Insurance Coverage and Litigation

Furman Kornfeld & Brennan LLP has extensive experience representing insurers in all classes of business, including marine and non-marine liability, property, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, and financial institutions.

FKB has a well-developed knowledge base and understanding of the business of insurance, and have served as coverage counsel for several of the world’s largest domestic and international insurers and underwriters.

FKB lawyers additionally have extensive experience in “bad faith” coverage litigation and other types of extra-contractual liability issues.

FKB lawyers have represented insurers in some of the most significant insurance coverage disputes in the country, including the representation of certain London insurers in relation to liability claims arising from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the IPO Laddering Litigation, the Adelphia class action lawsuit and the Lernout & Hauspie-related litigations.

FKB lawyers are adept at directly resolving claims early through negotiation, motion practice and mediation. When litigation is unavoidable, we work with insureds and their carriers to formulate a defense strategy to resolve the problem at the least expense. FKB has seasoned, effective trial lawyers who have litigated coverage disputes and successfully defended hundreds of professional liability claims over the past two decades in state and federal trial courts, and on appeal.

Lawyers Professional Liability Claims

FKB represents Lloyd’s and other London market insurers, as well as insurers in the United States, Bermuda and Europe who provide legal malpractice coverage to law firms. We also review and analyze liability issues for reinsurers. Our attorneys have handled virtually every type of claim against law firms.

Defense costs exposure has to be considered in addition to any eventual payment of loss. FKB helps insurance clients budget and manage expenses throughout the life of a case. FKB has a track record of operatively and constructively dealing with both our insurer clients and their insureds.

Healthcare Professional Liability Claims

FKB advises insurers, agents, and insureds on exposures arising from the provision of medical care across the U.S. FKB’s experience in this area ranges from handling major institutional exposures to large healthcare providers, to small but high-frequency licensing board investigations. The risks we handle include nursing home litigation, managed care, long-term care and allied health programs.

FKB utilizes its highly experienced medical malpractice department in this regard. Our medical malpractice team employs skilled attorneys with a wealth of experience and success defending virtually all medical specialties, including decades of hospital, emergency room and nursing home trial experience. Our insurance coverage attorneys work closely with our medical malpractice department in evaluating and pinpointing the strengths and weaknesses of cases.

Directors and Officers

FKB has extensive claims-handling experience in connection with high-stakes D&O matters, involving commercial corporations and financial institutions. We are adept at claims reporting, recommending reserves and enforcing coverage terms. Our lawyers frequently participate in settlement negotiations, and while respecting policy obligations, work to resolve claims on the most favorable terms for our clients.

Errors and Omissions

FKB directly handles and supervises E&O claims for a wide variety of professions including: insurance brokers, architects and engineers, fiduciaries, public officials, travel agents, art dealers, real estate professionals, and professionals affiliated with banks, investment banks, and securities and brokerage houses.

Miscellaneous Claims Management

FKB advises on and manages exposures arising from various other practice areas and industry focuses, including but not limited to: nursing home, general liability, construction, and drug/products liability matters. FKB draws upon its litigation expertise in these fields in order to give meaningful analysis and evaluation, and in selecting and managing defense counsel.