Drawing on over half a century of extensive knowledge of the legal, financial and regulatory aspects of the insurance industry, Debevoise lawyers have acted as lead counsel for insurers in many of the industry’s largest and most complex disputes. Debevoise’s leading role in prominent insurance disputes is a natural result of the close integration of the insurance litigation practice with the firm’s highly regarded insurance transactional and regulatory practice and overall litigation practice. The firm’s work on behalf of insurance industry clients encompasses every part of the industry - from life and annuities to property and casualty to financial guaranty - and every type of dispute in which insurance expertise is required, including government investigations, securities litigation, policyholder class actions, coverage disputes, ERISA litigation and reinsurance arbitrations.
Debevoise has long been the preeminent firm for disputes and regulatory matters involving life insurance companies, with a demonstrated track record of success in handling the most complex insurance-related representations. The group also has significant expertise in its coverage practice, with a particular emphasis on such high-exposure matters as asbestos and environmental disputes and bankruptcy-related representations. With the depth and breadth of their industry experience, Debevoise is seen as a “go-to” firm for high-stakes insurance disputes, investigations and regulatory proceedings that demand exceptional care, judgment, thought and creativity.