Insurance: advice to policyholders in United States

Anderson Kill PC

The New York-based team at Anderson Kill PC exclusively represents policyholders in coverage disputes. Particular areas of strength are environmental, toxic tort, and asbestos liability. Robert Horkovich represented the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in appellate court in litigation relating to asbestos claims dating back to the construction of the original World Trade Center. Horkovich jointly heads the practice with William Passannante, who represents corporate policyholders and educational and governmental institutions. Other areas of expertise for the team include D&O, data breaches and cyber risks, product liability, professional liability, white-collar crime, property losses, and business interruption losses. Raymond Mascia is also recommended and has extensive experience in professional liability and property insurance disputes.


‘The team is the premier firm in NJ for the representation of insureds’

Key clients

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

WRG  Asbestos PI Trust

San Diego Unified Port District

Kaiser Gypsum

Alix Partners




Acella Pharmaceutical

Host Terminals

ASARCO Asbestos

NYU Langone Hospitals

Nationwide Railroad (liability policies)

Nationwide Railroad (property policies)

Star Indemnity / CRF Frozen Foods

Valley National Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented the WRG Asbestos Trust in an action with a value of $50m commenced by Resolute-run insurance companies. Already successfully obtained $556m in insurance assets transferred to the Trust.
  • Represented the San Diego Unified Port District in its successful pursuit of liability insurance coverage to help clean up the Port of San Diego arising from claims and suits.
  • Represented the Committee of Asbestos Personal Injury Claimants and the Future Claimants’ Representative in the Kaiser Gypsum Company asbestos bankruptcy, advising how best to secure over $1bn in insurance coverage that will be used to fund payments to claimants.
  • Represented AlixPartners in an insurance company’s attempt to claw back defense costs already paid.
  • Represented Sonneborn, a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-purity specialty hydrocarbons and vegetable-based emollients, in an insurance coverage action against several insurance companies, seeking $10m for losses resulting from a refinery fire.

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP’s insurance team has extensive experience in speciality insurance areas, including transactional, crime, product contamination, bankruptcy, business conduct liabilities, cybersecurity, and political risk. A particular strength is in sexual abuse liability and, to date, the practice has recovered more than $1bn in insurance proceeds in sex abuse cases. Practice chair James Murray, in Washington DC, and New York-based Jared Zola are currently representing the Archdiocese of New York in an insurance coverage lawsuit against more than 30 of its historical general liability insurers. The Archdiocese is expected to face hundreds of millions of dollars of alleged liabilities. Linda Kornfeld jointly vice chairs the group from Los Angeles along with John Gibbons in Washington DC. Mary Craig Calkins in Los Angeles and Helen Michael in Washington DC joined from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Kyle Brinkman, based in Washington DC, was promoted to partner.

Key clients


Diocese of Duluth and New Ulm (Minnesota)

Chiquita Brands International

Cottage Health Systems

Vantage / EDF Trading

Pennsylvania State University

National Strength & Conditioning Association

Boskovich Farms

Expedia Group

North American Automotive Services

Athene USA Corporation

The Rockefeller University

Cushman & Wakefield


Work highlights

  • Represented Pennsylvania State University in its insurance recovery efforts for amounts spent responding to the Sandusky sexual misconduct claims.
  • Representing several Catholic dioceses and archdioceses in obtaining insurance coverage for historical sexual abuse claims.
  • Representing Yucaipa, a premier private equity investment firm, in directors’ and officers’ liability insurance coverage litigation related to bankruptcy of one of Yucaipa’s portfolio companies.
  • Representing Vantage Commodities Financial Services in collection dispute against Willis and Reinsurers for a $26m+ judgment for a credit risk insurance loss stemming from retail energy company’s bankruptcy and failure to repay more than $60m of credit extended to it.
  • Representing the Kaiser Gypsum Unsecured Creditors Committee in obtaining insurance recovery related to Kaiser Gypsum’s alleged environmental contamination, asbestos claims, and bankruptcy.

