Patrick Frye

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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  • Litigation
    University University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A., with honors/highest distinction Phi Beta Kappa
    Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D.
    Admitted2004, Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar member)
    BornCharlotte, North Carolina, January 22, 1979

    Patrick Frye is an associate in the Insurance and Reinsurance Department of Edwards Wildman. He represents insurance and reinsurance companies in commercial litigation of all varieties, including antitrust and coverage. Patrick regularly advises clients on litigation strategy and appears in arbitration and in both state and federal judicial proceedings.

    · Successfully represented a reinsurer in two proceedings against a cedant. As second chair in an arbitration, won an award ruling that the WTC attack was one event only. As second chair in a trial in the Southern District of New York, won a $5.1 million verdict to remedy the cedant's overcharges of reinstatement premium protection.

    · Represent a Lloyd's Syndicate in the District of New Jersey against a putative class claiming antitrust and RICO violations premised on insurers' payments of commissions to brokers.

    · Represented a reinsurer in a three-week evidentiary hearing in the Southern District of New York concerning the redomestication of a captive insurance company from Massachusetts to Bermuda.

    · In an arbitration, represented an insurer that denied indemnity coverage to a British investment firm accused of manipulating the split capital investment trusts securities sector after extensive investigation by the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority.

    · In the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, won dismissal in favor of the parent company of an insurer. Represented the client in actions simultaneously pending in state and federal court.

    · Represented an insurer in the Circuit Court of Cook County in a Protest Monies Act case against the Illinois Department of Revenue. Defeated the Department's motion to dismiss and won summary judgment in the client's favor.

    · Served as the lead - and only - counsel in a jury trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a plaintiff car purchaser against a dealership for breach of warranty. As second chair, won a verdict in the Circuit Court of Cook County in favor of a car manufacturer accused of breaching its warranties.

    · Represented an investment bank in a putative class action pending in Indiana state court. The trial court denied the plaintiff's motion to certify the class.

    · Won an appeal in the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, on behalf of an investment bank; the Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's stay of the plaintiff investor's lawsuit pending progress in a class action filed in federal court.

    · Represented clients in multiple mediations conducted by magistrate judges in the Northern District of Illinois.


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    The Florida Supreme Court Takes the “Self” Out of “Self-Insured Retention” and Rules that the Insured’s Self-Insured Retention Can Be Satisfied by Payment by Someone Other Than the Insured
    Patrick Frye, March 13, 2014
    In Intervest Construction of Jax v. General Fidelity Ins. Co., the Florida Supreme Court considered insurance policy language that called for a self-insured retention to be exhausted by “payments made by the insured.” The court decided that those payments could be made by someone else...

    An Illinois Appellate Court Again Refuses to Recognize that Innocence Does Not Bar Rescission of an Insurance Policy
    Patrick Frye, January 7, 2014
    Illinois law permits rescission of an insurance policy if, in negotiating for the policy, the insured made an innocent, but material, misrepresentation.

    An Indiana Court Allows a Bad-Faith Claim Even Though the Insurer Denied Coverage Correctly
    Patrick Frye, December 18, 2013
    Until last week, Indiana courts were strict in their treatment of an insurance bad-faith lawsuit. Not only must the plaintiff show ill will by the insurer, he must show that the insurer denied coverage wrongfully. E.g., Foster v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., no. 1:10-cv-20 (N.D. Ind. Aug. 17,...

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    225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3000
    ChicagoIL 60606


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