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Additional Insureds: A Close Look at Recent Litigation Trends

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Produced on May 22, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Insurance

Course Description

This program, presented by Andrew Witik of Litchfield Cavo LLP, will discuss hot topics in additional insured coverage, with a close look at four of the most impactful cases in the last year.

The cases to be closely examined are: 1) Westfield Insurance Company v. National Decorating Service, Inc.; 2) Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Company; 3) Black & Veatch Corporation v. Aspen Insurance (UK) Ltd; Lloyd’s Syndicate 2003; and 4) JP Energy Marketing v. Commerce And Industry Insurance Co. These cases, all of significant importance, come from various regions of the country and examined together, provide insights into the trajectory of the industry and potential changes to come in the field.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the four top cases decided in the last year on the topic of additional insureds
  2. Examine the impact of these cases, including what the answers to previously unsolved questions will mean for the industry
  3. Anticipate potential changes to come in additional insureds

Credit Information

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Andrew Witik

Christensen Hsu Sipes LLP

Andrew has over 30 years of experience representing insurance companies, corporations, municipalities, and individuals in declaratory judgment actions, contractual disputes, bad faith claims, and appeals in state and federal courts across the United States. In addition to insurance coverage, his emphasis is on construction defect litigation matters. He has successfully litigated Illinois cases of first impression applying the business risk and false pretense exclusions. He also has experience with general liability, professional liability, commercial auto, property, business owner’s, and homeowner’s policies.

Drew has been rated an AV® Preeminent™ lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, representing the recognition of the highest level of professional excellence by his peers. In 2018 and 2019, he was named a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in the areas of Insurance, Insurance Coverage, and Reinsurance Law.

After law school, Drew served as law clerk to the Hon. Edward J. Egan of the Illinois Appellate Court.


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD
  • Loyola University, BA


  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • United States District Courts: Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit

Publications and Presentations

  • “New Wave of Occurrence as to Property Damage Meets Prior Work and Breach of Contract Exclusions,” Lawline Webinar, September 12, 2019
  • “Litigating Complex Construction Defect Case When Your Client No Longer Exists," 4th Annual Midwest Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2019
  • "Construction Defect 2018 Case Law Review," Claims & Litigation Management Webinar, February 14, 2019
  • "Occurrence - Where We Have Been - Where We Are Now - Where We Are Heading," Claims & Litigation Management 2018 New York Conference, New York, New York, December 12, 2018
  • “The Impact of Selective Tender and Actual Notice on Additional Insureds in Illinois,” Lawline Webinar, June 12, 2018
  • “Additional Insureds: A Close Look at Recent Litigation Trends,” Lawline Webinar, May 22, 2018
  • “Know Your Business And The Impact of Actual Notice on Additional Insureds in Illinois,” Lawline Webinar, May 19, 2017
  • “Additional Insureds and Risk Transfer in Construction Contracts,” Lawline Webinar, March 27, 2017
  • “Arising Issues with Additional Insureds,” 3rd Annual Intermountain Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 3, 2017
  • “Business Owner’s Policies and Transferring Risk” NBI Webcast Seminar, September 14, 2016
  • “Arising Issues Regarding Additional Insureds, Risk Transfer in Construction Contracts and Anti-Indemnity Legislation,” 2nd Annual Midwest Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 18, 2016
  • “The Texas Anti-Indemnity Act,” Premier Southwest Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 15, 2016
  • “Emerging Issues: High-risk Insurance Coverage Litigation for Lawyers in 2015,” The Knowledge Group Webcast Seminar, October 8, 2015


Lubomyr J.

More specialized than the title suggested, but interesting contract interpretation class

arthur s.

one of the better presentations.

Stephen H.

Course time should have been lengthened.

James M H.

The program was excellent.....meaty and clear containing substantive law.

Vito M.


Philip W.

Very helpful presentation

Marie W.

All of your speakers / presenters this year were great.

Joseph D.

Great course

Lawrence F.

Far and away the best, most substance-dense, CLE program I've watched at Lawline. Great slides & smart to focus on four key cases that illustrate so much.

Barry G.


Daniel A. Harvill D.

Good presenter. Very pleased.

Robert S.

really good info

Richard F.

Good presentation of consistent court approach to analysis and deciding complex cases.

kenneth H.

Good program.

R. Sean M.

Never a dull moment in additional insured coverage. Thanks!

Shana B.

Great update for us contract nerds. Thanks

John C.

Great information.

John T.

Nice job!

Maeve T.


Laura S.

Synchronization of slides and speaker's presentation was excellent and made the substantial and up to date content interesting and easy to follow.

Amir R.

great content very excellent

Kitty C.

good lecture

Jan S.

This course spent too much time on the Oklahoma case and statute and not enough on the fourth proposed case.

James A.

really useful and up to date

Stephen E.

Great review of recent insurance cases.

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