Insurance Coverage and Practices
SFMS has significant experience in handling legal issues related to insurance coverage and practices. SFMS attorneys have experience negotiating and litigating with many major U.S. insurance companies, as well as Lloyd's, the London Market and other international insurers. SFMS has achieved outstanding results for our clients across a wide variety of issues and forums. SFMS attorneys have handled insurance coverage matters related to business interruption, defamation, health insurance, privacy, advertising, personal injury claims, Directors' & Officers' liability, employment practices liability, environmental cleanup and 'toxic tort' liability, fidelity bonds and crime policies, financial insurance, intellectual property (copyright, trademark and patent infringement), product liability, professional errors and omissions (malpractice) liability, property and valuable articles coverage, 'self-insurance' and workers' compensation insurance. In such matters, SFMS attorneys have experience with all principal coverage issues that arise under standard liability and first-party property policies, as well as many specialty coverages, have addressed many of the procedural aspects of insurance coverage litigation, including choice of law, forum non conveniens, party joinder and case management issues, duty-to-defend disputes, and independent counsel and fee-rate limitation issues.
The Firm also has extensive experience in handling claims regarding insurance marketing, settlement and payment practices, as well as insurance practices regarding the calculation of benefits. SFMS attorneys have played a substantial role in litigating major insurance practice related claims with respect to automobile insurance loss adjustment practices, burial insurance, health insurance and continuation of benefits issues, title insurance charges and vanishing premium insurance policies.