J. Gregory Lahr

J. Gregory Lahr


J. Gregory Lahr


  • Overview


    Gregory Lahr litigates complex commercial disputes, focusing on insurance coverage matters in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels. He is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Insurance + Reinsurance Group.

    Insurance Coverage Litigation

    Greg represents domestic and international insurers in high-exposure coverage litigation involving first- and third-party property and casualty, professional liability and employment practices, directors and officers liability, and environmental claims. In addition to coverage disputes, he defends claims alleging extracontractual liability and violations of state statutes. His matters have involved bodily injury and property damage occurring on construction sites and other work areas; errors and omissions claims involving architects, engineers, lawyers, foster care agencies, brokers, accountants, and lenders and other financial institutions; claims against private company and nonprofit directors and officers; and oil and gas spills, mold, and other environmental contamination.

    Employee Litigation and Counseling

    Greg defends clients in employment discrimination and harassment matters before federal and state courts and agencies, through trial or other resolution. He also counsels clients on various employment issues, including hiring and termination practices; employment contracts; nondisclosure, noncompete, and nonsolicitation obligations; payment of wages; and employment policies and handbooks.

    Business and Insurance Counseling

    Greg’s clients represent a cross-section of industries that include United States, London, and Bermuda insurers; environmental and engineering firms; airlines and aviation companies; employment staffing companies; and recruiters. He provides counseling and coverage opinions for domestic and international insurers in prelitigation coverage matters and regularly drafts policy language for manuscript policy forms and endorsements for first- and third-party coverages. He also counsels clients on a variety of commercial and contract matters. He has established corporate structures, negotiated vendor contracts, and provided counsel on intellectual property and production and manufacturing issues, particularly in the fashion and retail sector.

    Greg has presented and authored articles on a variety of insurance coverage litigation issues relating to the discovery process, claims handling, the duty to defend, bad faith, the application of various policy provisions, pollution, hydraulic fracturing, and mold. In addition, he frequently presents on employment issues involving harassment and discrimination in the workplace, background checks, payment of wages, and establishing and maintaining employment relationships.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Represent London and domestic insurers in coverage action involving claims under professional liability policies arising out of multiple class actions alleging improper closing fees on second mortgage loans.

      • Provided coverage advice to professional liability insurer in claim involving design defect and delays in construction of a major overseas refinery.

      • Represent general liability insurer in coverage action involving claims arising out of multiple automobile accidents on highway at John F. Kennedy Airport.

      • Provided coverage advice to general liability insurer in connection with a claim arising from a worker’s fatal fall at an office building construction site in California.

      • Provided coverage advice to London insurers on underlying employment practices liability claim alleging disability discrimination and retaliation.

      • Represent insurer in coverage action involving a technology errors and omissions claim arising out of underlying class action asserting copyright infringement of musical tracks.

      • Provide coverage advice to general liability insurer on underlying lawsuit claiming property damage and bodily injury due to construction defect and presence of mold.

      • Provide coverage advice to general liability insurer on multiple Canadian class action lawsuits arising out of the use of alleged defective concrete in commercial and residential buildings.

      • Provide coverage advice to professional liability insurer on underlying lawsuits claiming physical and sexual abuse by foster parents.

      • Represent general liability insurer in coverage action arising from underlying lawsuits involving a fatal automobile accident due to driving while intoxicated.

      • Represent professional liability insurer in coverage action involving claim by architecture firm that was alleged to have defectively designed portions of an addition to a college-campus building.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Defense Research Institute
      Insurance Law Committee
      Employment and Labor Law Committee
    • Presentations


      "The COVID-19 Crisis and CGL Insurance Coverage," co-presented with Stephen O. Clancy, Rhonda J. Tobin, Lawrence Klein and Jonathan E. Small, which addressed claim scenarios that insurers are likely to face in the COVID-19 era. (5/4/2020)
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