Insurance, Reinsurance, Investigations & Risk Management

Insurance Coverage Analysis & Dispute Resolution

Insurance coverage disputes can be costly. That is why we take a practical, client-focused approach that provides effective and efficient results. The attorneys in our Insurance Coverage Analysis & Dispute Resolution Practice are true thought leaders on insurance coverage issues, and this leadership is one of the keys to our success. Our attorneys routinely lecture and publish on all aspects of complex insurance coverage issues and are frequently invited to speak at, or chair, national insurance conferences. We closely follow developments in the changing areas of coverage law, and our large library of in-house work product, including decisions, briefs, and relevant articles, provides us and our insurance industry clients with efficient access to a deep database of knowledge and experience.

With decades of experience, our attorneys have handled a broad range of key insurance issues across the country at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in mediations and arbitrations. Our attorneys also have substantial experience advising clients with respect to potential coverage implications arising in the bankruptcy context.

We understand the business of insurance and are committed to keeping a focus on our clients' business objectives in this competitive marketplace while we address the unique legal issues that affect insurance industry clients.


Areas of Focus

  • Bad faith claims
  • Directors and officers (D&O) claims
  • Professional liability
  • Fidelity (crime) claims
  • Representation and warranty
  • Products liability
  • Business interruption
  • Construction and project development
  • Employment practices
  • Political risk
  • Environmental and asbestos claims
  • Earthquakes, hurricanes, (including Superstorm Sandy), floods, and other natural disasters
  • Bankruptcy claims
  • Advertising and personal injury claims

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Practice ranked nationally and regionally by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in “Best Law Firms”
  • Attorneys ranked by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a class action alleging unfair claims settlement practices in connection with the resolution of asbestos liability claims.
  • Represented an insurer in parallel actions before the bankruptcy court and federal court in connection with claims for coverage brought by directors, officers, and corporate policyholders leading to a successful multiparty mediation.
  • Obtained dismissal of a breach of contract and bad faith action alleging that the plaintiff was an additional insured and a third-party beneficiary of an insured contract under a general liability policy.
  • Successfully represented an insurer on summary judgment and upheld on appeal that a known insurer is not obligated to prosecute an alleged unrelated insurer for lost policies before exhausting the known insurer’s policy limits.
  • Successfully defended an insurer through summary judgment and on appeal against breach of contract and bad faith claims by immediately deposing the insured and proving no damages, while preventing any depositions of the insurer.
  • Defended an insurer in coverage litigation brought by another insurer relating to the scope of coverage afforded under the additional insured endorsement in connection with the deaths and/or personal injury of six workers at a construction site resulting in a favorable multiparty settlement.
  • Represented a lead insurer in claims involving 144 toxic sites across the country, culminating in summary judgment in the insurer’s favor on a vast majority of sites and de minimis settlement of the remaining sites.
  • Obtained dismissal of action against a broker by a litigation trustee seeking to avoid or recover the fee paid to the broker under certain provisions of the bankruptcy code.
  • Successfully represented insurers in declaratory judgment actions against insureds.
  • Successfully resolved a coverage and rescission action involving an insured’s misrepresentation of material facts on an application for legal malpractice insurance.
  • Served as the national coordinating coverage counsel for an insurer on a broad range of general liability claims, including Superstorm Sandy, environmental, and sex molestation claims. 

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS

  • AIG
  • Arbella Insurance
  • Aviva USA
  • Lexington Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Selective
  • Sentry Insurance
  • Tempur Sealy International, Inc.
  • White Mountains Insurance Group
  • Yosemite Insurance

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