Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability
Marshall Dennehey represents retail and wholesale insurance agencies and brokerage firms of all sizes and sophistication, ranging from family-owned businesses to nationally-known managing general agents and risk retention groups in state and federal court. We defend these clients against claims involving allegations of professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract and fraud, among others. We routinely defend claims by policyholders and carriers across multiple lines of coverage, in admitted and surplus markets.
As trial lawyers with extensive experience dealing with all aspects of both underwriting and claims processes, we pride ourselves in the efficient resolution of actions brought against our clients, whether by securing court dismissals on dispositive motions in civil suits, mitigating risk via alternative dispute resolution, or providing an aggressive defense through trial to verdict.
Emerging trends in claims against insurance agents and brokers may suggest an expanding "special relationship" and a heightened duty to advise. While this trend is challenging for the defense bar, the breadth of our practice enables us to shape the evolving common law and monitor national case law as it develops. Our longstanding relationships with a number of E&O carriers provide us with a unique perspective as we maximize resources to achieve the best results for our clients at the right cost. Evolving regulatory and licensing matters are also a challenge that we are well-equipped to handle.
In addition to litigation, we routinely provide in-house risk management training for E&O carriers throughout the country and for agents/brokers through industry trade organizations including the National Faculty for the Society of CIC, the CPCU Society, Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation, and state and local trade groups. Currently, we operate professional liability hotlines on behalf of E&O clients. Our attorneys are also active in the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) and frequently publish on agent/broker E&O topics in leading industry publications including PLUS Journal; The Institutes CPCU Society's professional journal, Insights; and the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) newsletter, Riding the E&O Line.
Our Insurance Agents & Brokers Liability Practice Group serves clients from our 19 offices located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Florida and Ohio, and in neighboring jurisdictions in Maryland, Connecticut, West Virginia and Kentucky.