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Insurance: Policyholder — District of Columbia


Covington & Burling LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Preeminent group with formidable depth and a broad client base. Advises policyholders across a range of industries on the full spectrum of insurance disputes. Particularly strong record in resolving environmental and asbestos-related claims, while also demonstrating a presence in emerging areas such as cyber liability.

Strengths A peer considers the firm to be "formidable opponents," who are "very sophisticated in policyholder litigation and negotiation."

Another source describes the firm as "the gold standard" in policyholder representation.

Work highlights Represented Fiserv, a technology solutions provider, in coverage litigation concerning excess professional liability policies. The underlying matter was settled for an eight figure sum.

Acted on behalf of the NFL in a series of concussion and head injury-related coverage disputes. The matter went to the New York Supreme Court.

Notable practitioners

William Skinner is a highly experienced insurance practitioner, representing an array of policyholders in complex coverage litigation. His areas of expertise include product liability, D&O issues and business interruption claims.

John Buchanan is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge across a range of insurance market matters. He has particular expertise across professional liability, asbestos and data breach issues. Sources describe him as "knowledgeable and a good strategist."

Mitchell Dolin "is very experienced in the field, and has a wealth of knowledge that he brings to bear," according to market sources. He has considerable expertise handling concussion cases and professional liability claims, as well as being noted for his strength in arbitration matters.

William Greaney is praised for his "encyclopedic knowledge" across insurance matters. He has considerable experience handling a range of coverage disputes, including environmental liability, business interruption claims and mass tort matters.

The "very smart and tremendously experienced" Benedict Lenhart is well regarded for his strength in settling complex insurance disputes on behalf of policyholder clients. Sources add: "He is an effective advocate and a pleasure to work with."

Saul Goodman is a talented insurance market practitioner who is described by sources as a "very good, very effective and smart lawyer." He has notable expertise in advising policyholder clients on a range of complex litigation and settlement matters.

Anna Engh is recognized in the market for her expertise in handling complex insurance coverage disputes. She offers particular strength across mass tort, environment and professional liability matters.

Marialuisa Gallozzi is praised as "a guru in the field" for insurance coverage settlements. She has notable expertise across product, professional and cyber liability claims.

Seth Tucker is an experienced insurance litigator who handles a broad range of complex coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders. One client reports: "He's thorough, strategic, responsive and very bright."

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Perkins Coie LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded policyholder practice known for its handling of high-stakes litigation, including toxic torts, data breaches and insurance-linked bankruptcy matters. Noted for its strong knowledge of Bermuda Form, as well as its frequent representation of major mining, energy and technology companies. Also noted for the counsel and support it provides in legacy insurance matters.

Strengths A source says: "The team as a whole is great. They work together very effectively and efficiently to deliver outstanding results."

"They're immensely knowledgeable and have great depth of experience," another source comments.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Residential Capital Liquidating Trust in a defense and indemnity coverage dispute with multiple professional liability insurers. The underlying long-running litigation involved allegations of improper lending practices in the issuance of second mortgage loans.

Notable practitioners

Robert Jacobs heads up the firm's insurance practice and has significant expertise in handling an array of complex coverage disputes. He offers notable skill across toxic tort and professional liability matters. A source describes him as an "excellent, smart and practical lawyer."

Koorosh Talieh is well regarded for his considerable experience working with a wide range of policyholder clients on complex insurance disputes. He demonstrates expertise handling business interruption and D&O matters. One client comments: "He is incredibly knowledgeable; a tremendous contact who is exceedingly valuable."

About the Team (content provided by Perkins Coie LLP)

Perkins Coie's Insurance Recovery lawyers have shaped pro-policyholder law in nearly every jurisdiction in the United States. We are among the elite firms in the country that represent only policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. Our lawyers have a broad range of experience and a record of success in enforcing policyholders’ rights to coverage under almost every type of commercial insurance policy for a wide range of losses and liabilities.

We have represented the leading companies in almost every industry, including FORTUNE 500 and Global 500 companies, as well as public sector policyholders. We also have helped various entities maximize insurance proceeds in complex bankruptcy proceedings. We have negotiated with, and litigated against, virtually every major insurer in the United States, as well as in the London and Bermuda markets, having recovered billions of dollars in insurance proceeds for our clients.

