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Brian Watson is a special counsel who concentrates his practice in the area of insurance coverage, with emphasis on Directors & Officers, Errors & Omissions and Employment Practices Liability coverage. Brian has considerable experience representing insurers in coverage disputes before state and federal courts. He has first-chair jury trial experience and he has resolved numerous disputes through alternative dispute resolution and negotiated settlements.

Representative Matters

AXIS Surplus Ins. Co. v. Geringer, Case No. 14-cv-00244 (D. Utah) Represented U.S. insurer in interpleader action over competing claims for amounts in excess of Side A D&O policy limits.

XL Specialty Insurance Company v. WMI Liquidating Trust, Case No. 499, 2013 (Del. Supr. Ct.) Defended U.S. insurer in declaratory judgment action seeking coverage under excess Side A D&O Policy.

Kruise v. Bloom Companies, LLC, Case No. 10-18726 (Wisc. Cir. Ct., Milwaukee) Defended U.S. architects and engineers insurer in direct action lawsuit.

YRC Worldwide, Inc. v. XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd., Case No. 11-cv-2534 (D. Kan.) Defended Bermudian insurer in a declaratory judgment and breach of contract action seeking coverage under an EPL policy.

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. v. Vigilant Ins. Co., Index No. 600979/09 (N.Y. Sup. Ct.) Defended U.S. insurer in declaratory judgment action seeking coverage under Financial Institution E&O policy.

TOUSA, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., 09-02281 (S.D. Fla.) Defended Bermudian insurer in declaratory judgment action seeking coverage under Side A D&O policy.

Publications

"Wrongful Birth Survey of Reported Verdicts and Settlements," DRI’s The Voice (December 2017)

"Known Loss Doctrine Precludes Insurance for Hijacked Cargo Shipment," The Maritime Advocate (July 18, 2017)

“Navigating Maritime Liens: Protections Afforded To The Vessel Owner,” Marine Insight (July 14, 2017)

"Recent 'Wrongful Birth' Decisions Turn on the Health of the Child," DRI’s The Voice (July 12, 2017)