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP advises on general, professional, D&O and product liability, and also has a background in coverage claims involving fire, flood, aviation, windstorms, kidnapping and ransom, cyber risks, property damage, and business interruption. The practice is particularly well-regarded for its experience with complex insurance programs involving multiple insurers and risks. Joint practice heads John Mathias and David Kroeger in Chicago, together with Jan Larson in Washington DC, represented Mondelēz International in a dispute with Zurich American Insurance over coverage for more than $100m in losses caused by NotPetya computer malware. Washington DC-based Brian Scarbrough also jointly heads the practice, and has a niche in cyber and cryptocurrency liability.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Larson; David Greenwald; Joel Pelz


‘Jan Larson was smart, extremely focused on the issues, passionate about our project, and an expert in the field’

Key clients

Olin Corporation

Mondelēz International

The Partnership for Resilient Communities (TPRC)

Sam Zell


Work highlights

  • Represented Olin Corporation in a jury trial against its excess insurer OneBeacon America Insurance as to insurance coverage for costs incurred at five environmental sites.

Jones Day

Jones Day is well-regarded for its pre-litigation claims advocacy, and has experience pursuing insurance claims arising from sensitive matters such as data breaches, natural disasters, political campaigns, sexual misconduct claims, #metoo issues, and high profile financial losses. The practice also handles commercial insurance coverage in jurisdictions around the world. Practice head Tyrone Childress, who is based in Los Angeles, represented Los Angeles Unified School District in its pursuit of indemnity and defense coverage for hundreds of underlying sexual abuse claims. Craig Hirsch, also based in Los Angeles, assisted. From the San Francisco office, Richard DeNatale advised Sony Pictures Entertainment on coverage claims against ten insurers arising from a cyberattack. The team also has an office in New York.

Practice head(s):

Tyrone Childress


‘Depth and breadth of experience is absolute top shelf’

Key clients

Astellas US Holding and Astellas Pharma US


Kleen Energy Systems

Los Angeles Unified School District

Madelaine Chocolate Novelties

MF Global Holdings

Motorola Solutions

Sherwin-Williams Company

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Represented the Sherwin-Williams Company in seeking recovery of a settlement of over $100m with the People of California after being found liable for assisting in the creation of a public nuisance by promoting lead paint for interior use.
  • Represented Astellas in seeking reimbusement for the cost of defending and settling claims brought by the Department of Justice under the False Claims Act.
  • Represented Twin River in coverage litigation seeking reimbursment for the cost of settling potential liabilities arising out of diect and derivative claims filed by shareholders.
  • Represented Madelaine Chocolate regarding insurance coverage for property/business interruption losses in excess of $50m following Hurricane Sandy.
  • Represented Lumber Liquidators against four umbrella and excess insurers seeking defense and indemnity for the settlement of a proceeding regarding alleged formaldehyde emissions from flooring products.

McKool Smith

The New York-based practice at McKool Smith handles insurance disputes stemming from storm damage, corporate reorganizations, and legal fee recoveries, among other matters such as personal injury, property damage and pollution claims, and Medicaid fraud. Team lead Robin Cohen represented Pfizer in litigation to recover more than $50m under three towers of D&O insurance for underlying claims, with assistance from Marc Ladd and Adam Ziffer. Keith McKenna assisted Cohen in securing coverage for approximately $50m in defense costs for Verizon following breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent transfer claims. ‘Relentless advocateKenneth Frenchman is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robin Cohen


‘Kenneth Frenchman is a relentless advocate’

Key clients

Verizon Communications


Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Conduent State Healthcare

AR Capital

AECOM and Hunt Construction

Pella Corporation

IDT Corporation

The Associated Press

SS&C Technologies Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented New Jersey Transit Corporation seeking up to $400m in insurance coverage following Hurricane Sandy.
  • Represented Philadelphia Energy Solutions in recovering insurance assets following bankruptcy in connection with a catastrophic refinery explosion.
  • Represented Conduent State Healthcare in seeking to recoup a $236m settlement reached with the State of Texas over Medicaid fraud claims.
  • Represented Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America in a coverage action arising out of three class actions alleging wrongdoing in connection with investment management operations.
  • Represented AR Capital in seeking over $70m in costs incurred in defending against an investor class action and a regulatory investigation.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP’s insurance recovery practice has handled matters with underlying coverage issues involving property, general liability, professional liability, and product recall. The team has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Miami. David Halbreich in Los Angeles heads the group. Other key names include John Shugrue and John Vishneski in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

David Halbreich

Other key lawyers:

John Shugrue; John Vishneski

Covington & Burling LLP

The insurance recovery team at Covington & Burling LLP is experienced in exposures arising from mass-tort liabilities, property and business interruption losses, marine, and D&O claims. Benedict Lenhart and Mitchell Dolin, both based in Washington DC, co-chair the practice, which also has partners in New York and San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Mitchell Dolin; Benedict Lenhart

