Firms To Watch: Insurance: advice to policyholders

New York boutique Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna, which was founded in January 2021, is led by recognized expert Robin Cohen and has already made a name for itself representing policyholders in complex, high-profile coverage disputes.

Insurance: advice to policyholders in United States

Anderson Kill PC

With ‘unsurpassed depth of knowledge around the insurance industry‘ the team at Anderson Kill PC has a track record of making insurance law in various states, most recently achieving success for policyholders in state superior court with regards to coverage for Covid19-related business income losses. Moreover, with its newly launched climate change and disaster recovery group, the practice is able to help clients manage these emerging insurance issues. Robert M. Horkovich, who has a number landmark state Supreme Court decisions under his belt, and William G. Passannante  who has extensive trial and appellate experience, co-head the practice from the New York office. Rhonda D. Orin  is a key lawyer in Washington DC and Raymond Mascia is a notable up-and-comer in New York. While Arthur Armstrong departed in February 2021, New York-based Diana Shafter Gliedman  and Marshall Gilinsky, as well as Robert D. Chesler in Newark joined the equity shareholder ranks in early 2021. John M. Leonard and Bruce Strong in New York became shareholders in early 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Rhonda D. Orin ; Finley Harckham ;Joshua Gold ; Marshall Gilinsky; Daniel J. Healy; Raymond Mascia; Diana Shafter Gliedman; Marshall Gilinsky; Robert D. Chesler; John M. Leonard; Bruce Strong

Testimonials

‘This firm has an excellent reputation for aggressive coverage litigation against insurers, and they have a broad range of areas of expertise within the insurance coverage industry.’

‘Expertise, drive and collegiality.’

‘They have unsurpassed depth of knowledge around the insurance industry.’

‘Marshall Gilinsky is not only smart, insightful and creative, but he is also a really good person. He is able to articulate the intricacies of our case in a an easy-to-understand way, without losing the important nuances of fact that are so critical.’

‘Candid, straightforward advice. Depth of talent. Experience and knowledge.’

 

Key clients

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Kaiser Gypsum

BioEnergy

WRG Asbestos PI Trust

Cyprus Mines

Aldrich Pump

Schleicher & Stebbins Hotels

Crestview

Tribridge Residential LLC

Capital Crossing

Rimini Street

ASARCO

NYU Langone

Work highlights

  • Representing Schleicher and Stebbins Hotels in proceedings relating to coverage for business income loss stemming from Coronavirus.
  • Advised Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a suit that won coverage for defense of asbestos claims dating to construction of original World Trade Center.
  • Represented BioEnergy in a suit for coverage for fire damage.

Blank Rome LLP

The team at Blank Rome LLP continues to cover high-profile issues, with particular strengths including insurance coverage for sexual abuse liability and sports insurance coverage. It also plays a key role in the firm‘s interdisciplinary Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Team. Leading the team are Washington DC-based lawyers Jim Murray, described as ‘probably the very best policyholder lawyer in the world when it comes to trying a case to a jury‘ and John Gibbons, whose experience includes representations and warranties and credit risk insurance. Los Angeles-based Linda Kornfeld, who has most recently acted on Covid-19 business interruption claims also leads the practice. Jared Zola in New York provides ‘high quality, prompt legal advice in very complex matters‘  while in Washington DC John Heintz contributes his considerable experience and Kyle Brinkman as well as Omid Safa are both active young partners. DC-based James Carter was promoted to partner in January 2022, and Seth Lamden joined the Chicago office from Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in March 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Jared Zola; Kyle Brinkman; Omid Safa  ; Mary Craig Calkins ; Natasha Romagnoli;  John Heintz; James Carter; Seth Lamden; Helen Michael

Testimonials

‘Jim Murray and Jared Zola have deep connections within the industry.’

‘Since joining Blank Rome and taking over as chair of the insurance recovery group, Jim Murray – truly one of the top three or four policyholder lawyers in the country – has done a remarkable job of recruiting very experienced, accomplished and well-regarded insurance lawyers from other top firms. They work very well together as a group, leveraging that reservoir of experience and smarts. Credit also for bringing together the very top women lawyers in the country in the coverage space. The firm is also an exceptional value – lean staffing, reasonable rates, careful billing.’

