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We advise and represent policyholders nationally and internationally in insurance coverage matters in wide-ranging areas, including data breach, environmental, products liability, construction management, directors and officers liability, employment, entertainment, life and health, property damage and loss, business interruption, construction defect, errors and omissions, bodily injury, workers’ compensation, and wrongful death. We counsel clients in developing risk management programs, maximizing and preserving insurance assets, and recovering insurance proceeds through negotiations, and, if necessary, litigation. We also assist clients in evaluating the insurance requirements to be included in contracts with other parties and in evaluating compliance with those requirements to avoid surprises later.

The achievements of our lawyers in this practice include the following:

  • Persuaded a property insurer to reverse its denial of coverage and, after continual lowballing of estimated repair costs by the insurer, recovered 100% of the amount of the claim, which involved extensive property damage to a Southern California residence
  • In Wisconsin federal court, obtained recovery of defense costs incurred in our successful defense of construction defect litigation in Louisiana
  • In Wisconsin federal court, obtained recovery of defense costs incurred in our successful defense of two occupational toxic exposure cases in Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Obtained recovery of defense costs from carrier in liquidation proceedings in Illinois
  • Renegotiated a London market collections policy to meet policyholder’s expectations for coverage of a $12 million violin while it was on loan to performing violinists
  • Managing coverage among multiple carriers in complex environmental claims in Pennsylvania that involved regulatory proceedings, a class action by property owners, 14 private actions, and cost recovery litigation among potentially responsible parties
  • Managed insurance matters on behalf of owner for $34 million construction project
  • Represented numerous insurance trusts in a series of lawsuits against life insurers throughout the United States in which the insurers were attempting to invalidate hundreds of millions of dollars of life insurance policies by asserting that they involved secondary market stranger-owned or investor-owned life insurance
  • Following multi-carrier coverage litigation in Wisconsin, obtained coverage-in-place agreement worth more than $60 million
  • Won recovery from multiple insurers of $2.85 million in coverage fees and defense costs incurred by a client in successfully defending products liability action in Wisconsin alleging $30 million in damages
  • Argued and won reversal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (KF Dairies, Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 224 F.3d 922 (9th Cir. 2000)) in favor of a policyholder in which the Ninth Circuit adopted the after-acquired property doctrine in environmental coverage matter, notwithstanding California appellate authority rejecting that doctrine
  • Litigated environmental coverage against 10+ carriers in one of the largest bankruptcies in the history of the State of California, obtaining millions of dollars in environmental cost recovery and defense costs
  • Successfully represented public utility seeking insurance coverage in a series of wrongful death and fear of cancer actions involving more than 1,000 plaintiffs
  • Prosecuted insurance coverage actions in federal district courts in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Massachusetts, involving a series of multi-million dollar products liability claims, that resulted in a highly favorable settlement under which the insurer funded past and future claims
  • Argued and won summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, obtaining coverage for a high profile performing artist sued for wrongful death
  • Won insurance coverage from multiple off-shore insurance carriers and insurance broker for a performing group under a Lloyd’s of London tour-cancellation policy
  • Obtained coverage for attorney sued for alleged defrauding of investors in highly publicized matter
  • Obtained coverage for manufacturer’s settlement of multi-plaintiff New Jersey employment action alleging race, sex, and age discrimination


For further information, please contact one of our insurance recovery and counseling attorneys:

David R. Scheidemantle (; or
Joshua J. Pollack (