Our group has significant experience with various major industry captives, such as AEGIS, ICI Mutual and OIL, among others. Our lawyers also have experience with a wide range of specialized insurance policies and coverages. These include but are not limited to: additional insured endorsements, captive reinsurance, employee benefits liability, fiduciary liability, marine-cargo, event cancellation, political risk, private mortgage insurance, professional athlete disability insurance and satellite insurance.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice with a strong focus on representing policyholders in the energy and natural resources sphere. Particular strength in environmental contamination, D&O and property damage claims. Offers considerable expertise handling insurance litigation with international and cross-border aspects.

Strengths One source reports: "I can attest to the team’s favorable client interaction, responsiveness and overall capabilities."

Another source comments: "They are incredibly detailed, thorough, responsive and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Assisted Takata Corporation and its US subsidiary TK holdings, with the insurance issues related to product liability, D&O and bodily injury claims, complicated by the client's subsequent bankruptcy.

Represented Duke Energy in a coverage claim against 30 insurers relating to coal ash cleanup and groundwater contamination. The client is currently self-insured but the claims date back to policies issued during the 1970s and 1980s. The underlying claims amount to over $4 billion.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Peter Gillon has significant experience handling a broad range of insurance disputes, including D&O, environment liability and business interruption matters. One client comments: "He brings expertise to the table and gives very good advice."

Mark Plumer has significant expertise in a wide array of insurance litigation and arbitration disputes. He is skilled in advising policyholder clients on product liability and environmental matters, with sources saying "his expertise is stellar."

David Klein is experienced across a range of insurance coverage disputes, including business interruption, professional liability and environment claims. One source comments: "He has deep legal expertise, yet takes a commercial approach by focusing on the salient issues."

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Blank Rome LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises policyholders on a wide range of coverage issues, with key strengths in environmental, product liability and property damage claims. Frequently involved in disputes involving sensitive underlying litigation, such as cases of sexual abuse and sports-related injury claims. Increasing involvement in cybersecurity insurance matters and D&O claims, such as those linked to False Claims Act cases.

Strengths One client reports: "I hold them up as a pillar of excellence. They are outstanding," adding that they appreciate the firm's "expertise, willingness to really understand and go to bat for their client."

Work highlights Represented SPX and Fairbanks Morse Pump in asbestos-linked bankruptcy litigation. The matter related to the clients' claims for coverage of potential future asbestos liabilities under legacy policies.

Represented the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm in insurance coverage matters arising from sexual abuse claims and the client's related bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners

The "superb" John Heintz is a respected insurance practitioner advising policyholder clients on a range of coverage disputes. His areas of expertise include professional liability, environmental issues and toxic tort claims.

James Murray is described as an "excellent lawyer" by sources, who also acknowledge him as "strategic and experienced." He heads the firm's insurance practice and is noted for his strength in handling a range of complex coverage disputes.

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

Our 15 lawyers have over 100 years of insurance experience, including substantial trial experience, between us. We work exclusively for policyholders – one of few firms in our market with this focus – and have recovered $7.5 billion+ for clients from insurers and brokers in the last decade.

Our concentrations include bankruptcy Insurance, business conduct liabilities, cybersecurity insurance, directors’ and officers’ insurance, employment insurance, energy Insurance, political risk insurance, business interruption insurance, and sports insurance.

Our clients are frequently defendants, but in pursuing recoveries, our "plaintiff approach" focuses on maximizing benefits and recoveries. While other firms in our area adopt a more defensive/settlement-type approach, we have a trial mindset and are known to fight hard for our clients’ interests.

Regarding insurance coverage for sexual abuse liability, we have recovered $1 billion+ in insurance proceeds in sex abuse cases, have worked on cutting-edge cases, and have secured multi-million recoveries for victims.

Two of our partners (James Murray, Steven Roman) are fellows to the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

For decades, we've been on the cutting edge of new insurance developments, have been involved in ground-breaking cases establishing the law for insurance coverage, and continually push into new areas, including product recall, representation & warranties, sports and athletic injury, and credit risk insurance.

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Gilbert LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique insurance policyholder practice focused on insurance recovery, providing support in coverage disputes, as well as advice on ongoing liability strategy. Notable strength in D&O and E&O-related disputes, as well as product liability and asbestos-related claims.

Strengths One pleased client reports: "If we have an insurance question we go to them, period," while another praises their "laserlike focus on the issues."

Notable practitioners

Scott Gilbert enjoys a strong reputation in the insurance market for his expertise handling an array of coverage disputes. One source describes him as an "absolute force of nature," going on to add: "He is one of the best and at the top of his game."

