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BatesCarey LLP is a nationally recognized insurance industry
giant, boasting one of the largest insurer-side practices in the United States.
We take pride in our reputation as a go-to law firm for complex claims analysis
and high-exposure insurance coverage litigation. In the last decade alone, we
have won and saved our clients hundreds of millions of dollars in trials,
arbitrations and settlements.
Deep Bench of Insurance Coverage Attorneys
We are a select group of 50+ dynamic attorneys in Chicago with a
history of providing the highest-quality legal services to publicly and
privately held corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships. Averaging
more than 20 years in their respective practice areas, our attorneys offer
professional advice and reliable representation. Each is committed to
maintaining long-term client relationships. This means that we are focused on our
clients’ long-term protection and not short-term victories.
National and Global Insurers and Reinsurers
We provide dispute resolution and claim counseling services to
domestic and international insurers and reinsurers, including representing them
in declaratory judgment actions and in arbitration and mediation proceedings
throughout the United States and abroad. Our
attorneys have extensive experience in the national coordination of coverage
litigation, as well as in counseling and advising insurers on legal issues
arising from claims not in litigation.
We successfully represent primary and excess insurers, and
reinsurers, in a variety of insurance coverage claims including environmental
and mass tort litigation, professional liability, bad faith, employment-related
practices, unfair competition, public entity liability and construction defect
claims, as well as transportation accidents.
Clients for What’s Next
We are also at the forefront of assessing the unique challenges
confronting the insurance industry created by the internet, the rise of
e-commerce, the opioid crisis, concussion litigation, and the digitalization of
As one of the country's largest insurance law firms, our
unparalleled experience in a wide range of practice areas is relied upon by insurance
companies around the world.
We handle a wide range of maritime issues and exposures in marine
insurance, including coverage disputes involving lost or damaged cargo, sunken
vessels, and scuba and dive liability; defense of the Jones Act and general
maritime personal injury claims; cargo disputes; products liability; and policy
As an internationally recognized leader in the arbitration of
high-exposure reinsurance and insurance disputes in the United States, Europe
and Bermuda, we have unparalleled experience with the arbitration process and a
deep understanding of industry custom and practice, ranging from the selection
of arbitrators to the pursuit of favorable decisions from arbitration panels.
We have deep experience protecting clients to help ensure bad
faith claims do not arise, and quickly and aggressively eliminating any bad
faith allegations in the event they do arise.
We have been involved with the Bermuda market since the inception
of XL and ACE in the mid-1980s. As a result, we are regularly called upon to
counsel Bermuda insurers on claims administration and policy analysis.
On a daily basis, our attorneys are resolving complex casualty
claims, including evaluating insurance coverage under primary, umbrella and
excess liability forms and analyzing issues relating to the scope of the
defense obligation, including targeted tenders, other insurance provisions,
contribution and indemnification, and allocation of defense costs.
and Risk Management
We help insurers avoid litigation whenever possible. Our
preparation often prevents disputes from ever arising and, if they do, better
enables our clients to resolve issues prior to costly litigation, creating
sound and thorough investigative strategies to uncover all elements of an
We are an internationally recognized leader in the litigation of
high-stakes coverage disputes at the trial and appellate levels in state and
federal courts throughout the United States. We are privileged to have been
involved in successfully trying landmark, precedent-setting cases that have
widespread impact in multiple federal and state jurisdictions.
Risks, Technology and Data Security
As notice counsel for a number of nationwide cyber and privacy
programs, our attorneys are often the first point of contact for companies that
have experienced a privacy breach. We work with insurers and their insureds to
develop an appropriate response and assess the applicable coverage.
Surety and Crime
We investigate, analyze and litigate claims involving fidelity
bonds, financial institution bonds, mortgage bonds, title bonds, surety bonds,
statutory bonds, performance bonds and commercial crime policies. We regularly
handle all phases of these disputes from the first notice of claim to final
We have significant experience handling first-party property
insurance matters involving complex physical damage and time-element claims
arising under both commercial and homeowner’s property policies. We have
protected the interests of domestic and international insurers in claims
arising from a number of significant domestic losses, including the 9/11
terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
We regularly represent individuals, publicly owned and closely held
corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships in commercial litigation
that inevitably arises in the business world. Our attorneys have extensive
experience in resolving complex business disputes through federal and state
court trials and appeals, as well as before arbitration tribunals and mediation
panels throughout the country.
Insurance and Reinsurance
We provide clients with both claims and litigation services as
needs arise, protecting them through a variety of claim settings, including
high-exposure and high-risk malpractice claims against individual
practitioners, healthcare groups, managed care organizations, hospitals,
hospice providers and nursing homes.
Coverage Task Force
We founded the nation’s first Opioid Coverage Task Force to guide
insurance clients through the corporate liabilities and exposures posed by
these developing risks. Our team actively monitors every opioid lawsuit against
pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, retailers and healthcare
professionals to help clients mitigate risk and proactively address this
We protect the interests of primary and excess insurers worldwide
in cases involving the most complex claims involving directors and officers, errors
and omissions, and employment practices. Our relationships with mediators,
defense counsel, plaintiffs’ counsel and insurance industry insiders provide
our clients with the inside edge to superior results.
We represent cedents and reinsurers in the United States, Bermuda,
Canada, Europe and Asia. Our unique mix of creativity and more than a quarter-century
of experience produces both orthodox and unorthodox strategies with respect to
age-old coverage issues as well as matters of first impression.
We handle a broad spectrum of cases in the transportation space,
often where our clients face multimillion-dollar exposures, including numerous rail
derailments and collisions resulting in deaths, injuries and evacuations;
coordination of the defense of mass tort claims; wildfire losses; FELA
preemption; and the defense of personal injury claims arising out of