Aaron Mandel

Aaron F. Mandel



Aaron F. Mandel



  • Overview


    Aaron Mandel has extensive experience counseling insurers on complex coverage issues and representing insurers in coverage litigation. 

    Most recently, Aaron worked in-house at QBE North America. There, as an AVP, Assistant General Counsel, Aaron managed outside coverage counsel and oversaw the prosecution and defense of insurance coverage litigation. He also advised C-suite executives, senior management, and internal claim professionals on diverse legal issues impacting lines of business, including assisting with risk assessment and the development of claim resolution strategies. 

    Before QBE North America, Aaron worked at an international law firm, where he provided pre-litigation counseling to insurers and represented their interests in coverage litigation. Aaron specifically developed litigation strategy, coordinated discovery, and drafted dispositive motions, along with negotiating and drafting settlement agreements.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Defended an insurer that issued coverage in excess of an employer’s self-insured workers’ compensation program in a class action involving claims for decades’ worth of alleged workers’ compensation violations. *

      • Counseled insurers that issued third-party liability insurance policies as part of the owner-controlled insurance program for one of the largest private real estate development projects in the U.S. in coverage disputes over alleged construction defects claimed to have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. *

      • Served as a key member of the trial team that defended and obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of an insurer in a healthcare liability coverage dispute, and was responsible for drafting pre-trail, in-trial, and post-trial motions, as well as preparing witnesses for examination *

      • * Atty. Mandel was counsel in these representative matters before joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Publications


      "Are All Bets Off for Daily Fantasy Sports Liability Coverage?" co-authored with Lawrence Klein, published in the New York Law Journal (11/30/2015)

      "Two’s Company, Three (Or More) Is a Crowd: Multiple Party Insurance Predicaments," published in the New York State Bar Association's Insurance Coverage Update 2015: Coverage Disputes and Litigation (05/08/2015)

      "Construction Defect Coverage," published in the New York State Bar Association's Advanced Insurance Coverage: Emerging Issues, Developments and Strategy (05/02/2014)

      "Don’t Drink the Water: Court Finds Absolute Pollution Exclusion Precludes Coverage for Town Intentionally Contaminating Its Water Supply," co-authored article published in the Environmental Claims Journal (08/14/2013)

      "Know Your Risks Before Going Green in Construction," co-authored article published in Law360 (05/16/2013)

      "Is Defective Construction an ‘Occurrence’? The Answer Isn’t So Concrete," co-authored article published by the Insurance Coverage Law Center (05/01/2013)

      "Limiting An Insured’s Right To Independent Counsel," published in Law360 (07/17/2012)

    • Presentations


      "Rise of the Robots: AI and the Future of Insurance," CLE hosted by the QBE North America Legal Department (10/3/2023)
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      "Crypto, NFTs, and Coverage: Insuring an Increasingly Digitized Society," CLE hosted by QBE North America's Legal Department (09/23/2021)

      "Hard Data, Soft Power: The Role of Insurance in Effecting Social Change," CLE hosted by QBE North America's Legal Department (10/23/2019)

      "How High Are Your Limits?: Coverage Under the Influence," CLE hosted by QBE North America's Legal Department (11/28/2018)

      "To Settle or Not to Settle: The Continuing Duty of Good Faith," panelist as part of the CLM New York Conference (11/30/2017)