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Bert Wells is a partner in the New York office of Covington and Burling LLP, where his practice is devoted to representing policyholders in insurance coverage matters as part of the firm's highly recognized global insurance recovery practice. He advises clients about cutting-edge insurance coverage issues, including cyber insurance. His work spans litigation matters, non-litigated coverage disputes and claims, and insurance advisory matters, including complex policy renewal negotiations. He also counsels clients and negotiates for them in merger and acquisition and other types of transactions. 

  • 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
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (2009-2020) 
  • New York Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage (2012-2017)