EUGENE J. CHIARELLI
& Mollica LLP
2121 N. California Blvd., Suite 520
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
T (925) 262-4888
F (925) 262-4889
is a litigation attorney specializing in the area of real estate,
business and commercial litigation and class actions matters. The
representation has been primarily for mid-size companies and large
corporations. During his practice of 25 years, Mr. Chiarelli has
represented title insurance companies, national banks and real estate
developers in matters relating to real estate and class actions. In the
real estate arena, he has had extensive experience in construction,
mechanic’s liens, stop notice, contract disputes, title defects, title
insurance, escrow claims and secured real property transactions. In
addition, he has represented a number of companies in array of business
issues which have included contract disputes, business torts, fraud,
partnership dissolutions and securities and corporate matters. Mr.
Chiarelli is committed to providing solutions specific to the
Mr. Chiarelli has
litigated matters in every major city or jurisdiction in the State
of California both in state and federal court. He has also been
lead counsel in matters pending in New York City, Cincinnati, Dallas
and Phoenix. Mr. Chiarelli has extensive experience at the trial
court level, appellate level and with alternative dispute
resolution. He has tried over 18 jury cases to verdict and has been
counsel on a number of published appellate decisions. He has also
successfully settled matters that had exposure of $50 million to
$350 million including two class action matters which alleged that
Mr. Chiarelli’s clients engaged in the illegal sale of stock in
oversea markets and participated in a price gouging scheme for
insurance products. In both matters, Mr. Chiarelli was successful
in reaching settlements that did not require his client to make a
contribution or was required to make a contribution of less than
addition to his successful career as a litigation attorney, Mr.
Chiarelli has been involved in management both in a corporate setting
and private practice. Mr. Chiarelli started his legal career with the
St. Paul Title Insurance Corporation (1979-1982). He held the position
of Vice President and Regional Counsel. His responsibilities included
the supervision of a legal staff that would oversee underwriting, claims
and general corporate matters in Northern California. He joined the law
firm of Tobin & Tobin in 1982 and became the firms managing partner in
1987 and remained in this role until his departure in 1995. During his
tenure as managing partner, Mr. Chiarelli developed the law practice
described above and was instrumental for the growth of the firm. The
firm grew four fold and opened offices located in Orange County, San
Diego, Los Angeles and Walnut Creek.
1995, Mr. Chiarelli was approached by the national law firm of Arter &
Hadden and was asked to open a new office in San Francisco as its
managing partner. The office opened its doors with eight attorneys and
grew to thirty attorneys by the time he left the firm. Currently, Mr.
Chiarelli manages his own practice in Walnut Creek, California and
continues to represent his clients with the same level of efficiency,
expertise and attention to economical results.
Filed Brief as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and
Respondents at the request of the American Land Title Association in
Lick Mill Creek Apartments, et al. v. Chicago Title Insurance Company,
et. al., (1991) 231 Cal App. 3d 1654.
Filed Brief as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and
Respondent at the request of the California Land Title Association in
Lambert v. Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company (1991) 53 Cal. App.
litigation and claim alleging a complete failure of title with damages
alleged to be in the amount of $150 million.
Successfully represented investment counselors and lenders in
a real estate fraud case involving $250 million in loan funds.
Represented an insurance company in a class action matter
where the client along with other companies were accused of
participating in a price gouging scheme in the amount of $350 million.
Successfully represented a client in a class action matter
where the client was accused of conspiracy to sell stock of a U.S.
company illegally in overseas markets.
Represented a family trust holding $60 million in real
Successfully represented a national bank in a Business &
Professions Code Section 17200 case alleging unlawful activity relating
to “earned credits” for demand accounts.
Company,” California Mechanics’ Liens, published by the California
Continuing Education of the Bar, 1988.
Member, American Land Title Association
Member, California Land Title Association
Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in
Personal Property Law
Member, Public Health and Safety Commission for the City of
Participant, Student Foundation for Continuing Art
U.S. Supreme Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for
Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern California
U.S. District Court of