R. Patrick Bedell is a partner whose practice focuses on advising insurance carriers on a variety of complex matters and representing them in commercial disputes in state and federal courts across the country. He has extensive experience analyzing and litigating claims involving products liability, municipal liability, general commercial liability, and professional liability.

In 2015 and 2017, 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 selected to the Illinois Rising Star list, a peer review designation recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40, from 2012-2018.

Representative Matters

Gage County v. Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, Case No. CI 17-0339 (Lancaster County, NE)  In a matter of first impression, obtained ruling for excess insurers that the date six wrongfully incarcerated individuals were first charged was the single date triggering their constitutional injuries, and that continuing constitutional wrongs into later insurance periods did not trigger new insurance for the $28.1 million malicious prosecution judgment.

Successfully represented insurer in appeal to the Missouri Court of Appeals, which reversed the trial court’s rulings that the insurer had a duty to defend and must pay defense expenses in addition to policy limits. 

Achieved summary judgment ruling that insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify an $8 million wrongful prosecution claim brought by an exonerated claimant who was convicted during insurer’s policy period.

Represented insurer in litigation involving municipality’s claim for coverage for liability arising from wrongful prosecution.

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 the 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 a reinsurance broker.


Insurance Workshop: Practical & Ethical Handling of Insurance Issues (IICLE, January 25, 2018).  Moderated the day-long conference addressing the life of an insurance claim, emerging issues presented by opioids, concussions, 3D printing, drones and cyber security, as well as time-honored issues such as the duty to settle, independent counsel and preserving coverage defenses.  Presented on the life of an insurance claim and issues relating to opioid and concussion claims.

America On Opioids:  The Issues, The Claims, and The Coverage (Perrin Conferences, October 17, 2017)

“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)


What Conn. Opioid Ruling Means for Liability Insurers Law 360 Insurance, Expert Analysis (January 15, 2018)

“Big Pharma Faces Insurance Hurdles in Opioid Suits” Law360 Insurance Newsletter (November 8, 2017)

"The Opioid Epidemic: As the Pharmaceutical Industry Is Targeted, Will It Be Covered by Insurance?" Mealey's Emerging Insurance Disputes (July 6, 2017)

"Senate Bill May Force Rise in Suits for Opioid Funding," Law360 Insurance, Expert Analysis (June 27, 2017)

"The Next Frontier in Tort Reform:  Promoting the Financial Solvency of Nursing Homes." 11 ELDER L.J. 361 (2003)