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Thompson Coe has the breadth of knowledge and experience in both first-party and third-party, which is beneficial because there are relatively few issues that we have not analyzed from a coverage and extra-contractual liability standpoint.

We have extensive experience providing coverage and claims handling advice in situations in which both master and local policies are implicated and understand the underwriting interplay between these coverages. We have also been involved in providing coverage advice in scenarios in which national litigation occurred in product liability or mass tort claims, requiring analysis of multiple lines and multiple years of coverage under the laws of several different jurisdictions.

Our insurance coverage litigators defend insurers in claims involving virtually every area of insurance law. We have extensive experience handling the complex coverage disputes that arise from natural catastrophes, business interruption, collapse, machinery failure and loss from fire and theft.

We counsel our clients about their duty to defend and pay in cases of significant injury, property damage, construction defects, advertising injury and business torts. Such representation includes monitoring, mediations, arbitrations and declaratory relief litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Thompson Coe is national coordinating counsel for a number of insurance carriers, and regularly directs litigation ranging from employment defense claims in Massachusetts to toxic tort claims in California. Our attorneys have made case law in states from Texas to Tennessee, and often our trial and appellate accomplishments involve precedent-setting cases. True 50-state litigation capability and high-level involvement in major legal and professional organizations combine to explain our national reputation for excellence in insurance coverage litigation.

Commercial and Personal Line Policies

Directors & Officers

Life, Health, Disability & ERISA

With our aging population and increased claims under life, health and disability policies, insurers providing such products will need experienced and efficient counsel to assist in the evaluation and litigation of such claims. Our knowledge encompasses both group and individual plans, and includes COBRA litigation and HIPAA issues, as well as claims and benefits litigation arising out of commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid contracts.

Resources within the firm include extensive insurance and medical malpractice knowledge, enhancing our ability to evaluate disputed claims quickly, and determine the most effective and efficient approach to advance our clients’ interests.

Environmental Coverage

Thompson Coe insurance coverage litigators have experience handling environmental claims brought under comprehensive general liability policies. We fully understand the legal nuances inherent in environmental coverage disputes, including the evolution of the exclusion clauses contained in many policies.

As a result, we can assist insurers with coverage investigation and analysis and play an active role in declaratory judgment actions.We have handled a wide variety of coverage disputes arising from contaminated property and personal injury issues, including, exposure to hazardous materials, leaking underground storage tanks, oil and gas spills, storage and transport of hazardous chemicals, professional negligence claims concerning environmental consultants, and soil cleanup.


Christina Anne Culver Chair

Christina Anne Culver


Roger D. Higgins Vice Chair

Roger D. Higgins


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