SDV was founded 25 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.

NEWS & IDEAS

Events

2021 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC)

The Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA), is the largest building industry trade show in the southeast. As the premier trade event, the SEBC includes outstanding educational programs featuring two days of hard-hitting seminars, networking opportunities, round table discussions and industry briefings.
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SDV Insights

D&O Practice Notes: Beware of Broad Contract Exclusions

Contract exclusions are common fixtures in directors and officers liability policies; however, they can be broadly interpreted to eliminate valuable coverage. The purpose of this Practice Note is to assist policyholders in identifying whether their policies contain a contract exclusion and providing them practical recommendations to assist in negotiating more favorable language in their policies.
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McDonald's Scores COVID-19 Victory Against GL Insurer - Policyholders are "Lovin' It"

In a significant victory for policyholders, the Northern District of Illinois has found a duty to defend under a commercial general liability ("CGL") policy for damages related to COVID-19. In reaching this decision, the court made several significant findings regarding the scope and interpretation of "damages," "because of," and "bodily injury" in the context of general liability coverage.
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SDV Insights

A Guide to Homeowners' Insurance for California Wildfire Losses

After suffering historically destructive fires in 2018, California endured five of the six largest fires in state history in 2020. Nearly 10,000 fires burned over 4.2 million acres--making 2020 the most significant California wildfire season on record
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New York Considering Legislation That Would Create Statute of Repose For Construction

Under current New York law, contractors and design professionals have exposure to bodily injury and property damage claims resulting from construction defects for a potentially unlimited number of years after completion of a project. New York is considering legislation, which, if enacted, would create a statute of repose limiting the number of years after completion of construction that legal action may be asserted against a contractor.
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Event Cancellation Dispute "Scheduled" for Federal Court Ruling

Emerald Holding Inc. ("Emerald"), a leading operator of business-to-business trade show events across the United States, has suffered millions of dollars in losses from canceled or postponed in-person events in order to comply with health and safety government mandates due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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SDV Insights

Additional Insureds Beware: State Farm Policies Don't Satisfy Your Contractual Requirements

State Farm's additional insured endorsements all contain unique limiting language that likely operates as a labor law exclusion. On the excess layer, State Farm cannot provide primary and non-contributory endorsements or a waiver of subrogation. As a result, State Farm insured subcontractors are probably in breach of their contractual insurance requirements.
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Beyond the COI: The Importance of an Owner's or Facilities Manager's Downstream Insurance Review Program

The risk of bodily injury lawsuits is an unavoidable reality for property owners and facilities managers ("FMs") of large commercial sites such as universities, malls, office buildings, or stadiums. Any person who steps foot on the property is a potential plaintiff, including students, tenants, customers, contractors, and vendors.
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Events

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) WebEd

Join Gregory Podolak as he presents "Planned Early Dispute Resolution - The Why and the How" during the upcoming Associated General Contractors of America WebEd on March 11. In this interactive webinar, Gregory will discuss a proactive process for carefully organizing complex litigation into successful mediation and resolving construction disputes before they spiral out of control alongside an experienced construction mediator and in-house corporate counsel for a national CM/GC.
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MEET OUR TEAM

Brian J. Clifford
Of Counsel
Anna M. Perry
Associate
Richard W. Brown
Partner
Edwin L. Doernberger
Partner
Theresa A. Guertin
Partner
David G. Jordan
Partner
Gregory D. Podolak
Partner
Tracy Alan Saxe
Partner
Jeffrey J. Vita
Partner
Jeremiah M. Welch
Partner
Bethany L. Barrese
Partner
William S. Bennett
Associate
K.  Alexandra O'Neill
Associate
Tiffany  Casanova
Associate
Grace V. Hebbel
Partner
Celia B. Waters
Associate
Samantha M. Oliveira
Associate
Michael V. Pepe
Partner

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