Gustavo A. Otalvora is an associate who represents insurers and reinsurers in connection with complex coverage litigation, claims analysis and counseling, and claims resolution. Gus has represented insurers, at both the pre-trial and trial stage, in a wide range of coverage matters, including claims involving civil rights violations, environmental contamination, product liability, False Claims Act liability, construction defect, defamation, sexual misconduct, and insurer bad faith.
In law school, Gus served as the editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology and Policy, he was a Kerker Scholar, and he authored articles that were chosen for publication in two academic journals. Prior to law school, Gus served as a Paul Simon Public Policy Fellow for the Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor.
General Star National Insurance Co. v. Adams Valuation Corp., et al., No. 14-cv-1821 (N.D. Ill. 2014) Obtained judgment on the pleadings on behalf of insurer in federal action involving issue of whether E&O insurer had a duty to defend insured in underlying lawsuit alleging that the insured property valuation company participated in a scheme to obtain fraudulent loans.
ATMI Precast, Inc. v. Illinois National, Inc., No. 2007-CH-37205 (Ill. Cir. Ct, Cook Cty. 2012) Obtained summary judgment on behalf of insurer in state court action involving issue of allocation between covered and uncovered claims in underlying construction defect case.
Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of insurer in London arbitration involving insurance claim seeking $120 million in advertising liability/personal injury coverage for defamation suit arising out of the insured’s failed merger with international chemical company (2012).
Represented insurer as member of trial team in a New York arbitration involving coverage dispute under a manuscript lender-protection policy that insured $80 million in loans that were collateralized by non-recourse-financed life insurance policies (2010).