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Patricia Barald has had an active litigation practice at Covington since 1975. Her insurance practice has included representing corporate policyholders and policyholders coalitions seeking coverage for environmental, asbestos, fidelity, crime/fraud and other claims in state and federal courts under a wide variety of policies, and challenging in the U.K. courts “solvent schemes of arrangement” by British insurers attempting to cut off U.S. policyholders’ rights under longstanding occurrence policies.

  • In addition to her environmental and insurance practice, Ms. Barald has represented the tobacco industry on matters including protection of first amendment rights, preservation of confidential and proprietary trade secret ingredient and product formula information, see Lorillard v. Reilly, 533 U.S. 525 (2001), and in developing state-of-the-art encryption systems for mandatory filing of such information with state regulatory agencies.

Pro Bono

  • Pro bono activities have included representing asylum applicants, including establishing the right of stowaway applicants to due process, and representation of cities and towns on historic preservation matters.
  • First full time woman on the Cornell Law School faculty (1973-1975)