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Practices

INSURANCE COVERAGE

Since 1998, Litchfield Cavo attorneys have been at the forefront of major coverage developments and have delivered the best possible coverage assessments by carefully scrutinizing policy language and the facts pursuant to applicable law in a straightforward manner.

Our attorneys analyze coverage and advise clients when navigating the increasingly dangerous extra-contractual environment, including counseling on insurance policies for areas such as first– and third-party, primary and excess, life, professional liability and reinsurance.

When in dispute, Litchfield Cavo attorneys provide practical approaches to the resolution to defend the insurer’s coverage decisions in conference rooms, during trial, at the appellate courts and before arbitration panels across the country.

Coverage Determination

Litchfield Cavo clients continue to rely on our nationwide team of experienced coverage attorneys, and their breadth of experience, for drafting new policy language and evaluating compliance with statutory requirements while providing prompt, meaningful counsel.

If a disagreement arises over coverage determination our attorneys vigorously defend the insurer’s action while seeking the best possible economic outcome through litigation, arbitration and participation in the appraisal process in connection with first-party claims.

Our Insurance Coverage Record

Litchfield Cavo attorneys have a solid record of success defending insurance coverage disputes, including the following representative matters:

  • Successfully defended insurer clients respecting coverage for municipal liability for civil rights claims for wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution.
  • Obtained summary judgment involving application of the family exclusion in a homeowner’s policy where children sued stepfather’s estate for murder/suicide of their mother.
  • Defense of insurance company against bad faith claims for not “splitting” a file, notwithstanding the insurer’s unreserved acceptance of the tender of defense.
  • Monitored defense counsel in multi-plaintiff cases alleging violations of Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).
  • Coordinated with other national coverage counsel to address concussion-related claims against the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), helmet manufacturers and other entities.
  • Assisted with resolution of hundreds of property claims arising from hurricanes in southern and southeastern states.
  • Obtained summary judgment and favorable state appellate rulings relating to trigger of coverage for wrongful incarceration cases, overruling adverse federal decisions and avoiding multimillion dollar exposure.
  • Obtained summary judgment on the duty to defend a complex intellectual property case involving over $6 million in claimed defense costs.
Krystal Acosta
Krystal Acosta
Associate
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.689.3040
Mark Atlas
Mark Atlas
Partner
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 754.701.1051
Joseph E. Boury
Joseph E. Boury
Partner
NY – New York
T: 212.818.0311
Mary Beth Canty
Mary Beth Canty
Associate
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6629
Stephanie H. Carlton
Stephanie H. Carlton
Associate
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.689.3022
Dennis M. Dolan
Dennis M. Dolan
Partner
IL – Chicago | IN – Highland
T: 312.781.6641
Janet A. Flynn
Counsel
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6601
J. Philip Fraley
J. Philip Fraley
Local Office Managing Partner - Barboursville
WV – Barboursville
T: 304.302.0500
Collin D. Jackson
Collin D. Jackson
Associate
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.628.3531
Susan M. Kelly
Susan M. Kelly
Partner
MO – St. Louis
T: 314.396.8604
Gary I. Khutorsky
Gary I. Khutorsky
Partner
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.689.3006
Courtney R. Maras
Associate
FL – Fort Lauderdale
T: 954.628.3530
James A. Murray
James A. Murray
Associate
PA – Philadelphia | NJ – Cherry Hill
T: 215.999.5790
Brian W. Norkett
Brian W. Norkett
Of Counsel
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6685
Allison M. Patterson
Allison M. Patterson
Associate
PA – Philadelphia
T: 215.999.5789
Peter J. Ponziani
Peter J. Ponziani
Partner
CT – Hartford area
T: 860.413.2710
Clayton H. Rather
Associate
UT – Salt Lake City
T: 801.797.1955
Paul G. Roche
Paul G. Roche
Partner
CT – Hartford area
T: 860.413.2713
Stephanie Wing Tipton
Partner
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6636