Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

In light of the Executive Orders issued on March 20,2020 by Governor Cuomo (NY) and on March 21,2020 by Governor Murphy (NJ) we at Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer LLP want to assure you that we are working remotely and will remain fully operational throughout the duration of this public health crisis. Until further notice, the most effective methods of communicating with us are email or phone, not the US mail. In the event that you need wire instructions or have accounting questions, please contact David Glicksman by email at Our hope is that this crisis will not be long. Regardless of its duration, however, we will continue to provide our clients with uninterrupted service. Your support, friendship and trust are so important to us as we get through this trying time together. We wish you all good health for you and your families.

Executive Committee
Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer LLP

Insurance Services and Coverage Litigation Practice

The Insurance Services and Coverage Litigation Group consists of attorneys dedicated to a specialized insurance practice, providing analysis and representation to a diverse client base for all manner of insurance policies and claims.

We author coverage opinions to assist insurers and insureds in assessing the existence and scope of coverage. We evaluate complex and high exposure claims to devise appropriate claim management strategies. We provide litigation counsel in declaratory judgment actions and in arbitrations addressing the applicability and/or interplay of coverage. We provide counsel in bad faith and extracontractual liability suits. We participate in the mediation of complex multi-party underlying actions to creatively resolve coverage disputes between an insured and its insurers or the priority of coverage disagreements between insurers.

Our long-established relationships with major international insurers bring a depth of experience to the services we provide beyond coverage analysis. We draft policy language and forms for major carriers and provide counsel concerning claim handling procedures. The Group regularly counsels excess and umbrella insurers on coverage and claims strategies. We also serve as monitoring counsel, including the review of the reasonableness of the defense costs incurred by independent counsel. Our experience includes evaluating coverage for claims made under policies insuring:

Selected Insurance Decisions

The Insurance Services and Coverage Litigation Group has extensive appellate experience in State and Federal Courts nationwide. Among the significant issues presented to appellate courts by our office are the following:

Monteleone v. Crow Const. Co., 242 A.D.2d 135, 673 N.Y.S.2d 408 (1st Dept. 1998). The intent and effect of absolute employee bodily injury exclusion was to bar coverage, and, reading exclusions seriatim, no ambiguity presented by other policy terms.

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