Denae M. Olivieri is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. Ms. Olivieri is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on construction defect litigation, general civil litigation (with an emphasis on insurance defense matters, including toxic torts, products liability, premises liability and business litigation.) She primarily represents developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in all phases of litigation and pre-litigation alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Olivieri also has a background in bad faith defense matters, including long-term disability and ERISA claims.
Additionally, Ms. Olivieri has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation. She has successfully resolved numerous lawsuits prior to trial through alternative dispute resolution, resulting in substantial cost savings to her clients. She has represented developers and contractors in multi-million dollar binding arbitration matters involving alleged construction defects. Ms. Olivieri has also defended clients in several condominium conversion matters resulting in favorable outcomes. She is adept at stepping into complex cases late in the litigation process, providing extensive evaluations, and readying cases for successful outcome.
Ms. Olivieri obtained her J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2000, where she earned the award for Outstanding Written Appellate Advocacy and served as a Teaching Assistant. Ms. Olivieri obtained her B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1995, where she majored in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. Ms. Olivieri is licensed to practice law in the State of California and is admitted to the United States District Court, Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Districts. She is a member of the California Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
In her free time Ms. Olivieri enjoys spending time with her family, husband, and children. She also enjoys attending sporting events, concerts, reading, and traveling.
In State Farm General Insurance Company v. Oetiker, Inc. (2020) 58 Cal.App.5th 940 the Second District Court of Appeal addressed a Right to Repair Act (the “Act”) case concerning a product manufacturer trying to dodge a subrogation action based on the Right to Repair Act, California Civil Code Title 7, Section 895, et seq.i The Court of Appeal determined that the Right to Repair Act governing residential construction defect litigation does not preclude a homeowner, or its insurer, from bringing causes of action which fall outside of the Act.ii