Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith

The Manning Kass Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith team represents a diversified group of domestic and London market insurers in matters pertaining to:

  • Bad faith litigation
  • First and third-party insurance coverage
  • Insurance and indemnification recovery
  • Policy drafting/advice

Our clients include general liability, professional liability, worker's compensation and directors and officers (D&O) carriers. Our Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith team is led by Partner John M. Hochhausler, a frequent speaker on insurance coverage issues, who also provides claims adjuster training sessions. His counsel in multiple California appellate cases has resulted in published opinions that have had a major impact in shaping state insurance law.

With decades of highly specialized experience, our team provides sound advice when claims arise, and zealous advocacy in bad-faith lawsuits when litigation is unavoidable. Our Insurance Coverage / Bad Faith team confronts a wide range of disputes, including professional liability, complex auto and comprehensive general liability claims; directors’ and officers’ liability policies; disputes among insurers in continuing loss scenarios; environmental damage claims, such as mold and toxic torts; first and third party claims; and intellectual property claims.

The firm also represents businesses in obtaining indemnity and contribution from other businesses under additional insured endorsements and contractual indemnity clauses. Our team benefits from the firm’s flexible and collaborative, yet disciplined, approach to managing privileged relationships, and the availability of in-house experts in multiple concentrations of law which may impact a particular client.

Team members are sufficiently versed in the intricacies of insurance law to draft policy language when novel and challenging issues emerge before industry think tanks have coalesced to produce standard provisions in response.