Insurance Litigation

Attorneys who have “been there, done that” get to the crux of any problem and find pragmatic, business-minded solutions.

Resolution of liability and property coverage disputes is often a pivotal component in resolving loss, liability or business claims. 

For more than 25 years, attorneys Bruce Palmer and Brad Fawley have provided insurers and policyholders with practical advice and effective legal action in solving the most vexing insurance coverage issues and disputes. Bruce, Brad and the other practical advisors in Downs Rachlin Martin's Insurance Coverage Group have the necessary experience and resources to resolve loss and liability claims. 

Extended coverage.

Our seasoned insurance attorneys effectively negotiate coverage issues and defend and prosecute declaratory judgment lawsuits, bad faith actions, contract and extra-contractual recovery claims. Downs Rachlin can determine coverage questions with reference to the laws of all states and under all coverages.

Representative matters include litigation in Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont.

Recent Accomplishments

Represented policyholders and insurers in matters concerning coverage for general liability, environmental liability and toxic torts, products liability, intellectual property, business interruption, automotive liability, property damage and fire loss, professional liability and other coverages, including the following representative matters:

  • Securing coverage through a settlement for pollution liabilities arising from historic releases of petroleum products at retail gasoline station assigned a high priority for environmental cleanup.
  • Advising an insurer on coverage issues and with respect to negotiated master settlements arising out of the Chinese wallboard products liability lawsuit in a multi-district litigation in Louisiana.
  • Providing ongoing claims handling and coverage advice under the captive professional liability insurance program of a major international financial institution.
  • Counseling a policyholder on coverage and proper claims adjustment and claims handling practices for its property losses sustained in Hurricane Katrina.
  • Retained as counsel in litigation over insurance coverage for environmental liabilities under policies containing pollution exclusions and alternative coverage under the Vermont Petroleum Cleanup fund.
  • Securing a settlement for a policyholder after litigating and securing an appellate decision that entrustment of a car to a third party was a sufficient “use” of the car meriting coverage under policies that covered any person “while using” the owner’s car.
  • Advising carriers and policyholders regarding environmental liability claims in Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
  • Advising industry carriers with respect to professional liability claims in Florida, New York, Virginia, Montana, New York and multiple other jurisdictions.
  • Litigated issues and settling matters concerning insurance coverage for toxic tort claims in Utah.
  • Advising industry captive insurance and risk retention groups on issues of claims handling, claims settlement, coverage and obligations to policyholders.
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