Professionals

Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq.

Director, FC&S Legal

Editor-in-Chief, Insurance Coverage Law Report

Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq.,, is the Director of FC&S Legal: The Insurance Coverage Law Information Center, the Editor-in-Chief of the Insurance Coverage Law Report, and the Founder and President of Meyerowitz Communications Inc.

As Director of FC&S Legal: The Insurance Coverage Law Information Center, Mr. Meyerowitz provides:

  • Daily updates, analysis, and commentary on the most significant insurance coverage law decisions from courts across the country;
  • News regarding legislative and regulatory developments; and
  • Up-to-the minute reporting on changes to insurance laws and rules.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Meyerowitz was an attorney for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, a prominent Wall Street law firm, for nearly five years. During that time, he represented sophisticated financial services institutions in a wide range of matters.

After leaving Milbank, Mr. Meyerowitz founded Meyerowitz Communications Inc., a law firm marketing communications consulting company. As president of Meyerowitz Communications, Mr. Meyerowitz specializes in helping lawyers write, produce, and place their bylined articles, newsletters, brochures, and other marketing materials, and in integrating publications into a firm’s overall marketing program.

Currently, Mr. Meyerowitz is editor-in-chief of nearly a dozen legal and business publications for national and international publishers and is managing editor of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly. Mr. Meyerowitz also is the author of the third edition of “Bankruptcy Law Digest” (published by West) and a book on marketing, sales, and advertising law, and he is the co-author of a state-by-state privacy and data security law guide and a book about outsourcing to Mexico.

Mr. Meyerowitz can be reached at smeyerowitz@alm.com.

Victoria Prussen Spears, Esq.

Associate Director, FC&S Legal

Editor, Insurance Coverage Law Report

Victoria Prussen Spears, Esq., is the Associate Director of FC&S Legal: The Insurance Coverage Law Information Center the Editor of the Insurance Coverage Law Report, and Senior Vice President at Meyerowitz Communications Inc.

As Associate Director of FC&S Legal: The Insurance Coverage Law Information Center, Ms. Spears produces the Industry News column and acquires and edits content for the Eye on the Experts column and FC&S Legal’s flagship publication, the Insurance Coverage Law Report, for which she serves as Editor.

Ms. Spears, who was an integral member of the team that conceptualized FC&S Legal, designed the FC&S Legal Web site and drafted its descriptive content. Ms. Spears regularly consults with the FC&S Legal team on all aspects of FC&S Legal, including sales, marketing, product development, and editorial content, and provides ongoing and varied support for the Director of FC&S Legal, Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq.

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Spears was an attorney at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a prominent Wall Street law firm, where she worked on a variety of commercial transactions with insurance law components. After Stroock, she served as of counsel to a law firm that represented policyholders’ interests in insurance matters.

Since 2005, she has been a researcher, writer, and editor for Meyerowitz Communications Inc., regularly writing and editing articles on myriad legal and business subjects and consulting on a wide variety of marketing, business, and strategic planning issues for Meyerowitz Communications Inc. and its clients. Ms. Spears is the co-author of a state-by-state privacy and data security law guide and a book about outsourcing to Mexico.

Ms. Spears can be reached at vspears@alm.com

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Mitchell J. Auslander, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Mitchell J. Auslander, who can be reached at mauslander@willkie.com, is a partner in the New York office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and is co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. He also is chairman of the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group and a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Auslander specializes in commercial litigation with particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance matters worldwide, as well as government investigations.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Chambers USA (2012) ranks Mr. Auslander among the leading individuals practicing in the area of insurance in New York.  Chambers has noted his “leadership skills and his ‘excellent strategic sense, which inspires confidence in clients.’”

He is a member of the Committee on the Judiciary of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

He is a member of the New York Department of Insurance Working group studying re-activation of the New York Insurance Exchange.

