Insurance

Insurance plays a major role in countless legal and business disputes. Understanding how insurance fits into the analysis can positively impact the resolution. Nexsen Pruet’s Insurance Practice Group understands the many facets of insurance disputes and stands ready to provide insurance carriers, businesses, and individuals the kind of cost-effective, skilled representation.

Deep experience in insurance

Our insurance attorneys represent clients in many insurance-related matters, including substantial work in organization, licensing, regulation, examination and rate regulation in both the administrative and litigation areas. In addition, we are involved in direct representation of insurance companies in litigation and in the representation of their insureds, primarily in defense areas.

We have significant experience and resources in researching and drafting insurance coverage opinions for insurers, handling their coverage and bad faith litigation, and representing them in regulatory compliance matters. Nexsen Pruet attorneys represent clients at the state, regional and federal level.

Diverse capabilities in many areas

Nexsen Pruet’s diverse insurance practice enables us to handle routine and complex matters for commercial general liability, auto liability, property/casualty, life and health insurers, as well as for insureds, in first-party and third-party disputes. Our attorneys have years of experience handling professional liability claims for a variety of professions.

We also have extensive legal experience in litigation matters involving serious bodily injury, wrongful death, major property damage, business torts, intellectual property, lost profits, and declaratory, equitable, and injunctive relief. We have considerable courtroom experience and skills and have handled many insurance matters through trial and appeals in state and federal courts.

Our practice areas include:

  • Advertising liability claims
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Arson/fraud/inflated claims
  • Auto liability claims
  • Bad faith/extra-contractual claims
  • Business interruption claims
  • Defense of first- and third-party liability claims
  • Directors and officers liability claims
  • Employment practices liability claims
  • Environmental claims (pollution, mold)
  • ERISA claims
  • Errors and omissions claims
  • Excess and surplus lines claims
  • Fidelity and surety claims
  • Financial institution liability claims
  • Insurance application misrepresentation claims
  • Insurance fraud
  • Life insurance claims
  • Health/accident/disability claims
  • Insurance agency claims
  • Mediation/arbitration of insurance disputes
  • Premises liability
  • Premium disputes
  • Professional liability claims
  • Property/casualty/liability coverage claims
  • Property subrogation claims
  • Regulatory/licensing compliance
  • Risk management
  • Title insurance claims
  • Underwriting
  • Unfair claim settlement practices claims

We excel at property subrogation

Our Property Subrogation and Recovery team regularly represents clients involved with all sorts of property loss cases, many of which are extremely complex.  Our team handles complex multi-party cases involving fire losses, water and flood-related property losses, catastrophic structural failures, construction deficiencies, and mechanical and electrical defects and errors.  We specialize in recovering monies for our insurance clients.

Experience in claims resulting from catastrophes

Our attorneys also have extensive experience in handling insurance matters that result from natural and manmade disasters, including the floods and hurricanes that so often plague the Carolinas, acts of nature, explosions, and fires. Beyond that, we are skilled in the numerous issues that can emerge from disasters, such as bad faith claims, errors and omissions, mishandled claims, business interruption, and the failure of agencies to procure appropriate coverage or policy limits.

Additionally, Nexsen Pruet’s Insurance Practice Group has worked extensively with federal government agencies, from FEMA to the Small Business Administration.

Premises liabilities experience

The firm represents self-insured clients owning stores and other properties in negligence claims brought against them for personal injury on premises. This includes shoppers slipping and falling, boxes or displays falling onto shoppers, and shoppers tripping over objects in the store. We have represented a wide range of grocery store chains, retailers, restaurants, and others in these kinds of claims.

A related area of the law involves claims for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, or defamation made by customers who believe they were wrongly accused of shoplifting, or who were wrongly reported to have written a bad check. These kinds of claims arise often in a retail setting, and we have handled these for insurance company and retail clients.

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Diversity

Nexsen Pruet recognizes the importance of having lawyers that reflect the broad diversity within our client base, our jury system, our colleagues, and our community at large.  To that end, we are committed to recruiting minority candidates, reducing minority attrition, supporting minority organizations, and expanding and improving our diversity program.  We also recognize that the pursuit of a diverse workplace is, and should be, ongoing. 

As a means of promoting these interests, we created the Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship Program. Prior to creating the scholarship, we completed a written plan that identified methods by which the firm could recruit, hire, and retain minority lawyers. The plan includes expanding our recruitment efforts to other law schools, increasing recruitment of lateral minority and female candidates, and continuing to develop and enhance our relationships with minority law organizations such as the Black Law Students Association.  Our goal is to identify qualified minority candidates who may be potential members of the firm.

Nexsen Pruet understands the need for and value of increased diversity, and we are strengthening and building upon our commitment to provide an inclusive environment within our firm.  As such, we will maintain a continuing focus on doing whatever we can to achieve the important and necessary goal of diversity.

 

Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship

Strengthening the Lawyers of Tomorrow...Today

   The Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship aims to:  

  • Support diversity within our firm and the bar  
  • Enhance educational opportunities for talented minorities in the field of law  
  • Inform minority law students of opportunities for private practice in the Carolinas   

The Scholarship Program will award $3000 to one or more exceptional first year minority law students planning a career in North or South Carolina.   

All scholarship recipients will be considered for summer employment in one of the Nexsen Pruet offices upon completion of their first year of law school.  Scholarship recipients are invited to re-apply for additional scholarships during their second and third years of law school.   

 Eligible students must be attending one of the following schools:

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Law 
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law 
  • Charleston School of Law
  • Charlotte School of Law