Maryann's practice focuses on insurance coverage and reinsurance in the areas of professional liability, environmental, toxic tort, and asbestos claims. For over 25 years, she has served as trial and appellate counsel in significant insurance coverage cases and reinsurance disputes, and has argued numerous dispositive motions and appeals in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts. She has presented oral arguments before the Seventh, Tenth, and Sixth Circuits. She has also represented insurers in reinsurance arbitrations.
Maryann has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer, 2006-2012; Leading Lawyers, 2014. She has been rated a Preeminent Woman Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell in 2005-2012, awarded to women attorneys who have received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from their peers.
American Ins. Co. v. American Re-Insurance Co., 2006 WL 3412079 (N.D. Cal. November 27, 2006) Doctrine of follow the fortunes is not implied in a reinsurance certificate that does not contain a follow the fortunes clause.
GenCorp Inc. v. AIU, 297 F. Supp. 995 (N.D. Ohio 2003), aff'd, 138 Fed. Appx. 732 (6th Cir. 2005) First "all sums" decision to mandate full settlement credit of underlying policy limits in allocation matter.
DuPont v. Allstate, 879 A.2d 929 (Del. Super. 2004) Favorable summary judgment rulings absolving insurers of coverage obligation for DuPont's polybutylene-related plumbing claims.
Stepan Co. v. Allstate Ins. Co. No. BER-L-9911-96 (N.J. Super. Ct. Bergen Co., 2000) (insurer granted summary judgment; no justiciable claim; policyholder estopped from relitigating rulings by Illinois court barring coverage)
Celotex Corp. v. AIU Ins. Co., 216 B.R. 867 and 222 B.R. 644 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 1998), aff'd, In re Celotex Corp., 299 Fed. Appx. 850 (11th Cir. July 7, 2008) Coverage barred due to late notice.
Diamond Shamrock v. Aetna, 609 A.2d 440 (N.J. Super. App. Div.1992) No coverage for dioxin contamination at Diamond's Newark plant based on intentional and knowing polluting activities, and no coverage for Diamond's $23 million Agent Orange settlement based on the application of the war risk exclusion.
International Minerals & Chemical Corp. v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., 522 N.E.2d 758 (Ill. App. Ct. 1988) Pollution exclusion applied to bar coverage for environmental claim at site formerly owned by insured.