Practice/Industry Group Overview
Very little in today’s “flat,” hyper-connected world moves without some form of insurance. From a simple concept hatched at Lloyd’s Coffee House in 1690s London to possibly the most critical business on the planet, today’s defense of insurers and their insureds is no simple matter.
For nearly 35 years Wilson Elser has been closely aligned with the insurance industry, influencing the way it does business, from the clarity of the language in its policies to the types of products it offers to its expansion into every industry. We have been in the business of helping public and private-sector clients identify and prevent exposures and, if they occur, capably managing reaction and recovery. This is our heritage and remains among our greatest strengths. The attorneys of Wilson Elser have the depth and breadth of experience to handle virtually every type of case – from a small claim to the most complex legal matter and all the transactional and jurisdictional issues in between.
As some of the world’s most discriminating buyers of legal services, our clients increasingly look to work with integrated “teams” that can advance their business objectives. We accommodate them through a dynamic operating model that draws on the collective experience and resources of the entire firm in realizing desired legal outcomes. Ever mindful of the increasing economic pressures under which our clients conduct their businesses, we are committed to resolving claims quickly and efficiently. Our practice attorneys regularly access centralized resources and firmwide talent. This type of collaboration frequently spawns innovative and cost-effective solutions to our clients’ most complex legal issues.
We scrupulously attend to every detail in preparing to defend our clients. This is the hallmark of our Insurance Defense attorneys and the principal reason for our enviable track record of success.
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:
Duty to Settle Absent a Demand? California Court Says No
Patrick M. Kelly,D. Victoria LaBrie,James A. Stankowski, November 19, 2013
The California Court of Appeal in Reid v. Mercury Insurance Company [(2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 262 (rehearing denied November 6, 2013)] found no California authority “standing for the proposition that there is a duty to settle when there is a claim that is vastly in excess of the policy limits...
Court Confirms the Limited Duty of an Insurance Broker to Procure Only Coverage Requested by the Insured
John R. Clifford,Edward P. Garson,Ian A. Stewart, November 11, 2013
Recently, in San Diego Assemblers v. Work Comp for Less Insurance Services, Inc. (October 4, 2013, CA Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District), the court upheld the granting of summary judgment on behalf of a broker on the grounds that it breached no legal duty to its client. The court rejected...
As the “NY State of Health” Enters Its Third Week, a Look at the Role of Navigators
Frank J. Fanshawe,Sandy M. Smith, October 23, 2013
New York’s Health Insurance Marketplace, officially called the NY State of Health, has entered its third week of operation, and as of October 8, 2013, had enrolled 40,000 New York residents in health insurance plans offered through the Marketplace. These enrollments have taken place online,...
Long-Awaited Colorado Court of Appeals Stresscon Decision a Mixed Bag
Joseph F. Bermudez,Jessica C. Collier,Suzanne M. Meintzer,Melissa W. Shisler, September 27, 2013
Extends Notice-Prejudice Rule to Voluntary Payments under Liability Policies, Finds “Other Insurance” Clauses Curb Double Damages Penalties and Leaves Pertinent Bad Faith Question Unanswered
Despite the Best of Intentions, Paving the Way for the Next Financial Meltdown
Frederick J. Pomerantz, August 24, 2013
At the Cannes Summit in November 2011, the G-20 Leaders endorsed the Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for Financial Institutions (‘the Key Attributes’) as the international standard for resolution regimes. As reported in Bloomberg Business Week on August 12, 2013 [C....