Craig R. Blackman

Co-Chair, Insurance

cblackman@stradley.com

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Craig Blackman

Overview

Craig Blackman is a nationally recognized authority on the National Flood Insurance Program, and focuses his practice on a variety of insurance industry issues, including commercial and personal lines; directors and officers and errors and omission; general liability; land title; fidelity and surety; and professional, employment and products liability. He has counseled clients on primary, umbrella, excess policies and reinsurance, as well as captive, self-insured and surplus lines programs; and proof of claim/coverage analyses in receivership. He is also a member of the firm's nonprofit & religious organizations practice group, representing nonprofit companies and related individuals regarding insurance needs of such entities and their boards.

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Representative Matters

  • retained by national flood insurance write-your-own carriers to handle hundreds of flood insurance coverage matters under the National Flood Insurance Program nationally and regionally
  • Howell, et al. v. State Farm Insurance Companies, et al, U.S.D.C. (Baltimore, MD), Docket No. 1:04-cv-01494-BEL (putative class-action suit asserting claims under National Flood Insurance Program)
  • The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, et al. v. Travelers Casualty & Surety Company of America, as successor to Aetna Casualty & Surety Company, et al., 60th Judicial District Court, Jefferson County, Texas, No. B161,903, (multisite, multistate, noise-induced hearing loss exposure matter)
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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Education
  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Temple University
Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
  • Executive Committee, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Stradley Ronon Diversity Group
  • Vice President, Tribe 12

Languages
  • French
  • Hebrew

Speaking Engagements

  • Conference Planning Committee Member and Panelist, “NFIP Legal Issues,” Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s National Flood Conference
  • Speaker, “The Role of Insurance in the Fine Arts and Museum World,” Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts’ (CCAHA) Collections Management Workshop
  • Panelist, “Current State of the National Flood Insurance Program,” Saint Joseph’s University Academy of Risk Management & Insurance’s Government and Insurance Symposium
  • Presenter, “Catastrophic Losses – What Is Covered?,” National Business Institute’s Insurance Law Update: Understanding Current Coverage Trends Seminar
  • Speaker, “Pandemic Preparedness: An Executive Forum on Protecting Your Business,” Executive Forum
  • Presenter, “Business Interruption and Insurance: In The Face of Man-Made or Natural Disasters, Are You Asking The Right Questions to Ensure Your Business Continuity?,” Association of Continuity Planners Meeting
  • Speaker, “When Disaster Strikes ... Is Your Business Prepared?,” Executive Forum
  • Guest Lecturer, “Insurance Issues Related to Museum and Gallery Administration,” University of the Arts Graduate School - Museum Studies Department
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Pennsylvania Insurance Coverage Issues,” National Business Institute’s Insurance Coverage Law in Pennsylvania Seminar
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Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent rating
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
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In The Community

Craig is an active member of the legal community, as well as the community outside of law. He has been a delegate to the World Jewish Congress and served on the board of directors of the Zionist Organization of America (for which he was president of the mid-Atlantic region). He previously served as president of the Hillel Foundation of Greater Philadelphia and currently sits on its Executive Committee. Craig was also a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council, the International Hillel Foundation and the Federation of Jewish Agencies (Philadelphia Region) on whose Board of Trustees he currently sits, and is a former member of the American board of directors of Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. He also served on the Gala Auction Committee for the Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance.
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