peter roldan, Partner

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

Peter helps policyholders maximize their insurance coverage. He is an experienced insurance law attorney and is adept at representing and advising clients regarding their insurance policies and claims.

Businesses and property owners count on their insurance policies to provide protection in the event of a catastrophic property loss or when facing a lawsuit and the consequences of a wrongful denial of coverage can be devastating. Peter has a proven track record of securing policy benefits for his clients and uses his expertise to help them better understand the nuances and scope of their insurance programs:

  • Represented art company in suit against commercial liability insurer regarding coverage for copyright infringement claims

  • Represented EdTech company in suit against D&O/Management liability insurer regarding coverage for qui tam claims

  • Obtained coverage under a personal umbrella liability policy for homeowner facing six-figure claim for water damage to hotel

  • Secured benefit payments for beneficiary under a disputed life insurance policy

  • Advised biotech company regarding availability of liability insurance coverage in connection with restructuring of company management

  • Advised restaurant group regarding insurance coverage for employment law claims

  • Advised property owners regarding insurance coverage for losses suffered in the North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, and Woolsey Fire

Prior to joining Emergent, Peter spent time at several well-regarded insurance law firms, counseling and defending insurance companies in complex coverage and bad faith disputes, and developing the expertise needed to understand sophisticated insurance law issues and litigate effectively on behalf of policyholders. He began his legal career in the New York City office of leading firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Commercial and Business Litigation

Peter has extensive experience litigating on behalf of corporations, business owners, and entrepreneurs in all manner of business and contractual disputes and continues to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in hotly contested matters.  He has advocated on behalf of his clients in both state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration.  His work has ranged from disputes involving cutting-edge technologies, such as lawsuits involving digital currencies and blockchain, to more traditional disputes regarding business dissolution and partnership ownership interests.  Peter takes pride in being involved in all aspects of the cases that he litigates and investing the time and energy necessary to develop a tailored and stream-lined approach emphasizing strategic resolution and cost-effectiveness.  Peter's recent representative matters include the following cases:

  • Represented the founder of a bitcoin exchange in a shareholder derivative suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty against other co-founders

  • Represented an art gallery in a dispute with online auction company following a botched auction

  • Represented co-owner of high-end specialty grocery store in connection with wrongful termination and breach of fiduciary duty claims

Blockchain and Digital Currency

Peter leads Emergent’s Blockchain and Digital Currency practice, which draws on the firm’s expertise in corporate and securities laws, regulatory compliance, FinTech, intellectual property, privacy law, and cybersecurity.  In addition to litigating matters involving blockchain and digital currency issues and providing advice to companies that deal with digital currency, Peter is particularly interested in the use of blockchain technology within the legal services and insurance industries.

Peter completed his J.D. at Columbia University and received a B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in History. He is admitted to practice law in California and New York. Peter currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Good Shepherd Gracenter of San Francisco, a non-profit licensed recovery residence that helps women without resources break free from alcohol and drug addiction. See more on LinkedIn or email him at