Stephen O. Clancy

Counsel

  • Overview

    Biography

    Stephen Clancy focuses his practice on insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation, as well as professional liability and other complex litigation. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section, and its Insurance + Reinsurance Practice Group.

    Insurance Coverage Litigation and Counseling

    Mr. Clancy’s insurance coverage experience includes the representation of property, liability and excess insurance carriers in connection with high-exposure litigation often involving claims for extra-contractual damages. In the property insurance arena, he has served as counsel for major commercial property insurers in connection with litigation arising out of damages associated with Chinese Drywall, and natural catastrophes such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. He has also handled cases involving large business interruption and/or ordinance or law exposures.  In addition to handling litigation, Mr. Clancy also assists his property insurer clients by coordinating investigations and appraisals, providing coverage opinions and analysis, and assisting with responding to inquiries from various State Insurance Departments. Mr. Clancy has also been retained to provide advice regarding the proper organizational structuring of a claims department in order to best avoid imputed conflicts of interest and to protect privileged communications and confidentiality.

    Mr. Clancy’s liability coverage litigation experience includes the representation of liability and professional liability insurance carriers in connection with high-exposure litigation often involving allegations of bad faith settlement practices. Mr. Clancy also provides pre-judgment advice to liability and professional liability insurance carriers in connection with minimizing bad faith failure to settle exposure.

    Professional Liability Defense

    Mr. Clancy’s experience also includes the representation of a diverse group of individual and institutional clients including legal, medical, financial, insurance, and design professionals. Mr. Clancy has successfully defended professionals in connection with seven and eight figure malpractice litigation.

    Mr. Clancy is a regular speaker before legal and industry organizations on various insurance coverage related topics. He is also the Chair Elect of the American Bar Association TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee, a member of the Steering Committee of the Hartford Chapter of the Professional Liability Underwriters Society, and a frequent author and contributor to Robinson+Cole’s Property Insurance Coverage Insights blog.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Clancy served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Barry R. Schaller of the Connecticut Appellate Court. While at the University of Connecticut, Mr. Clancy represented indigent clients as a member of the school's criminal appellate and trial clinics, and he also served on the editorial board of the Connecticut Law Review.
     

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association

      American Bar Association
      Vice Chair, TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee (2013 - present)
      Chair-Elect, TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee (2018 - 2019)

      Professional Liability Underwriting Society
      Future PLUS Task Force
      Steering Committee member, Hartford Chapter

      Defense Research Institute
    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Leadership Greater Hartford

      iQuilt Partnership Inc.
      Board of Corporators
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Property Insurance 101," webinar sponsored by the Property Insurance Law Committee of the ABA's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) (2/15/2017)
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      "Property Coverage Legal Update 2012: When Buildings Move, An Examination of the Earth Movement and Settling Exclusions," at New England Claims Executives Association, co-presented with Gregory P. Varga (4/10/2012)

      "The Fundamentals of Commercial Property Insurance Coverage: Key Strategies and Insight for Reading and Interpreting Policies," at Connecticut Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Young Lawyers Section (4/25/2011)

      "Property Coverage Legal Update 2011: Business Interruption Claims Related to 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami," at New England Claims Executives Association, co-presented with Greg Varga (4/12/2011)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 1, 2017

        Steve Clancy Quoted in Hartford Business Journal Article

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      • April 4, 2017

        Stephen Clancy Presents on Property Insurance, Becomes Chair-Elect of ABA Property Insurance Law Committee

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      • May 14, 2014

        Robinson+Cole's Appellate Group Wins Connecticut Law Tribune's Litigation Department of the Year Award

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      • September 18, 2013

        Steve Clancy Appointed Vice Chair of ABA's Property Insurance Law Committee of TIPS

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      • May 9, 2012

        Gregory Varga and Stephen Clancy Present on Earth Movement and Settling Exclusions for Property Insurance

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      R+C News Releases

      • December 11, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Elects Four New Partners and Promotes Six Counsel

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      • May 3, 2013

        Stephen Clancy Takes on Leadership Roles in Local Community and American Bar Association

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      • May 7, 2012

        R&C Associates Spend Happy Hour with First Lady Cathy Malloy

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