About the Team (content provided by Gilbert LLP)

Gilbert LLP is a Washington, DC-based law firm focused on insurance recovery and litigation and on strategic consulting. Whether it’s strategic advice, negotiation or litigation, the firm approaches all matters with the goal of creating a tailored, cost-effective solution to the problems at hand. The firm brings creativity, strategic thinking and substantial experience to every matter it handles.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Insurance: Policyholder Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Considerable trial expertise and particular strength in asbestos liability, mass torts and product liability. Offers additional specialization in matters concerning captive insurance companies, issues of bankruptcy and corporate restructuring. Also has experience in environmental coverage claims and regulatory concerns, and in handling appellate litigation on behalf of policyholder clients.

Strengths A source states: "They are very knowledgeable and good at what they do. They have an appreciation of what the ultimate goals are, and pursue the best and least disruptive path to get to those goals."

Another source says of the firm's lawyers: "They blend their smarts with a practical approach."

Work highlights Represented ITT in a high-value product liability coverage dispute with its excess insurers. The underlying claim related to asbestos injury claims and involved trigger and allocation issues.

Successfully acted on behalf of Goulds Pumps in upholding a significant appellate decision before the California Supreme Court.

Notable practitioners

Paul Zevnik is renowned for his experience handling a wide range of insurance disputes. He exhibits particular skill across toxic tort, product liability and environmental claims. One source reports: "Paul is very tenacious and creative; he does everything he can to help the client."

Daniel Chefitz offers considerable experience acting for a range of clients on coverage disputes including product liability and toxic torts issues. He is also skilled at handling captive insurance matters. Market sources say: "He is an impressive attorney. He is very knowledgeable and looks out for his clients' best interests."

About the Team (content provided by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP)

Morgan Lewis is a recognized leader in placement, claims handling, and dispute resolution involving insurance and similar risk-transfer devices and instruments. In addition to our recognized trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution capabilities, we counsel clients on insurance issues arising from complex corporate restructurings, mergers, and other transactional matters. We have an active captive practice, with both domestic and international know-how and capabilities. We also draw on our firm’s experience in a variety of areas to preserve, protect, and maximize insurance assets.

 We have the broadest geographical reach of any national policyholder firm, with key partners and a vibrant insurance recovery practice in 20 of our 30 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

We also have one of the nation’s most financially sophisticated insurance practices, with special expertise in captives, reinsurance, bankruptcy, restructuring, and risk-transfer-based special purpose vehicles. Our team is well known for its deal making, frequently involving complex instruments; its ability to resolve “bet-the-company” disputes; its innovative litigation strategies; and its multijurisdictional trial and appellate skills. We offer insurance-related expertise in a broad spectrum of legal settings and achieve creative, path-breaking results for leading global companies.

Our lawyers are both advisors and trial and appellate lawyers.

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Senior Statesperson

William P Skinner

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Skinner is a highly experienced insurance practitioner, representing an array of policyholders in complex coverage litigation. His areas of expertise include product liability, D&O issues and business interruption claims.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Buchanan is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge across a range of insurance market matters. He has particular expertise across professional liability, asbestos and data breach issues. Sources describe him as "knowledgeable and a good strategist."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mitchell Dolin "is very experienced in the field, and has a wealth of knowledge that he brings to bear," according to market sources. He has considerable expertise handling concussion cases and professional liability claims, as well as being noted for his strength in arbitration matters.

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Gilbert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Gilbert enjoys a strong reputation in the insurance market for his expertise handling an array of coverage disputes. One source describes him as an "absolute force of nature," going on to add: "He is one of the best and at the top of his game."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Greaney is praised for his "encyclopedic knowledge" across insurance matters. He has considerable experience handling a range of coverage disputes, including environmental liability, business interruption claims and mass tort matters.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "superb" John Heintz is a respected insurance practitioner advising policyholder clients on a range of coverage disputes. His areas of expertise include professional liability, environmental issues and toxic tort claims.

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Benedict M Lenhart

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very smart and tremendously experienced" Benedict Lenhart is well regarded for his strength in settling complex insurance disputes on behalf of policyholder clients. Sources add: "He is an effective advocate and a pleasure to work with."

