THE FIRM Widely recognized as the best insurance policyholder practice in DC, this team represents a number of major organizations in complex and sophisticated coverage disputes. The firm's practice covers the USA and beyond, with lawyers in DC recently involved in representing Chiquita Brands International in coverage disputes arising from mass tort lawsuits in Colombia. As well as coverage disputes, the team also handles matters relating to professional and general liability, catastrophic and property damage losses, and fiduciary claims.
Sources say: "The best in DC, without question – nobody has the breadth and bench strength Covington has."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources highlight experienced lawyer John Buchanan as a strong competitor in the field, describing him as "really outstanding." He recently played a key role in the firm's representation of several companies in a complex $1 billion asbestos coverage dispute.
Practice chair Mitchell Dolin remains at the top of the field thanks to his "sophisticated across-the-board knowledge." His highlights include representing Sprint Nextel in two complex D&O disputes involving multimillion-dollar settlements. He also has an active practice in UK market insurance arbitrations.
Sources praise William Greaney's superior grasp of insurance law, saying: "Nobody else has his encyclopedic knowledge of insurance law." He recently worked alongside the firm's e-discovery practice to represent Extended Stay Hotels in product liability lawsuits relating to rain damage.
Client favorite William Skinner has a "very strong reputation as a hard man in negotiation and a very, very intelligent lawyer." He took the lead in achieving positive results for Chiquita, and also has a healthy standing among clients for financial, D&O and fiduciary work.
Saul Goodman remains a key member of the team and has been involved in the firm's representation of various clients in environmental coverage issues.
Practice vice chair Benedict Lenhart has a broad national and international practice, and a "first-rate" reputation for his work on complex UK-based solvent scheme proceedings.
Commentators describe Georgia Kazakis as "a very fine, top-quality lawyer who can handle complex work." She has a particularly strong reputation in property damage matters.
Anna Engh recently acted for Dow Corning, achieving a high-value settlement with London market insurers following a lawsuit concerning coverage for breast implant claims.
Interviewees praise Marialuisa Gallozzi as being "incredibly good at complex settlement structures." She has experience across a wide range of insurance coverage matters, both at home and abroad.