K&L Gates

The Pittsburgh-based insurance recovery practice at K&L Gates has a strong track record in handling asbestos coverage settlements. Other key areas of work include claims involving bad faith damages, advertising and personal injury defense coverage, secondary recall losses, and liabilities under property policies. David McGonigle jointly heads the team with Sarah Turpin who is in London. McGonigle recently represented PPG in connection with bankruptcy proceedings encompassing an asbestos bankruptcy settlement valued in excess of $3bn. Thomas Birsic, also based in Pittsburgh, advised Halliburton Company on insurance coverage arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Practice head(s):

David McGonigle; Sarah Turpin

Key clients

Halliburton Company

PPG Industries


Duke Energy Corporation

Vibram, USA

Kaiser Gypsum Company and Hanson Permanente Cement

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Eaton Corporation

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie


King County, Washington

Work highlights

  • Represented Arconic in its efforts to obtain coverage for asbestos lawsuits arising from the World Trade Center construction.
  • Represented Duke Energy Corporation in its attempts to obtain insurance coverage for the environmental clean-up costs at two former manufactured gas plant sites in Cincinnati.
  • Represented Vibram in an insurance coverage lawsuit arising from an underlying case in which Vibram was accused of improperly marketing a running shoe using a deceased Olympic marathon champion’s name.
  • Represented Kaiser Gypsum Company in insurance coverage action arising from environmental property damage liability claims at sites in Oregon and Washington.
  • Represented Westlake Chemical Corporation in litigation involving property insurance coverage for a major loss event arising from a chlorine tank rupture at a facility in West Virginia.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has a broad practice, with extensive experience in major commercial insurance lines as well as in many specialty coverage areas. Those areas include business interruption and property losses, professional liability, product liability, environmental liability, cyber risk, and transactional insurance. David Barrett leads the team from Washington DC and focuses on the negotiation of custom insurance products in addition to insurance coverage matters. In San Diego, Brook Roberts and John Wilson, with assistance from Drew Gardiner, represented Montrose Chemical Corporation in a coverage action arising from Montrose’s former DDT manufacturing operations in California, seeking over $100m of excess indemnity coverage. Robert Gilbert heads the Boston office, which launched in 2018. Since publication 

Practice head(s):

David Barrett


‘Responsive, knowledgeable, focused’

‘Latham has a strong team across the US, with very deep policyholder advocacy skills’

‘Drew Gardiner provides excellent guidance on complex insurance matters’

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Montrose Chemical Corporation of California

Michigan State University

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Northland Investment Corporation

Emerson Electric Company

Canadian Solar

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Represented engineering construction company Fluor in a claim potentially involving over $1bn of damages arising from underlying lawsuits alleging property damage and bodily injury arsing from exposure to lead.
  • Represented the NCAA in its attempts to obtain coverage for a proposed $75m medical monitoring settlement.
  • Represented Michigan State University in connection with insurance coverage litigation arising from Larry Nassar-related sexual abuse claims.
  • Advised the National Football League Players Association on devising a lockout insurance policy in connection with players’ collective bargaining agreements.
  • Represented Toyota in its pursuit of insurance coverage associated with contaminated sediments at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is well-regarded for its handling of coverage issues regarding historic general liability insurance programs for mass torts, including suits involving asbestos-related bodily injury, environmental exposures, and medical devices. A niche area of expertise is in coverage of  bankruptcy trusts for pending and future asbestos liabilities. Other areas of work include general liability and property policies, product liability legislation related to opioid crisis, and insurer insolvency litigation. The firm also has an active captive practice. Paul Zevnik chairs the department and is based in both Washington DC and Los Angeles. Michel Horton in Los Angeles and Daniel Chefitz in Washington DC are experienced in long-tail asbestos claims. Chefitz specialises in captive insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Zevnik

Key clients


Rite Aid


Western Asbestos Settlement Trust

Schnitzer Steel Industries / MMGL

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Greenleeds /Grinnell /Johnson Controls /GSF Management

