Steuart H. Thomsen: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Steuart H. Thomsen

Steuart H. Thomsen
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Class Action Defense
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Unclaimed Insurance Benefits
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • ITC Section 337 Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0166
Fax: 202-637-3593
University Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
Admitted1979, Maryland; 1980, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Former Chair, Employee Benefits Law Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
Chair, Legal Ethics Committee, District of Columbia Bar
Former Chair, Committee on Admissions and Grievances, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Member, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Former Chair of Governance Committee, Council for Court Excellence
fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

BornBaltimore, Maryland, March 2, 1954

Steuart Thomsen, with more than three decades of litigation experience, concentrates his practice in complex business litigation, including class action defense. Steuart's clients include insurance companies (both life and property casualty) and others in the financial services industry. He has appeared in numerous state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies, including the International Trade Commission.

Steuart has represented and counseled clients in litigation and other proceedings in connection with insurance, unclaimed property, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), tax, intellectual property, false advertising claims, contract and other commercial disputes, securities fraud and Administrative Procedure Act challenges. He also advises clients in the pre-litigation phase of disputes in an effort to avoid or prepare for potential litigation.

Selected Experience
Sutherland wins dismissal of ERISA fiduciary breach claims.

Sutherland represents more than 20 insurers in unclaimed property litigation in West Virginia.

Sutherland wins dismissal of extra-contractual claims and summary judgment for homeowners' insurer in flood insurance case.

Awards and Rankings
Selected as a Washington, DC Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2011-2014)

Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers (2013-2014)


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Florida Court of Appeal Holds Insured’s Death Alone Does Not Trigger Unclaimed Property Law Obligations
Ellen M. Dunn,Robert D. Owen,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, August 8, 2014
In an opinion filed August 5, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal held that Florida’s unclaimed property law does not make life insurance proceeds due and payable at the time of the insured’s death and does not impose an affirmative duty on life insurers to search death...

Idaho Unclaimed Property Rule: Insurers Must Confirm Whether Insureds Have Died
Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, July 8, 2014
In a recently issued notice of rulemaking, the Idaho State Treasurer’s Office has proposed a temporary rule that, if permanently adopted, would alter two key definitional provisions in the state’s unclaimed property laws relating to life insurance policies and annuity contracts. The...

First Circuit: Proof of Death Prerequisite to Payment of Life Benefits
Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, June 6, 2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has confirmed that proof of death is a reasonable requirement for payment under a life insurance policy, and is a prerequisite to monies becoming “payable” under unclaimed property laws governing such policies. On May 27, a three-judge...

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Steuart H. Thomsen

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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