‘Jim Murray — one of the real senior statesmen in the practice area, a Rhodes Scholar who lived up to the promise that suggests and probably the very best policyholder lawyer in the world when it comes to trying a case to a jury (a fairly rare occurrence in the insurance coverage area). Linda Kornfeld, Mary Calkins and Helen Michael are also highly experienced and effective coverage lawyers who have seen it all. Jared Zola is outstanding for a young partner in this field.’

‘Very cohesive team that has worked together for years.’

‘Jared Zola and his team have always delivered high quality, prompt legal advice in very complex matters with a great deal of responsiveness to client needs.’

‘Blank Rome provides exceptional legal advice and counsel. Their attorneys and paralegals are sharp and really understand how to deliver for their clients.’

‘Natasha Romagnoli is simply fantastic! She is incredibly smart and sharp, and navigates well when handling complex legal and insurance matters. Hannah Ahn also provides exemplary service.’

Key clients

WSP Global Inc./ The Louis Berger Group

Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Humana Inc.

Accor Management US, Inc.

Wawa

Swinerton Builders

Yelp

Taubman Co. LLC and Taubman Realty Group, LLC

Ameren Corporation

Sargent & Lundy, L.L.C.

Work highlights

  • Representing an NFL professional football team in insurance coverage litigation against FM Insurance Co., pending in the Eastern District of Philadelphia, helping the team recover their COVID-19 losses stemming from their inability to use their stadium for the 2020 football season.
  • Represented the plaintiff class (as co-counsel) in Ignacio Perez v. Indian Harbor Insurance Co.
  • Representing a policyholder in proceedings against insurer Illinois National for refusing to fully fund a settlement with plaintiffs who sued Cushman for fraudulent misrepresentation.

Jones Day

The insurance recovery group at Jones Day continues to operate in the upper end of the market, handling many of the critical insurance issues of the day from data breaches over natural disasters to high-profile financial losses. The practice covers insurance issues related to a wide variety of claims, successfully representing clients at trial and in arbitrations while also supporting them in mediations and negotiations. In addition, the team regularly makes use of its cross-border capabilities. Los Angeles-based practice head Tyrone R. Childress draws on experience in complex coverage claims relating to property loss, mass tort claims or product liability. In New York, Edward Joyce  contributes expertise in professional liability, D&O liability and business interruption claims. While Craig Hirsch left the firm  in November 2021, New York-based up-and-comer Jason Lissy joined the partner ranks in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tyrone R. Childress

Key clients

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Astellas U.S. Holding, Inc. and Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

Churchill Downs Inc.

Dell Technologies Inc.

Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

FirstEnergy Corp.

Los Angeles Unified School District

Luxottica of America Inc.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, The

Sherwin-Williams Company, The

Verizon Communications Inc.

Wynn Resorts, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented the Los Angeles Unified School District in securing one of the first policyholder trial victories during the pandemic, obtaining indemnification from its insurer for hundreds of underlying sex abuse claims involving a former District school teacher.
  • Represented Dell Technologies in an arbritation against London Insurers on behalf of Dell Technologies Inc. over a significant crime insurance claim involving the theft from Dell of hundreds of thousands of software activation keys.
  • Represented Luxottica of America Inc. in obtaining summary judgment confirming its insurer’s duty to defend underlying class actions related to optical services provided at LensCrafters retail stores owned and operated by Luxottica.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Described as ‘creative and thoughtful when approaching complex novel situations‘, the practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP boasts a deep bench of litigators. The team supports clients with insurance recovery on a wide range of risks from cyber liability to asbestos exposure and severe weather events. It also deploys sophisticated long-term settlement vehicles and tax-advantaged structures such as three party reinsurance and retrocession contract or insurance captives. Paul A. Zevnik, an eminent insurance expert who is based in both Washington DC and Los Angeles, heads the practice. In Washington DC Daniel E. Chefitz focuses on advising companies on captive insurance strategies and associate Teri Diaz  is a very active up-and-comer. The DC team welcomed two practitioners: Sergio F. Oehninger from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has been a key lawyer in the cross-border insurance practice since April 2021, and Andrew J. Enschedé joined from Greenberg Traurig LLP in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Paul A. Zevnik

Testimonials

‘Morgan Lewis’ skill, expertise and creativity with regard to utilization of captives is first class in every regard. Further, their team is creative and thoughtful when approaching complex, novel situations.’

