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Basics of Insurance Law

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Produced on May 20, 2019

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories Insurance Law

Course Description

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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide a working understanding of what insurance is, why it exists, and the type of legal issues that arise
  2. Offer an understanding of different types of insurance policies (i.e. CGL, EPLI), and different variations of coverage (i.e. occurrence based, claims made)
  3. Discuss key issues including the duty to defend, the duty to indemnify, reservation of rights letters, and the tri-partite relationship between insurers, insureds, and insurance defense counsel

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Steven Zakrzewski

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

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 I. Roberts

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

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:

Insurance Coverage

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

  • Construction defect

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.

Class Action

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.

Civil Litigation / Insurance Defense

Greil has considerable experience in successfully resolving a wide variety of civil actions.

Contract Review

Greil has significant experience in reviewing architects & engineers contracts from a risk management perspective.


Andrew P.

Nice overview.

William F.

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.

Rachel C.

Excellent and very clear presentation

Irini K.

Really good presenters.

Stephen R.

Most effective use of two person presentation format that I've seen on Lawline

William S.

Well spoken

Michael N.

very good

Alexander P.

Really entertaining and great overview. One of the best.

Lawrence A.

Excellent primer discussion

James A.

Very interesting and informative. The back-and-forth dialog between the two presenters was very natural and made the presentation more engaging.

Keith Z.

Good presentation.

Julie H.

Very informative.

Emile S.

Lecture was clear and concise.

Alexander D.

Great overview of the basics of insurance law in context of litigation. Good stuff.

Denine G.

In my opinion two presenters are better. It is informative when they ask each other questions

edward s.

Entertaining. Very well done

Robert D.

excellent presentation!

Victor Q.

Practical tips and information. Extremely useful to me.

Gilbert S.

Well presented and informative

Wilber A.

Quite an interesting conversation.

John C.

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

Hyunah K.

It was a great class!

Julia R.

Good basic approach. Covered a lot of material.

Charles C.

very good and very basic, needed for a non insurance attorney...

steve i.

Great team...nice to see some humor and personality in presentation.

G. Christine P.

Loved the back-and-forth between presenters.

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