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Amber is special counsel and serves as coverage and litigation counsel for domestic and international insurers in a variety of complex insurance coverage disputes, including claims of bad faith, in state and federal courts throughout the United States.  Amber represents primary and excess carriers in professional liability coverage matters, including D&O, E&O and other professional liability risks, as well as commercial general liability and first-party property coverage matters. 

Amber has extensive litigation experience.  She has litigated coverage issues from inception through trial in cases involving complex property losses, professional malpractice claims, derivative suits, employment matters and class action lawsuits.  Amber has also successfully represented her insurer clients at mediation and arbitration and on appeal. 

Outside of litigation, Amber assists her clients in analyzing coverage issues, evaluating potential exposures and resolving disputes. She has evaluated claims under various lines, including D&O, E&O, EPL, general liability and first-party property policies.  Amber’s goal is to help clients obtain favorable results efficiently.

Amber graduated from Boston University School of Law.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with distinction.

Representative Matters

Represented excess liability carrier in matter involving underlying derivative claims (New York).

Defended D&O carrier in declaratory judgment action where late notice was a defense to coverage (Delaware).

Defended EPL carrier against third-party contribution claims in direct action state (Wisconsin).

Represented excess liability insurer at trial and on appeal where customer was found not to qualify as an insured (Illinois).

Defended first-party property insurer against claims of bad faith and breach of contract arising out of alleged contamination of premises (Illinois).

Defended general liability insurer before trial court and on appeal, where appellate court ultimately found the underlying class action lawsuits did not trigger advertising injury coverage (West Virginia).

Obtained judgment in favor of property owner for claims arising out of breach of commercial lease (Wisconsin).

Defended accounting firm against claims for breach of contract, negligence and breach of fiduciary duties (Pennsylvania).

Pursued claims on behalf of limited liability company in action against a member for fraud, theft and breach of fiduciary duties (Wisconsin).

Defended employer against claims of discrimination under Title VII and the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (E.D. Wis.).

Presentations

“Insurance Implications for Autonomous Vehicles,” Wisconsin Defense Counsel, 2019 Winter Conference

“Preserving Coverage Defenses,” ABA TIPS, 2015 Midyear Program

“Excess to Primary: You’re Not Exhausted, You’re Just Tired,” ABA TIPS, 2014 Midyear Program

“Insurance Law Update,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2009 Spring Defense Tactics Seminar

“An Introduction to Bad Faith/Extra-Contractual Liability,” Chicago Bar Association, YLS Insurance Coverage Committee, September 2009