René Siemens is a nationally recognized insurance coverage practitioner who represents policyholders in negotiations and disputes with their insurers. He also handles complex product liability, mass tort, environmental, and consumer cases.
Mr. Siemens has helped clients recover over $2 billion from their insurers. Chambers USA has described him as “an encyclopedia of insurance law,” the PLC Cross-Border Insurance and Reinsurance Handbook has ranked him in the top tier of policyholder attorneys, Legal 500 has described him as “the smartest guy in the room.”
With more than 20 years’ experience representing policyholders in negotiations and disputes with their insurance companies, his practice encompasses most kinds of coverage issues including environmental, natural disaster, asbestos, nuclear and product liability claims to large privacy, data security, property and business interruption losses; disputes under D&O, professional and fiduciary liability policies; and claims under advertising, aviation, marine, clinical trial, employment, life, media, mold, mortgage, warranty and other specialty coverages.
Clients also frequently consult Mr. Siemens on complex underwriting and risk management issues, including drafting and negotiating cyber, D&O, environmental, and other insurance policy contracts, risk transfer provisions in corporate transactions, structuring captive insurance and reinsurance programs, and claims presentation to insurers, captives, and their reinsurers.
Mr. Siemens’ insurance coverage work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner, Recorder, Los Angeles Lawyer, California Lawyer, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Jerusalem Report, Business Insurance, Insurance Litigation, Risk & Insurance, Insurance Law 360, LexisNexis Insurance Law E-Newsletter, National Journal, Bloomberg Law Reports, Computer Fraud and Security, Reuters Accelus, Risk Management, and The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog. He publishes and speaks frequently on insurance issues and co-authored chapters on product liability insurance and alternative dispute resolution in the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide, on property insurance exclusions in the New Appleman on Insurance Law, and on cyber insurance in New Appleman on Insurance: Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law.