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Michael T. Skoglund is a partner who concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance coverage and litigation.

Michael regularly serves as coverage and litigation counsel to domestic and international insurers in matters involving various forms of professional liability coverage, including D&O, E&O, and EPL coverage. He has served as counsel with respect to complex insurance claims such as securities fraud class action lawsuits, derivative actions, regulatory investigations and proceedings and employment-related litigation. He has also represented commercial general liability insurers and reinsurers in connection with significant mass tort, environmental, transportation, property damage, and personal injury exposures.

Michael also represents a wide variety of companies in state and federal courts around the country, including in cases involving insurance coverage disputes, Federal Employers' Liability Act claims, railroad accidents, construction accidents, premises liability and product liability.

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.

Gastar Exploration Ltd. v. U.S. Specialty Insurance Company, Cause No. 2010-11236 (Tex. Dist. Ct.) Defended U.S. insurer in a declaratory judgment and breach of contract action seeking coverage under a D&O policy and obtained summary judgment based on interrelationship of claims provision.

Stevens v. Delgado Electors, Inc., No. 04 L 8353 (Ill. Cir. Ct. 2007) Obtained summary judgment in wrongful death construction case filed against a contractor involved in Chicago Skyway reconstruction project.

AXIS Reinsurance Company v. GeoStar Corp., Case No. 09-cv-12608 (E.D. Mich.) Filed declaratory judgment action on behalf of U.S. insurer seeking to rescind D&O policy.

XL Specialty Insurance Company v. Michael W. Perry, Case No. 11-2078 (C.D. Cal) Filed declaratory judgment action on behalf of U.S. insurer seeking a finding of no coverage under Side A D&O policy.

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.

Princeton Eagle West Insurance Company Limited v. HSBC Finance Corp., Case No. 10 CH 17094 (Ill. Cir. Ct.) Filed declaratory judgment action on behalf of Bermudian insurer seeking a finding of no coverage under D&O policy based on prior made claim exclusion.

Allied World National Assurance Company v. James A. Knight, Case No. 09 CH 27403 (Ill. Cir. Ct.) Filed declaratory judgment action on behalf of U.S. insurer seeking a finding of no coverage under primary D&O policy.

Presentations

A Claim Handler’s Roadmap to the Defense and Settlement of Claims, Chicago, Illinois (October 2015)