Insurance Defense

Barton Gilman has built one of the country’s most respected legal practices in the area of insurance defense. Our litigators represent many of the world’s largest insurance companies, reinsurers, cedant insurance companies and insureds in multimillion-dollar cases involving insurance and reinsurance coverage, allegations of bad faith claims handling, and declaratory relief actions.

In representing dozens of insurance companies in hundreds of actions, we have established a formidable reputation in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and jurisdictions across the U.S., as well as through arbitration and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Barton Gilman lawyers help our clients determine whether a pretrial negotiated settlement or mounting a vigorous defense through trial is the best course of action by carefully analyzing and evaluating an insurer’s obligations and evaluating its risk of exposure.

Through the court system and through pretrial negotiations, our skilled attorneys have resolved many complex insurance disputes, including multi-party lawsuits and class actions. With Barton Gilman representation, our clients have secured the fulfillment of numerous contractual indemnification and insurance coverage obligations.

Some of our recent noteworthy victories in the area of insurance defense include:

  • Obtaining summary judgment in federal court denying a $28 million insurance claim under a managed care professional liability policy based on the argument that the policyholder failed to provide sufficient notice of the underlying claim
  • In a complex workers’ compensation premium case, successfully defending our insurance carrier client at trial against a breach of contract counterclaim for money damages, and a claim under the Massachusetts consumer protection statute, and recovering six-figure premium payments
  • Successfully defending a major insurer in a $200 million declaratory judgment action
  • Helping a client involved in a major reinsurance case obtain a $77.5 million settlement through arbitration
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