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Expertise Description

I have more than 35 years of experience in insurance law and coverage, as well as in commercial litigation, contracts, disability, ERISA benefits, personal injury, and civil litigation generally. My insurance practice is principally for policyholders and claimants, but presently I am also national coverage counsel for one insurance company. My practice involves all types of insurance, including general liability, professional liability, directors and officers, excess and umbrella liability, auto, homeowners, commercial property, disability, life, health, and reinsurance. I handle policy claims, bad faith claims, declaratory judgment actions, rescissions, equitable contribution and equitable subrogation claims between insurers, and claims against agents and brokers. I have also negotiated and drafted policy language for insurers and policyholders, policy buybacks and commutations, and cost-sharing agreements among insurers and policyholders for mass torts. I frequently consult with other attorneys on insurance coverage issues, for example, construing the liability insurance of their clients or of their opponents. I have over 10 years of expert witness experience with consultation and deposition.

Areas of Expertise


Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes rendering opinions and giving testimony in connection with other attorneys’ failure to meet the standard of care in construing insurance policies, rendering advice to their clients in connection with insurance, or in handling litigation concerning insurance.


Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes working with clients and other attorneys in construing insurance policies of all types; negotiating and drafting policy language, buybacks, and commutations; managing large volumes of claims and negotiating sharing agreements with insurers; and counseling insurers on avoiding bad faith.


Professional Experiences

My professional experience has been with two large law firms (1979-1999) and, since 1999, as a sole practitioner and as “of counsel” to a boutique litigation firm. My insurance clients have included major insurers and policyholders of all sizes.


Education

Degree Subject Institution
J.D. University of Chicago Law School
B.S. Michigan State University

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