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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Events

Horizontal vs. Vertical Exhaustion of Insurance: Priority of Coverage and Settlement for Below Policy Limits

Insurance counsel face challenging issues when insureds and their carriers disagree over who should pay a claim and the payment order among the applicable insurance policies. Resolving insurance coverage disputes hinges on understanding the relationship between primary and excess insurers when coverage from the excess insurance policy is triggered with multiple parties, contracts, and layers of insurance
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Events

AGC Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management Conference

AGC will hold its annual in-person Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management Conference at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. The conference will run from Wednesday, June 2, at 4:30 PM EDT, until Friday, June 4, ending at Noon EDT. In addition to all the business sessions, this conference will offer you the same full line-up of social and networking opportunities that you have come to love and expect.
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SDV Insights

Recent Events Highlight the Importance of Corporate Entities Assessing Their Cyber Risk

The high-profile cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline Company is a poignant reminder of the new and ever-evolving risks corporate policyholders face. In addition to the risk of loss or damage from conventional causes, such as physical damage to property and equipment, companies must also contemplate their exposure to losses involving electronic transactions and electronically stored information.
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Events

NJ SBA 2021 Annual Meeting

The 2021 New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention will be a virtual symposium. There will be exemplary, fully interactive continuing legal education, with tracks covering areas of law including family, criminal, real property, municipal court, diversity and inclusion, presidential initiatives, and more. Attendees can earn up to 16.2 CLE credits over the course of the three days!
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Events

CLM 2021 Workers Compensation, Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the insurance industry. All aspects have been negatively affected from rising premiums which have contributed to the hardening market, to uncertainty over underwriting the specific risks posed by COVID-19, and ultimately to the unique claims disputes which have erupted in nationwide litigation.
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SDV Insights

Project-Specific Policies and Products-Completed Operations Hazard Extensions

ISO commercial general liability ("CGL") policies use the term "products-completed operations hazard" ("PCOH") to define a category of risk which is treated specially by certain exclusions within the policy and often subject to separate limits of insurance. In construction, we think about PCOH as being about coverage for completed work.
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SDV Insights

"Multiple Claims" Provisions on Contractor's Professional Liability Policy Creates a Trap for Policyholders

In Berkley Assurance Company v. Hunt Construction Group, Inc., 465 F.Supp.3d 370 (S.D.N.Y., 2020), professional liability insurer Berkley sued its insured, Hunt, a construction management firm, seeking a declaration that it did not owe Hunt a duty to defend and indemnify against breach of contract claims. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Berkley's motion for summary judgment and denied Hunt's motion for partial summary judgment.
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Events

RIMS NY Chapter Webinar - Builder's Risk and Commercial Property Triage: How to Handle the Initial Stages of a First Party Claim

This webinar will provide listeners with a primer on the key steps to take when a builder''s risk claim arises and the key issues to keep an eye out. The panel features a combination of attorneys and experts in the field who will review the types of claims covered by builder''s risk and commercial property policies and the issues that arise at the onset of a claim.
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MEET OUR TEAM

Jeremiah M. Welch
Partner
Bethany L. Barrese
Partner
William S. Bennett
Associate
K.  Alexandra O'Neill
Associate
Grace V. Hebbel
Partner
Celia B. Waters
Associate
Samantha M. Oliveira
Associate
Michael V. Pepe
Partner
Hugh D. Hughes
Associate
Andres  Avila
Associate
Kerianne E. Kane
Associate
Cheryl L.  Kozdrey
Associate
Sarah M. Borrelli
Associate
Stephanie A. Giagnorio
Associate
Christine  Baptiste-Perez
Associate
Janie Reilly Eddy
Associate
Stacy M. Manobianca
Of Counsel
Brian J. Clifford
Of Counsel

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