," Volume 52-2 of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (Winter 2017). Co-Authors: Michael T. Carolan, Brendan V. Mullan, and Elizabeth C. Sackett.
  • "Where Are They Now, Part Eight: An Update On Developments In Asbestos-Related Bankruptcy Cases," Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy Report, Vol. 16, No. 2 (September 2016). Co-Authors: Mark D. Plevin, Tacie H. Yoon, Leslie A. Davis, Brendan V. Mullan, Belinda Y. Liu, and Galen P. Sallomi.
  • "Common Carrier Insurance, 4-48 California Insurance Law & Practice," LexisNexis, Matthew Bender (2012). Author: Brendan V. Mullan.
  • "Marine Insurance, 4-44 California Insurance Law & Practice," LexisNexis, Matthew Bender (2010). Author: Brendan V. Mullan.

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