SDV was founded more than 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

2022 IRMI Construction Risk Conference

At the IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC), you'll experience top-tier speakers, focused construction risk and insurance content, and innovative ideas for contractor risk management and insurance programs.
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SDV Insights

Can a Lease Force a Tenant's Insurer to Defend the Landlord?

Can an indemnification clause in a commercial lease obligate a tenant's insurer to defend a landlord? Recently, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York said, "Yes!" On August 9, 2022, the district court issued a decision in ConMed Corp. vs. Federal Insurance Company, holding that the indemnification clause in a policyholder's lease triggered the insurer's duty to defend the landlord in an action arising out of the tenant's negligence.
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Events

2022 CLM Construction Conference

For over a decade, the CLM Construction Conference has been the largest gathering of insurance and litigation professionals serving the claims industry. Each year, it brings together hundreds of risk managers, claim managers, attorneys, and builders from across the country.
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SDV Insights

Is New Jersey's Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Act Obsolete?

Most states have some version of an Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Act (UCSPA), which is intended to prohibit insurers from engaging in unfair claims settlement practices. While the UCSPA is based off a model act, there are differences from state to state. For example, New Jersey's UCSPA does not allow a private cause of action against an insurer - instead, the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance retains sole enforcement authority under the UCSPA.
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Events

Construction Litigation of Additional Insured Endorsements: Blanket Claus Risks, Contractual Privity, Coverage Limits

This CLE course will provide counsel for construction companies with guidance on the use of additional insured requirements in contracts and their role in passing insurance obligations through to subcontractors and suppliers.
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SDV Insights

What is Contractual Risk Transfer?

Every commercial property owner, developer, general contractor, subcontractor, and vendor should understand the concept of contractual risk transfer and how it might affect its company and projects.
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SDV Insights

Ninth Circuit Decides in Favor of Life Insurance Beneficiary in DUI Accidental Death Claim

In the case of Wolf v. Life Insurance Company of North America, 2022 WL 3652966, (9th Cir. August 25, 2022), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the determination of the district court agreeing that the tragic death of a young man was an "accident" as defined under an accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) policy.
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SDV Insights

The Ups and Downs of Elevator Maintenance Contractor's Policy Limits

The December 2021 First Department decision in Nouveau Elevator Indus. v. New York Marine & General Ins. Co. is pushing some buttons in the elevator industry, given the significant implications it may have on the adequacy of policy limits for elevator service companies operating in New York state.
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MEET OUR TEAM

Sarah M. Borrelli
Associate
Stephanie A. Giagnorio
Associate
Janie Reilly Eddy
Associate
Stacy M. Manobianca
Of Counsel
Brian J. Clifford
Of Counsel
Anna M. Perry
Associate
Richard W. Brown
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
Partner
Grace V. Hebbel
Partner
Michael V. Pepe
Partner

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