Selected Significant Matters

  • In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation – Lead counsel in federal Multi-District litigation arising out of government investigations of insurance industry
  • Nationwide Policyholder Litigation – Lead counsel in cases brought throughout the United States alleging violations of federal and state law by insurance companies and brokers
  • Madoff litigation – Lead counsel in class action cases arising out of Madoff fraud
  • State Antitrust Investigations – Lead counsel in state investigations and civil litigation arising out of insurance practices
  • Consumer Product Investigation – Represent Fortune 500 Company in product promotion investigation
  • Finite Risk Reinsurance Investigation – Lead counsel in governmental investigation of finite risk reinsurance products
  • Student Loan Investigation – Lead counsel in governmental investigation arising out of student loan practices
  • Student Health Insurance Investigation – Lead counsel in governmental investigation arising out of student health insurance practices
  • Reinsurance Litigation – Lead counsel for reinsurance intermediary in trial of $400 million reinsurance dispute
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
    • Represent banks in subprime and Madoff-related coverage disputes
    • Represent national bank in coverage disputes following two massive financial frauds
    • Represent financial institution in massive insurance recovery for claims arising out of government investigations
    • Represent major industrial company in breast implant insurance matters
    • Represent various clients on D&O and E&O coverage disputes
    • Represent various clients in coverage disputes arising out of bankruptcy proceedings
    • Represent various clients in disputes arising out of natural disasters worldwide
    • Represent insurance brokers in scores of insurance disputes

Education

  • 1980, Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
  • 1977, New York University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981

Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1981
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1981
  • United States Supreme Court

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Carrie E. Cope, Cope Ehlers, P.C

Carrie E. Cope, who can be reached at ccope@copeehlers.com, is a shareholder of Cope Ehlers, P.C.

Since she began the practice of law in 1991, Carrie Cope has steadily established herself as one of Chicago’s most respected authorities on insurance coverage, claims and regulatory law. A sought-after writer and speaker, Ms. Cope writes a blog for the Professional Liability Underwriting Society on insurance issues.

Ms. Cope and her team provide specialty lines claim monitoring, litigation and coverage consulting services to the insurance industry. Her emphasis is in executive liability (directors’ and officers’ liability, employment practices liability, professional and fiduciary liability) and cyber liability.

Ms. Cope’s also manages the firm’s insurance regulatory practice which is international in scope, advising clients on a wide variety of regulatory and compliance issues in the United States and foreign jurisdictions. Her clientele includes insurers, agents, brokers, reinsurers, reinsurance intermediaries, alternative risk insurance groups and third party administrators. She also has extensive legal experience in product development and policy and endorsement drafting for both commercial and personal line insurance policies. Her practice includes representing companies in responding to investigations by and complaints filed with state agencies, compliance and contract review, licensing, rate and form filings, market conduct examinations, corporate governance issues and preparing opinions on the validity of insurance-related transactions.

Given the unique breadth of their coverage, regulatory, and litigation expertise, Ms. Cope and her team at Cope Ehlers, P.C., are in an unparalleled position to meet the legal needs of their clients.

Education and Distinctions

  • J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, OH, 1990
  • B.A. w/ Honors, Western Illinois University, 1981

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois, 1991
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1991

Professional Membership

  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
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Anjali C. Das, Wilson Elser

Anjali C. Das, who can be reached at anjali.das@wilsonelser.com, is a partner in the Chicago office of Wilson Elser. Ms. Das represents insurers in connection with professional liability insurance coverage matters and claims involving accounting, finance, and other complex business issues. She is a coordinating partner for the firm’s Directors & Officers practice and a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Ms. Das represents the interests of U.S., London, and Bermuda-based primary and excess insurers in high exposure claims against directors and officers of public and private companies, non-profit boards, financial institutions, investment banks, insurance companies, mortgage brokers, bank and custodial trustees, and ERISA plan fiduciaries. She has handled claims related to shareholder class actions seeking multimillion-dollar damages against public companies and their directors and officers, as well as other high-profile fraud cases involving a variety of issues.

