There are relatively few law firms that are committed exclusively to insurance defense, and fewer still that have the resources necessary to handle the volume and complexity of claims that the world’s leading insurance companies experience on a day-to-day basis. So, when you are in the market for legal representation, how do you choose – even among the limited options that are available?
First and foremost, it is important to choose a firm that limits its practice to insurance defense. Even many smaller law firms handle transactional and litigation matters in a wide range of practice areas, and a surprising number represent both policyholders and insurers. Choosing a firm that only handles the defense side of insurance disputes will help ensure that you avoid running into issues involving conflicts of interest.
Second, choosing a firm that has the geographic reach to adequately represent your company should be a top consideration as well. Many small and mid-sized firms are not set up to service clients with multi-jurisdictional needs; and, although they may offer regional or national representation, they may lack the human capital and technological resources necessary to handle a major insurance company’s high volume of claims.
Third, experience is an absolute must. Not just experience in insurance law and not just experience in litigation, but experience specifically in insurance litigation defense. First party and other insurance coverage disputes involve complex laws and intricate legal principles, and it typically takes a team of experienced insurance defense lawyers to effectively represent insurers’ interests in litigation and appeals.
4. Client Base
Fourth, there is often no better indicator of a firm’s ability than its list of clientele. The firm you choose should be able to provide you with a long list of reputable insurers it serves on a daily basis.
Finally, results, too, can speak for themselves. In large part, a law firm’s results are a byproduct of the other factors listed above. Why settle for a firm with anything less than a long and consistent track record of success?
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At BG&S, LLP, our 40+ attorneys have centuries of experience representing the world’s leading insurance companies in complex litigation and appeals. If you are looking for a new insurance defense law firm, we encourage you to give us a call. For more information about our attorneys’ experience and our specific areas of practice within insurance defense, call our New York offices at (631) 390-0010 or our New Jersey offices at (201) 995-1394; or, contact us online or today.