BatesCarey LLP attorneys have significant experience handling first-party property insurance matters involving complex physical damage and time element claims arising under both commercial and homeowner’s property policies.  We have protected the interests of domestic and international insurers in claims arising from a number of significant domestic cat losses, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.  We have extensive knowledge of the standard ISO first-party forms as well as the binding authority arrangements used by many of our clients in placing first-party business.

Our attorneys routinely handle novel and diverse interpretation issues, analyze, investigate and resolve coverage disputes, assist clients in reserving rights, investigate cause and origin claims, conduct examinations under oath, and position claims for litigation.  When necessary, we litigate or arbitrate claims across the United States.  Our experience and resources allow us to implement proactive and efficient claim resolution strategies resulting in outstanding results for our clients.


Our attorneys have advised clients on a variety of issues with respect to all types of first-party property claims, including but not limited to:


Riverbend Capital, LLC v. Lloyd’s of London, Case No. 2007-7063 (La. Civ. Dist. Orleans County) Summary judgment on behalf of commercial property insurance carrier, securing a declaration that carrier’s obligations under two policies for Katrina-related claims were discharged under Louisiana common-law doctrines of accord and satisfaction and res judicata.

Ware v. First Specialty Insurance Corp., Case No. 13 Ill. App 1st 113340 (Ill. 1st Dist.) Secured a significant number of occurrences ruling from the Illinois Appellate Court in the Wrigleyville Porch Collapse coverage litigation.

In Re: Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation, Case No. 2:05-cv-04182 (E.D. La.) Acted as class action counsel for numerous Lloyd’s syndicates with respect to first party property losses arising out of Hurricane Katrina.

Delta Technical Products v. Hartford Casualty Ins. Co., Case No. 14 Ill. App. 1st 122158 (Ill. 1st Dist.) Summary judgment on behalf of insurer, securing a declaration that a sewer and drain endorsement was not ambiguous and the policy did not cover loss due to flood.  On appeal, the First District Appellate Court of Illinois confirmed the ruling, and also agreed there was a bona fide coverage dispute barring bad faith under Illinois law.

21st Century Dental Care, LLC v. Sentinel Insurance Co., Case No. 1:13-cv-05863 (N.D. Ill.) Defended insurer in a breach of contract case seeking additional business income and replacement cost coverage following a rain storm at a dental practice.

Advanced Radiant Systems v. Peerless Indemnity Ins. Co., Case No. 1:14-cv-01943 (S.D. Ind.). Defended insurer in a breach of contract action brought by the insured seeking a belated appraisal and supplemental business income coverage.

Auto-Owners Insurance Co. v. Indiana Insurance Co., Case No. 1:12-cv-07401 (N.D. Ill.) Defended insurer in declaratory judgment case seeking a determination that builder’s risk insurance policy provided coverage for a residential fire loss for contractor who was not a named insured.

Cosmetique Inc. v. Hartford Causality Insurance. Co., Case No. 1:11-cv-0774 (N.D. Ill.) Defended insurer in a declaratory judgment action seeking reimbursement of coverage following a theft of its proprietary customer list.

Fox v. American Economy Insurance Co., Case No. 1:10-cv-02580 (N.D. ll.) Defended insurer in declaratory judgment action seeking business income and ordinance or law coverage at a podiatry practice following a frozen pipe loss.

Lyon College v. Lexington Insurance Co., Case. No. 1:13-cv-00073 (S.D. Ar). Defended insurer in a declaratory judgment action seeking additional coverage for increased cost of construction and business income following a fire at the student commons building.

Restoration Specialists, LLC v. Hartford Fire Insurance Co., Case No. 1:08-cv-00644 (N.D. Ill.) Defended insurer in a declaratory judgment and bad faith action involving an insurance dispute stemming from the Wrigleyville Porch Collapse.