Directors & Officers Liability

Ms. Das has mediated, arbitrated, and litigated D&O and other insurance coverage disputes in state and federal courts nationwide. She represents D&O insurers as coverage and monitoring counsel in complex shareholder class actions against public companies and their directors and officers for violations of federal securities laws; shareholder derivative suits against directors and officers for breach of fiduciary duty and mismanagement in the context of mergers and acquisitions and other business transactions; and ERISA stock drop lawsuits. These matters specifically have involved late trading, market timing, stock options backdating, contingent commissions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, China reverse merger companies, the Bernard L. Madoff international Ponzi scheme, and the mortgage subprime crisis. She also has counseled clients in connection with lawsuits brought by the government and regulators, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Ms. Das’ representation in such matters has resulted in tens of millions of dollars in savings for insurance companies.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Das served as in-house claims counsel for a domestic insurance carrier, where she was responsible for claims arising under public and private D&O, employment practices and lawyers liability insurance policies. She assisted in drafting policy wording and endorsements, established a network of approved defense panel counsel, analyzed potential liability exposure and coverage defenses to claims, set claims reserves and interacted with the company’s reinsurers during claims audits. Through this experience, Ms. Das gained valuable insight into the insurance company claims reporting structure; the management of outside counsel; the dynamic interplay among adjusters, underwriters and brokers; the importance of setting accurate claims reserves in a timely fashion; the role of reinsurers; and the value of tracking claims trends and costs, which impact an insurance company’s long term business objectives and profitability.

Reinsurance

As part of her professional liability insurance coverage practice, Ms. Das handles reinsurance matters for both foreign and domestic clients. For example, she has had day-to-day oversight of a reinsurance program for one of the country’s largest banks, insured by the London market for D&O liability, bankers’ professional liability and fiduciary liability claims. She represented the bank’s reinsurers as coverage counsel and monitoring counsel for complex, multimillion-dollar claims and class action lawsuits alleging predatory lending, excessive banking and overdraft fees, violations of federal and state securities and antitrust laws, receipt of undisclosed contingent commissions, and aiding and abetting Ponzi schemes.

Ms. Das also has conducted reinsurance audits of claims files and prepared reinsurance reports analyzing potential exposure for a variety of professional liability claims.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, M.B.A., 2001
  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1993
  • University of Chicago, B.A., 1990

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Tort & Insurance Practice Section, Professionals, Directors and Officers Liability Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association: co-chairperson and legislative liaison, Securities Law Committee, 2005-2006; chair, 1933/1934 Act Subcommittee, 2004-2005
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS): vice-chair, Midwest Steering Committee

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John F. Finnegan, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

John F. Finnegan, who can be reached at jfinnegan@chadbourne.com, is a partner in the New York office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Mr. Finnegan concentrates his practice on the insurance and reinsurance industries.

His background is quite diverse and includes trying more than 25 insurance and reinsurance disputes to conclusion as lead counsel, both in court and in arbitration; providing support in one fashion or another on countless insurance and reinsurance claims, both contentious and noncontentious; providing advice and counsel on myriad issues ranging from product development and regulatory compliance to employment practices and risk management; investigating and thereafter negotiating favorable outcomes when clients have run afoul of foreign licensing regimes; and providing counsel in connection with the formation of reinsurance sidecars.

Mr. Finnegan has obtained rescission and comparable relief on behalf of reinsurer clients and collected hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of his cedent clients. On several occasions, he has successfully turned back challenges that finite contracts did not transfer risk or adequate risk. His clients have and continue to run the gamut and include: insurers, reinsurers, managing agents, managing underwriters, third party administrators, run-off entities and brokers.

Mr. Finnegan is active in legal and trade associations and regularly lectures on reinsurance topics in both the United States and Europe. He serves on the faculty of the Strain Seminar. He has served on several committees dealing with state and federal civil practice rules and regulations.

Honors

Mr. Finnegan is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2010 and 2011) for his work in insurance law.  He is cited in SuperLawyers (2010) in the specialty of insurance coverage.  He is listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2005-2007). Mr. Finnegan is also mentioned in New York Super Lawyers (2006-2007), International Who’s Who of American Lawyers (1995-2007), as well as Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys (2000-2007).

Education

  • Fordham University, B.A., 1979
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., Law Review, 1982

Admissions

  • 1983 New York

Languages

  • English

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Michele L. Jacobson, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Michele L. Jacobson, who can be reached at mjacobson@stroock.com, is a partner in the New York office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Ms. Jacobson concentrates in complex insurance and reinsurance matters.

Ms. Jacobson has represented ceding companies, reinsurers, retrocessionaires, liquidators, intermediaries and program managers in a wide range of matters in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels throughout the country. These matters have involved such issues as misrepresentations in connection with the placement of reinsurance, disputes as to the coverage provided by treaties and policies, standards of responsibility in the creation and management of a reinsurance company, standards of conduct applicable to ceding companies in their dealings with reinsurers, reinsurer broker negligence and terminations of program manager/managing general agency agreements. Ms. Jacobson has also handled insurance coverage disputes including policy defenses such as late notice of claim and occurrence and the pollution exclusion.

