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Representing insurers when they are the defendants requires knowledge of underwriting, claims handling and the state laws governing insurance. We have that knowledge. We defend insurers in class actions attacking coverage and claims handling, and in claims seeking bad faith or extra contractual damages. We regularly provide counsel and opinions about commercial general liability insurance; financial loss insurance; professional liability; directors and officers liability; title insurance; property insurance; automobile and truck insurance; and excess, umbrella and self-insured risk.

Our lawyers write the premier blog in the United States focused on claims for bad faith and extra contractual damages:

We are also regularly called upon to monitor litigation for our insurance clients—an excess or umbrella carrier in connection with litigation that may implicate their level of coverage.

For policyholders, we work with their carriers to ensure that they receive the defense and/or indemnity to which they are entitled.


Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an insurer in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. The case involved numerous insureds who were involved in a multi-vehicle accident which left one of the claimants paralyzed. After satisfying the limits on policies, summary judgment was granted due to exhaustion.

Regular representation of group benefits insurer in benefits coverage litigation in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois.

Representation of national title insurer in first and third party coverage litigation.

Retained by commercial general liability (CGL) insurer to defend multi-million dollar bad faith case resulting in favorable settlement in U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of insurer in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. The case presented a matter of first impression in Missouri as to whether a stroke is an “accident” within the meaning of accidental injury policies.

Obtained a judgment in Madison County, Illinois, declaring that there was no duty to indemnify the insured on her first party property loss and no duty to defend or indemnify her against the claims of the multiple homeowner carriers asserting property damage claims valued at more than $1 million.

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