‘Daniel Chefitz, Partner is “top shelf” in terms of intellect, creativity and responsiveness. He has assembled a team that is “best of class.”’

‘Paul Zevnik and Jeff Moss are a masterful team on the defense coverage punch. They deliver great results, play well in the sandbox with co-counsel, and are fantastic on the client-relations front.’

‘We engaged Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to assist us in creating a captive insurance company. Their expertise in this area was invaluable and the creation of the organizational structure allowed the capitalization of the company to be tax deductible to the holding company. We rely on their expertise to understand the insurance regulations, tax implications and assist us with ensuring appropriate controls and procedures.’

‘We are fortunate to have an outstanding team supporting our captive insurance company. At the holding company, we are not insurance experts. Therefore the explanations provided by our team is always thorough, comprehensive and easy to understand. We greatly appreciate that.’

‘The Morgan Lewis insurance practice is experienced, capable and gets great results for its clients.’

‘Morgan Lewis has the breadth necessary to do things such as captive insurers. In addition they have established relationships in the insurance industry that allows them to get results that are not available at less experienced firms.’

Key clients

Rite Aid Corporation, and Rite Aid of Maryland Inc.

Covil Corporation

ITT LLC (Product Liability Coverage)

ITT Inc./InTelCoManagement LLC

NiSource Inc.

Lifetime Brands

Santa Rosa Mall LLC

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc./MMGL, LLC

PepsiCo, Inc./Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling Company, Inc.

Greenleeds LLC/Johnson Controls plc/GSF Management Co./Green Meadow Insurance Corporation/Scott Figgie LLC

Southern Insulation

Starr Davis Companies

Santa Fe Braun, Inc./The Braun Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Rite Aid Corporation and prevailed on an early dispositive motion on an insurer’s duty to reimburse defense costs for over 1,700 lawsuits brought by governmental entities, third party payors of medical care, and individuals across the country in a closely-watched coverage litigation pending in Delaware Superior Court.
  • Represented NiSource INC and successfully recovered $800 million, the full limits of liability in the applicable general liability insurance tower, for third-party losses paid as a result of an over-pressurization gas pipeline event.
  • Represented ITT LLC in November 2020 and July 2021, bringing a coverage action at the trial level, involving four trial in the last four years, to a highly successful conclusion and yielding access to nine-figures in insurance assets for the payment of ITT LLC’s ongoing liabilities arising out of thousands of product liability suits that have been and continue to be brought against ITT LLC.

Reed Smith LLP

Praised for its ‘thorough and practical approach to complex issues‘  the practice at Reed Smith LLP handles traditional as well as cutting-edge insurance matters. The team stands out for its deep bench and its nationwide footprint. Los Angeles-based David Halbreich leads the practice, he has a broad range of experience helping clients obtain insurance coverage. John Shugrue, who has an internationally-oriented practice, and John Vishneski, an experienced trial lawyer, are key practitioners based in Chicago. In January 2022, Christopher T. Kuleba in Miami, Noel C. Paul in Chicago and Evan T. Knott in Chicago were promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

David Halbreich

Testimonials

‘Reed Smith have a good understanding of the insurance sector and have a thorough and practical approach to complex issues in this area. They have a dedicated, very resourceful and experienced team of lawyers specialising in this field. They are available when required and are also very responsive.’

‘The core team that we worked with comprised of Partners Paul Breene, Oliver Beiersdorf and Ashley Jordan. In addition to always being available when needed, the team exhibited an excellent understanding of the insurance sector and came up with pragmatic solutions to complex issues and problems.The quality of their work product was exceptional.’

