General Liability

In today’s general liability insurance market, insurers face a number of challenges: rising claims, fluctuating premiums, rapidly evolving technologies , increasingly savvy plaintiffs and greater competition among insurance providers. In this context, insurers need legal counsel that can provide them with the level of guidance and service that they provide their own policyholders.

For decades, top insurance companies have called upon our lawyers to help manage their most significant, high exposure claims arising under general liability policies. We partner with our clients to develop appropriate strategies for responding to claims for defense and indemnity on a nationwide basis. In addition to the services we provide in connection with mass tort, environmental and asbestos claims, we have extensive experience handling claims involving bankruptcy implications for insurers, product recall, food contamination, advertising injury, product liability, transportation liability, additional insured issues and self-insured retentions, deductibles and claim handling agreements. We also have a wealth of experience handling personal injury claims such as malicious prosecution, wrongful eviction, slander, libel or invasion of the right of privacy.

Our Chambers USA-ranked national practice allows us to provide effective counsel in matters where the applicable state law has not been determined and to take on the role of national or regional coordinating counsel. We often represent general liability insurers in complex, multi-party mediations and settlement negotiations to achieve highly favorable monetary settlements, coverage in place agreements or recoupment of monies owed by other responsible parties. We handle matters from inception through appeal, and our deep bench includes seasoned trial and appellate lawyers.

Representative Experience

  • Served as national and regional coordinating counsel for insurers with respect to sexual abuse claims, asbestos, environmental and other mass tort claims.
  • Represented an insurer in food contamination and recall claims and coordinated claim handling and resolution.
  • Represented an insurer in successful mediation of many lawsuits and claims asserted as a result of one of the worst building fires in recent history. Claims involved complex issues of overlapping coverage, additional insureds, “targeted tender” and exhaustion.
  • Counseled insurers on solutions to resolving matters involving significant coverage issues and recouping amounts paid from other insurers and responsible parties.
  • Represented insurers in advertising injury cases involving trademark and patent infringement.
  • Monitored defense counsel in matters where the policyholder has the right to select counsel and protected insurers’ rights in the event of settlement or verdict.

Rankings & Recognition

  • Chambers USA - Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer – Nationwide (2007-2017)
  • Chambers USA - Insurance: Insurer – District of Columbia (2005-2017)
  • Chambers USA - Insurance: Insurer – California (2007-2017)
  • U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms: Insurance Law – National (2010-2017)
  • U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms: Insurance Law – Metropolitan Washington, DC (2010-2017)
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