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John Niles
John D. Niles
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5813 jniles@cov.com Download V-card

John Niles develops and executes efficient, innovative, and practical insurance recovery strategies for policyholders in the energy, manufacturing (including applied sciences), and other industries, that have yielded more than $350 million in recoveries for his clients, with individual recoveries ranging from under $1 million to more than $100 million.

As an associate in the firm’s Insurance Coverage - Policyholders practice group, Mr. Niles provides strategic guidance to policyholders as they seek recoveries through settlement agreements, mediation, domestic arbitration, international arbitration, and state or federal litigation. He has represented policyholders in connection with a variety of coverage-in-place and buyout settlement structures and through all phases of insurance litigation, from preparing complaints through drafting successful briefs before state high courts.

Mr. Niles' experience extends to many types of liabilities and losses, including those from asbestos, construction defect, environmental remediation, pharmaceutical, silica, and other third-party claims; and for property damage, business interruption, contingent business interruption, and other first-party losses.

In addition, Mr. Niles guides policyholders in securing recoveries from insolvent insurers, guaranty funds, and insurers participating in UK solvent schemes of arrangement.

  • Recovery for Complex, High-Stakes Asbestos Coverage Claim. Prosecuting litigation and, as lead associate, structuring and securing settlement agreements for coverage of tens of thousands of asbestos-related bodily injury claims against a Fortune 50 company’s manufacturing subsidiaries.
  • Recovery for Complex, High-Stakes Environmental Coverage Claim. As lead associate, structured and successfully secured settlement agreement for tens of millions of dollars in recovery for a major energy company’s environmental remediation liabilities.
  • Recovery from Large Insolvent UK Insurers. As lead associate, prosecuting and coordinating claims totaling more than $50 million against two insolvent UK insurers.
  • Innovative Argument Lands Success Before State High Court. As lead associate, successfully briefed key coverage issues regarding a substantial construction-defect liability claim before a state’s intermediate and high appellate courts.
  • Innovative Argument Lands Success Before State High Court. As lead associate, successfully briefed key coverage issues regarding a substantial product-liability property damage class action before a state’s intermediate and high appellate courts.
  • Recovery from Insolvent UK Insurer. As lead associate, structured and successfully secured recovery from an insolvent UK insurer for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company.
  • Recovery for Complex, High-Stakes Property-Damage Claim. Prosecuted international arbitration and federal litigation, resulting in a substantial recovery, for coverage of catastrophic property damage and business interruption loss that a Fortune 200 manufacturing company sustained as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Recovery for Complex, High-Stakes Asbestos Coverage Claim. Prosecuted state litigation, and structured and secured settlement agreements, for coverage of a Fortune 500 manufacturing company’s substantial asbestos-related liabilities.
  • Recovery for Bankrupt Insured’s Claimant-Creditors. Represented a claimant committee in asbestos-related federal bankruptcy proceedings involving a manufacturing business, successfully securing millions of dollars in insurance recovery for the creditors.

Pro Bono

  • Mr. Niles maintains an active pro bono practice advocating veterans’ rights. He represents veterans and their dependents in claims for benefits and disability compensation before the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, as well as veterans services organizations in impact litigation affecting numerous veterans.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee