Marc L. Abrams

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  • University of Virginia (JD)
  • Northwestern University (BA, cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Marc has nearly 20 years of experience guiding clients through complex commercial insurance and reinsurance dispute resolutions, both in US courts and before US and international arbitration panels. He represents US and international insurers and has been involved in a variety of engagements for both insurers and reinsurers across various lines of business.

Marc has presented and tried many of the insurance and reinsurance industry’s fundamental dispute issues, including, allocation, aggregation, notice, follow the fortunes, security, payment of interest, set-offs, insolvency, captives, “cut-through” provisions, claims handling practices, claims control, special acceptances, rescission, sunset clauses, and other matters of contractual interpretation. He has been admitted as pro hac vice in various US federal courts.

On the reinsurance side, Marc has recently resolved a number of matters in court and in arbitration involving allocation and notice as well as a complex international reinsurance dispute involving a fronting company’s “cut-through” rights. Marc has also recently tried a number of reinsurance arbitrations involving workers’ compensation business and has achieved successful results for his clients.

Marc’s practice also extends to litigating and arbitrating insurance coverage matters, broker, agency, and intermediary disputes, and other complex commercial disputes involving insurers, and he has recently resolved a number of EPLI and business interruption claims for a large US insurer.

Other recent representations include representation of an insurer in coverage litigation involving “long-tail” environmental claims as well as a recovery on behalf of an international insurer under its E&O coverage. For several years, Chambers USA has recognized Marc as a leading attorney in insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution, with clients praising his “quick understanding of new cases," his versatility in handling “any kind of case," and noting that he is “creative in finding solutions, very good in court and very practical.”

Recognitions & Awards

  • Chambers USA: New York – Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (2010 – 2017) (Band 2)
  • Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance (2017)

 Professional & Community Involvement

  • Education Committee Member, AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society
  • Member, Association of Insurance & Reinsurance Run-Off Companies
  • Committee Member, New York State Bar Association, International Section
  • Advisory Board Member, Self Help Africa