Zimmer Biomet Holdings

Goulds Pumps

PepsiCo / Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling Company

Atlas Healthcare

DaVita Partners

Ansul /Chemguard /Johnson Controls


Work highlights

  • Represented NSource in its efforts to recover loss from an over-pressurization gas event in the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts.
  • Represented Rite Aid in a lawsuit seeking recovery of costs arising out of lawsuits brought for damages resulting from the alleged distribution and sale of opioid drugs.
  • Represented ITT in coverage litigation seeking $1.65bn in excess coverage for product liabilities.
  • Represented Western Asbestos Settlement Trust in insurance recovery efforts involving bankruptcy, insurance, and state insurance guaranty law.
  • Represented Schnitzer Steel Industries in insurance recovery efforts for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The ‘ultra-creative’ team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is best known for coverage litigation arising out of environmental and energy, product liability, and D&O claims. Peter Gillon, who co-chairs the practice from Washington DC, advised AmTrust in negotiating with three D&O insurance ‘towers’ to resolve coverage claims including securities class actions and merger objection claims. Other key areas of work include disputes related to construction, natural disasters, property damage and business interruption, and cybersecurity. Joseph Jean, who leads the firm’s New York group, represented NYU in its Hurricane Sandy catastrophe claim. Robert Wallan, based in Los Angeles, co-chairs the practice and is experienced in advising companies sued in California for violating wage and hour laws.

Practice head(s):

Peter Gillon; Robert Wallan


‘Partners here are ultra-creative in their analysis’

Key clients

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), Wilshire Vermont Housing Partners


Banc of California

Smart & Final




Stanford University and Hospitals

Sony Interactive Entertainment

In-N-Out Burger

Rayonier Applied Materials

Lenny & Larry’s

Engineered Systems Alliance

SFI (Shimmick/FCC/Salini-Impregilo joint venture)

Duke Energy

Rio Tinto Alcan

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

American Electric Power Company

LF Driscoll – a StructureTone company

Solera Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Solera Holdings on the potential for coverage under a Delaware statute which created a process by which a company’s shareholders may challenge the price paid for their shares in a sale or merger and obtain an appraisal of their fair value.
  • Represented Victaulic in an insurance coverage matter against three AIG entities.
  • Represented Fluidmaster in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation in California Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings based on product liability class actions.
  • Represented Wiltshire Vermont Housing Partners in coverage litigation seeking recovery of property damage claims.
  • Represented Duke Energy in a lawsuit seeking coverage for underlying environmental claims.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP’s insurance team is recommended for its ‘practical advice and excellent responsiveness’ and its ‘in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry across multiple lines of insurance.’ Those lines include general liability, D&O, property damage and business interruption, fiduciary liability, and commercial insurance such as financial guaranty insurance. The practice is best known for representing private equity and hedge fund firms. In this area John Failla, assisted by Nathan Lander, represented Sycamore Partners in a coverage dispute related to its investments in portfolio company Nine West. Seth Schafler has extensive experience in D&O and E&O coverage. Marc Rosenthal, based in Chicago, co-heads the practice with Failla. All other named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

John Failla; Marc Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Seth Schafler; Nathan Lander


John Failla is incredibly dedicated and accessible. He had great, unique suggestions on how to best expedite a resolution’

‘Seth Schafler has a demonstrated ability to bring creativity and a different perspective to his cases, often finding coverage for clients where they didn’t think it existed’

‘In-depth knowledge of insurance industry across multiple lines of insurance’

‘Practical advice and excellent responsiveness’

Key clients

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (now known as Bausch Health)

Financial Oversight Management Board of Puerto Rico

Sycamore Partners Management

JPMorgan Chase

The Metropolitan Opera

AAC Holdings


Henry Schein

Union Carbide Corporation

Kaanapali Land

Work highlights

  • Represented Valeant in coverage litigation against its D&O insurers to cover securities litigation regarding its failed tender offer to acquire Allergan, stock drop litigations, and regulatory matters.
  • Advised JPMorgan in a coverage dispute arising from a settlement agreement of claims involving late trading and market timing in mutual funds.
  • Represented AAC Holdings in its efforts to obtain coverage under D&O policies to cover securities class-action litigation, shareholder derivative actions, and other investor claims.
  • Represented Overstock in connection with structuring and negotiating its insurance programs and in seeking recovery for claims under its D&O insurance.
  • Advised Union Carbide Corporation on coverage litigation for recovery related to asbestos bodily injury claims.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a strong record in first-party property and business-interruption losses, with a particular niche in work for hospitality and travel industry clients. Walter Andrews, who leads the team from Miami, advised Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines on insurance coverage. Another key area of work lies in representing energy industry insureds in coverage matters arising from facility accidents. The practice also has experience in third-party liability cases involving bodily injury claims, toxic tort claims, and environmental clean-ups and damages. Lorelie Masters, based in Washington DC, is an expert in product liability, fiduciary liability, and cyber insurance. The group also has an office in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Walter Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Lorelie Masters; Lawrence Bracken


