Meet Catherine Rivard

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I have been a lawyer since 1986, helping clients resolve disputes through both litigation (including appeals) and out-of-court settlement negotiations.

In my early career I worked at prestigious law firms representing business policyholders in all stages of insurance coverage controversies, from initial identification and analysis of potential coverage through tendering of and managing claims to insurance companies, declaratory relief and bad faith litigation, appeals, and settlement at all stages of disputes.  

I developed innovative theories that helped unlock insurers’ coffers to pay for mass injuries like asbestos diseases, asbestos contamination in buildings, and environmental pollution.

My background also includes representation of insurance companies, during which I gained valuable insight into insurers’ inside strategies that I now use to help individuals and businesses recover the benefits of the policies for which they paid premiums.

In 2012 I started bicycling, and quickly became a dedicated rider with a passion for century rides (100 miles or more in a single day), which led me to citizen bicycle advocacy and finally to expanding my practice to include the representation of people injured while riding their bicycles, fighting for their rights and fair compensation from careless or reckless drivers and their insurance companies.

I’m a fighter at heart, and ready to fight for you to collect what you deserve when you’ve been harmed by others’ wrongful acts.

Currently licensed in New Mexico and California

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My Credentials:


Occidental College, Los Angeles CA
A.B. 1982, Political Science, cum laude

Northwestern University School of Law
(now Northwestern Pritzker School of Law), Chicago, IL
J.D. 1986

Admitted in:

New Mexico, California and Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States District Court for the District of New Mexico and for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California

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