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Coronavirus and Insurance Coverage - What Attorneys Need to Know


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: March 20, 2020
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Agenda

  • Insurance Policies
  • Commercial Property Policies
  • Event Cancellation Policies
  • Trade Disruption Policies
  • Commercial General Liability Policies
  • Directors' and Officers' Liability Policies
  • Employment-Related Coverage Issues
  • Actions by State Insurance Departments
  • Immediate Impact on Litigation
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour, 3 minutes
Recorded: March 20, 2020

Description

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has already caused worldwide disruption - including widespread illness, deaths, cancellations, and closures. The human and economic impact of COVID-19 will be enormous. Experts in the field will discuss insurance coverage issues which will emerge from injury, financial losses, and other damages caused by COVID-19, as well as the impact COVID-19 might play on insurance markets in the future.

This program was recorded on March 20th, 2020.

Provided By

American Bar Association

Panelists

John B. Mumford, Jr.

Partner
Hanock Daniel

John Mumford focuses his twenty-plus years of commercial litigation experience on two industries – insurance and healthcare – and is a nationally recognized expert in these areas.

In the insurance realm, John represents property and casualty insurers in coverage litigation and disputes, and counsels insurers with respect to coverage issues arising under a wide variety of policies.

John’s healthcare litigation experience spans the gamut of disputes faced by healthcare providers, including contract disputes, antitrust, business torts, and disputes with payors (private and governmental). John also works with healthcare providers in establishing and operating self-insurance programs.

Ernest Martin

Partner
Haynes and Boone, LLP

Ernest Martin exclusively represents corporate policyholders in the areas of complex insurance recovery and consultation. When insurance companies refuse to pay claims, defense costs, settlements, or judgments, corporate clients call him to represent their interests against insurance companies. He uses his vast experience handling insurance coverage matters, knowledge of key insurance principles, insight into how insurance companies operate, and understanding of his client’s business objectives to maximize insurance recoveries from insurance companies in the most efficient way possible.

Ernest has represented private and public entities in coverage disputes before state and federal courts in Texas and across the nation. He has handled litigation and arbitration for coverage disputes involving directors’ and officers' liability claims, construction disputes, environmental claims, securities claims, property damage and business interruption claims, general liability claims, catastrophic personal injury claims, and bad faith claims. Additionally, Ernest consults with clients on matters of insurance coverage including the purchase and renewal of policies, as well as leveraging coverage in the defense and settlement of claims.

Ernest, the Co-Founder of the State Bar of Texas Insurance Section, has been widely recognized by his legal industry peers and corporate clients. According to Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, Ernest is deemed by sources to be “preeminent in the field of insured advocacy” and “excellent, smart, and persistent,” (2014) “very responsive, easy to work with, organized and great at bringing relevant issues to the table,” (2013) hailed by clients as a “genius for coverage disputes” and regarded by peers as “one of the best policyholders in Texas,” (2012), and described as knowing the area “inside-out and is a creative thinker with outstanding negotiation skills.” (2010). Mark Chloupek of La Quinta Inns said, "Ernest Martin of Haynes and Boone has provided phenomenal representation for various affiliate entities.”

A frequent speaker at state and national insurance seminars, Ernest has held leadership positions in insurance legal associations and served as an adjunct insurance law professor for ten years. He currently serves as head of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Practice Group, and served as a member of the firm's managing Board of Director.

Lorelie S. Masters

Partner
Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP

A nationally recognized insurance coverage litigator, Lorie handles all aspects of complex, commercial litigation and arbitration. Lorie has advised clients on a wide range of liability coverages, including insurance for environmental, employment, directors and officers, fiduciary, property damage, cyber, and other liabilities. She also handles various types of first-party property insurance claims, including claims under boiler and machinery, business-interruption, contingent business-interruption, extra expense and other related coverages.

Lorie has handled and tried cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country and in arbitrations in the United States and abroad. At issue in these cases typically have been millions of dollars of insurance coverage for products and environmental liability, silicone gel breast implant claims, and other types of liability. Most recently, she obtained a settlement worth millions of dollars under D&O and E&O policies bought by a national nonprofit facing RICO and other high-stakes claims. She served as lead trial counsel for policyholder in an action enforcing CGL insurance coverage for the then-largest property damage class action settlement ever. The National Law Journal called that jury’s verdict one of the “most significant jury verdicts” of the year. She has also handled many other matters in litigation, arbitration, and settlement negotiations, recovering, collectively, billions of dollars for her clients.

Lorie is co-author of Insurance Coverage Litigation, an in-depth legal treatise first published by Aspen Law & Business in 1997 and updated annually. She co-authored a second book, entitled Liability Insurance in International Arbitration: The Bermuda Form, which won the 2012 Book Prize from the British Insurance Law Association for “outstanding contributions to the literature on insurance,” and is recognized as the seminal work on the issue of Bermuda Form arbitration. She was invited to serve as an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance, a position she has held since 2010.

A partner in the insurance coverage practice, Lorie’s clients say she “is very good at explaining complicated issues, and then distilling them for commercial use,” according to Chambers USA 2016, which ranks her in the upper echelons of her practice nationwide. She also was named a Top Ten Super Lawyer in DC for 2014 and 2015, among other recognitions.

Lorie writes and speaks extensively on insurance coverage, technology, and litigation. In addition to her legal practice, she is active in diversity and inclusion matters and has represented many individuals and groups pro bono, including policyholders denied health care coverage and victims of human trafficking. In 2007, she obtained one of the first money judgments in the country under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, after a trial in the federal court in the District of Columbia.

Lorie currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA) and as Treasurer of the DC Bar Foundation, the largest funder of legal services in the DC area. She is very proud of her service in 2008-2009 as President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (“WBA”) and her role in helping to organize the WBA’s centennial celebrations in 2016-2017. She helped to found the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and served as its second President in 2013-2014. She served as national Policyholder Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, 2000-2003.

Lorie is admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, US District Court for the District of Columbia, US District Court for the District of Maryland, US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She ran for attorney general in the District of Columbia’s first-ever election for that position in 2014.

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