Wystan Ackerman focuses his practice on three main areas: class actions, appeals, and insurance coverage litigation.
Mr. Ackerman has defended class actions in Connecticut, New York, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, and California. He has prevailed on dispositive motions in numerous cases. Outside of his main focus (insurance), he has also defended cases involving products liability, financial services, consumer contracts, and securities.
Appeals: Mr. Ackerman's appellate practice is mainly focused on insurance. He has been chosen to be the lead author of appellate briefs on behalf of numerous insurers in large consolidated litigations. Mr. Ackerman has litigated appeals in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as in various state appellate and supreme courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Ackerman also regularly represents insurance industry associations as amici curiae in appellate and supreme courts. He currently chairs the Appellate Section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC).
Insurance Coverage Litigation: Mr. Ackerman has extensive experience litigating and advising insurers on coverage issues. His coverage practice is national in scope and primarily focused on property insurance. High-profile coverage cases he has litigated include In re Katrina Canal Breaches Litigation (flood exclusion issues arising from Hurricane Katrina), Valued Policy Law litigation in Louisiana and Florida, and TravCo Ins. Co. v. Ward (Chinese-made drywall). Wystan contributes to the blog Property Insurance Coverage Insights.
Mr. Ackerman has been listed as a Second Circuit Litigation Star in Benchmark Appellate (2013) and is listed in Benchmark Litigation (2013-2015). He was listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in 2013 and 2014 in the area of Class Actions and from 2009 to 2012 in the area of Insurance Coverage Law (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.).