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Tara A. Brennan
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5588 tbrennan@cov.com Download V-card

Tara Brennan represents policyholders in litigating and resolving complex insurance coverage disputes nationwide. She has particular experience with claims under financial institution bonds and crime policies, as well as under errors and omissions, directors and officers, cyber, and commercial general liability policies. Ms. Brennan also counsels clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, and mortgage services, on their insurance programs and policy renewals to help policyholders maximize coverage.

  • Representation of Freddie Mac under Financial Institution Bond for a $100 million plus fraud loss arising out of one of the largest-ever financial frauds.
  • Representation of investment company under Financial Institution Bond for international loss related to former Director’s fraudulent sale of subsidiary.
  • Representation of a New York-based publicly traded international investment bank regarding coverage under Financial Institution Bond and D&O and E&O policies for the well-publicized fraud of a former partner.
  • Representation of various corporate policyholders regarding losses under crime policies and fidelity and financial institution bonds and crime policies, including claims arising from Ponzi schemes, forgery, employee theft, social engineering, fraudulent transfer, and other financial frauds.
  • Representation of a publicly traded technology company regarding coverage under traditional and cyber-insurance policies for a purported class action involving the use of consumer data.
  • Representation of large mortgage industry company regarding E&O coverage for first ever challenge to a CFPB administrative action and Director’s enforcement ruling.
  • Representation of multi-national technology company regarding significant professional liability claim arising from a legacy business.
  • Representation of mobile innovation company regarding D&O coverage for regulatory investigation, shareholder derivative suits, securities actions, and related matters.
  • Representation of restaurant chain regarding D&O coverage for regulatory investigation, shareholder derivative suits, securities actions, and related matters.
  • Representation of several Fortune 500 companies on renewal and placement terms for crime, D&O, E&O, cyber, and general liability programs.
  • Representation of various corporate policyholders for products liability coverage including asbestos and talc-related liabilities.
  • Representation of real estate company regarding coverage for third party’s claim of property damage caused by destruction of the policyholder’s hotel on 9/11.
  • Representation of various hotels and real estate companies regarding first-party property and business interruption claims involving extensive water and mold damage.
  • Representation of political club before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding former employee’s discrimination claims.
  • Representation of defense contractor before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and district court regarding former employee’s claims of RICO violations and other federal and state law violations.
  • Representation of financial institution in post-trial briefing regarding defamation claim arising from former employees’ termination.
  • Representation of government contractor regarding former employee’s claim of wrongful discharge under the False Claims Act.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of corporate political action committee (“PAC”) and its connected corporation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding campaign finance restrictions and corporate speech rights.
  • Representation of taxi drivers’ before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit seeking damages for claims of wrongful detention and violation of their Fourth Amendment rights by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) agents.
  • Representation of beneficiary of Federal Employee Health Benefits before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding claims that the Office of Personnel Management failed to secure adequate insurance coverage for speech generating devices.
  • Filed amicus curiae brief for criminal law professors in Riley v. California.
  • Representation of prisoner on Alabama death row in his federal habeas corpus proceedings.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Dress for Success, Washington, D.C. – Board of Directors, Member (2015-present)
  • Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic at William & Mary Law School – Associate Clinic Assistant (2012-2015)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage “Rising Star” (2015-2019)