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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

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Emily V. Cuatto

Emily V. Cuatto

Partner - Los Angeles Office

How Emily Helps Clients

Emily Cuatto is a Certified Appellate Specialist who has appeared on behalf of automobile manufacturers, healthcare entities, and large insurers in the California, Oregon, and Nevada Supreme Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the California Court of Appeal. She has served as appellate and trial counsel in a variety of practice areas including insurance coverage, personal injury, and products liability. 


Emily serves on the California Lawyers’ Association Business Law Section Insurance Law Committee. She is also a co-instructor of the UCLA School of Law Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Prisoners’ Rights Clinic, and coordinates the firm's pro bono efforts. Emily is a past recipient of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law's Volunteer of the Year award for her work representing on appeal a mother seeking expanded visitation rights with her son.

Emily is a 2016 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).  The LCLD is an organization of more than 200 members who serve as either general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of leading law firms.  LCLD develops action programs designed to help a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. 

Before joining Horvitz & Levy, Emily worked in the Santa Monica office of Bingham McCutchen LLP, where she handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters involving insurance coverage, contracts, employment, and business torts.

Between college and law school, Emily taught middle school special education in New Orleans, Louisiana, through the Teach for America program.

Representative Matters

Newman v. Larios (2020)
California Court of Appeal affirms a judgment based on a settlement offer made pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure section 998, and rejects plaintiff’s contentions that acceptance was invalid

Michery v. Ford (2019)
Ninth Circuit holds that district court did not err in permitting defendant to withdraw comparative fault defense during trial

Stennett v. Miller (2019)
California Court of Appeal upholds wrongful death statute against equal protection challenge

Victaulic v. American Home Assurance Co. (2018)
California Court of Appeal reverses $46 million punitive damage award against insurer 

Ochoa-Valenzuela v. Ford (2017)
In products liability case, Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s decision to exclude as irrelevant the testimony of plaintiff’s expert, who was former government lawyer, about the applicable federal motor vehicle safety standard and how the federal agency created it

Edwards v. Ford (2017)
In products liability case, Ninth Circuit affirms district court decision to instruct jury on only the risk-benefit test for design defect, and not on the alternative consumer expectations test

Licudine v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2016)
California Court of Appeal adopts “reasonable probability” standard for lost earning capacity damages

Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. v. J.R. Marketing, LLC (2015)
California Supreme Court permits insurers to seek reimbursement directly from Cumis counsel for objectively unreasonable billings

Albert v. Mid-Century Insurance (2015)
California Court of Appeal holds that trespass to trees is not covered by a general liability policy

Cann v. Stefanec (2013)
California Court of Appeal holds that primary assumption of risk doctrine bars suit by college swimmer injured in weight room accident

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
    J.D., 2008
  • Stanford University
    B.A., 2003

Clerkships

  • Hon. Milan D. Smith, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2009-2010)
  • Hon. R. Gary Klausner, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2006) (extern)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Oregon
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Professional Associations

Awards

  • Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2014-2018)
  • Top 50 Women Rising Stars in Southern California
  • Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (2014)

Publications