Representative Matters

Representative cases include the following:

  • A life insurance company in a dispute with Lloyd’s of London over late notice, coverage and misrepresentations
  • A ceding company in connection with a charge by reinsurers that the placement information with respect to a treaty had been false and misleading
  • A financial guaranty insurer in connection with a dispute with its reinsurer
  • A life insurance company in a dispute with its reinsurer over surplus relief
  • A life reinsurer engaged in commutation discussions with its reinsured and disputes with its retrocessionaire
  • An insurer in disputes with its program manager concerning the remittance of premium and offset amounts due a captive reinsurer
  • An insurer in disputes with its program manager concerning termination of the program and failure to remit premium
  • A CGL insurer in a dispute with its insured concerning lost policies, coverage and late notice of occurrence
  • A quota share reinsurer in connection with its claims under a common account reinsurance agreement
  • A managing general agent in a dispute with an insurer concerning termination of the managing general agency agreement

Ms. Jacobson also advises clients on reinsurance agreement wordings, and has drafted model treaty and facultative certificates for clients. Ms. Jacobson is a frequent lecturer on reinsurance topics and has been recognized by Chambers USA (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) as a “leading individual” in Insurance Dispute Resolution (New York).

Memberships

  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Member, AIDA-U.S. Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (“ARIAS”)
  • Member, Law Committee
  • Member, Association of Professional Insurance Women (“APIW”)

Admitted to Practice

  • New Jersey, 1987
  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1987
  • Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1988
  • Western District of New York, 1997
  • District of Colorado, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1994
  • Third Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1987
  • Member and Editor, New York University Law Review
  • Recipient, Judge Abraham Lieberman Award
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Brandeis University, 1984
  • Recipient, Louis D. Brandeis Award
  • Valedictorian, Department of Politics

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Timothy P. Law, Reed Smith LLP

Timothy P. Law, who can be reached at tlaw@reedsmith.com, is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP. Mr. Law regularly represents policyholders in disputes with their insurance companies, specializing in property and liability insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. His clients include the largest generic pharmaceutical company in the world and one of the largest home builders in the United States. Mr. Law also represents a number of small and medium sized businesses, universities, and governments. He has filed appellate briefs in state and federal court, including the United States Supreme Court in Humana v. Forsyth, which was decided unanimously in favor of the policyholder. Mr. Law regularly represents corporations in premium disputes and insurance insolvencies. In addition, he has extensive experience with mortgage insurance and directors and officers insurance litigation.

Mr. Law has been a popular speaker at seminars across the country, including those sponsored by the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Mealeys, the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, the Independent Oil and Gas Association, and the CPCU Society. 

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 1997 - Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.
  • 1995 - Law clerk for the Honorable Joseph J. Longobardi, the former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Camden, 1995, J.D., with high honors
  • Rutgers University, 1992, M.A., Eagleton Institute of Politics
  • College of William & Mary, 1990, B.A., with high honors in Government

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

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Cort T. Malone, Anderson Kill, P.C.

Cort T. Malone, who can be reached at cmalone@andersonkill.com, is a shareholder in the Stamford office of Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. and practices in the Insurance Recovery and the Corporate and Commercial Litigation Departments. 

He is an experienced litigator, focusing on insurance coverage litigation and dispute resolution, with an emphasis on commercial general liability insurance, directors’ and officers’ (“D&O”) insurance, employment practices liability insurance, advertising injury insurance, and property insurance issues.  He is a co-chair of the Advertising Injury Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. 

Mr. Malone is also a member of Anderson Kill’s Financial Services Industry and Environmental Law Groups.

