Robinson+Cole is a leading commercial law firm that proudly serves business clients from nine offices throughout the Northeast and in Florida. Our Insurance + Reinsurance Group regularly handles complex property insurance litigation throughout the United States. We have served as lead counsel in many high-exposure cases around the country involving a wide variety of coverages, including commercial property; business interruption and extra expense; builder’s risk, contractor’s equipment, cargo and other inland marine risks; boiler and machinery policies; excess and surplus lines risks; and homeowner’s policies issued to high net worth individuals.
Our lawyers have been at the vanguard of some of the nation’s most cutting-edge property insurance litigation. For example, during the past few years, our lawyers have served as national counsel to a number of property insurers in complex litigation (including class actions) involving first-party Chinese drywall claims in Virginia, Florida, and Louisiana. Our work on those cases has resulted in published court opinions (including Travco v. Ward) that have greatly assisted the industry in its response to those claims. In addition, we have been heavily involved in litigation over the flood exclusion in Louisiana and Mississippi, and lawsuits concerning numerous business interruption issues arising from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma, and Ike. Our attorneys have also defended class actions involving valued policy laws, general contractor overhead and profit, and other property insurance claim-handling practices.
Perhaps what most differentiates Robinson+Cole from our competitors is our extensive trial experience in complex property insurance coverage and business interruption cases. Robinson+Cole lawyers have litigated—and in many cases tried—significant personal and commercial lines coverage disputes in over 25 states. Because of our ability to assemble and deploy a top-notch trial team in virtually any jurisdiction on short notice, clients increasingly hire us to take over the defense of complex cases at an advanced stage—often just before trial. Success in the courtroom has earned many of our lawyers high professional distinctions, including membership in prestigious bar organizations like the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
In addition to representing insurers in litigation, we routinely advise and counsel our clients regarding property coverage and claim-handling issues, supervise fraud investigations, coordinate outside experts and consultants, take examinations under oath, provide coverage opinions, and represent insurers in appraisals and arbitrations. We have also assisted several of our clients in establishing and implementing nationwide subrogation recovery programs.
Whether representing our clients in coverage litigation or providing legal and coverage advice concerning a pending claim, our lawyers are always focused on our clients’ underlying business objectives. We add value by fashioning innovative strategies designed to achieve those objectives at the lowest possible cost.
Robinson+Cole is consistently ranked as one of the top litigation firms by the Chambers guides, US News & World Report’s Best Law Firms Survey, and Benchmark Litigation.