Sperduto Thompson & Gassler has a vibrant, nationwide insurance practice, characterized by both litigation and non-litigation assignments in a host of coverage lines. With a record of successful litigated and negotiated outcomes — in state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels, and literally coast to coast — there are few issues and types of coverage the Firm’s attorneys have not confronted.
Over the years, one or more of the Firm’s attorneys have litigated cases as varied as directors and officers liability coverage disputes arising from bank failures and shareholder litigation, bad faith cases arising from underlying catastrophic personal injury lawsuits, disputes with professional sports teams involving professional athlete disability policies, and highly complex insurer versus insurer disputes involving large towers of primary and excess insurance coverage, among many others. In addition to this litigation experience, the Firm’s attorneys have equally broad and deep experience in coverage counseling engagements requiring the analysis of complex coverage questions under a wide array of policy types.
Representative insurance litigation victories secured by Firm attorneys, both while with the Firm and at their prior professional homes, include:
As the foregoing list suggests, most of the insurance litigation handled by the Firm’s attorneys historically and currently has been on behalf of major national and international insurance carriers. The Firm also, however, maintains a selective but growing practice involving the representation of business clients who need guidance in understanding their often-complex insurance policies and frequently need an advocate in their corner during their interactions with insurers.
For example, the Firm represents prominent commercial and real estate developers in the Washington, D.C., region who, on any given project, inevitably have in place complex and multi-faceted insurance programs addressing a variety of potential risks. This work has involved the Firm in matters as diverse as construction collapse incidents, environmental and “indoor pollution” issues, construction defect claims, employee theft claims, title insurance disputes, and disputes with business partners, third-party insurance administrators, and investors.
The Firm also has been called upon to work with business clients and their insurance brokers in analyzing the pros and cons of new policy forms or new lines of coverage, and negotiating manuscript endorsements that address the client’s unique circumstances.