Mr. Malone’s recent sample engagements include:

  • Conducted a Wellington arbitration proceeding on behalf of a Trust created by the Bankruptcy Court to obtain insurance coverage for asbestos liabilities
  • Part of trial team that earned jury verdict in favor of coverage for the State of California’s clean-up of the Stringfellow Acid Pits, described by a federal court as the most complex environmental clean-up in the world (case currently on appeal)
  • Representation of several manufacturers to obtain insurance coverage for nationwide claims alleging asbestos bodily injury
  • Representation of corporations to obtain insurance coverage for governmental claims, including SEC and EEOC investigations and settlements
  • Representation of policyholders to obtain coverage for environmental pollution liabilities, including appeal leading to ground-breaking California Supreme Court ruling on pollution exclusion interpretation
  • Successfully defended D&O policyholders against insurance company attempts to rescind insurance policies on the basis of alleged policyholder misrepresentations

Mr. Malone also possesses extensive commercial litigation experience, including arbitration and alternative dispute resolution relating to a variety of tort, contract, and regulatory disputes.  While attending the Fordham University School of Law, Mr. Malone was a member of the Fordham Moot Court Board and garnered several awards for both oral argument and brief writing skills at various inter- and intra-school competitions.  He also spent three years teaching a first year Legal Writing course as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • Federal Bar Council
  • American Bar Association
  • Advertising Injury Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, co-chair
  • New York State Bar Association

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Brown University, B.A.

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Richard D. Milone, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Richard D. Milone, who can be reached at rmilone@kelleydrye.com, is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Mr. Milone serves as chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C., Litigation group and co-chair of its Insurance Recovery Practice group, which is recognized as a leading policyholders’ practice by Chambers USA and the US Legal 500. Mr. Milone is mentioned in the US Legal 500 as one of the top policyholder lawyers in the United States, and in 2011 was named a Client-Service All-Star by BTI Consulting.

Mr. Milone has tried matters to verdict before juries and arbitration tribunals, argued cases of first impression in state and federal appellate courts, negotiated complex, multi-party settlements, and, over the course of his career, has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in disputed insurance proceeds on behalf of policyholder clients. He has handled insurance claims involving financial fraud, intellectual property, antitrust, false advertising, lead-based paint, hazardous nuclear waste, asbestos (both personal injury and property damage), environmental clean-up, employment discrimination, and Directors’ and Officers’ liability.

Representative Experience

  • Served as lead counsel to GTE Corporation (now Verizon Communications Corp.) in the trial court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court, successfully litigating insurance coverage for a products liability lawsuit
  • Successfully negotiated funding by an insurer of life-saving medications for an employee of the Arlington County, Va. government suffering from AIDS
  • Argued before the Delaware Supreme Court, sitting en banc, an issue of first impression involving conflicts of law between Delaware and Alabama on behalf of the Shook & Fletcher Asbestos Settlement Trust
  • Representing Welch Foods in insurance coverage litigation in Massachusetts federal court seeking coverage for a consumer class action, and for a competitor’s suit alleging false advertising under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act
  • Representing the Leather Industries of America, the trade association representing the interests of manufacturers of leather goods, and the country’s leading leather scientist, in an action alleging defamation and false advertising in Ohio federal court
  • Represented Millennium Holdings, LLC (and its predecessor, SCM Corporation) for 19 years, before eight different courts and arbitration tribunals, seeking insurance coverage for the costs of defending numerous lead-based paint suits, and in seeking a declaratory judgment regarding insurance coverage for a (now-reversed) public nuisance jury verdict on behalf of the State of Rhode Island
  • Represented Lyondell Chemical Company and its affiliate, Millennium Holdings, LLC, with respect to insurance-related issues in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding in the Southern District of New York
  • Represented the JT Thorpe Company, a Houston-based insulation and refractory contractor, in a Texas state court insurance coverage action, and in a bankruptcy proceeding that permanently resolved over 25 years of asbestos bodily injury litigation
  • Over a 10 year period, represented Texaco Inc. and related companies before California state courts in one of the largest environmental insurance coverage actions in history, in extensive California coverage litigation involving asbestos and other toxic torts, and in a series of international arbitrations seeking coverage for a settlement in Roberts v. Texaco Inc., an employment discrimination class action lawsuit
  • Obtained district court rulings of first impression regarding insurer broker malpractice in connection with a broker’s failure to secure complete coverage for certain asbestos liabilities

Professional Activities

Mr. Milone is a frequent speaker and published author on insurance-related topics.

