Gregory D. Podolak has spent his entire career advocating on behalf of policyholders and, over more than a decade, has handled issues involving all lines of coverage. Greg has extensive experience in strategizing risk transfer and assists his clients in all manner of concerns, from coverage placement and drafting contracts to complex litigation. His litigation practice includes successful arguments in courts in multiple jurisdictions, including a $40 million builder's risk claim in New York federal court involving previously unsettled issues of law related to coverage for construction scheduling impact costs; a Florida Supreme Court case ruling that a notice of right to repair is a "suit" and placing the burden on insurers to show why the defense of such a process should not be provided; and a case before the New Jersey Supreme Court holding that damages caused by construction defects trigger CGL insurance.
Greg also leads the firm's Cyber Risk concentration, advising clients in all industries facing exposure in this emerging market and, most notably, successfully argued on behalf of his client in a seminal case before the Connecticut Supreme Court involving a $6 million claim in data breach-related damages that may shape the future of available CGL coverage for cyber-related incidents.
In addition to an active practice, Greg frequently collaborates with national insurance brokerage firms and regularly speaks and authors articles on a variety of insurance coverage topics. He is the dedicated commentator on additional insured issues for the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) Expert Commentary series. Greg has also been named as a Super Lawyers' Rising Star for seven consecutive years (2012 - 2019) and was a recipient of the 2015 Connecticut Law Tribune New Leaders in the Law award.
Greg is the Managing Partner of SDV Southeast and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He has been with SDV his entire career and relocated to Florida in 2016 to establish the firm's southeast office. He currently resides with his family in Naples, Florida.