Civil Litigation

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP represents both policyholders and domestic and international insurers in a wide variety of insurance coverage disputes. We plan and carry out effective strategies for resolving disputes under directors and officers (D&O), general liability, professional liability, property, and reinsurance policies. We regularly represent executives and companies seeking advancement of defense fees incurred in civil and criminal litigation and insurers dealing with complex asbestos, lead paint, and pollution claims. While we litigate coverage disputes, even before those disputes we can draw on our experience advising insurers and policyholders to provide advice on the scope of policy coverage, claim handling, claim analysis, reinsurance issues, and policy drafting.

Ranked among the best insurance practices in the country, our counsel is regularly sought by industry leaders such as the Lloyd’s Underwriters reinsured by Equitas and London Market insurers. Our experienced attorneys—who have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Chambers USA, and The Best Lawyers in America as leading insurance lawyers—approach each challenge individually and find its unique contours. They then bring a wide range of possible strategies for resolution to the client for consideration—with a recommendation for the approach that will best meet the client’s goals in the most efficient manner.

Experience Highlights

Zuckerman Spaeder develops and implements effective legal strategies for a wide range of insurance issues. Our plan for helping clients solve coverage disputes always starts with ascertaining the best route to success, and we work with our clients to choose that route given the nature of the dispute and their goals. When litigation is the best approach to solving the coverage dispute, our insurance lawyers—backed by the deep bench of our renowned litigation practice—seek a successful resolution in the courtroom.

We have obtained preliminary injunctions requiring D&O insurers to advance the defense costs our clients need to successfully defend themselves, fought multi-jurisdictional battles for insurers facing lead paint claims in the billions of dollars, and tried major insurance coverage cases to judgment. We have also settled dozens of insurance coverage claims for our insurer clients involving billions of dollars.