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked as a leading practitioner in the Insurance: Policy Holder area by Chambers USA, 2012
  • Recognized as a leading attorney in Insurance Coverage practice area by Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Named a “Knight of the Enterprise” by LyondellBasell Chemical Company, an honor given to trial counsel who achieve outstanding results on behalf of the company
  • Selected as a 2011 Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting 
  • Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the Insurance: Advice to Policyholders area, 2010 and 2011

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1990, cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1987

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1994
  • New York, 1992

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals - First and Second Circuits
  • U.S. District Court - Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas

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Joseph P. Monteleone, Rivkin Radler LLP

Joseph P. Monteleone, who can be reached at joseph.monteleone@rivkin.com, is a partner based in the New Jersey office of Rivkin Radler LLP. Mr. Monteleone has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance arena, both in the private practice of law and as an insurance company claims executive. He is a frequent author and speaker on topics within his practice areas, having written over 80 papers, books, book chapters and texts. He has made more than 200 presentations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Ireland, The Netherlands and Singapore.

Mr. Monteleone practices primarily in the areas of professional liability, errors and omissions (“E&O”), directors and officers (“D&O”), employment practices liability (“EPL”) and other claims-made insurance products. Mr. Monteleone represents various insurers in coverage litigation, regulatory matters and arbitrations, as well as provides coverage advice and monitoring of underlying litigation in the areas of D&O, professional liability and other specialty lines insurance products. Mr. Monteleone drafts policy forms and endorsement language, as well as provides legal consulting services, to a wide variety of specialty lines insurers. In addition, Mr. Monteleone provides expert witness testimony on issues of coverage and bad faith allegations and serves as arbitrator or mediator in a variety of disputes involving insurance and reinsurance coverage.

Mr. Monteleone is a recognized and acclaimed authority in his field, whose legal opinion is regularly sought out by those in the media. He is author of “Joe Says,” a monthly column on current events, in the Specialty Lines Advisory, which is regularly referred to by media for topics of discussion. He is also author of the D&O and E&O Monitor blog. Mr. Monteleone serves on the Insurance Advisory Council of HB Litigation Conferences, and has been selected as the chapter upkeep and contributing author on D&O and Related Forms of Liability Insurance in Matthew Bender & Company’s Securities Law Techniques treatise. He is also a member of the Practicing Law Institute Faculty.

Mr. Monteleone has been a member of the Professional Liability Underwriters Society (“PLUS”) since 1988, and has participated in each of their annual International Conferences and D&O Symposia. Mr. Monteleone co-chaired the inaugural, and two subsequent, D&O Symposia and was instrumental in devising that event’s format and content which continue to this day. Mr. Monteleone served on the PLUS board of trustees from 1997 through 2003. He chaired the PLUS Education Committee from 1999 through 2001. He was co-chair of the Curriculum Committee from 2004 through 2006. Mr. Monteleone is also a frequent speaker at PLUS events, including the Symposium and the International Conferences, as well as local chapter events and is a frequent contributor of articles to the PLUS Journal. 

At the 2008 PLUS D&O Symposium in New York City, Mr. Monteleone’s dedicated service was honored with the PLUS Award for his initiation and chairing of the very first D&O Symposium. The PLUS D&O Symposium has become the premier event in the world for those involved with D&O coverage and defense matters. Additionally, PLUS has recognized Mr. Monteleone with their PLUS1 Award which is presented to a “person whose efforts have contributed substantially to the advancement and image of the professional liability industry. Selection is based on analysis and thorough consideration of the qualities of each candidate relative to the criteria. Criteria include reputation and success in the professional liability industry, history of lectures and service on panels addressing topics in the industry, current activity in professional liability, activity and involvement in PLUS, longevity in the insurance industry, and measure of impact on the professional liability industry.”

Mr. Monteleone has been cited for excellence in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He was also selected for inclusion in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 New York - Metro Super Lawyers®.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Mealey Publications Insurance Advisory Council, Member
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

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Anne M. Murray, Rivkin Radler LLP

Anne M. Murray, who can be reached at anne.murray@rivkin.com, is a partner in the Insurance & Coverage Litigation Practice Group of Rivkin Radler LLP. Ms. Murray counsels insurance companies on a wide variety of first party and third party claims, including toxic tort, environmental, product liability, general liability, construction defect, employee benefits liability, bad faith, and other emerging claims. She also represents insurance companies in declaratory judgment and other litigation against insurers nationwide.

