Jay D. Harker

Partner

Location: Mission Viejo, CA

Phone: 949.260.3112

Biography

With over 20 years of civil litigation experience, Jay consistently delivers results and effective client service as counsel for insurers and their policyholders in professional liability defense, construction defect defense, product liability defense, and subrogation/contribution matters. While often successful in achieving early resolution, Jay has tried various matters to completion in the state and federal courts, and obtained resolution in numerous other matters at mediation or the commencement of trial. He has also successfully briefed and argued various matters on appeal.

As counsel for attorneys in legal malpractice matters, Jay identifies key defenses and strategies early on and works with his clients to obtain practical, successful outcomes. One legal malpractice client was later able to obtain a significant recovery from the original claimant based on Jay’s defense work. In construction defect defense and product liability defense, as well as insurance subrogation matters, Jay is able to effectively draw from his background in civil engineering and broad experience with technical issues. Jay has both defended and sought recovery from manufacturers in product liability/construction defect actions involving claims in the tens of millions of dollars. Jay has recovered millions of dollars for clients in insurance subrogation matters, including one $2 million fire loss where Jay’s clients received full payment with pre-judgment interest. Jay also has substantial experience with insurance coverage, coverage litigation, and employment defense matters, and has represented underwriters as monitoring counsel in connection with mortgage broker and professional services litigation.

Jay joined Clausen Miller in 1998. Previously, he handled commercial leasing, wrongful termination, property loss, subrogation and personal injury matters as a litigation attorney in Southern California. Jay also served after law school as a law clerk in the Office of Administrative Law Judges of the United States Department of Labor.

Jay graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. In 1993, he graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley. While at Boalt, he served on the CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW and Moot Court Board, participating in school and national moot court competitions. Jay resided for two years in Mexico and two years in Argentina. He enjoys Spanish and distance running.

Education

  • J.D. University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1993
  • B.S. Brigham Young University, magna cum laude, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • Pro hac vice admissions in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington
  • Chicago

    Illinois 60603

    10 South LaSalle Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60603

    T: 312.855.1010 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Dennis D. Fitzpatrick

  • New York

    New York 10005

    28 Liberty Street 39th Floor

    New York, New York 10005

    T: 212.805.3900 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 212.805.3939 Office Managing Partner: Carl M. Perri

  • Mission Viejo

    California 92691

    27285 Las Ramblas

    Suite 200

    Mission Viejo, California 92691

    T: 949.260.3100 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 949.260.3190 Office Managing Partner: Ian R. Feldman

  • Florham Park

    New Jersey 07932

    100 Campus Drive

    Florham Park, New Jersey 07932

    T: 973.410.4130 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 973.410.4169 Office Managing Partner: Carl M. Perri

  • Michigan City

    Indiana 46360

    200 Commerce Square

    Michigan City, Indiana 46360

    T: 219.262.6106 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partners: Paige M. Neel, Kimbley A. Kearney

  • Appleton

    Wisconsin 54914

    4650 W. Spencer Street

    Appleton, Wisconsin 54914

    T: 920.560.4658 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 920.968.4650 Office Managing Partner: Patrick L. Breen

  • Stamford

    Connecticut 06902

    68 Southfield Avenue

    2 Stamford Landing Suite 100

    Stamford, Connecticut 06902

    T: 203.921.0303 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 212.805.3939 Office Managing Partner: Matthew J. Van Dusen

  • Tampa

    Florida 33609

    4830 West Kennedy Boulevard, One Urban Center

    Suite 600

    Tampa, Florida 33609

    T: 813.509.2578 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 312.606.7777 Office Managing Partner: Dennis D. Fitzpatrick

  • San Francisco

    California 94111

    100 Pine Street

    Suite 1250

    San Francisco, California 94111

    T: 415.745.3598 TF: 800.826.3505 F: 949.260.3190 Office Managing Partner: Ian R. Feldman