Insurance Practice

First – Party Property

We provide legal assistance to our clients for all stages in the life-cycle of a first-party claim. Our services often commence from the time a claim is first made with a reservation of the company’s rights as necessary to protect its interests pending completion of the investigation. As the claim develops, we help our clients to focus their investigative efforts on the relevant coverage issues, frequently assisting adjustment personnel in the coordination of expert consultants in such fields as forensic accounting, cause and origin investigation and engineering. When appropriate, we conduct examinations under oath to further investigate and explore the factual bases for a claim. This comprehensive approach to factual investigation allows us to provide thorough, organized coverage evaluations that explain how the relevant policy provisions and law apply to the situation at hand. This, in turn, allows our clients to have confidence that their ultimate coverage decisions will be well-founded.

We understand that, sometimes, claims cannot be resolved at the adjustment level. In those circumstances, we work with our clients to identify the most appropriate forum in which to proceed, taking into account all of the company’s objectives, including cost considerations. We represent our clients in traditional litigation as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as mediation, arbitration and appraisal. Regardless of the arena, our services are aimed at moving the matter towards the most efficient and economic resolution possible. Throughout the process, we work hand-in-hand with the insurer’s adjustment and legal personnel to ensure a consistent and unified approach to each individual case.

Whether in the preliminary stages of a claim investigation or the final phases of complex litigation, our goal is to provide insurers with the highest quality representation, protecting the company’s interests while honoring its obligations to its insureds.

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