Ms. Murray successfully represented one of the firm’s major insurance company clients as co-lead counsel in an insurance coverage action in New Jersey, which sought several hundred million dollars in insurance coverage and involved 14 hazardous waste sites across the country.  She assisted as counsel on behalf of another firm insurance client at the successful jury trial and subsequent appeals in the ACC Chemical insurance coverage action, which sought over $100 million in insurance coverage.  She also counsels and represents the firm’s insurance clients in coverage issues arising from high exposure construction defect, Labor Law, and product liability cases, including those involving emerging additional insured issues.

Ms. Murray has spoken at seminars sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, as well as at national and international insurance companies. 

Ms. Murray is a member of the firm’s pro bono Landlord Tenant program, which assists the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Nassau County in representing indigent tenants in housing disputes.  In 2005, Ms. Murray was inducted into the Long Island Business News’ 40 Rising Stars Under 40. 

Bar Admission

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • Boston College, B.A.

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Jerold Oshinsky, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

Jerold Oshinsky, who can be reached at joshinsky@kasowitz.com, is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. Mr. Oshinsky is a litigator who represents policyholders in insurance coverage matters in federal and state courts throughout the country. Fortune 500 companies and other clients nationwide seek his advice on insurance coverage matters. Mr. Oshinsky litigates some of the most significant, complex insurance coverage issues in the country and also advises clients about how to maximize their insurance assets. He has worked with a variety of organizations, including chemical, pharmaceutical, financial, food, education, and health enterprises.

Mr. Oshinsky is the only lawyer nationwide to be accorded “Star” ranking by Chambers USA in its national insurance category, achieving that recognition both in 2011 and 2012. In addition to recognizing Mr. Oshinsky as “the foremost practitioner at the policyholder Bar,” in 2012, Chambers USA also included him in its top tier “Band 1” ranking in California. Also in 2011, Legal 500 recognized Mr. Oshinsky as one of 13 “Leading Lawyers” nationally in its “Insurance: Advice to Policyholders” category. He was one of Law360’s “10 Most Admired Attorneys” in 2010 and is regularly cited in Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Mr. Oshinsky also maintains a pro bono practice. He has been lead counsel in numerous pro bono immigration appeals. Mr. Oshinsky frequently lectures and publishes on a wide variety of insurance law topics, and serves as an expert witness in insurance coverage litigation matters.

Education

  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1967; cum laude; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
  • Brooklyn College, B.A., 1964; cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York Court of Appeals
  • New York Supreme Court

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Seth B. Schafler, Proskauer Rose LLP

Seth B. Schafler, who can be reached at sschafler@proskauer.com, is a partner in the Insurance Recovery & Counseling Group of Proskauer Rose LLP. He has extensive experience representing policyholders in coverage negotiations and disputes with their insurance companies, and litigating coverage issues in federal and state courts across the country.

Mr. Schafler’s experience covers a wide variety of insurance products including commercial general liability, directors and officers, professional liability, errors and omissions, fiduciary liability, property, business interruption, fidelity, marine and credit risk insurance, among others.

Mr. Schafler represented the lessees of the World Trade Center in the litigation involving their insurance claims for property and business interruption resulting from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He also represents, or has represented, many major U.S. and international corporations including AT&T, Bausch & Lomb, Bed Bath & Beyond, Bovis Lend Lease Holdings, Cooper Union, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, Gristedes, Henry Schein, International Paper Company, JPMorgan Chase, Keystone Shipping Company, Lucent Technologies, Neuberger Berman Group, The New York Times, Omnicom Group, The Philadelphia Eagles, Philip Morris Companies, PPL Corporation and Reynolds Metals and Take-Two Interactive Software.

According to Chambers USA, clients and peers recognize Mr. Schafler for “getting in the trenches with his clients and winning over his opponents.” He is a prolific author and speaker, has published articles in many journals, and was a contributing columnist to Risk & Insurance Magazine. Mr. Schafler has served as a faculty member in numerous insurance-related courses and seminars for the Practicing Law Institute and other organizations. He also serves on the editorial advisory board of InsuranceLaw 360.

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Thomas F. Segalla, Goldberg Segalla

Thomas F. Segalla, who can be reached at tsegalla@goldbergsegalla.com, is a founding partner of Goldberg Segalla. Resident in the firm’s New York City office, Mr. Segalla is a nationally recognized authority on bad faith, reinsurance, and insurance, and an ARIAS Board-Certified Arbitrator and mediator.

