As politicians, regulators and the public heighten their focus on environmental issues and the number and monetary value of claims and lawsuits continues to rise, insurers face an increasingly complex environmental insurance landscape. Insurance companies need legal counsel that can help them evaluate existing coverage, draft effective policies that incorporate emerging issues, and quickly resolve disputes through effective negotiation, mediation, arbitration and, when necessary, litigation.
For decades, our lawyers have handled significant environmental coverage matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States under both general liability and pollution policies. Often with the assistance of our nationally recognized environmental and regulatory practitioners, our environmental insurance coverage lawyers tackle some of the most complex insurance issues in the industry. We have successfully litigated matters involving a wide range of insureds, including oil and gas companies, chemical companies, and manufacturers of a variety of products. Our lawyers also prepare comprehensive settlement packages, formulating legal and factual positions on behalf of clients that seek to reduce projected clean-up costs, increase participation by other potentially responsible parties, minimize defense costs, and resolve the matters in the most comprehensive and expeditious manner possible.