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

IFMA's World Workplace 2020 Conference & Expo

As the original all-encompassing learning and networking event on facilities and how to manage them, World Workplace remains the gold standard in facility management education, knowledge exchange, career development and professional network building. Hosted by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), World Workplace facilitates idea sharing and best-practice exchange between all professionals who support the built environment.
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Events

IRMI Construction Risk [Virtual] Conference

This year''s Construction Risk [Virtual] Conference (CRC) is fully online, bringing the unparalleled educational content that''s made CRC the must-attend construction risk event for 40 years right to your home. Although different from the in-person experience, the virtual format offers you a host of unique benefits for a more convenient and affordable Conference.
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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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SDV Insights

Fuel Thieves Strike Again, and Again, and Again... 11th Circuit Concludes Each Fuel Theft Constituted a Separate "Occurrence"

In the case of Port Consolidated, Inc. v. Int'l Ins. Co. of Hannover, PLC, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an insurance claim involving repeated thefts of fuel from a singular scheme constituted multiple "occurrences" under the insurance policy at issue. Moreover, because none of the thefts exceeded the policy's per occurrence deductible, the Court found that the insurer properly denied coverage.
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SDV Insights

U.K. High Court COVID-19 Victory for Policyholders May Set a Trend in the U.S.

On September 15, 2020, in a matter entitled The Financial Conduct Authority v. Arch & Others1, the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, the equivalent of a trial court in the U.S., issued a ruling on a COVID-19 business interruption insurance case (the "Judgment"). Significantly, the Court sided with policyholders on most key coverage issues under specific non-damage business interruption insurance coverage forms
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SDV Insights

Lucky No. 7: Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Pro-Policyholder Decision Regarding Additional Insured Coverage for Upstream Parties

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a subcontractor's insurer was obligated to defend and indemnify the project owner's insurer for damages associated with the subcontractor's employee's personal injury lawsuit where the underlying complaint alleged negligence by the additional insureds. The case cements the notion that under Illinois law, one can significantly benefit from the facts presented in third party complaints as a basis for additional insured coverage.
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SDV Insights

Ten Clauses You Need in Your Insurance Exhibit

Although the Construction SuperConference has been canceled this year, Michael V. Pepe was recently featured in their construction monthly reader. Check out "Ten Clauses You Need in Your Insurance Exhibit," as he addresses insurance terms that are vital to construction contracts and subcontracts.
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Events

2020 Connecticut Legal Conference

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. This epidemic has sparked over 3,000 lawsuits throughout the nation against pharmaceutical companies, suppliers, distributors, and health care providers for their alleged role in contributing to the epidemic. With the targets of these lawsuits vigorously defending these suits, it was inevitable that complex insurance coverage issues would emerge.
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MEET OUR TEAM

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
Philip B. Wilusz
Associate
K.  Alexandra O'Neill
Associate
Tiffany  Casanova
Associate
Grace V. Hebbel
Associate
Celia B. Waters
Associate
Samantha M. Oliveira
Associate
Michael V. Pepe
Partner
Hugh D. Hughes
Associate

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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.