‘The Reed Smith insurance recovery team has deep technical strength in both technical insurance matters and litigation. Partners, associates and staff are fully engaged and very responsive to client needs.’

‘Courtney Horrigan is a respected litigator and insurance law expert. As important: she is a valued business partner (a phrase often overused or misapplied but, in Ms. Horrigan’s case, fully appropriate.)’

‘I was involved with a very complicated fire rebuild and my insurance company was being very difficult with the settlement. Reed Smith was incredibly forward thinking in their approach to maximize my insurance claim and the results were stellar. This was a result of the bringing in the right professionals to the table that substantiated our claims.’

‘I worked with Ashley Jordan who is an exceptional attorney. Needless to say we did not want to go to litigation in order to settle, but with Ashley’s guidance we were able to avoid court obtaining a very satisfactory settlement for me. Her dedication and thoroughness to the case was very impressive.’

‘Experience at the top, determination and eagerness to prove themselves at the bottom. Great combo.’

‘The level of knowledge and innovation to react and respond to new scenarios and migrations in the law is superb to any other insurance practice I have partnered with.’

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

With lawyers who are 'put in a big fight’ for their clients, the practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has recently been very active on Covid-19 coverage issues. The practice is also notable for its support of energy industry clients and its work on cyber insurance and ransomware issues in close cooperation with the firm’s cyber security practice. Practice head Walter J. Andrews in Miami offers program audits and policy manuscripting as well as representing clients in litigation and arbitration. Lorelie S. Masters  in Washington DC is a recognized expert in insurance work who has recovered insurance coverage for products, environmental property damage, cyber and other liabilities. Miami-based Andrea DeField, who joined the partner ranks in April 2021, is an active up-and-comer.

Practice head(s):

Walter J. Andrews

 

Testimonials

‘Walter Andrews and his partner Andrea DeField are experts in the industry. They have depth and breadth of experience in the area of insurance in terms of on-going business and policy advice as well as crisis and risk management in the critical area of cyber security risk.’

‘Hunton was responsive, knowledgeable, available, smart, respected by all and was able to shepherd our company through a material ransomware attack and the ensuing coverage matter.’

‘This law firm was very knowledgeable, professional, and they were ready to put in a big fight to win our case. They were always available for any questions or concerns.’

‘Our team, Mr Walter Andrews and Mr Cary Steklof were with us all they way. They went above and beyond on researching, listening to us, and collaborate with our personal legal team in order to come up with their very best strategy to win our very complicated case.’

‘The leaders of this team, including Michael Levine and Larry Bracken, have been at the forefront of pursuing some challenging COVID-19 claims on their clients’ behalf. Their approach has been both innovative and strongly based on expanding existing law.’

‘Larry Bracken and Michael Levine are staunch client advocates. They have a good combination of being excellent and deeply versed about insurance law, adding common sense, and working with a team to get the best result for their clients. Something all clients value.’

Key clients

H.I.G. Capital, LLC

Treasure Island Casino

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

Legal Sea Foods

Circus Circus LV, LLP

Ralph Lauren Corporation

The Inns by the Sea

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

Boardriders, Inc.

Cinemark USA

Work highlights

  • Representing the world’s third-largest movie theatre chain, Cinemark USA, in the company’s effort to recover more than $1 billion in revenue lost due to COVID-19. The lawsuit involves losses at almost 500 facilities world-wide.
  • Representing H.I.G. Capital, LLC in litigation with its liability insurers and its subsidiaries’ liability insurers for coverage of two UK regulatory investigations and actions in which H.I.G.’s affiliates and subsidiaries have been named as targets.
  • Representing Treasure Island LLC, a Las Vegas strip casino, and Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., in litigation against their property insurers for their respective COVID-19 related business interruption losses.

