Insurance Counseling & Recovery

Latham routinely shapes insurance law while helping policyholders maximize their insurance assets to protect against business risk and secure carrier-funded litigation defense. We advise clients both throughout the claims process and, when necessary, through litigation or arbitration anywhere in the world.

Why Latham

We read policies, we negotiate policies, and we even write them from scratch when called upon to help clients address unique risks. We practice insurance law, and we make it — across jurisdictions and across the full spectrum of first- and third-party insurance issues. Dozens of reported insurance decisions reflect Latham’s involvement in and influence on the insurance field over the past three decades, including landmark victories at the California Supreme Court that have unlocked billions of dollars of coverage for policyholders. Our knowledge and experience spans all major property and casualty insurance lines — including first-party Property and Business Interruption and third-party Comprehensive General Liability — as well as many specialty coverage areas, such as D&O, Representations & Warranties, Tax Liability, Litigation Risk, Political Risk, Cyber, E&O/Professional Liability, Crime, Environmental, and Employment Liability Coverage.

Our insurance counseling and recovery team has advised on the placement of scores of insurance coverage programs for clients across myriad industries, advised on the insurance aspects of hundreds (if not thousands) of M&A deals, and has obtained many billions of dollars in contested recoveries through litigation, arbitration, mediation, and negotiation in the United States and around the globe. As members of a “one-firm firm,” we use our collective experience to address each client’s specific needs. We also partner with brokers and insurance consultants around the world to provide seamless professional counsel at each stage of the insurance process. Insurers and their lawyers, as well as judges, arbitrators, and mediators, know and respect Latham’s counseling and recovery lawyers, who are sought-after speakers and authors on a variety of insurance coverage issues.

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Earns Honors for Top Defense Verdict and Top Appellate Reversal in California - February 09, 2021
  • Two Partners Among “Top 40 Under 40” in California - April 17, 2017
  • Litigation Teams Commended for Innovative Case Strategies - December 12, 2016
  • Litigators Honored in Two Landmark Cases - December 06, 2016
  • Firm Named a “Litigation Powerhouse” in Inaugural Competition - August 08, 2016

Latham is “highly regarded for its capabilities in achieving substantial recovery amounts on behalf of policyholders” and “has contributed to significant and precedent-setting decisions.”

– Chambers USA 2020

Media Coverage

Litigators of the Week: The Latham & Watkins Duo Who Paved the Path for Mallinckrodt to Exit BankruptcyTop Verdicts: Montrose Chemical Corporation of California v. Superior Court of Los AngelesInsurance MVPs: John Wilson & Brook Roberts


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Thought Leadership

Private Equity Buyers Poised to Reap W&I Insurance Benefits First Circuit Liberalizes Tax Deductibility Standard of False Claims Act SettlementsCalifornia Supreme Court Defines Scope of Advertising Injury Coverage

Webcasts & Podcasts

Return to Work: Preparing for the Future Amid COVID-19General Counsel ForumKeeping Tabs on the PTAB