Insurance INDUSTRIES

WilmerHale has provided a broad range of litigation and counseling services in connection with various high-stakes insurance matters, including matters involving primary and excess general liability and product liability insurance, directors and officers insurance, legal malpractice insurance, errors and omissions insurance, media liability insurance, fidelity insurance, mortgage insurance, financial institution bonds, and reinsurance.

Deregulation, globalization, the Internet, and most recently, the events of September 11 have dramatically changed the face of the insurance industry and raised a number of new and difficult legal challenges. From international arbitration to litigation in bankruptcy proceedings to counseling on anti-money laundering issues, we provide the insight and experience needed to face these challenges and resolve the complicated issues.

Our lawyers have represented insurers and policy holders in Federal and State Court coverage litigation; participated in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, arbitrations, and settlement negotiations; provided strategic and policy advice on high-profile insurance-related matters; advised and litigated coverage disputes in bankruptcy proceedings; represented and advised insurers and insureds in matters involving various kinds of financial and specialized liability coverage matters; and provided legal services in connection with mergers, joint ventures and regulatory matters.

WilmerHale has provided a broad range of litigation and counseling services in connection with various high-stakes insurance matters, including matters involving primary and excess general liability and product liability insurance, directors and officers insurance, legal malpractice insurance, errors and omissions insurance, media liability insurance, fidelity insurance, mortgage insurance, financial institution bonds, and reinsurance.

Deregulation, globalization, the Internet, and most recently, the events of September 11 have dramatically changed the face of the insurance industry and raised a number of new and difficult legal challenges. From international arbitration to litigation in bankruptcy proceedings to counseling on anti-money laundering issues, we provide the insight and experience needed to face these challenges and resolve the complicated issues.

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Experience

  • We represent a leading insurance company group with respect to strategic, legal, and constitutional issues related to the overall asbestos litigation problem, including the possibility of a comprehensive national legislative approach to compensating individuals who claim asbestos-related injuries.
  • We are counsel in an ICC arbitration, sited in Paris, between major US and French insurance companies. The arbitration involves issues of Luxembourg and US law, with amounts in dispute exceeding $125 million.
  • We represent insurance companies and a national insurance trade organization in the recent wave of bankruptcy proceedings initiated by insureds. These matters include litigation in bankruptcy courts, district courts and in the courts of appeals, on issues such as the insured’s compliance with Section 524(g) of the Bankruptcy Code; the propriety or proposed confirmation plans and trust distribution procedures; challenges to efforts to accelerate insurers’ obligations and to bankruptcy cases not filed in good faith; and questions relating to the standing of insurers to participate in bankruptcy cases brought by their insureds.
  • We represent insurance companies in connection with securities disclosures, including complex financial disclosure issues relating to loss reserves and valuation of portfolios.