Directors and Officers Coverage
Our directors and officers (D&O) coverage experience includes disputes arising out of white-collar crime, securities, statutory, and common law claims against corporate entities, officers, directors, and trustees, including adversary proceedings in bankruptcy litigation. We have litigated a number of D&O coverage disputes involving the application of the insured versus insured exclusion, the availability of rescission remedies, the treatment of policy proceeds as an asset of a bankruptcy estate, allocation disputes between insured and noninsured defendants and claims, disputes over the application of "prior and pending" and/or "related claim" provisions, and late notice defenses.
Directors and Officers Liability Defense
We have defended directors and officers in a broad range of industries under directors and officers liability defense (D&O) policies, including directors and officers of small and large private companies, banks, and holding companies, who have been accused of breaching fiduciary duties, fraud, self-dealing, and overcompensation.
Given the recent wave of employment-related claims, many insurers are offering D&O coverage for employment practices. Robinson+Cole has extensive experience in both state and federal court defending claims of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, and unfair hiring practices.
Disciplinary and Licensing Activities
The firm is active in defending disciplinary or grievance complaints brought against various professionals, including lawyers and accountants, in local, state, and federal forums. We have been involved in some of the most significant attorney grievance proceedings in Connecticut. We have also represented real estate agents accused of unethical conduct in the listing and sale of real estate before the Department of Consumer Protection – Real Estate Division, insurance brokers accused of improper handling of escrow funds before the Insurance Commission, and various other professionals before the State Architectural Licensing Board, the State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers, the Banking commissioner, and the State Board of Examiners for Nursing.
Professional Liability Coverage
Our professional liability and E&O coverage experience encompasses claims against investment companies and investment advisors, securities brokers/dealers, attorneys, insurance claims administration operations, educational institutions, insurance agents/brokers, public officials, architect/engineer/design professionals, and accountants.
Professional Liability Defense
This legal area focuses on the defense of professional clients against claims of errors or omissions. The firm is regularly retained by professional liability insurers to represent their insureds. Robinson+Cole has handled many types of professional liability litigation. In addition to its litigation activities, the firm frequently participates in several Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs and encourages its clients to explore ADR alternatives to litigation.
Because Robinson+Cole lawyers practice in a broad spectrum of disciplines, including environmental, employment, tax, real estate, bankruptcy, and trusts and estates, there is a strong base of experience available in the firm in the substantive legal areas involved in any particular dispute. Lawyers practicing in this area make frequent use of these available resources in the defense of liability claims against professionals.
We have significant experience in defending many categories of professionals, including lawyers; accountants; insurance agents and brokers; real estate agents, brokers, and appraisers; environmental consultants and engineers; architects; benefits consultants; claims adjusters; third-party administrators; allied health professionals; billboard companies; reporters; and other media entities.