John Buchanan, senior counsel in Covington's Washington office and the firm's first Insurance Practice Group Coordinator, has represented policyholders in insurance coverage advocacy, dispute resolution and counseling for over three decades. His career has ranged from the early DES and asbestos coverage litigation to claims for some of the largest cyber losses in history. Mr. Buchanan has litigated, arbitrated or negotiated a wide variety of complex property and casualty insurance claims, from railroad derailment claims to satellite-in-orbit claims, and from silver-theft claims to cyber claims. Chambers USA ranks him as Band 1 for Insurance Dispute Resolution - Policyholder, both in DC and nationally, and he is listed in Best of the Best USA and numerous other attorney rating guides.
Mr. Buchanan became involved with cyber-related coverage issues in the mid-1990s and co-authored one of the earliest treatise chapters on cyber insurance coverage in 2001. Starting with the network intrusion and payment card thefts discovered by TJX in 2006, he has represented policyholders pursuing claims for losses arising from data breaches reported to involve tens of millions of compromised records. Mr. Buchanan also frequently counsels policyholders in drafting their cyber and technology errors and omissions policies, along with the insurance-related provisions of their procurement contracts.
Mr. Buchanan has been active as an invited Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, and he has spoken to audiences of judges and lawyers on issues presented in the draft Restatement. He teaches a graduate-level course on Insurance Litigation at the Insurance Law Center of the University of Connecticut School of Law and has also guest taught at the University of Virginia Law School. Mr. Buchanan speaks regularly on insurance-related topics in a wide variety of academic symposia and CLE seminars, and he is the author or co-author of many papers and articles on topics relating to insurance, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including recently on the topic of the Internet of Things and insurance for cyber-physical risks.
Among other bar association activities, Mr. Buchanan has served on the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Task Force on Improving Mediation Quality; was an elected member of the Steering Committee of the Law Practice Management Section of the DC Bar; served on the ABA Task Force for a Manual on Complex Insurance Coverage Litigation; and has served in various leadership roles for the ABA Litigation Section's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, including as Website Co-Editor-in-Chief and Co-chair of its annual meeting. As an elected member of the American Law Institute, Mr. Buchanan has served on the Members' Consultative Group for the Restatement (Third) of Torts, in addition to his current role with the Liability Insurance Restatement. He is also an elected Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.
Mr. Buchanan is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Oxford University, and Princeton University. After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he has spent his entire legal career at Covington.