Jared De Jong is an associate at Payne & Fears LLP working in the Insurance Coverage Group. Mr. De Jong represents policyholders in insurance-related matters and works with clients in the construction, real estate, manufacturing, and financial services industries.
Mr. De Jong’s practice is comprised of two parts: (1) litigating disputes on behalf of policyholders against their insurers, and (2) advising policyholders when purchasing or renewing insurance, tendering to insurers, and resolving third-party claims in a way that maximizes the use of insurance proceeds. He has experience with a variety of insurance products, including commercial general liability insurance, commercial property insurance, directors and officers liability insurance, employment practices liability insurance, errors and omissions liability insurance, title insurance, and other less common coverage forms.
Mr. De Jong represents clients in bad-faith lawsuits where the insurer refused to defend, wrongfully denied coverage, underpaid claims, failed to conduct a fair investigation, or engaged in other conduct that harms its policyholder’s interests. He also represents policyholders seeking Cumis counsel – an independent attorney paid for by the insurer but loyal to the policyholder. And Mr. De Jong defends lawsuits brought by insurers against their policyholders for reimbursement of benefits paid under an insurance policy.
For construction clients, Mr. De Jong litigates and resolves matters relating to additional-insured coverage, liability shifting devices like owner-controlled insurance programs (“OCIP”), excess insurance coverage, deductibles and self-insured retentions, and the other issues that frequently arise in construction-defect litigation.
Mr. De Jong joined Payne & Fears LLP following a two-year clerkship in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona with current Ninth Circuit Judge Mary H. Murguia, and a one-year clerkship with Justice Richard C. Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he served as a law review editor.