Jenner & Block LLP

With expertise in coverage claims that range from general liability, cyber and privacy risks to D&O liability the practice at Jenner & Block LLP draws on its ‘extensive knowledge‘ of the insurance industry. The team also offers competencies on various complex insurance programs involving multiple insurers and risk. Most recently the team has been active in advising policyholders on Covid-19-related coverage, as well as advancing disputed claims seeking reimbursement for loss and damage due to the shutdown. Practice heads John H. Mathias, Jr. and David M. Kroeger are based in Chicago, while Brian S. Scarbrough is in Washington DC. Jan Larson in Los Angeles is a key lawyer with experience in resolving disputes involving insurance claims for corporate policyholders across the country.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Larson

Testimonials

‘This firm is extremely responsive to our needs. Their representation has always been very commercial and they are always looking for the best possible outcome.’

‘They are extremely familiar our industry and their advice is based on their extensive knowledge of our industry.’

 

Key clients

Lettuce Entertain You, Noodles & Co & various other restaurants seeking insurance coverage & Union Square Hospitality & various other restaurants seeking insurance coverage

Olin Corporation

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc

Auberge Resorts LLC

Mondelēz International

Uber Technologies, Inc

Restaurant Law Center

Southern California Edison

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP represents policyholders in litigation, arbitration, mediations and negotiations, helping policyholders recover insurance proceeds and impacting the legal landscape at the state supreme court level. Practice head David A. Barrett  in Washington DC is active for some of its most high-profile clients and is praised as a ‘top tier insurance coverage recovery partner‘. In the San Diego office, Brook Roberts  is known for his work on cutting-edge insurance disputes in California while Drew Gardiner, who has a focus on D&O liability, and John Wilson , ‘an exceptional advocate who is very good on his feet‘, are also notable. Trial attorney Kirsten Jackson joined the firm from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

David A. Barrett

Other key lawyers:

Robert Gilbert; Brook Roberts ; Drew Gardiner ; John Wilson ; Kirsten Jackson

Testimonials

‘This team is exceptional. John Wilson is the lead partner. He recently won a major case before the CA Supreme Court involving a very difficult issue. His opposition was a number of top firms in the Los Angeles area. He is an exceptional advocate who is very good on his feet. His oral advocacy is singular. He writes well and is very bright. He works well with his clients as do other members of the team. If you want to be a successful policy holder in an insurance case, one should hire John and his team. One unique feature of the firm is their continued success.’

‘Latham is at least the best policy holder firm on the West Coast. Several years ago they were brought in as counsel on a major policyholder case in New Mexico after the client was disappointed with the counsel who was handling the case. Latham engineer a very handsome bad faith settlement.’

‘Latham has one of the deepest, most well-respected insurance recovery teams in the country with highly qualified partners and senior associates available in many key cities. They have extremely smart and experienced coverage attorneys, versed in most every aspect of insurance disputes, claims, litigation and negotiation. They have been willing to do a variety of alternative fee arrangements with clients to suit the client’s needs and risk tolerance.’

‘David Barrett, the head of the insurance practice, has been a top tier insurance coverage recovery partner for years. He regularly works on cutting edge matters (COVID-19 claims, abuse/molestation matters, major 1st and 3rd party losses) and brings a unique combination of technical expertise and common sense. He works well within a team without ego to bring about great client results. He models this approach for his whole coverage group.’

Key clients

Amphenol Corporation

Bedrock/Jack Entertainment LLC

Caesars Entertainment

Canadian Solar Inc.

Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

Cigna

Endeavor Operating Company

Fluor Corporation

Golden Gaming

Health Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS)

L.A. Terminals, Inc.

Michigan State University

Montrose Chemical Corporation of California

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Sigma Plastics Group

Zogenix

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The ‘top notch‘ practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP provides insurance advice to policyholders as well as representing clients from the earliest stages of policy language negotiations, through to trials and appeals. The team, which boasts significant cross-border experience, has handled a range of complex matters from high-volume pollution claims over construction-related claims to Covid-19-related business interruption and event cancelation matters. Peter Gillon in Washington DC, an experienced practitioner, and seasoned litigator Robert Wallan in the Los Angeles office head up the practice together. New York-based Joseph Jean ‘gets results‘ for some of the practice’s top clients in matters related to large catastrophic property and business interruption losses.

