Washington, D.C., Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blank Rome LLP is happy to welcome three new attorneys and a paralegal to the Agency’s Insurance Recovery group within the Washington, D.C., workplace: Companion Robert P. Jacobs, Of Counsel Linda A. Powell, Affiliate Allison Zamani (based mostly in San Francisco), and Paralegal Lakisha Foster. The outstanding crew joins from Perkins Coie LLP the place Rob served as firmwide chair of the Insurance coverage Restoration apply. They add to Clean Rome’s main nationwide policyholder apply, which has greater than doubled since Clean Rome welcomed more than 100 attorneys from Dickstein Shapiro LLP’s New York and Washington, D.C., workplaces in 2016.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Rob, Linda, Allison, and Lakisha to our Agency,” mentioned Grant S. Palmer, Managing Companion and CEO. “Their important policyholder protection capabilities and expertise will strongly complement our nationally acknowledged Insurance coverage Restoration group, which has loved one other banner year by incomes quite a few skilled awards and offering important thought management by way of occasions and talking engagements, media commentary, and authorized publications. Our shoppers will proceed to significantly profit from our Agency’s elevated insurance coverage restoration capabilities, notably at a time the place market adjustments and calls for through the COVID-19 pandemic require enhanced companies choices.”
“Rob, Linda, Allison, and Lakisha are a terrific addition to our rising Insurance coverage Restoration group,” added James R. Murray, Companion and Chair of the Insurance coverage Restoration apply group. “Now we have recognized this crew by way of each their stellar status and our first-hand expertise, as many people have labored collectively up to now, which creates instantaneous camaraderie that’s integral to our strategic development. We’re additionally grateful to carry on such a extremely expert crew throughout this important time to assist assist shoppers who’re going through momentous challenges. Our Insurance coverage Restoration group is extraordinarily busy with COVID-related matters, in addition to conventional policyholder work in a number of areas, together with the monetary establishments, cyber, leisure, company deal reps and warranties, pure catastrophe, and intercourse abuse areas, and our latest colleagues will assist us proceed to serve shoppers on the highest degree. Rob additionally has deep expertise dealing with Bermuda and London arbitrations, and can bolster our current strengths in that essential space of legislation.”
The brand new crew has important expertise representing policyholders in a big selection of insurance coverage protection disputes arising from things like product liabilities, asbestos and different poisonous tort claims, first-party property loss, enterprise interruption, promoting legal responsibility, skilled legal responsibility, kidnap and ransom losses, and numerous administrators and officers-related liabilities. Collectively, the group has in depth expertise aiding policyholders in implementing their rights to protection underneath most industrial insurance coverage merchandise, together with Complete Basic Legal responsibility (“CGL”) insurance policies, London Market umbrella and extra insurance policies, “Bermuda Kind” extra legal responsibility insurance policies, cyber loss and legal responsibility insurance policies, administrators and officers (“D&O”) legal responsibility insurance policies, errors and omissions (“E&O”)/skilled legal responsibility insurance policies, multimedia insurance policies, constancy insurance policies, and different specialised coverages.
“Clean Rome has emerged as having one of many premier insurance coverage restoration practices within the nation,” mentioned Jacobs. “The group contains attorneys who I’ve recognized for many years, lots of whom I’ve labored with at prior companies, resembling John Heintz, Helen Michael, Linda Kornfeld, Mary Craig Calkins, and Jim Carter, amongst others. This crew has been on the forefront of shaping pro-policyholder legislation all through the nation and we’re excited to be part of these efforts. Moreover, I’ve been devoted to constructing numerous groups all through my profession, and it’s clear that Clean Rome has additionally made diversity and inclusion a high precedence. I stay up for persevering with these efforts on the Agency.”
Because the mixture with Dickstein Shapiro 4 years in the past, Clean Rome has added six companions (Mary Craig Calkins, Lisa M. Campisi, Linda Kornfeld, Helen K. Michael, Natasha Romagnoli, and David A. Thomas) in addition to proficient associates and of counsel to its Insurance coverage Restoration group—together with a number of outstanding groups of attorneys. In complete, the group is now comprised of 36 attorneys, 53 % of whom are ladies.
“Once I joined Clean Rome practically three years in the past, one of many first issues that stood out to me was the Agency’s devotion to strategic lateral integration, and I do know this crew will share in that have,” mentioned Linda D. Kornfeld, Companion and Vice Chair of the Agency’s Insurance coverage Restoration apply group. “The expansion of our group represents the subsequent technology of attorneys who will proceed to assist form and affect insurance coverage legislation and we couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about what meaning for the safety of our shoppers’ property. Clean Rome has additionally had a longstanding dedication to variety and inclusion and women’s leadership efforts and it’s outstanding to see how our crew has expanded and thrived consequently.”
Rob joins Clean Rome after most not too long ago appearing as firmwide chair of Perkins Coie’s Insurance coverage Restoration apply. Throughout his profitable profession, Rob has earned a status as a frontrunner with respect to navigating “Bermuda Kind” arbitrations. Moreover, Rob counsels shoppers by way of all phases of litigation from pre-complaint investigation and counseling to trial, in addition to various dispute decision proceedings resembling home and worldwide arbitrations and mediations. Whereas Rob has in depth expertise advising shoppers within the life sciences and chemical industries, as of late he additionally has been advising shoppers on insurance coverage points arising from rising applied sciences, notably blockchain know-how, crypto-currencies, and hashish. Rob earned his J.D. from Georgetown College Legislation Heart and his B.S., with highest honors, from the College of Florida.
Linda has centered her apply on insurance coverage litigation and counseling on behalf of policyholders for greater than 20 years. She has represented policyholders in home and worldwide arbitrations, together with London arbitrations of “Bermuda Kind” protection disputes, in addition to in protection disputes in numerous state and federal courts. Previous to becoming a member of personal apply, Linda labored as a prosecutor in Florida and Maryland the place she dealt with felony circumstances that led to quite a few jury trials. She earned her J.D. from the College of Miami College of Legislation and her B.A. from the College of South Florida.
Allison focuses on insurance coverage restoration litigation on behalf of the policyholder, with extra expertise in school motion protection and employment litigation. She advises shoppers on potential for protection underneath a number of protection sorts, together with E&O, D&O, CGL, first-party property, and “Bermuda Kind.” She earned her J.D. from UC Hastings, Faculty of the Legislation, her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Research, and her B.A. from Boston College.
About Clean Rome
Clean Rome is an Am Legislation 100 agency with 14 workplaces and greater than 600 attorneys and principals who present complete authorized and advocacy companies to shoppers working in the USA and world wide. Our professionals have constructed a status for his or her main information and expertise throughout a spectrum of industries, and are acknowledged for his or her dedication to professional bono work of their communities. Since our inception in 1946, Clean Rome’s tradition has been devoted to offering top-level service to all of our shoppers, and has been rooted within the power of our variety and inclusion initiatives. For extra info, please go to blankrome.com.
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