Covington & Burling LLP

Insurance: Policyholder Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for Preeminent group with formidable depth and a broad client base. Advises policyholders across a range of industries on the full spectrum of insurance disputes. Particularly strong record in resolving environmental and asbestos-related claims, while also demonstrating a presence in emerging areas such as cyber liability.

Strengths Impressed interviewees describe the team as "the gold standard for coverage cases."

Another market source affirms: "It is the premier policyholder-side firm in the city; we have a lot of respect for them."

"It is a first-rate insurance practice and we've been exceedingly pleased with the work they've done for us," a client adds.

Notable practitioners

Anna Engh is "incredibly well regarded" by the market for her policyholder expertise.She has notable experience litigating high-profile insurance disputes, including those related to opioids and asbestos.

Cochair of the insurance practice group Benedict Lenhart is regularly retained by multinational corporations for representation in complex, high-value coverage disputes and arbitrations.

John Buchanan offers decades of experience acting in coverage litigation on behalf of corporate policyholders. He handles disputes across a diverse range of areas, including tort claims and cybersecurity.

Marialuisa Gallozzi is retained by policyholder clients to act on a range of matters, including insurance recovery and policy advice. Clients highlight her "real understanding of insurance and risk," and consider her "great to work with."

Matthew Schlesinger maintains a broad policyholder-side practice handling claims including business interruption, property damage and D&O coverage. Clients particularly appreciate his "very strong ability to explain complex issues to clients" and ability to "summarize positions and give us very good advice."

Mitchell Dolin operates an outsanding policyholder-side practice which regularly sees him handle high-value disputes for an enviable roster of household-name clients. Sources consider him "a wonderful lawyer who is very practical and knowledgeable."

Saul Goodman is particularly noted for his representation of corporate policyholders in high-stakes litigation following environmental contamination, toxic torts and other claims.

Seth Tucker garners praise for his broad insurance litigation and arbitration practice. A client reports: "He is thorough, thoughtful, careful and responsive," adding: "He has done an excellent job."

Considered a "longstanding and very distinguished"member of the DC Bar, William Greaney brings his impressive experience to bear on a range of policyholder-side matters, and displays notable expertise in handling long-tail litigation related to environmental, asbestos and lead paint claims.