Practice head(s):

Peter Gillon; Robert Wallan

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Jean; Tamara Bruno; Mark Plumer; Aryeh Kaplan; Peter Gillon

Testimonials

‘The firm’s advice to insureds is far more practical, sophisticated, successful, and cost-efficient than other firms in this space.’

‘Tamara Bruno is a gem. Always willing to help and provide winning strategies. Summarizes the key issues extremely well and knows how to make you look good before your internal stakeholders.’

‘Very aggressive policyholder representation and Joe Jean gets results.’

‘Joe Jean is a beast and works diligently to get his client paid.’

‘This firm is on the cutting edge of advocating for policyholders with respect to business loss claims sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic.’

‘They are always quick to respond. If not immediately available, they get back to me quickly.’

‘The Pillsbury insurance advice and policyholder practice is top notch. They are responsive, foresee industry trends, proactively manage legal and business risk, and are able to ensure that their clients are protected in complex insurance disputes.’

‘Joseph Jean, Aryeh Kaplan, and Peter Gillon are sophisticated thinkers but can distill problems into their constituent parts to generate innovative solutions that benefit their clients. Indeed, when COVID-19 began ravaging the country the above individuals were able to develop rapidly a complex insurance recovery matrix that was different from any of their competitors and which allowed them to pursue recoveries on behalf of their clients that have resulted in significantly higher success rates than others. This is a testament to their bold thinking, sound judgment, and substantive legal skills.’

Key clients

Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc.

Apro LLC

Capri Holdings

Tapestry, Inc.

Genting Group

Northrop Grumman

Zoom Video Communications

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Laureate Education Inc.

Duke Energy

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

JUUL Labs, Inc.

CITGO

Banc of California

ACON Equity Management

Sibayne-Stillwater Mining

Fluidmaster

Victaulic

Stanford University and Hospitals

Proskauer Rose LLP

Praised for its ‘knowledge, dedication to clients and unfaltering advocacy’, the team at Proskauer Rose LLP has a broad client list that includes major players in the financial and private equity sector as well as blue chip pharmaceutical, chemical and manufacturing companies. The practice is headed up by Marc Rosenthal in Chicago, who draws on ‘terrific technical expertise in a wide range of insurance products‘ and John Failla in New York, who focuses in particular on the capital markets areas. Also based in New York is up-and-comer Nathan Lander, who focuses on supporting clients in the financial sector. Seth Schafler has now retired.

Practice head(s):

Marc Rosenthal; John Failla

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Lander

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and very knowledgeable.’

‘Marc Rosenthal is outstanding. He is very knowledgeable and provides great service.’

‘Deep experience in all aspects of insurance. Able to advise on the most technical issues and effectively litigate disputes when needed. Special expertise in private equity entities’

‘Marc Rosenthal has terrific technical expertise in a wide range of insurance products and is able to advise effectively on policy and claim negotiations as well as litigation in arbitration and in the courts. John Failla and Nathan Lander have tremendous expertise in coverage for private equity companies and in disputes over life insurance products in addition to a broad range of other coverages.’

‘The Proskauer insurance team is the best in the industry. Their knowledge, dedication to clients and unfaltering advocacy is unmatched.’

‘John Failla is the top policyholder insurance coverage counsel in the space. He is a true client advocate – he can take the case law, even that less favorable to his client, and tell a story that makes it so clear that his client’s arguments are right and supported by case law. He is creative, dedicated, incredibly smart and very personable. There is no one who I’d rather work with more than John.’

Haynes and Boone, L.L.P.

The team at Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. handles claims resolution and litigation as well as negotiation of policies and contractual indemnity terms. The practice includes third-party liability as well as first-party property disputes while also advising clients on insurance and indemnity issues in corporate transactions. Ernest Martin Jr. heads the practice from the Dallas office, and represents policyholders in coverage disputes before state and federal courts in Texas and across the country. Litigator Leslie C. Thorne, based in New York and Austin, is also a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Ernest Martin Jr.

