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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 $15 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 $15 billion.

A recognized leader

Covington has the top-ranked policyholder practice in the U.S. and one of the leading practices in the UK, according to the most recent legal rating guides published by Chambers and Legal 500. In the nine years during which Chambers has presented an Award for Excellence in Insurance, Covington has received it five times and been shortlisted the other four. In connection with the most recent award, for the seventh consecutive year, Covington was again the only law firm Chambers USA recognized in 2015 with its nationwide “Band 1” rating in the policyholder category, describing the firm as “the strongest policyholder practice in the country.”

Confirming the unmatched depth of our coverage practice, we have more individually recognized leading practitioners than any other policyholder firm in the most recent editions of Chambers USA and UK (15 lawyers, including six of the top 13 in the U.S. national rankings) and The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (12 lawyers).

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 USA (2012-2016)
    • Exclusive top-tier ranking for our practice group, with 13 individual lawyers recognized, including eight in the national category
  • Chambers UK (2012-2016)
    • UK national ranking for our practice group, with one individual lawyer recognized
  • Chambers Global (2014)
    • UK top-tier ranking for our practice group, with two individual lawyers recognized
  • Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Insurance
    • Sole recipient of Chambers USA’s national award to a policyholder coverage practice in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
  •  Law360, Insurance Group of the Year (2010, 2013, and 2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2014)
    • Twelve individual insurance lawyers recognized
    • One individual insurance lawyer recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Legal 500 US (2015)
    • Exclusive top-tier U.S. national ranking for our practice group, with six individual lawyers recognized
  • Legal 500 UK (2011-2015)
    • Top-tier UK national ranking for our practice group, with two individual lawyers recognized
  • Who’s Who Legal (2015)
    • Eight individual insurance lawyers recognized