Mr. Segalla has been retained as counsel and as a consultant by numerous major insurance carriers and policyholders in more than 35 jurisdictions nationally and internationally, and has served as an expert witness in more than 100 bad faith, coverage, and extracontractual cases across the country. His active practice focuses on the defense and insurance coverage aspects of matters involving bad faith; construction site personal injury accidents; toxic tort and environmental issues; and extracontractual, product liability, professional liability and railroad litigation. He also has experience representing and advising life science, pharmaceutical, and medical device industry clients.

Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Defense Association of New York (DANY) 2014 James S. Conway Award for Outstanding Service to the Defense Community
  • Buffalo Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015 (Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage); Top 50 List
  • Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Insurance)
  • The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers
  • Expert Guides: Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in the World
  • United Who's Who - Honored Lifetime Member
  • Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers
  • International Association of Business Leaders, Life Member, January 2004, for commitment to sound business practices and having earned a reputation in the business community for vision, performance and leadership
  • America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2003-2004
  • National Republican Congressional Committee's Business Advisory Council's 2003 Businessman of the Year
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel 2002 Andrew C. Hecker Award; "Bad Faith as a Continuum: From Claim to Trial," Fall 2001; presented in honor of Andrew C. Hecker, a leader of the defense bar; presented July 27, 2002
  • Excess Surplus Lines Claims Association for contribution to the Association's Fund of Knowledge, October 2001
  • Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel: Immediate-Past President
  • Defense Research Institute: Chair, Publications Board; Former Member, Board of Directors; Former Board Liaison to the Insurance Law Committee; Past Chair of Law Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel: Insurance Coverage Section; Reinsurance, Excess and Surplus Lines Section; International Practice & Law Section; Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Section; Insurance Industry Initiatives Committee; Publications Committee; Insurance Symposium Committee; Extra Contractual Liability Section
  • American Association of Insurance Management Consultants, 2012 to present
  • International Association of Defense Counsel: Ethics, Insurance/Reinsurance, International and Toxic Tort sections
  • Law360 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board
  • British Law Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance: Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Fraud Committees
  • International Association for Insurance Law
  • American Arbitration Association: Roster of Neutrals
  • National Foundation for Judicial Excellence: State Liaison
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • ARIAS U.S.
  • American Bar Association: Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • USLAW: Former Chair, Insurance Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section and Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
  • General Building Contractors of New York State: Associate Member
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York
  • Insurance Club of Buffalo 1996, Director 1998-2001
  • Buffalo Insurance Claims Association, 1972-present
  • Utica Insurance Claims Association, 1990-present
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Matriculated Student
  • New York State Insurance Department (CPCU Sponsorship), Continuing Education Instructor
  • Council on Litigation Management: Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Fraud Committees

Previous Experience

  • Co-Author, Couch on Insurance 3d (West Publications)
  • "Meet The Experts," Matthew Bender & Co., Insurance Law
  • Scribes, The American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects
  • Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith; LexisNexis 2004-present
  • "Bad Faith Update," Mathew Bender & Co. (publication advisory board, 1999-2004)
  • Adjunct Professor, Practice and Procedure, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 1985-1990

Admitted to Practice

  • New York

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1972
  • University of Miami, B.B.A., department honors, 1965

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David D. Thamann, National Underwriter Company

David D. Thamann, J.D., ARM, CPCU, is the managing editor of the FC&S Bulletins and has been an FC&S editor since 1987. Before joining the National Underwriter Company, he was a claims supervisor and senior underwriter for American Druggists Insurance Company, a commercial property lead underwriter for Transamerica Insurance, and a commercial package underwriter for CNA and Safeco Insurance companies.

Mr. Thamann graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law and Xavier University.

Mr. Thamann has written or contributed to an assorted of insurance coverage publications, including Business Auto Coverage Guide, Personal Auto Coverage Guide, Workers Compensation Guide, and Commercial General Liability Supplement, all published by The National Underwriter Company. He is also a regular contributor to Claims magazine and to PropertyCasualty360.com.

In addition, Mr. Thamann is frequent guest speaker or presenter at various insurance related seminars and meetings across the country.