Nathaniel B. Duncan is a 2007 graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where he served as a writer for the Arizona Law Review. Prior to law school, Mr. Duncan attended Tulane University and graduated with a double major in finance and history. After clerking for Bowles & Verna during the summer of 2006, Mr. Duncan accepted a full time associate position and has been with the firm since receiving his Juris Doctorate in 2007.
Before joining Bowles and Verna, Mr. Duncan gained experience as a summer clerk for the Honorable Judge John C. Gemmill, currently Chief Judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. While working for Judge Gemmill, Mr. Duncan acquired an intimate knowledge of the appellate process and drafted several proposed opinions for the Court.
Mr. Duncan’s practice consists of personal injury, aviation, medical malpractice and insurance coverage litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and the Contra Costa Bar Association.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Insurance Coverage
- General Business Litigation
- Lead associate in Block v. Helix, representing 180 plaintiffs related to toxic exposure in the Colony Park Neighborhood in Concord, California.
- Lead associate for four-week jury trial in Damaschino et al. v. Tracol Limited et al. Plaintiffs received a verdict of $1,117,937.20 plus interest of $619,184.03 and an additional verdict for $25,000 of punitive damages. After the verdict the Court awarded $712,531.48 in attorney’s fees and costs.
- Lead associate in Frederiksson v. Sikorsky et al. representing the families of victims of helicopter disaster in Estonia in wrongful death suit against the manufacturers of the helicopter and its components.
- Lead associate as coverage counsel for public entity in connection with environmental litigation in which plaintiffs were seeking over $15,000,000. The disputes between the parties were settled on the eve of trial with a full contribution from the public entity’s insurance carriers.
- Lead associate as counsel for cedent in reinsurance litigation over reimbursement for asbestos claims.
- Lead associate representing the parents of a child victim of a pit bull attack against dog owner.
- Lead associate in Teicheira v. Arnett et al., representing victim who lost his arm as the result of medical malpractice in suit against hospital and treating physicians.
Nathaniel (Nate) Berkeley Duncan grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School in 1998, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. Mr. Duncan still plays basketball regularly in several leagues in Walnut Creek and counts camping, racquetball, performance driving, skiing, and photography among his other interests.