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“A full-service insurance practice that has unparalleled bench strength at the highest level of insurance work.”

“Possesses the expertise to assist on all coverage matters across a huge range of arenas, as well as reinsurance, bad faith and policy drafting advice.”

 — Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Duane Morris’ Insurance and Reinsurance practice is a recognized leader in its field, among the true elite of law firms representing insurers’ interests nationally. Our “deep and talented group” (Chambers) has received both a top-tier ranking in insurance law from U.S. News / Best Lawyers and was ranked by Chambers as being among the top five law firms in the United States for representation of Insurers in Insurance Dispute Resolution. The Legal 500 has also described Duane Morris as “one of the top international law firms for insurance coverage disputes.”

The Duane Morris Insurance and Reinsurance practice has more than 100 attorneys working in or through the firm’s offices nationwide, including handling insurance cases from our offices in California (San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Lake Tahoe), Delaware (Wilmington), Florida (Miami), Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), Massachusetts (Boston), Nevada (Las Vegas), New York (NYC), New Jersey (Newark, Cherry Hill), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh), Texas (Houston), and Washington, D.C., as well as internationally in London and Singapore. Chambers USA describes the geographic scope of our practice this way: “A dominant footprint on the West Coast affords this well-regarded firm a healthy national presence in the full range of insurer-side coverage disputes.”

We handle the full range of insurance matters, from the routine to the most complex, and have a depth of experience in the field that is unsurpassed in the United States. Led by a core practice representing commercial liability insurers in general, excess and professional lines, we also vigorously represent clients operating in all lines of the insurance and reinsurance business, including property and casualty, life, accident and health, management and professional liability, financial lines, surety and financial guaranty.

Duane Morris represents insurers in each of the stages of company life-cycle, from initial formation, licensing and drafting policies for start-ups, through financial and market conduct examinations, regulatory advice and litigation for market leaders, and even acquisitions and other changes in control and insolvency matters. The firm has established niches in efficiently and successfully managing run-off exposures. We represent many of the leading insurers in the U.S., and we have extensive experience with the particular issues of UK and other European insurers — as Chambers USA observes: “The firm has a vast knowledge of the London market insurers. This historical knowledge is valuable for the assessment of issues, the identification of potential witnesses and responsive documents.”

Some areas of focus include:

  • Appellate
  • Asbestos/Pollution/Health Hazard
  • Bad Faith Defense
  • Bankruptcy
  • Construction
  • Corporate and Regulatory
  • Directors & Officers
  • General Liability — Primary and Excess
  • Life/Health/Disability
  • Marine
  • Professional Liability
  • Rehabilitation, Liquidation & Insolvency
  • Reinsurance
  • Specialty Lines


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Past Seminar Materials
  Duane Morris Attorneys Will Speak at the 2015 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ, March 4, 2015
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Highlights from the NAIC Spring Annual Meeting on PBR and Captive Insurance Companies
Cameron F. MacRae,Hugh T. McCormick,K. Oliver Rust, April 22, 2015
Beginning in 2013, we have issued a series of Alerts on the controversy regarding the use of captive insurance companies to finance reserves for certain type of life insurance policies (so-called "XXX or AXXX reserves," which are widely believed to exceed reserves that are actually needed...

The Illinois Duty to Defend: Litigation Insurance against Groundless Suits Even When Extrinsic Facts Known to Both Insurer and Insured Would Otherwise Abrogate Coverage
Mark A. Bradford, March 30, 2015
On January 13, 2015, the Illinois Appellate Court issued its opinion in Illinois Tool Works, Inc. v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Co., 2015 IL App. (1st) 132350 (1st Dist. 2015), wherein the court held the insurer had a duty to defend its insured against numerous vaguely pleaded toxic tort...

Insurance Coverage for Damaged NYC Tower Crane
Stanley A. Martin, March 13, 2015
Readers will recall photos of a tower crane damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Construction of the NYC high-rise building known as One57 was underway when the crane was lashed by hurricane-force winds. The crane jib was apparently blown backwards, and ended up dangling over the counterweight almost 1,000...

The Assignment of Pennsylvania Statutory Bad Faith Claims: The Supreme Court Rules in Allstate Property and Casualty Ins. Co. v. Wolfe
Charlotte E. Thomas, March 13, 2015
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently clarified in Allstate Property and Casualty Ins. Co. v. Wolfe, No. 39 MAP 2014, 2014 WL 7088147 (Pa. Dec. 15, 2014) that statutory bad faith claims brought against insurers under 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 8371 can be assigned by insureds to injured...

Latest Developments in Regulation of XXX/AXXX Captives
, February 16, 2015
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the "NAIC") is forging ahead with its work on captive insurance companies used by life insurance companies to finance reserves required under current regulations; these reserves are commonly referred to as "XXX reserves" for...