Insurance and Reinsurance


Combining decades of experience with forward-looking innovation, Patton Boggs represents a broad base of insurers and reinsurers in the resolution of complex disputes involving a wide range of legal, regulatory, and coverage questions. Our practitioners are premier trial lawyers, representing insurers, reinsureds, and reinsurers in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and regulatory hearings. Our lawyers have advised on all types of insurance and reinsurance disputes over the years, across all product lines and sectors of the industry. 

We routinely handle large-scale litigation and arbitration involving all aspects of primary and excess insurance, including claims for “bad faith” and unfair claims practices, intellectual property and business torts, construction defect, products liability, commercial auto, professional liability, employment practices liability, directors and officers liability, ERISA issues, securities criminal defense, and industrial crisis management, and insurance insolvency and runoff. We counsel our reinsurance clients on a broad range of issues from the validity of a single asbestos or environmental loss under a facultative certificate, to fraud and misrepresentation claims involving the potential rescission of a complex array of reinsurance agreements covering entire books of business, to the allocation of bad faith responsibility between a cedent and its reinsurer. We also handle disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions of insurance entities and books of business, including post-closing disputes. We regularly advise clients on regulatory issues, including the U.S. State Department and United Nations sanctions regimes. 

Our team excels in complex, high-stakes matters with significant business ramifications, successfully handling precedent-setting disputes and earning an international reputation among insurance and reinsurance companies alike. We represent clients worldwide under various international arbitration regimes, such as the English Arbitration Act and AAA rules, and have achieved success in almost every international procedural and industry setting. Combining broad experience and strategic planning skills with highly efficient execution, international collaboration and targeted budgeting, our attorneys achieve the best possible total cost outcome for our clients. 

Our lawyers are experienced in interpreting primary and excess third-party liability policies of all types, including commercial general liability, manuscript policies, umbrella, and excess policies. In addition, our lawyers have seen and reviewed a broad range of agreements, including diverse types of property and casualty quota share, excess of loss, catastrophe, facultative agreements, managing general agency and managing general underwriter agreements, reinsurance intermediary agreements, retrocessional agreements, finite reinsurance agreements, loss portfolio transfer reinsurance agreements, workers’ compensation and occupational accident reinsurance agreements, life and health reinsurance agreements, and long term care reinsurance agreements.

Patton Boggs lawyers are active in industry and bar association organizations, and speak and write extensively on insurance coverage and reinsurance litigation and arbitration. Our lawyers publish a quarterly Reinsurance Newsletter, which is widely read within the industry. We also present Continuing Legal Education seminars and conduct client training on a variety of insurance, reinsurance, and litigation topics.