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Mendes & Mount, LLP 
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750 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York  10019-6829

(New York Co.)

Telephone: 212-261-8000
Fax: 212-261-8750

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About this office:

In 1916, O.D. Duncan and Russell T. Mount opened law offices at 27 William Street in New York City and began building a practice in admiralty and insurance law. The First World War saw the practice grow rapidly with shipbuilding disputes, financing, and claims for vessels and cargo lost at sea. In the 1920's, much of America's industrial activity was insured in the London insurance market and the firm was often retained by London insurers in defense of litigation in the U.S. In 1938, O.D. Duncan was appointed general counsel to Lloyd's, the only individual attorney to be so appointed. As World War II approached, the firm helped set up Lloyd's American Trust Fund, a $40 million reserve which ensured Lloyd's ability to meet its policy obligations in the U.S. throughout the war. In 1946, Duncan was made an honorary member of Lloyd's and after his death in 1947, the firm was renamed Mendes & Mount.

The firm's practice has always been insurance-related, from basic defense and prosecution of suits, claim program review, loss control and claim prevention, contract interpretation and drafting to regulatory counseling and financial regulations compliance and administration. Practice areas have expanded to include aerospace and satellite communications, environmental litigation, mass toxic tort and product liability. The firm is staffed largely by dual professionals--lawyer-engineers, lawyer-accountants, lawyer-aviators and lawyer-mariners.


Specific Practice & Industry Groups Details:
AviationComprehensive General Liability
Counseling ServicesDirectors and Officers
Errors and OmissionsLitigation
Marine and EnergyProfessional Liability

Statement of Practice Summary:
Aviation and Space; Comprehensive General Liability; Counseling Services; Directors and Officers; Errors and Omissions; Litigation; Marine and Energy; Professional Liability; Property; Reinsurance.

Documents by Lawyers at this office
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Excess Liability Policy Not Triggered Until Actual Payment of Underlying Limits: Mere Liability Insufficient
Arthur J. Washington, September 17, 2013
The concept of excess insurance seems simple enough at first glance but one issue has proved contentious: just what must happen, vis-a-vis the underlying policies, to trigger the excess coverage? The state of play was uncertain at the beginning of 2013 but the exhaustion issue has since been...

Settlement and the Requirement of Underlying Exhaustion
Robert M. Flannery, September 10, 2013
At its essence, an insurance policy is simply a contract. (FN1) In most jurisdictions, the general rule by which the clear and unambiguous terms of a contract will be interpreted is by assigning to those terms their plain, ordinary or customary meaning.(FN2) The recent JP Morgan Chase & Co v....

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