OUR Litigation Services
We have handled complex matters through all phases of litigation in courts and alternative forums throughout the country and regularly represent insurers in coverage disputes, render coverage opinions, and draft reservation and declination letters. Our coverage litigation experience includes:
- declaratory judgment actions
- class actions
- third-party claims, including
- long-tail exposures and other CGL claims
- first-party property and lost income claims
- extra-contractual and bad-faith cases
- ERISA claims
- bankruptcy matters
- structured settlements
- reinsurance disputes
We are particularly adept at resolving claims that involve insurance regulatory interpretation and are regularly asked to offer expert opinions on those matters.
Our attorneys represent insurance brokers, agents, managing general agents and third-party administrators in litigation over transactions, contracts, employment matters, commission disputes and regulatory investigations. Our product knowledge, combined with our regulatory experience, enables us to solve the most complex litigation matters.
Our firm has broad experience handling legal matters for and against insurance receivers and guaranty associations. Counseling liquidators in numerous estates, we provide technical and asset-collection services and defend liquidators’ objections to claim determinations. We routinely counsel troubled companies working through runoff and supervision plans, offering litigation mitigation strategies. Additionally, we regularly counsel insurers, reinsurers and others with claims against insolvent or troubled companies.
Stradley Ronon is highly regarded for handling fidelity and surety matters, having developed pro-industry case law in numerous jurisdictions. Our lawyers are some of the nation’s most experienced surety attorneys, and our surety work encompasses the gamut of bonding matters, including performance and payment bond claims defense; enforcement of surety common law and contractual rights of subrogation, exoneration and indemnification; and defending surety rights in bankruptcy court.
Our fidelity work includes representing carriers in claims under all types of fidelity bonds and policies, including financial institution bonds, commercial crime policies, and other proprietary bond and policy forms. Our attorneys frequently speak on fidelity and surety topics and are active in prominent industry organizations, including the American Bar Association Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, The Surety & Fidelity Association of America, the Fidelity Law Association, and the International Association of
Defense Counsel’s Fidelity and Surety Committee.
Experts, Arbitrators and Amici Curiae
Our insurance group leaders serve as experts, arbitrators and mediators in complex insurance disputes. Stradley Ronon is also recognized amici curiae counsel for various industry groups, including the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania and the American Council of Life Insurers.
OUR Accolades and Industry Involvement
Our insurance group and its members are routinely recognized by peers, clients and leading publications such as Chambers, Best Lawyers, The Legal Intelligencer and Martindale-Hubbell.
Stradley Ronon attorneys are frequently contacted by media for insurance industry insights and are regularly quoted by Law360, Philadelphia Business Journal, The Legal Intelligencer, PA Law Weekly and other highly regarded publications.
Active in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, we help clients and regulators navigate evolving legislative and market developments. We are also active in the International Association of Insurance Receivers, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) – Corporate Insurance Coverage Committee, the American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel, the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Run-Off Companies, and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, among other industry groups. Our attorneys also teach at numerous universities and speak at bar association events.