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.

NEWS & IDEAS

Events

2020 CLM Construction Conference

The CLM Construction Conference covers all aspects of insurance, risk, and claims management aspects of the insurance related to the construction industry. In addition to addressing construction defects and other hot topics, conference sessions will also address facets of construction site accidents/injuries, coverage issues, subcontractor issues, risk management, and new technologies.
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Events

myLawCLE Webinar: Pollution Insurance - Potential Coverage for COVID-19 Losses and Liabilities

This program will begin with a brief overview of typical pollution insurance policies and then move on to a discussion about how policies define "pollution" and whether COVID-19 fits within those definitions. We will discuss potential obstacles to coverage including whether or not policies require proof that the virus was present and how government shut-down orders impact potential coverage.
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Events

4th Annual Insurance in the Construction Industry Seminar

Given the fast pace of today''s business world and the everchanging world of construction growth, understanding the current state of the law with respect to construction insurance coverages is paramount for those involved in the construction industry as owners, contractors or industry professionals. Insurance for Construction Claims impacts all demographics, all organizations, and all businesses whether public or private.
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Events

myLawCLE Webinar: Reviewing Clients' Insurance Policies for COVID-19 Coverage: An Introduction

This CLE will introduce non-coverage lawyers to the basics of insurance coverage and risk transfer, with a particular focus on coverage for claims related to COVID-19. We will provide you with key concepts to help you to think more deeply about insurance, our goal being to help you understand insurance like a risk manager rather than as a frustrated policyholder.
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SDV Insights

Product Defect Allegations Trigger Duty To Defend in Pennsylvania

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently concluded, in Nautilus Insurance Co. v. 200 Christian Street Partners, LLC., that a duty to defend is triggered when product-related allegations are pled in connection with a claim for defective construction.
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Events

Primary v. Excess Insurance: Vertical and Horizontal Exhaustion of Policy Limits Priority and Allocation of Coverage

This CLE webinar will explore the nationwide impact of a unanimous decision in favor of corporate policyholders by the California Supreme Court in April 2020. Policyholders can identify which policy years have the best coverage, collect, and let the carriers resolve further allocation. Any business with successive years of multi-layered policies to cover potential "long-tail" liabilities will benefit.
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SDV Insights

A Win for Policyholders: California Court of Appeals Applies Vertical Exhaustion for Continuous Injury Claims

Fresh off the heels of the California Supreme Court's landmark decision in Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Super. Ct. of L.A. Cty., policyholders scored another victory as another California court rejected horizontal exhaustion in the context of continuous injury cases.
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SDV Insights

How Will D&O Insurance Evolve with the Coronavirus?

When Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance was first introduced by the London underwriting market in the 1930s, it was intended to cover a narrow range of emerging liabilities. Following the Great Depression and the uptick in securities regulation, there was a perceived need for insurance to protect corporate officers from the risks of doing business.
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SDV Insights

Beware of the Dangers of Designating a Project "Premises" When Using the ISO CG 21 44 or its Equivalents

Project-specific policies sold to the construction industry routinely include ISO form CG 21 44 07 98, entitled "Limitation of Coverage to Designated Premises or Project", to identify the covered construction project. Care must be taken in the use of this form, however, to avoid granting more coverage than the insured and insurer intend.
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MEET OUR TEAM

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
Janet E. Crawford
Associate
Stacy M. Manobianca
Of Counsel
Ashley  McWilliams
Associate
Brian J Clifford
Associate
Ryan G. Nelson
Associate
Anna M. Perry
Associate
Richard W. Brown
Partner
Edwin L. Doernberger
Partner
Theresa A. Guertin
Partner
David G. Jordan
Partner

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Trumbull, CT 06611

203.287.2100

Southeast

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Naples, FL 34102

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951.365.3145


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.