Calfee’s Insurance Coverage practice group serves corporate insurance policyholder clients, in Ohio and nationwide. Our principal purpose for more than 25 years has been to help our clients protect against and mitigate risk through the use of insurance. We collaborate with and counsel our clients on all aspects of their insurance coverage legal needs. Our core values are: creativity, focusing on the issues that matter, and attentiveness to clients.
To help manage and minimize the risks, losses, and liabilities that pose threats to our clients, Calfee’s Insurance Coverage attorneys provide advisory and claims services. We assist our clients with the placement and enhancement of their insurance policies, reviews of their existing policies, shaping and pursuing claims to get losses paid by their insurance companies, negotiating resolutions to disputed insurance claims, litigating coverage lawsuits against their insurers, and finding solutions for insurance coverage issues in corporate M&A deals.
We have experience with a wide array of policy types, from newer products such as cyber and M&A representations and warranties insurance, to more traditional policy forms such as commercial general liability (CGL), umbrella, excess, property, D&O, professional liability, and EPL policies, to more specialized policies such as builder’s risk, liquor, and aviation.
Certified Insurance Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association
The leader of Calfee’s Insurance Coverage practice, James Sullivan, is one of only 24 lawyers in the state of Ohio certified as insurance law specialists by the Ohio State Bar Association.
Chambers USA Leading Law Firm Rankings
Calfee has been recognized as a Leading Law Firm for Insurance: Policyholder in Ohio by Chambers USA, most recently in Band 1 in Ohio (2023).
Calfee is one of only four law firms ranked in this practice in the state. Chambers USA commentators note that "The team boasts an impressive reputation with decades of experience in policyholder insurance representation. Calfee is well known for its capabilities in risk mitigation and cost recovery strategies and provides representation in all aspects of insurance coverage policy disputes, including those surrounding M&A transactions. The firm has an impressive roster of clients that includes those in the academic, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors."
Clients interviewed by Chambers USA researchers said, "The Calfee team is proactive in communication, problem-solving, idea generation, and general advisory input; any inquiry is almost always answered within a matter of hours. One of the main reasons we use Calfee is because it has such great knowledge of our company. The Insurance team at Calfee provides a high level of consultation on very complex matters. The firm is incredibly responsive and approachable. They are my go-to firm, reasonably priced, effective at what they do, and add a lot of value at a lower cost. They manage situations so they can be handled cost-effectively, not over-billing; they're great at communicating in terms of status and good about making strong, practical recommendations. They're very quick to respond and extremely knowledgeable. The team is creative in devising solutions to coverage problems that don't begin with antagonistic litigation. The Calfee lawyers have been outstanding, professional, and articulate in resisting the denial of coverage. They couldn't have done a better job. They are the best outside counsel I have ever used."
Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings
Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2024 "Best Law Firms" rankings in the following areas:
- Insurance Law (National Tier 3, Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)
- Litigation – Insurance (Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)