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

IRMI Energy Risk & Insurance Conference 2020

The IRMI Energy Risk & Insurance Conference (ERIC) brings together risk managers, agents and brokers, underwriters, adjusters, attorneys, and industry thought leaders to explore state-of-the-art ideas and practical tactics for fine-tuning risk management programs and controlling the cost of risk.
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Events

2020 Higher Education Risk Management Conference

This conference offers comprehensive educational opportunities for professionals working in the areas of risk finance and insurance, compliance, information security, environmental health and safety, emergency management, legal affairs, law enforcement, international travel, human resources, workers'' compensation, and much more. Anyone involved in the risk management process will benefit from this conference and is welcome to attend.
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Events

Insurance Law: 2019 Year in Review, presented by San Diego County Bar Association

On March 25, SDV''s Melanie McDonald will co-present at the San Diego County Bar Association''s event, "Insurance Law: 2019 Year in Review." The presentation will provide an overview of the most impactful insurance coverage cases in 2019 and is available in-person and via live webcast.
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SDV Insights

Workarounds for Workers' Comp Immunity: How to Obtain Additional Insured Coverage when the Named Insured is Immune from Suit

Construction is an inherently risky business, fraught with the potential for human error. Despite best efforts to ensure safety, accidents involving construction workers are common, with consequences ranging from your run-of-the-mill trip and fall to much more serious and debilitating injuries.
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Events

2020 Atlanta RIMS Educational Conference

This program will explore risk transfer and insurance strategies to avoid the "Big One," those losses or lawsuits that can jeopardize the financial health of a company. Companies engaged in business always face risk, but with appropriate foresight, they can better understand, and reduce, the risks that ultimately land at their own feet. This program will look at the various methods of risk transfer, and the common pitfalls, of which contracting parties should be aware.
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SDV Insights

Skipping Depositions does not Constitute Failure to Cooperate in New York

Recently, a New York Appellate Division agreed with a trial court that failure to appear for multiple depositions does not constitute non-cooperation under the insurance policy. Applying the Thrasher test, the New York Appellate Division for the Second Department in Foddrell v. Utica First Insurance Co., No. 2017-04573, 2019 WL 6884967 (N.Y. App. Div. Dec. 18, 2019) found that this conduct did not rise to the level of "willful and avowed obstruction."
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Events

Understanding Insurer's Duty to Settle: Practical Tips to Avoid Bad Faith Claims

Join us for this Knowledge Group Online CLE Bad Faith Webinar. An insurer''s ability to refuse a settlement case is only limited on account to its duty to act in good faith. Instead, they owe its policyholder a duty to settle if, and only if, the policyholder''s settlement amount is within the limit of the insurer's policy.
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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
Stella Szantova Giordano
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.