Casualty and Coverage

Adams and Reese’s Casualty and Coverage practice has a reputation for providing quality litigation services that can be traced to its origin as an insurance defense firm. Many of the firm’s most experienced trial lawyers still handle casualty and insurance cases. Today, we act as strategic advisors to insurance providers and self-insured clients. Our goals are to avoid litigation where possible, implement alternative dispute (ADR) measures when feasible, settle cases upon economic grounds if appropriate, and mount a vigorous defense where required.

We start by listening to our clients, and we formulate our dispute strategy from their feedback. We determine the value of each piece of litigation and assess its significance in the overall scheme of the client’s business. We then determine how best to cost-effectively staff the matter and what role technology will play in helping us achieve the best results possible. This commitment has built a strong and lasting relationship between Adams and Reese and our clients.

Our Attorneys

The members of the Casualty and Coverage Team practice in all areas of casualty and commercial insurance coverage including professional liability, commercial general liability, officers and directors, property and personal injury for a wide variety of insurance companies.  From the first notice of claim and through the entire litigation process we will assist both the insured and the carrier, whether it be in the pre-suit investigation, litigation or appeal stage.

Our team includes a former commissioner of insurance and attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for insurers.  Our regional footprint allows us to mobilize people quickly who know the local and state environment, the latest regulatory requirements and the proper defense, ADR or appellate strategies to move toward a successful resolution.

Core Practice and Clients

The Adams and Reese Casualty and Coverage Team supports both insurer-driven, (cases assigned by an insurer, adjusting firm or TPA), or insured-directed, (cases assigned by an insured with a self-insured retention or with the right to select counsel) legal matters. Our core practice includes:

Bad Faith and Business Tort Defense: defending lending institutions, finance and insurance companies regarding all manner of business tort claims, including but not limited to fraud in the inducement, misrepresentation, fair debt collection claims as well as failure to adjust and/or pay and bad faith claims.

Claim Management Claims: representing all manner of claims management companies against claims seeking recovery for negligent claims handling, bad faith failure to investigate and pay, misappropriation or fraud related to handling of claims.

Casualty Litigation: defending companies and individuals who are sued over a wide variety of tort claims ranging from slip/trip and fall claims for defective premises, negligent maintenance, failure to warn, negligent hiring, supervision and entrustment claims, construction defect claims against contractors, subcontractors, material men and suppliers as well as product liability claims for negligent design, manufacture, distribution, sale claims including failure to warn, instruct and recall claims.

Professional Liability: representing professionals including attorneys, doctors, nurses, health care practitioners, architects, engineers, accountants, and directors and officers of corporations from claims of professional negligence and  malpractice, breach of duty, contract or malfeasance including fraud, tort and contract matters.

Coverage Issues: representing insurance companies and their representatives by providing coverage opinions, pursuing coverage declaratory relief as well as defending first and third party bad faith failure to pay, investigate or settle claims. 

Representative Matters:

  • Defended manufacturers and retailers in local and nationwide litigation involving claims of product defects, ranging from design to manufacture to label and warning claims on all manner of products. These include but are not limited to recreational, medical, aviation, marine, automotive, consumer products, food and drug.
  • Defended companies in claims involving director and officer liability coverage ranging from negligence in supervision and hiring to malfeasance in job performance.
  • Defended claims in the automotive, trucking, rail, aviation and other transportation industries for insurance claims related to negligent and intentional acts.
  • Defended professionals in coverage related to negligence and malpractice or professional liability claims.   

All of the attorneys in our Casualty and Coverage practice are aggressive advocates; we fight for our clients. We are prepared to go to trial with any of our cases if that becomes necessary. We keep you informed and involved in the process of protecting your rights and mitigating your risk.

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Diversity is not new at Adams and Reese and is not the work of one individual or committee, but rather the work of our entire firm.  Through dedication, creativity, hard work and leadership of many culturally diverse individuals coming together, our diversity momentum grows stronger every year. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our service to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live. 

The Adams and Reese Diversity Committee is comprised of Deborah Rouen, Partner and Diversity Committee Chairwoman,  the Recruiting Partner, the Partner for Associates, an Executive Committee Appointee, three Practice Group Leaders, the Chief Marketing Officer and additional representatives throughout the firm's footprint.

Our minority attorney committee also meets regularly with the firm’s Diversity Chairwoman to further develop and promote diversity through events targeted to other minority attorneys, clients and community members. This committee has successfully held numerous minority receptions and events in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Bayou Classic and the Essence Music Festival, as well as sponsorships including the Urban League, Diversity Summits, Black Business Networks, Minority Bar Association events, National Minority AIDS Council efforts, as well as endowed professorships and scholarships at historically black universities.

Adams and Reese women and minorities lead by example and share in the leadership of our firm. We are also proud of our women and minority attorneys serving in leadership positions in professional, civic and philanthropic organizations.

Recent Diversity Honors

Adams and Reese is proud of our diversity recognitions made possible through the hard work, dedication and commitment within the firm:
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 200 Law Firms for Women Equity Partners
    American Lawyer Media 2012
  • Diversity Award - Unity Award in Large Company Category
    Biz941 Magazine 2012
  • Diversity Award - Corporate Counsel Women of Color Diversity Award of Excellence
    Corporate Counsel Women of Color® 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commitment to Diversity Award
    Human Resources Management Association 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commendation of Diversity Principles
    Louisiana State Bar Association 2010
  • Diversity Recognition - Diversity Scorecard - Among top 200 law firms in diversity
    Minority Law Journal 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, Finalist Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2009, 2007
  • Diversity Recognition - Women in Law Firms - Nationally ranked among nation's best law firms for women
    American Lawyer Magazine 2009
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, First Place Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity
    MultiCultural Law Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Women
    Women 3.0 Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Award - Lighthouse Award - Fostering diversity in the legal profession
    International Paper Legal Department 2006

Events and Sponsorships

Adams and Reese is proud to host, sponsor, partner and participate in numerous diversity initiatives:
  • ABA Minority Counsel Program
  • ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's "Women in Products Liability"
  • Bayou Classic
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color® Annual Career Strategies Conference
  • Endowed Professorships and Scholarships at Historically Black Universities
  • Essence Music Festival
  • GE Midwestern Diversity Conference
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Annual Job Fair – Loyola University
  • Loyola University College of Law Diversity Programs
  • Martinet Scholarship Gala
  • Mobile United Ethics and Diversity Seminar
  • National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference
  • National Bar Association National Convention
  • National Black Law Student Association Convention
  • National Directory of Minority Attorney
  • National Minority AIDS Council
  • National Urban League Conference
  • National Women’s Law Center Annual Awards
  • National Women’s Leadership Council
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Power Ties
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair
  • SunBelt Minority Job Fair
  • Vault/MCCA
  • Women of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness


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