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R. Patrick Bedell is a partner whose practice focuses on serving a variety of clients in commercial disputes, with particular emphasis on representing insurance carriers and reinsurers in state and federal courts across the country and in arbitration. He has extensive experience litigating claims involving products liability, general commercial liability, and professional liability. His practice also includes counseling clients on a wide variety of issues relating to direct insurance coverage, reinsurance, and commercial disputes.

In 2015, Patrick was recognized by Law Bulletin Company, through its Leading Lawyers Division, as an “Emerging Lawyer” in Insurance, Insurance Coverage, and Reinsurance Law, a distinction earned by fewer than two percent of Illinois lawyers who are under the age of 40. Patrick was also named a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers, a peer review designation recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40, in 2012-2017.

Representative Matters

Represented CGL insurer in litigation involving policyholder's claim for recovery of settlement payments to claimants in a Section 524(g) bankruptcy.

Represented CGL insurer in litigation involving policyholder's claim that client must defend and indemnify asbestos bodily injury claims.

Represented D&O insurer in litigation involving policyholder's claim for recovery of settlement payment to SEC.

Represented reinsurer in a trial in federal court involving ceding insurer's claim for recovery of payments made in connection with asbestos bodily injury claims.

Represented reinsurer in arbitration regarding ceding insurer's claim for recovery of payment made to resolve suit alleging environmental contamination.

Represented ceding insurer in breach of contract suit against reinsurance broker.

Presentations

“Transition from Primary to Excess Coverage: Effortless Step or Grand Canyon Leap?,” ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation CLE Seminar (March 5, 2015)

ARIAS-U.S. Intensive Arbitrator Training Workshop, Tarrytown, N.Y. (March 2008)