John Hook was the firm’s most senior partner, respected by all in the legal community. He had extensive trial experience and maintained an active civil litigation practice throughout his almost sixty years at Long & Levit, LLP. He will be greatly missed.

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Professional Profile

Academics, Admissions & Professional Recognition


  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, A.B. Government
  • Harvard Law School, , Cambridge, Massachusetts, J.D., 1955


  • Member: State Bar of California (Committee on Administration of Justice; Insurance Committee
  • Continuing Education of the Bar Joint Advisory Committee, Past Chairman
  • Trial Practice Subcommittee, Past Chairman
  • Continuing Education of the Bar Special Subcommittee on Programs and Assessment, Past Chairman
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (Continuing Education Committee, Past Chairman; Board of Directors, Past Member; Trial Lawyers Section)
  • American Bar Association (Property Insurance Law Committee;  Litigation Section-Tort and Insurance Practice)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Judicature Society
  • Northern California Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Past Chairman, Property Insurance Section; Past Editor, Update Magazine)
  • Defense Research Institute (Insurance Coverage Committee)
  • Federal District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California
  • Member of the California State Bar

Mr. Hook has authored numerous articles on insurance industry publications relating to subrogation recoveries, allocation of multiple policy period loses under first party policies, and actual cash value/fair market values rules under California law and California State Bar publications relating to discovery and risk of loss in property insurance.


Mr. Hook has lectured to insurance organizations on insurance-related issues covering first and third part bad faith, defending arson cases, and proper investigation of large subrogation cases. He has also taught courses for the California Education of the Bar on demonstrative evidence and insurance bad faith.

Areas of Practice

Areas of Expertise

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Issues

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