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Insurance Coverage Analysis & Litigation

LeClairRyan’s national Insurance Coverage team routinely handles insurance-related matters including insurance coverage analysis as well as extra contractual and bad faith claims. Often these matters result in litigation concerning insurance policy interpretation, drafting, underwriting, claims handling, and allocation issues. Our attorneys have substantial experience in furthering insurance coverage litigation strategies and representing clients in all aspects of the litigation process.

Our attorneys represent domestic and international insurance carriers, including admitted carriers and surplus lines carriers. We regularly handle first-party and third-party matters arising from commercial and personal lines insurance policies, including those covering:

  • Commercial property
  • General liability
  • Excess casualty
  • Life, health and disability
  • Automobile and trucking
  • Directors and officers
  • Professional liability
  • Employment practices liability
  • Environmental claims
  • Government entities and non-profits
  • Products liability
  • Manuscript
  • Bad faith claims

Members of our team frequently appear in state and federal trial and appellate courts and have extensive experience in arbitration, mediation and other types of ADR. In addition, we have considerable experience negotiating the resolution of complex coverage disputes with policyholders before litigation commences.

Complex insurance coverage litigation is often compounded by bad faith and extra-contractual claims asserted by policyholders. We value the importance of working closely with our clients to develop efficient coverage strategies and staying abreast of underlying cases with the potential for high exposure.

Industry Insights

Our industry experience reaches beyond the insurance company boardroom and courtroom. Several of our attorneys hold the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation and many others are active members in insurance industry associations, including the International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, and Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

Skill and knowledge breed success, as proven by the recognition our attorneys continue to receive by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers and Legal Elite in insurance law, commercial litigation, personal injury defense, products liability defense, and civil liability defense, among other practice areas.