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Duane Morris LLP

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What the team is known for

Well-regarded practice with a deep bench and a wide range of expertise that allows it to advise on almost all aspects of insurance law, from company formations through high-stakes litigation. Particularly adroit at handling large environmental claims and also possesses keen insight into the workings of London and European insurance markets. Frequently sought out by an enviable client roster featuring some of the largest players in the insurance space. Also offers specialist expertise in managing run-off exposures.

Strengths

Interviewees say: "They're a superstar powerhouse for this work."

Another interviewee reports: "They do a good amount of bad faith work and they're really good at it."

A commentator notes: "I have a lot of respect for what they do because they handle complex and big matters and are very visible in the market."

Work highlights

Represented WR Berkley & Cos in a coverage and bad faith suit regarding novel timing of notice and relatedness of claims issues, with respect to two large construction projects.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Gordon is extremely well versed in coverage matters arising from environmental issues, in addition to property and data and privacy-related matters.
"Very knowledgeable and smart." "He is a terrific insurance lawyer and is very well respected in the market."

Max Stern has a strong reputation for his insurance coverage and defense work on behalf of carriers. His expertise covers professional liability and workers' compensation, among other areas.
"He is recognized by the industry as being a brilliant attorney. He's very intelligent and I enjoy working with him."  "He's very knowledgeable and experienced."

Philip Matthews boasts a wealth of expertise in litigating some of the most high-profile and complex long-tail insurance cases in the California market.
"He is very well known and has a great depth of knowledge." "He's incredibly well respected and is a real statesman."

Ray Wong has an impressive insurance litigation practice that sees him advising on cases in California and the rest of the US. He is also an experienced mediator and arbitrator.
"He is one of the most well-respected insurance lawyers and is very calm and amicable." "He's very good on environmental and toxic tort matters and is very knowledgeable and experienced." "An incredibly smart and strategic lawyer."

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Overview

Duane Morris is a recognized leader in the insurance and reinsurance industry, among the true elite of law firms representing insurers' interests in coverage and litigation matters and counseling on corporate, regulatory and transactional issues.

With more than 100 attorneys nationwide, we handle the full range of insurance matters, from the routine to the most complex, and have a depth of experience in the field that is unsurpassed in the United States. Led by a core practice representing commercial liability insurers in general, excess and professional lines, we also represent clients operating in all lines of the insurance and reinsurance business, including property and casualty, life, accident and health, management and professional liability, financial lines, surety and financial guaranty. 

We represent insurers in each of the stages of the company life cycle, from initial formation, licensing and drafting policies for startups, through financial and market conduct examinations, regulatory advice and litigation for market leaders, and even acquisitions and other changes in control and insolvency matters. 

Areas of focus include:

  • Appellate​
  • Asbestos/Pollution/Health Hazard
  • Bad Faith Defense
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions
  • Construction
  • Corporate and Regulatory
  • Directors & Officers
  • General Liability — Primary and Excess
  • Insurance - Life and Disability
  • Professional Liability
  • Rehabilitation, Liquidation & Insolvency
  • Reinsurance
  • Specialty Lines

Insurance: Insurer

Duane Morris LLP

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Location

Suite 2200

One Market Plaza

Spear Tower

San Francisco

California

USA

CA 94105-1127

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

California

Insurance: Insurer


Andrew K Gordon
Band 2
Philip R Matthews
Senior Statespeople
Ray L Wong
Senior Statespeople