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Insurance Recovery Litigation and Counseling


Businesses today encounter highly complex insurance questions, whether assessing risk, conducting diligence in a potential business transaction, or confronting a coverage dispute. We have the knowledge, experience and insight to guide you skillfully and cost-effectively through the challenging insurance mine-field and to help enforce the rights you have under your insurance policies.

When requested, we review and provide advice regarding insurance policies and related agreements in an effort to help you avoid disputes. When disputes arise, we help you understand your coverage rights and responsibilities and, when necessary, litigate to enforce your rights. We work regularly in North Carolina’s Business Courts, other state courts and federal courts, and we know how to try cases.

We advise corporate policyholders on insurance coverage in a variety of areas, including commercial general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, employment practices liability and property and environmental policies. We handle significant insurance-related disputes in North Carolina and other states, including arbitration proceedings and state and federal court litigation. In addition to our insurance recovery expertise, we offer the benefits of a full-service corporate law firm with experienced lawyers in many related areas.


  • Represented multiple corporate insureds in negotiations with primary and excess D&O carriers regarding coverage for defense costs and investigation expenses incurred in connection with shareholder litigation and related proceedings
  • Represented corporate insured in bad faith action in Mississippi relating to carrier’s denial of coverage for dozens of commercial properties damaged by Hurricane Katrina
  • Represented national bank in bad faith action relating to carrier’s refusal to indemnify insured for multi-million-dollar settlement of asset-backed securities litigation
  • Represented retail store chain in disputes with pollution liability carriers regarding coverage for costs to clean up environmental contamination at numerous sites
  • Represented helicopter operator in bad faith action against carrier that refused to defend or indemnify its insured in underlying litigation arising from helicopter crash
  • Represented mortgage lender in action seeking mortgage insurance coverage for numerous defaulted loans
  • Represented real estate broker in action filed against E&O carrier seeking a declaration of coverage for defense costs incurred and any additional amounts paid to defend or resolve an ongoing lawsuit
  • Represented corporate insureds in multiple suits seeking coverage under “additional insured” endorsements of indemnitors’ liability policies
  • Represented corporate insureds in multiple actions filed by carriers to collect disputed premiums


  • Advising corporate policyholders with regard to their rights and obligations under a variety of commercial policies
  • Representing insureds in coverage litigation and other contractual and extra-contractual disputes relating to commercial policies, including:
    • Commercial general liability (CGL)
    • Directors and officers (D&O)
    • Errors & Omissions (E&O)
    • Employment practices liability (EPLI)
    • Property policies
    • Environmental policies

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