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Covington & Burling LLP

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Beijing, Brussels, London, Los Angeles, New York, Redwood Shores and 4 more

Benjamin Duke

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Covington & Burling LLP

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Ben Duke helps insurance policyholders protect and enforce their coverage rights through advice, negotiation, and litigation. Mr. Duke has secured major recoveries through coverage litigation in numerous courts, and has advised clients in a wide range of disputes and other matters involving all types of insurance, including D&O, professional liability, fidelity bonds, and other specialized coverages. He represents policyholders in many industries, including technology, energy, and pharmaceuticals, and has particularly deep experience with financial institutions and other companies in the financial services sector. In his coverage practice, Mr. Duke also brings to bear extensive trial and other experience handling litigation and arbitration on behalf of financial institutions and other entities in securities-related and other complex financial disputes.


Columbia Law School, J.D., 1993. University of Oxford, M.A., 1987. Williams College, B.A., 1985

United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to policyholders

Within: Insurance: advice to policyholders

Covington & Burling LLP is a market leader in the policyholders sphere, with key offices in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles. The team handles a full remit of insurance matters, including environmental damage claims, catastrophe insurance matters, asbestos coverage disputes and marine cargo loss claims. Insurance litigation related to data breaches is another growing area of activity for the firm, which has deep experience in fintech and data privacy issues. The team also continues to be involved in the highly publicized NFL concussion litigation. Its clients are typically drawn from pharmaceuticals, private equity and construction industries, among others. Washington DC-based Mitchell Dolin and Benedict Lenhart head the global insurance recovery practice and are recognized for their work representing corporate policyholders in professional liability disputes, shareholder claims and mass tort matters. The recommended Los Angeles-based René Siemens is adept at handling product liability and consumer cases, and San Francisco-based Gretchen Hoff Varner is also well regarded. San Francisco’s Donald Brown, Washington DC-based Saul Goodman, William Skinner and William Greaney, and New York’s Benjamin Duke are other key names. Matthew Schlesinger joined the Washington DC office from Reed Smith LLP.

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