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Bert Wells is a partner in the insurance coverage and litigation practices of Covington & Burling LLP. He began representing commercial policyholders in connection with complex insurance recovery matters in 1995, and regularly represents policyholders, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, in a wide range of insurance coverage matters. He advises policyholders on assessing and maximizing the value of claims, developing and executing insurance recovery strategies, negotiating settlements, and resolving large claims through litigation, arbitration and mediation. He has assisted his clients in recovering billions of dollars in insurance coverage over the course of his career.

  • Represent a public entity in its 9-figure claims for property damage, business interruption and other loss arising from Superstorm Sandy.
  • Represent a global building products company in litigation to assure availability of its general liability program to cover a potential 9-figure underlying liability for alleged property damage.
  • Represented policyholder in successfully obtaining directors and officers coverage in the US and Europe for multi-billion dollar underlying breach of fiduciary duty claim.
  • Represented Fortune 500 specialty equipment corporation in the successful recovery of insurance for asbestos claims, including resolution of multi-state coverage litigation through global coverage-in-place settlement.
  • Resolved claims of a regional bank against its non-performing mortgage-guaranty insurance carrier respecting half-billion dollar mortgage portfolio through federal litigation and mediation.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in restructuring under-utilized insurance assets relevant to corporate divestitures resulting in substantial gains for client.
  • Represented the State of Minnesota in litigation and settlement of two litigations against insurance companies under Minnesota’s Landfill Cleanup Act.
  • Advised one of world’s largest retailers regarding its annual directors and officers insurance review and policy renewal negotiations.
  • Advised one of the largest financial advisors and financial institutions in the US on renewal negotiations for financial/professional liability lines.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Member
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Member
  • New York Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage (2012-2016)