Other key lawyers:

Leslie C. Thorne; Barry Buchman

Testimonials

‘We had a huge issue with a payer source to Haynes Boone. They assembled the right team and built a case and worked with the payer to solve the issue . We appreciated their guidance and explanations of the legal issues involved. ‘

‘Honesty to tell you the legal options with the consequences of each in a way that was easy to make decisions. They were respected by the payer.’

Key clients

XTO Energy

Boy Scouts of America

Clinical Pathology and Sonic Healthcare USA

Double Diamond

Curtis Park Group, LLC

Lundberg LLC and LDX Solutions

Lamacar, Inc. d/b/a Kelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers

Landry’s, Inc.

Riverside Engineering

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources

ExxonMobil

Lionsgate/Starz

Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc. and Atlas Railroad Construction

Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC

TD Williamson, Inc.

K&L Gates

David F. McGonigle leads the insurance recovery and counseling practice at K&L Gates from the firm’s office in Pittsburgh, drawing on experience as lead coverage counsel in a variety of forums, from state and federal courts, to bankruptcy courts, arbitrations and private mediations. The team has expertise in aggregating claims against multiple insurers in a policyholder-friendly forum and can also make use of the firm‘s global footprint. Donald W. Kiel in Newark handles primary and excess pollution liability, property damage and business interruption as well as directors and officers insurance coverage claims, while Jonathan M. Cohen in Washington DC focuses on coverage in disputes involving product liability, product recalls, and supply chain issues.

Practice head(s):

David F. McGonigle

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan M. Cohen ; Donald W. Kiel

Key clients

Arkema

DBR Dorado Ventures, LLC

Eaton Corporation

Electrostim Medical Services, Inc. d/b/a EMSI

Hexcel

Honeywell International Inc.

Pentax of America, Inc.

PPG Industries, Inc.

Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC

Westlake Chemical Corporation

McGuireWoods LLP

The practice at McGuireWoods LLP covers a broad range of issues, from property and business losses resulting from extreme weather events or catastrophes to long-tail tort liability losses and work for financial institutions. The practice has expanded with new Atlanta-based hires Anthony P. Tatum, Shelby S. Guilbert and Joseph M. Englert from King & Spalding LLP in February 2021. Tatum, who has a client list of global companies, now co-heads the practice together with experienced litigator Stephen G. Foresta in New York and Scott C. Oostdyk in Richmond. Guilbert has been active in seeking coverage for Covid19-related losses.

Key clients

Big Onion Tavern Group

Xerox

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (“PREPA”)

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative

Classic Dining Group LLC

International Paper Company

Argonne Capital Group, Keystone PF Acquisition, LLC (Planet Fitness)

Prime Healthcare

Lineage Logistics

The Coca-Cola Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Xerox Corporation with respect to insurance coverage for claims made against Xerox arising out of Xerox’s merger agreement with Fujifilm.
  • Represented Classic Dining Group LLC, and its affiliates, in connection with a lawsuit to recover business interruption losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting government shutdown orders.
  • Represented Puerto Rico’s government owned power company—PREPA—in efforts to recover more than $500 million in insurance for property and business interruption losses arising out of Hurricane Maria and an earthquake occurring in early 2020, which devastated the island’s electrical infrastructure.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

With its clear-cut focus on the technology and finance, the practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP offers expertise in insurance issues in these sectors. This includes representing clients in cost of insurance litigation and in RMBS monoline litigation as well as advising on bespoke insurance coverage on SPAC matters. Barry Levin, who is based in both New York and San Francisco, heads up the practice together with San Francisco-based Darren Teshima, praised for his ‘deeply professional, respectful, and engaged’ work. Khai LeQuang in Orange County is a leader in the cost of insurance space.

Practice head(s):

Barry Levin; Darren Teshima

 

Other key lawyers:

Khai LeQuang

Testimonials

‘Product knowledge and experience in handling issues arising from a niche asset class. the Orrick team has experience that few others have in handling complex life settlement litigation with respect to historical COI increases.’

‘Product knowledge and the ability to listen to our concerns and what we need. despite working with other clients on similar matters, they take what we have to say into account.’

‘The team’s strength is the perfect collaboration of great individual lawyers.’

