Insurance Defence

Our team of specialist lawyers focuses on assessing and handling risk to insurers.  We deliver the full range of high-value services our clients require – including insurance and reinsurance coverage matters, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and civil litigation.

What sets us apart? The insurance lawyers at Stevens Virgin are also trial counsel; we appear in court on a near daily basis and try several major cases every year.  We handle all aspects of insurance litigation, including sensitive negotiated resolutions, trials before juries and judges, and appeals.  Our trial experience enables us to aggressively defend our clients and provides a strong foundation for developing strategies to dispose of cases on summary application or negotiating an early settlement.  Our lawyers are sought-after speakers and authors on a variety of insurance coverage issues.  We have represented some of the nation’s largest insurance brokers in broker liability actions alleging errors in the placement of coverage. They have counseled clients regarding different types of insurance issues, including Directors’ and Officers’ liabilities, products liability, property damage, casualty and professional liabilities, construction defects, and fraud.

The defence of insurance carriers in coverage and bad faith claims comprises a substantial part of our practice.  A particular concern facing insurers, bad faith allegations by an insured are met vigorously by the insurance lawyers at Stevens Virgin, who initiate detailed investigation into the alleged improper handling.  We have acted as defence counsel in claims brought against our clients arising from breaches of insurance contracts in the context of transportation, disability, and broker claims.  Due to the potential for a punitive damages award, care is taken to ensure risk awareness at all stages, including pre-litigation.  Clear and responsive communication is extended at all times.  Where necessary, other parties may be brought into the litigation.

Our lawyers have worked with some of the largest insurers in:

  • an action under a commercial general liability policy by movers who dropped a house in transit
  • an action under an umbrella policy for defects sustained during road construction
  • an action under an automobile policy for third party personal injuries sustained in a rear-end motor vehicle collision

Policyholders in a variety of industry groups retain Stevens Virgin to analyze policy wordings, to address large and small loss or liability issues, and to provide advice on insurance-related strategic concerns.  We are able to provide advice on issues related to contract drafting, develop coverage opinions, and counsel you regarding the adequacy of your reserves.  This experience includes representing insurers and reinsurers in coverage disputes, providing advice on issues related to contract drafting, developing coverage opinions, counseling you on the adequacy of your reserves for significant claims, and assisting with the analysis and management of problematic market-wide losses. This experience includes representing insurers and reinsurers in coverage disputes, providing advice on issues related to contract drafting, developing coverage opinions, counseling you on the adequacy of your reserves for significant claims, and assisting with the analysis and management of problematic market-wide losses. This experience includes representing insurers and reinsurers in coverage disputes, providing advice on issues related to contract drafting, developing coverage opinions, counseling you on the adequacy of your reserves for significant claims, and assisting with the analysis and management of problematic market-wide losses.

For more information and to meet members in Stevens Virgin’s insurance defence group, please connect with any of our key contacts listed at right.

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