Extracontractual and Commercial Insurance Litigation

Sedgwick regularly handles large-scale commercial litigation for the insurance industry. Given the depth of our attorneys’ knowledge of the industry, our clients often retain us to represent them in traditional commercial litigation involving their businesses, even when not directly related to questions of policy interpretation.

In addition to litigating coverage disputes involving all aspects of primary and excess insurance and reinsurance, Sedgwick has significant experience defending commercial claims, class actions and other representative or private attorney general types of actions (such as Calif. Bus. & Prof. §17200 claims). These claims generally challenge a company-wide or industry-wide policy or practice.

Many of our attorneys have tried these complex cases to verdict and have represented carriers in numerous appeals. Our appellate skills are frequently sought out by clients who sustained unfavorable trial court results before turning to Sedgwick. We have handled major appellate matters involving myriad state and contract law issues and have particular experience in matters relating to punitive damage awards and availability of “bad faith” punitive damages in actions brought by insureds against their insurers.

We also counsel insurance industry counsel on all aspects of insolvency/bankruptcy law, all aspects of federal and state receivership matters, assignments for the benefit of creditors and creditor committee representation.

Sedgwick’s Extracontractual and Commercial Insurance Litigation practice is part of the firm’s Insurance Division, one of the largest international teams of trial attorneys and business advisors dedicated to the institutional concerns and success of the insurance industry. Our clients cover the spectrum of the insurance industry and include some of the world’s largest insurers and reinsurers.