‘Lorelie Masters is one of the leading experts on policyholders’ law in the United States’

Key clients

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

HIG Capital

Inland Private Capital

Ranger Construction Industries

Empire Generating Company

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

The Children’s Place

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Williams Companies

A national drive-thru restaurant chain

Work highlights

  • Represented Blue Cross Blue Shield as coverage counsel with respect to antitrust litigation.
  • Represented HIG Capital in litigation over coverage of two investigations and actions by the UK Pensions Regulator.
  • Represented Inland Private Capital in a first-party insurance dispute arising from the defective construction of a student housing facility.
  • Represented Ranger Construction Industries in coverage litigation over an underlying lawful death suit.
  • Represented The Children’s Place in insurance recovery litigation seeking coverage for a scheme that defrauded the company.

King & Spalding LLP

The insurance team at King & Spalding LLP is well-regarded for its ‘breadth of expertise across multiple disciplines’. These areas of expertise include representing clients in the financial institutions sector (where Atlanta-based Shelby Guilbert specializes), and recovering insurance for property damage, business income, and other losses from catastrophic events. Other areas of strength include cyber liability, asbestos-related cases, and healthcare claims arising from regulatory compliance. Atlanta-based Anthony Tatum represented Navicent Health in an insurance coverage dispute arising from an underling qui tam action and government investigation. Meghan Magruder and Martin McNerney jointly head the practice and are based in Atlanta and Washington DC respectively.

Practice head(s):

Meghan Magruder; Martin McNerney

Key clients

SunTrust Banks

Sava SeniorCare


Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Prime Healthcare Services

Navicent Health

JHOC d/b/a Premier Transportation

LKQ Corporation

Xerox Corporation

The Coca-Cola Company

Pneumo Abex

Work highlights

  • Represented SunTrust Banks with respect to insurance coverage arising from underwriter and securities class actions, ERISA lawsuits, lender liability suits, and government and regulatory investigations.
  • Represented Sava SeniorCare in a D&O insurance recovery dispute in connection with qui tam suits.
  • Represented Equifax in insurance recovery litigation related to its cyber-security breach.
  • Represented Prime Healthcare Services in a D&O insurance recovery dispute in connection with claims that Prime violated the False Claims Act.
  • Represented Premier Transportation in a dispute arising out of a trucking accident.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP ‘delivers on the promise of a one-stop shop’. The insurance practice group focuses on work in the technology and finance sectors, including matters concerning private D&O coverage for tech CEOs and cyber-security matters. Another key area of work is litigation on behalf of financial institutions against monoline insurers. Barry Levin, who is based in New York and San Francisco, represented Credit Suisse in coverage litigation in connection with numerous lawsuits brought by monoline insurers and trustees of residential mortgage-backed securities trusts. San Francisco-based Darren Teshima jointly leads the practice with Levin. The group also has an office in Orange County.

Practice head(s):

Barry Levin; Darren Teshima

Other key lawyers:

Khai LeQuang; Russell Cohen


‘Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe delivers on the promise of a one-stop shop’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Fortress Investment Group

California Earthquake Authority

Premera Blue Cross

EFG Bank

Erste Abwick Lungsanstalt


Work highlights

  • Represented Premera Blue Cross in declaratory relief coverage actions regarding class-action lawsuits arising out of a data breach.
  • Represented EFG Bank and Erste Abwick Lungsanstalt in a lawsuit arising out of Transamerica Life Insurance Company’s rate increases on universal life insurance policies.
  • Represented Getaround in a coverage action filed by Voyager Insurance arising out of a personal injury action.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s New York-based insurance dispute resolution practice is particularly focused on representing insurance brokers aligned with policyholders, and also handles coverage cases for policyholders. Christopher St. Jeanos represented insurance broker Marsh USA in a coverage dispute pivoting on whether and when a ‘special relationship’ exists between a policyholder and insurance broker. Mitchell Auslander has experience in advising insurance companies seeking coverage from their own insurers or reinsurers. Auslander and St. Jeanos co-chair the practice.

Work highlights

  • Represented insurance broker Marsh USA in a coverage dispute brought by Cosmopolitan Shipping Company relating to lost Protection & Indemnity policies allegedly covering marine asbestos exposure claims. Cosmopolitan’s alleged insurer denied coverage and Cosmopolitan brought claims against Marsh.