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Lorelie S Masters

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lorelie Masters of Hunton & Williams LLP is held in high regard in the insurance market for her extensive experience advising policyholders on a spectrum of complex coverage litigation. Sources refer to her as "a superstar" and "a leading light in the policyholder side."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Murray is described as an "excellent lawyer" by sources, who also acknowledge him as "strategic and experienced." He heads the firm's insurance practice and is noted for his strength in handling a range of complex coverage disputes.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Zevnik is renowned for his experience handling a wide range of insurance disputes. He exhibits particular skill across toxic tort, product liability and environmental claims. One source reports: "Paul is very tenacious and creative; he does everything he can to help the client."

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Peter Gillon has significant experience handling a broad range of insurance disputes, including D&O, environment liability and business interruption matters. One client comments: "He brings expertise to the table and gives very good advice."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Saul Goodman is a talented insurance market practitioner who is described by sources as a "very good, very effective and smart lawyer." He has notable expertise in advising policyholder clients on a range of complex litigation and settlement matters.

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Jacobs of Jenner & Block LLP cochairs the firm's insurance and reinsurance group. He has significant experience in the insurance market, acting for policyholders in a range of coverage disputes. One source reports: "He is knowledgeable, detailed, forthright and well spoken," adding: "He takes initiative and gets things done."

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Jacobs heads up the firm's insurance practice and has significant expertise in handling an array of complex coverage disputes. He offers notable skill across toxic tort and professional liability matters. A source describes him as an "excellent, smart and practical lawyer."

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Richard D. Milone

Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Milone of Jones Day "is an excellent attorney with deep knowledge," according to one impressed client, who continues: "He is diligent, responsive and has great attention to detail." He is well versed in advising policyholder clients on a range of insurance coverage disputes.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Plumer has significant expertise in a wide array of insurance litigation and arbitration disputes. He is skilled in advising policyholder clients on product liability and environmental matters, with sources saying "his expertise is stellar."

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Lowenstein Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Reidy of Lowenstein Sandler LLP is a widely respected insurance practitioner skilled in a range of coverage disputes and noted for his particular expertise in D&O matters. One source reports: "He is incredibly knowledgeable and extremely responsive," with others praising his "practical resolution mindset."

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Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Thompson of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC is referred to as "absolutely excellent" by interviewees. He has considerable experience handling coverage disputes for policyholders, with particular skill across property damage and business interruption matters.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Barrett of Latham & Watkins LLP is well regarded in the market and offers considerable experience handling a wide range of coverage matters for policyholder clients. A source says: "He is great to work with; he is very responsive and very thorough," with another adding: "He is very smart, has good common sense and is a great team player."

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Buchman of Haynes and Boone, LLP has recently joined the firm's insurance practice. He offers notable expertise across a range of coverage disputes, including toxic tort, environment and professional liability claims. He also has significant experience advising clients in the automotive industry.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Chefitz offers considerable experience acting for a range of clients on coverage disputes including product liability and toxic torts issues. He is also skilled at handling captive insurance matters. Market sources say: "He is an impressive attorney. He is very knowledgeable and looks out for his clients' best interests."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anna Engh is recognized in the market for her expertise in handling complex insurance coverage disputes. She offers particular strength across mass tort, environment and professional liability matters.

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Marialuisa Gallozzi

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marialuisa Gallozzi is praised as "a guru in the field" for insurance coverage settlements. She has notable expertise across product, professional and cyber liability claims.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Klein is experienced across a range of insurance coverage disputes, including business interruption, professional liability and environment claims. One source comments: "He has deep legal expertise, yet takes a commercial approach by focusing on the salient issues."

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Helen Michael of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has notable experience acting on a range of complex insurance litigation, including class actions, professional liability claims and environmental disputes. An impressed client comments: "She is an exceptional lawyer. She strategically looks at issues from different perspectives to find the best way to approach each one."

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Catherine Serafin

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Catherine Serafin of Lowenstein Sandler LLP is described by market sources as "very knowledgeable" and "very thorough." Her insurance practice is focused on handling complex coverage disputes for policyholder clients, including professional liability and business interruption matters.

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Koorosh Talieh is well regarded for his considerable experience working with a wide range of policyholder clients on complex insurance disputes. He demonstrates expertise handling business interruption and D&O matters. One client comments: "He is incredibly knowledgeable; a tremendous contact who is exceedingly valuable."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Seth Tucker is an experienced insurance litigator who handles a broad range of complex coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders. One client reports: "He's thorough, strategic, responsive and very bright."

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