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For more than 30 years, Covington has been successfully assisting corporate policyholders maximize their available insurance coverage. We help policyholders recover insurance—both in the U.S. and abroad—for a wide variety of claims, including mass-tort liabilities, property and business interruption losses, marine, and D&O, E&O, and many other types of exposures. We have more than 100 lawyers (including 25 partners) in our coverage practice, and a long history of successfully negotiating with and litigating against virtually all major insurers.

More than $20 billion in recoveries

Our successes include numerous recoveries in excess of $100 million, including recoveries ranging from $600 million to $1.5 billion each for Merck in connection with Vioxx claims, Armstrong and Owens Corning for asbestos claims, Dow Corning for breast implant claims, and Exxon for the Valdez grounding. Over their careers, our coverage lawyers have helped policyholders recover well in excess of $20 billion.

A recognized leader

According to the most recent legal rating guides published by Chambers, The Legal 500, and Benchmark Litigation, Covington alone has the top-ranked policyholder practice in the U.S., the District of Columbia, and California, as well as one of the leading practices in the UK. For the ninth consecutive year, Covington was again the only law firm Chambers USA recognized in 2017 with its nationwide “Band 1” rating in the policyholder category. The Legal 500 has written that “[c]lients and peers agree that ‘there is no comparison’ and its practice is ‘truly best in class.’” In the eleven years during which Chambers has presented its Award for Excellence in Insurance, Covington received the prize six times and been shortlisted the other five.

Confirming the unmatched depth of our policyholder coverage practice, the most recent editions of Chambers USA and UK identify nine of our lawyers as among the best in the field—far more than any other policyholder firm. In the group of thirteen that Chambers USA rates as the top individual policyholder lawyers in the entire United States, six are with Covington. In California, Chambers USA has conferred its rare “Star Individual” designation on two Covington lawyers. In Chambers Global 2018, Covington is the only listed firm dedicated to representing policyholders.

We have achieved coverage victories in trial and appellate courts, as well as domestic and international arbitrations. We also have a leading negotiation practice in the U.S. and abroad, helping policyholders reach business resolutions with their insurers both in direct negotiations and in mediations. And a significant portion of our practice involves advising our clients as to how best to position themselves for future coverage disputes or to avoid such disputes altogether. We also advise clients on wording and other issues in connection with renewals, particularly in the D&O and E&O areas. We have experienced policyholder coverage lawyers practicing in our London, New York, San Francisco, and Washington offices.

  • Chambers Global (2017-2019)
    • Only policyholder-side firm ranked in the insurance category
  • Chambers USA (2012-2019)
    • Exclusive top-tier ranking, with 16 individual lawyers recognized, including seven in the national category
  • Chambers UK (2012-2019)
    • UK national ranking for our practice group, with one individual lawyer recognized
  • Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Insurance
    • Sole recipient of Chambers USA’s national award to a policyholder coverage practice seven times during the last 12 years, and shortlisted every other year
  • Law360
    • Insurance Group of the Year four times during the last 10 years
  • Best Lawyers in America   
    • Seventeen individual insurance lawyers recognized (2017-2019)       
  • Legal 500 U.S. (2016-2019)
    • Exclusive top-tier U.S. national ranking for our practice group, with six individual lawyers recognized
  • Who’s Who Legal (2017-2018)    
    • Ten individual insurance lawyers recognized
  • U.S. News and World Report (2018)    
    • Tier 1 in Insurance Law nationally, in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington
    • Tier 3 in insurance Law nationally, in New York
  • Legal 500 UK (2011-2016)
    • Top-tier UK national ranking for our practice group, with one individual lawyer recognized