The insurance industry infiltrates nearly every aspect of our personal lives and, for some of us, it influences nearly every aspect of our law practice. There are scores of lawyers whose practices are entirely and directly focused on insurance (i.e. coverage lawyers), and even more whose practices are at least indirectly dependent on the existence of insurance (i.e. insurance defense lawyers and the plaintiffs’ lawyers who are hoping and praying that the defendants they’ve sued have insurance). This program is not for those lawyers.
This program will cover the very basics of insurance and insurance law for lawyers who are either just starting out, or starting to think that they should know a little more about insurance based on the direction their practices are heading. The presenters take nothing for granted, explaining what insurance actually is before providing an overview of key topics that will give the viewer some basic fluency in the issues that recur over and over again in cases about insurance, or cases where one of the parties’ insurance becomes an issue. The course reviews different types of insurance policies, common clauses and definitions, areas where disputes frequently arise, and discuss some of the major splits in the ways that different states address common disputes regarding insurance policies and their terms.
Steve Zakrzewski is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Tort & Product Liability, Professional Liability Defense, Employment Law, and Insurance practice groups. He has litigated cases of all sizes and levels of complexity in Connecticut’s state and federal courts, and he regularly works with local counsel to handle cases outside of Connecticut.
He has a deep knowledge of the Connecticut Product Liability Act, as well as Connecticut’s procedural rules, representing clients in both state and federal court. Mr. Zakrzewski also defends mass tort claims, including asbestos cases and, more recently, litigation regarding opioid medications. Additionally, he coordinates nationwide litigation defense strategies for clients facing cases in multiple jurisdictions and on the federal multi-district litigation docket. This includes direction and management of dispositive motions, large e-discovery projects, deposition coordination, and settlement negotiations.
In professional liability cases, Mr. Zakrzewski represents condominium associations, real estate professionals, insurance professionals, and attorneys. His approach consistently produces positive outcomes for his clients, both in court and in mediation.
In the employment context, Mr. Zakrzewski consistently produces great results for clients facing discrimination claims under Title VII, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as wage and hour claims. He has resolved cases pending in Superior Court, the District of Connecticut, and before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. He has won cases by dispositive motions, and has also reached many settlements for nuisance value, or less.
Greil Roberts is a Partner in the firm’s Insurance, Class Action, and Tort & Product Liability practice groups. He has litigated complex cases, appeals, arbitrations, and resolved numerous matters throughout the country.
His areas of expertise include the following:
Greil Roberts handles complex insurance coverage litigation in state and federal courts. His insurance coverage experience includes evaluating and addressing disputes with policyholders and among insurers in many areas, including:
Bad faith allegations
Business Liability and Comprehensive General Liability
Managerial, Healthcare, and Professional Liability
Venture capital / Private equity coverage
Primary and excess exhaustion
Additional insured issues
Environmental and toxic tort liabilities
Before joining Gordon & Rees, Greil worked for a major insurance company where he evaluated coverage and managed litigation for a diverse range of large loss matters including asbestos, environmental contamination, construction defect, lead paint, mold, carbon monoxide, and various toxic tort exposures. This experience gives him a unique perspective and understanding in working with insurer clients.
Greil routinely handles complex class action litigation, including nationwide and state class claims arising under consumer protection statutes and false advertising or unfair competition statutes, including alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). He has represented Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) and solar electricity companies in a variety of class action cases.
Greil has considerable experience in successfully resolving a wide variety of civil actions.
Greil has significant experience in reviewing architects & engineers contracts from a risk management perspective.
Excellent beginning summary of insurance coverage law. I wish I had had the benefit of this course early on when the adjusters knew more than me.
Excellent and very clear presentation
Really good presenters.
Most effective use of two person presentation format that I've seen on Lawline
Really entertaining and great overview. One of the best.
Excellent primer discussion
Very interesting and informative. The back-and-forth dialog between the two presenters was very natural and made the presentation more engaging.
Lecture was clear and concise.
Great overview of the basics of insurance law in context of litigation. Good stuff.
In my opinion two presenters are better. It is informative when they ask each other questions
Entertaining. Very well done
Practical tips and information. Extremely useful to me.
Well presented and informative
Quite an interesting conversation.
I have 4 pages of notes! Extremely informative for attorneys who may have to deal with insurance in any way...especially advising clients about their insurance policy prior to occurrence of any claim
It was a great class!
Good basic approach. Covered a lot of material.
very good and very basic, needed for a non insurance attorney...
Great team...nice to see some humor and personality in presentation.
Loved the back-and-forth between presenters.