Provided by Angela R Elbert
Angela is chair of the firm's Insurance Policyholder practice group and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. She counsels corporate policyholders on complex risk management and insurance issues and develops custom strategies to maximize recovery when claims arise. With over 25 years of experience, Angela has been instrumental in recovering hundreds of millions of dollars of insurance for her clients through negotiation, mediation and, where necessary, litigation. Her nationwide risk management practice spans a broad range of capabilities, including negotiating insurance with the best terms available, providing strategic assistance on the insurance aspects of complex corporate transactions, resolving financial insolvency concerns and evaluating, preparing and enforcing indemnification agreements.
With considerable experience managing insurance coverage and commercial litigation disputes before state and federal courts and arbitration panels, Angela focuses her national litigation practice primarily on prosecuting policyholder claims for a wide array of insurance lines. Angela is a frequent speaker on insurance topics and is a former chair of the Insurance Committee of the ABA’s Section of Litigation.
Her clients hold numerous, complex insurance policies, and typically need guidance to orchestrate the coverage those policies provide. After thoroughly reviewing clients’ insurance portfolios, Angela assists clients to establish necessary coverage levels and eliminate gaps that could leave their businesses exposed.
Angela’s enthusiasm for her work helps her build valuable, enduring relationships with clients, peers and industry leaders, enabling her to solve challenges and close complicated deals. Ranked in various industry sources, her clients say “she is always on top of the detail, business-focused and her experience in insurance law is terrific." - Chambers USA 2017.
Partner; Chair, Insurance Policyholder Practice Group.
2020 recipient of Thomas F. Segalla Service Award in recognition of dedication and service to the American College of Coverage Counsel
2020 honoree in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s and Chicago Lawyer’s Inaugural Salute! Women in Law Awards.
Named among the "100 Women Who Inspire Us" at the ABA's 2019 Women in Litigation Conference
BTI Consulting Group - 2018 Client Service All-Star
Named among "Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers" by Crain’s Custom Media, 2018
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
Regional Co-chair, Illinois Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (2018-2021)
Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee ("ICLC") (2015-2018); Vice-chair (2012-2015)
Co-chair, Insurance, Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference (2019)
Co-chair, ICLC Women Insurance Network CLE Conference (2012)
Managing editor of Coverage, a nationally distinguished ABA publication for ICLC (2003-2010)
Co-chair, ICLC's CLE Annual Seminar (2008), vice-chair (2007)
Member, ICLC Long Range Planning Committee for the ABA ICLC (2009-2012)
Co-chair, ICLC Practice and Business Development Subcommittee (2010-2012)
Co-chair, ICLC Membership Subcommittee (2011-2012)
American College of Coverage Counsel
Policyholder At-Large Executive Committee Member, Board of Regents (2020-present)
Member, Board of Regents (2020-present)
Chair, Annual Meeting (2019-2020); Vice-chair (2018-2019)
Co-chair, Emerging Risks Committee (2020-present) and Communications Committee (2018-2019)
Member, Executive Committee (2021-present)
Member, Associate Review Committee (2015-present)
Member, Marketing Committee (2017-present)
Co-chair of Women’s Network’s leadership team (group devoted to promotion of business and professional development of women professionals) (2006-2011), Member (2018-present)
Member, Income Partner Review Committee (2015-2017)
Member, Long Range Planning Committee (2012)
Chicago Bar Association
Chair, Insurance Committee (2009-2010), vice-chair (2008-2009) and secretary (2007- 2008)
Chair, Civil Practice Committee, Division III (1999-2000), vice-chair (1998-1999) and secretary (1997-1998)
Chair of National Board of Directors (2014-2015); Member (2012-2018)
Chair of Chicago Board of Directors (2012-2013); Member (2010-2013)
Chair of Chicago Corporate Fundraising Committee (2010-2011)
Art Institute of Chicago Auxiliary Board
Board Member (2010-2017); Emeritus Board Member (2017-2020)
Co-chair, Development Committee (2012-2014)
Co-chair, Treasure Hunt Event (2010-2011)
Art Institute of Chicago Volunteer (2003-2009)
Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
Board member (2009-2012)
Co-chair of Community Outreach Committee (2008-2010)
Frequent author and lecturer on insurance topics.
Indiana University (JD, cum laude, 1996); Hanover College (BA, cum laude, 1993).
Angela Elbert chairs the firm's insurance group and is retained by policyholders in coverage disputes arising out of a broad variety of claims.
"Angela is very practical and creative, with good instincts for where to go."