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Elaine A. Panagakos

Counsel

[email protected]

+1.202.434.7325

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Elaine has more than three decades of litigation experience, primarily with insurance and reinsurance matters. She has extensive experience resolving coverage disputes involving environmental, toxic tort, and a wide variety of other underlying matters involving alleged misconduct by institutional policyholders. Elaine works with insurers both to resolve coverage disputes as they arise and to apply the lessons learned to reduce the likelihood and frequency of future disputes.

Elaine’s practice also encompasses appellate advocacy for the insurance industry. She has represented insurer interests in precedent-setting coverage cases and tort cases before state supreme courts and federal courts of appeals.

Prior to joining Mintz, Elaine was of counsel in the Washington, DC office of a global law firm. Earlier, she was a counsel at another international law firm.

Education

  • Duke University (JD, with honors)
  • Yale Law School (BA, cum laude)

Experience

  • Represented insurer in a coverage dispute concerning tens of millions of dollars a policyholder paid for settlements with victims of a serial sexual predator.
  • Represented and advised insurer with respect to coverage for numerous underlying matters involving educational institutions.
  • Advised insurer on issues relating to development of policy language.
  • Represented insurer in a multiparty, multi-forum litigation over coverage for catastrophic bodily injuries sustained in an unusual accident.
  • Represented amicii curiae in support of insurer litigants advocating for enforcement of consent to settlement provisions and manifestation trigger of coverage for environmental contamination.
  • Represented amicii curiae in support of asbestos defendants who advocated for science-based standards of causation and evidentiary admissibility.

Recent Insights

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News & Press

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Law360 highlighted the arrival of a team of five leading litigators to Mintz's nationally renowned Insurance and Reinsurance Practice. 
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An article published by The American Lawyer highlighted the arrival of a team of five leading litigators to Mintz's nationally renowned Insurance and Reinsurance Practice. 
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Group of Five Attorneys Bring Extensive Experience Handling Insurance and Reinsurance Matters
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Mintz Counsel Elaine Panagakos co-authored an article published by Automotive News that examined who might face legal claims following autonomous vehicle incidents.
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Mintz Counsel Elaine Panagakos co-authored an article published by PropertyCasualty360 that examined artificial intelligence (AI) offerings in insurance and potential risks and liabilities associated with implementing the new technologies.

Events

Speaker
May
19
2015

Policyholder Responsibility for Periods of No Insurance

Perrin Conferences on Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Issues

Philadelphia, PA