SDV was founded more than 20 years ago with one mission: to level the playing field for insurance policyholders. Its singular focus on insurance coverage law and unwavering commitment to policyholders of all types have made it a leader in insurance litigation and risk management strategy. With a steadily growing team of experienced insurance coverage lawyers in regional offices across the country, SDV is the right choice for policyholders.

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Events

2019 ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

Learn about the very latest developments in insurance law from leading lawyers and insurance professionals at the 2019 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. Join us for cutting-edge and informative plenary, breakout and roundtable programs, valuable networking sessions, and diverse outdoor activities only Tucson can offer.
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2019 IRMI Energy Risk & Insurance Conference

The IRMI Energy Risk & Insurance Conference (ERIC) brings together the brightest minds in the industry--the "who''s who" in understanding, mitigating, and insuring the complex exposures of oil and gas risks. The Conference is the prime forum for risk managers, agents and brokers, underwriters, adjusters, attorneys, and others to explore state-of-the-art ideas and practical tactics for fine-tuning risk management programs while expanding business networks.
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CBA - Insurance Law Section: Cyber Coverage Issues

Michael V Pepe along with Melicent B Thompson of Litchfield Cavo LLP and Robert D Laurie of Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP will be presenting on Cyber Coverage Issues.
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SDV Insights

Second Circuit Relies on Capstone's Subjectivity Standard in Upholding Coverage for Priest Sexual Abuse Settlement

In Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corp. v. Interstate Fire & Casualty Co., Docket No. 16-2999-cv, 17-2484-cv (2d Cir. 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the trial court's decision that the assault and battery exclusion in an excess liability policy did not exclude coverage for claims made against the Archdiocese for sexual abuse, and that such claims qualified as an "occurrence" under the policy.
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Top 10 Insurance Cases of 2018

2018 was a year of landmark decisions regarding insurance coverage for a variety of emerging claims, including cyber fraud, the "me too" movement, and wildfires. Read on to learn more as well as to find out what cases you should keep your eye on as 2019 unfolds.
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Events

Professional Services Coverage and Exclusions: Insurer and Policyholder Guidance

This CLE webinar will explore the contours of professional services coverage and exclusions under general liability, directors and officers, and professional liability policies. The panel will discuss recent trends in case law interpreting policy coverage and exclusions and guide counsel for policyholders and insurers on best practices for negotiating coverage scope and resolving disputes after claims arise.
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Insurer's Knowing Violation of Texas Insurance Code May Entitle Insured to Treble Damages

The Fifth Circuit's recent opinion in Lyda Swinerton Builders, Inc. v. Oklahoma Sur. Co. includes policyholder-friendly holdings on Texas law concerning the duty to defend and the potential to recover treble damages for an insurer's knowing violation of Texas Insurance Code. In this case, the Fifth Circuit did justice to the broad scope of the duty to defend, making inferences from the complaint and the policy to find a potential of coverage.
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Events

Construction SuperConference 2018

The Construction SuperConference is recognized as the preeminent construction conference developed for mid- to senior-level professionals who work in any of the legal and commercial construction markets. Impactful plenary sessions and compelling panel discussions from top legal, consulting, and leaders of construction companies bring to the forefront challenging issues and new insights into the legal, business, and economic challenges and opportunities in today''s construction industry.
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Hot Topics in Florida Construction

Gregory Podolak of Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. ("SDV") along with William Noonan of Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. will host a seminar on December 5th on the topic of Builders Risk and Florida's Statute of Repose. If you're in the construction and building industry, you don't want to miss out on this event.
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SDV is based in Connecticut, conveniently located between New York City and Boston, with regional offices in Florida and California to better serve our clients. We're ready to answer your questions and eager to assist you in developing solutions.