Mr. Fote was born in Miami, Florida. In 1983, he graduated with Highest Distinction from Cornell University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and History. He thereafter earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1986 from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he also served as Associate Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. In 1987, he was admitted to the State Bar of California and the Bar of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Fote is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of California, and the Second District of the California Court of Appeal.
Mr. Fote is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the Real Estate Section of the California State Bar. His publications include Child Witnesses in Sexual Abuse Proceedings – Their Capabilities, Special Problems, and Proposals for Reform, Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 13, No. 1 (1985). Mr. Fote’s published Appellate Court decisions include Collett v. Insurance Company of the West, 64 Cal. App. 4th 338 (1998).
Mr. Fote specializes in construction defect, related commercial and engineering litigation. Mr. Fote has served as lead counsel in numerous technically complex, high exposure multi-party commercial construction based actions. He also specializes in insurance coverage analysis and litigation (including comprehensive general liability, errors and omissions, all-risk, automobile, directors and officers, earthquake, life, health, and disability), advertising and media injury, bad faith litigation, professional liability, products liability, catastrophic injury, appellate law, reinsurance analysis and litigation. Mr. Fote has first chair jury trial, appellate, arbitration and mediation experience.
Business and Commerical Law
Catastrophic Injury and Products Liability
Cornell University, B.A., 1983
Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 1986
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Beverly Hills Bar Association
Southern California Defense Counsel