Sharone Kornman focuses her practice on liability and property insurance coverage matters. She has over 27 years of experience handling a range of coverage disputes, representing insurance companies in first-party disputes over property damage, business interruption, and extra-contractual bad faith claims, as well as third-party disputes over the duty to defend and indemnify against a variety of business and non-business claims. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section, and its Insurance + Reinsurance Practice Group.
Ms. Kornman provides coverage advice in third-party coverage disputes involving business and homeowners policies. She also assists insurers in defending litigation and/or filing declaratory judgment actions involving various issues, including: employers’ liability and workers compensation exclusions, your work and your product exclusions, impaired property exclusions, aircraft, auto or watercraft exclusions, mobile equipment exclusions, contractual liability exclusions; intentional act exclusions, contractors and subcontractors exclusions, pollution exclusions, liquor liability exclusions, late notice and non-cooperation, cyber breach coverage, additional insured and separation of insured conditions, misrepresentations in applications or claim submissions, excess coverage and interplay between multiple applicable policies. Ms. Kornman also provides coverage advice and litigation assistance for insurers responding to uninsured and underinsured motorist claims.
Ms. Kornman assisted in obtaining favorable settlement in a dispute over an insurer’s duty to defend and indemnify an insured against allegations of bodily injury from exposure to refrigerant.
Property Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
Ms. Kornman also provides coverage advice in first-party coverage disputes involving property damage to commercial and residential properties. She assists insurers in breach of contract and bad faith actions over property damage and business interruption losses arising from natural disasters like hurricanes, sinkholes, and hail, as well as man-made events like faulty workmanship/design, fire, theft, mold, and power failure.
Ms. Kornman assisted in obtaining summary judgment in a case alleging $3.75 million in water and mold damage to a private home. She also assisted in obtaining favorable settlement in a case alleging a multimillion-dollar property damage and business interruption loss arising from theft of business inventory.
Ms. Kornman is committed to doing pro bono work. She recently incorporated the Connecticut non-profit organization, Voices of Hope, Inc., dedicated to preserving and sharing stories of Holocaust survivors for future generations in order to ensure historical accuracy about the evils of prejudice and intolerance and to fight present injustice.
Ms. Kornman’s knowledge in the insurance arena is complemented by her substantial experience defending property owners, manufacturers, health care providers, and attorneys in litigation in state and federal courts. She is a contributor to the firm's Property Insurance Coverage Insights blog. Before joining Robinson+Cole, Ms. Kornman worked for several Hartford-based law firms, where she focused her practice on litigation and insurance coverage.