‘Khai LeQuang is a great litigator with superb industry understanding; very mindful of client’s needs and willing to go long ways to enable settlement with best results.’

‘Darren Teshima and his team are uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional guidance with respect to insurance coverage matters. The team is adept at pursuing coverage and bad faith claims, and it has a breadth of industry experience and contacts.’

‘Darren Teshima is deeply professional, respectful, and engaged with his clients.’

Key clients

Getaround, Inc.

Credit Suisse

Tanium, Inc.

EFG Bank

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt

Work highlights

  • Advising Credit Suisse on all of Credit Suisse’s litigation related to its legacy residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) business.
  • Representing EFG Bank, Erste Abwicklungsanstalt and various other confidential clients in various Cost of Insurance matters in which the clients own over $2.5 billion in face amount in life insurance policies that were acquired in the secondary or tertiary markets.
  • Representing Getaround in all of its insurance coverage matters, including a professional negligence and breach of contract lawsuit against its former third-party administrator (TPA) for auto liability claims arising from rentals of vehicles through Getaround’s platform.

Pasich LLP

Insurance recovery boutique Pasich LLP acts for a client roster that includes large manufacturers, retailers and Fortune 500 companies with particular sector strengths in entertainment and sports. Kirk Pasich leads the practice from Los Angeles, he is a well-known name in the insurance recovery space with extensive experience representing clients at trials, arbitrations and appellate proceedings. Jeffrey Schulman in New York handles work related to Covid-19 losses and represents the Tort Claimant’s Committee in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy, while Manhattan Beach-based Shaun Crosner’s practice includes disputes concerning employment practices liability insurance.

Practice head(s):

Kirk Pasich

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Schulman; Shaun Crosner

Testimonials

‘They are far and away the best firm to have on one’s side when it comes to insurance coverage issues, i.e., when a carrier must be challenged re a coverage question.’

‘They have the most knowledge, the most experience, and are a pleasure to work with. Kirk Pasich and Shawn Crosner are the two persons I’ve worked extensively with.’

‘Highly professional and personable at the same time. I work with a number of outside counsel on a number of matters. I put this firm at the top of the list in terms of quality and value.’

‘This is a small, nimble firm where I have direct contact with partners…They are confident and absolute experts on California, New York, and English insurance law. Their knowledge and legal advice is 100% reliable.’

Key clients

Academy of Country Music

Always Smiling LLC (producers of The Morning Show)

Another Planet Entertainment

Arizona Tile, LLC

ASICS America Corporation

Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd.

Bolthouse Farms, Inc.

Bowlero Corp.

Burton Way Hotels, LLC

Certain Current & Former Officers of Wells Fargo & Co.

Concentrix Corp.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts

Darigold, Inc.

Dole Food Company

Douglas Emmett Management, LLC

Estate of Chris Cornell

Feld Entertainment Inc.

Frantic, Inc (known as Metallica)

Geragos & Geragos, APC

Hilary Swank

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

JC/SC, LLC

JM Eagle

Jujamcyn Theaters LLC

Madison Square Garden

Mall Properties, Inc. d/b/a/ Olshan Properties

Match Group, LLC

MGM Studios, Inc.

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Pacific Western Bank

Paramount Pictures Corp.

Platform One Media

Sempra Energy

Solstice Studios

Southern California Gas Company

Southern California Pizza Company

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.

Tao Group Hospitality

The Ensign Group, Inc.

Tort Claimants Committee, In re Boy Scouts of America

Train Times Broadway, LLC (producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)

United Talent Agency, LLC

ViacomCBS Inc.

West Marine Products, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Dole Food Company and its chairman in a Delaware lawsuit filed by Dole’s directors and officers insurers.
  • Represented Southern California Pizza Co., the owners of more than 200 Pizza Hut restaurants, in a California lawsuit against certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London concerning insurance coverage for a series of employment class action lawsuits alleging various violations of the California Labor Code.
  • Representing Frantic, Inc. known around the world as the rock band, Metallica, in a California lawsuit against its insurers seeking insurance coverage for Metallica’s cancelled South American Tour at the start of the pandemic.