Jenner & Block

Insurance Recovery and Counseling

We represent policyholders in coverage disputes with their insurers.  Clients seek our advice and representation in difficult matters requiring thorough knowledge and understanding of insurance law, history, custom and practice combined with sophisticated strategic thinking, execution and advocacy.  Our lawyers have been leaders in the insurance litigation bar for over 25 years, and our group has recently been recognized by Chambers USA as the best Policyholder Insurance Practice in the United States for 2013.  We are well known to insurers as unrelenting advocates with a formidable track record of trial, arbitral and mediated  successes, often enabling us to make substantial early settlement recoveries for our clients without the need for extensive litigation.

Our attorneys have experience with virtually every kind of policy form and coverage claim.  Among us we have achieved hundreds of litigated, arbitrated and mediated resolutions of coverage claims involving general liability, property damage, business interruption, D&O liability, E&O liability, financial risks, cyber risks, employee dishonesty, professional liability, products liability, premises liability, completed operations, lien protection, property valuation, mortgages, homeowners, aviation risk, fire, flood, windstorm, kidnapping and ransom, life and health, and dozens of other specialty forms.  We have extensive experience with London markets, foreign insurers, cross border disputes, master policies and complex insurance programs involving multiple insurers and risks.  Clients with captive insurers seek our advice and representation in reinsurance disputes.

We are often engaged to assist with the preparation of complex proofs of loss in connection with property damage and business interruption claims.  We have substantial experience working in tandem with private adjusters and consulting firms in this process.

Our attorneys also have extensive experience resolving coverage claims for asbestos, environmental, toxic tort, industrial solvents, lead paint and similar kinds of “long tail” liabilities.  We are highly familiar with the practices of run-off specialists seeking settlement and commutations of historical insurance programs.  We are also well experienced with domestic and foreign insolvent insurers and  schemes of arrangement in London markets. 

We pride ourselves in understanding every client’s business as a top priority.  We work well with risk managers and their brokers, whose responsibilities to procure and maintain suitable overall insurance programs are vital to the ongoing success of our clients.  We are often asked by risk managers to provide advice and consultation in the procurement process concerning pitfalls to be avoided in negotiating terms and conditions of various policies and programs.

In 2013 our Insurance Recovery and Counseling Practice has received the following recognitions:
  • Chambers USA – Award for Excellence in Insurance (Policyholder) (No. 1 Insurance practice in the United States) in addition to four individually ranked partners and leading practices in Illinois and Washington, DC
  • National Law Journal – Chicago Litigation Department of the Year: Insurance 
  • Benchmark Litigation – Midwest Insurance Firm of the Year  
  • Legal 500 – Recommended in “Insurance: Advice to Policyholders”, along with three ranked partners