Toxic Tort, Product Liability, Commercial Litigation, Estate and Probate Planning and Litigation

Bina Ghanaat


925.300.3520, ext. 311
Fax: 925.300.3386
bghanaat@lclaw.com

Associate

Primary Areas of Legal Practice

Products Liability, Toxic Torts, Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith, Habitability, Personal Injury

Professional Experience

Bina Ghanaat is a versatile litigator with experience in toxic torts, insurance coverage, bad faith, habitability, and personal injury cases.  She manages her cases from inception to resolution, handling discovery, depositions, law and motion, and trial preparation in state and federal courts.  Ms. Ghanaat has defended a wide range of clients, including manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, insurance carriers, building owners, and trucking companies.  She has drafted numerous motions for summary judgment that have resulted in dismissals of her clients or significantly reduced demands.  She has also drafted and argued successful motions for summary adjudication as to punitive damages and various causes of action in asbestos matters venued in San Francisco and Alameda.  For those cases in which a dispositive motion has not been viable, Ms. Ghanaat has prepared them for trial in an efficient manner with an emphasis on achieving optimal results for her clients.

Past and Present Representative Clients

  • BorgWarner Morse Tec LLC as successor-by-merger to Borg-Warner Corporation; M. Slayen and Associates, Inc.; CNH Industrial America LLC; Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company; Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company

Education

  • University of California, Davis, School of Law (King Hall), J.D., 2009
    • UC Davis Law Review, Executive Editor, 2008-2009
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in Political Science, 2005, with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court, All California Districts
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Publications

  • Technology and Privacy: The Need for an Appropriate Mode of Analysis in the Debate over the Federal DNA Act, 42 UC Davis L. Rev. 1315 (2009)
  • Ronnie Gipson and Bina Ghanaat, New California Law Requires Locking Mail Receptacle for Each Unit in Residential Hotel, California Law Update (August 2008)
  • Second Appellate District Holds Auto Insurer Satisfies Contractual Obligations When Elects to Repair Insured’s Vehicle without Insured’s Authorization, but Insurer May Be Liable in Bad Faith if it thereafter Subrogates Against the Liable Party for the Cost of the Unauthorized Repair, California Collision Insurance Repair Law Update (May 2011)
  • Dean Pollack and Bina Ghanaat, San Francisco Court Closures Likely to Affect Asbestos Cases, California Asbestos Law Update (August 2011)
  • Dean Pollack and Bina Ghanaat, San Francisco Superior Court Sets Hearing to Rescind Asbestos Litigation General Orders, California Asbestos Litigation Alert (October 2011)
  • Dean Pollack and Bina Ghanaat, In Blow to Certain Product Manufacturers, California Appellate Court Uses O’Neil Exceptions to Allow Plaintiffs’ Case to Withstand Judgment on the Pleadings (May 2012)
  • David Waters, Dean Pollack and Bina Ghanaat, Blow to Certain Product Manufacturers Blunted, California Asbestos Law Client Alert (May 2012)