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Calfee’s Insurance Recovery lawyers serve corporate insurance policyholder clients, in Ohio and nationwide. For over 25 years, we have helped our clients secure money from their insurance companies to cover their losses and liabilities. Our core values of creativity, focusing on the issues that matter, and attentiveness to clients guide our insurance recovery efforts in discerning the path of least resistance to maximize insurance dollars.

Our mission is to find and secure the most insurance dollars to cover our clients’ losses and liabilities. We get money for our clients from their insurers for first-party losses, liabilities to third parties, and the cost of defending against third-party claims. 

Our insurance recovery services include identifying insurance assets to provide coverage, developing and presenting coverage claims to insurance companies, negotiating resolutions to insurance coverage disputes both directly and through mediation, and litigating against insurance companies in state and federal courts nationwide and in alternative dispute resolution forums such as arbitration.

Insurance coverage law is a labyrinthine world unto itself. Having deeply immersed ourselves in this craft, we possess specialized knowledge of and experience with most forms of insurance, as well as the nuances of the sometimes perplexing laws, language, procedures, and customs surrounding insurance coverage claims. 

We routinely face the maneuvers used by insurers that typically give them the upper hand when dealing with a policyholder who lacks coverage counsel, and we are steeped in the tools available to anticipate, respond to, and neutralize those efforts and shift the balance in the policyholder’s favor.


Certified Insurance Law Specialist by 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 Band 1 Ranking in Insurance: Policyholder (Ohio)

Calfee's Insurance practice group was ranked by Chambers USA in Band 1 for Insurance: Policyholder in Ohio, one of only three law firms ranked in this practice in the state. Chambers USA 2021 commentators note that the team "Boasts an impressive reputation with decades of experience in policyholder insurance representation. Well known for its capabilities in risk mitigation and cost recovery strategies. Provides representation in all aspects of insurance coverage policy disputes, including those surrounding M&A transactions. Impressive roster of clients that includes those in the academic, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.

Clients interviewed by Chambers USA researchers said, "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," enthuses another source.

Chambers USA 2020 researchers cited client feedback: "They couldn't have done a better job. They are the best outside counsel I have ever used."

Calfee's Insurance Recovery practice leader and Partner, K. James Sullivan, was ranked by Chambers USA 2021 in Band 1 for Insurance: Policyholder in Ohio. Chambers USA researchers noted, "[James] is held in high esteem for his approach to complex recovery claims, which sees him handle a wide range of coverage disputes." Clients interviewed by Chambers USA researchers remarked, "He is eager to learn about our business and that pays dividends in the quality of his work." Another adds, "He is able to communicate complex issues effectively." Another client commented, "James is the most intelligent, hard-working and consistent coverage attorney I have worked with."

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2022 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in the following areas:

  • Insurance Law (National Tier 3, Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Litigation – Insurance (National Tier 1 Cleveland)

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation 2022 as a Highly Recommended Law Firm in Dispute Resolution and as a Recommended Law Firm in Labor and Employment Litigation in Ohio. Additionally, 14 of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as "Local Litigation Stars in Ohio" and as “40 & Under Hot List Honorees in the Midwest.”




Experienced with most types of insurance policies, our Insurance Recovery attorneys have helped our clients secure insurance coverage totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for many kinds of losses and liabilities, including:

  • Property and business interruption
  • Cyber
  • Commercial vehicle
  • Key executive life insurance
  • Breaches of M&A representations and warranties
  • Defense costs for third-party claims
  • Directors’ and officers’ liability
  • Construction defects
  • Commercial general liability (including bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, and advertising liability)
  • Product liability
  • Chemical exposures, including asbestos, benzene, and silica
  • Aviation accidents
  • Environmental
  • Employment practices
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Health and disability
  • Professional liability
  • Fiduciary liability
  • Private equity fund liability
  • Commercial crime
  • Special events



We represent public and private companies, private equity funds, captive insurance programs, and individual policyholders in evaluating and maximizing insurance coverage and in handling insurance disputes ranging in magnitude from thousands of dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Our approach to recovering money from insurance companies involves working closely with our clients’ chief financial officers, corporate risk managers, in-house counsel, outside defense counsel, and insurance brokers.

Client Feedback

Client Feedback

"Calfee, Halter & Griswold's Litigation team did a great job helping us get through a difficult case."

– Calfee client, as reported by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings report

"Calfee, Halter & Griswold has a respected practice representing policyholders. They are pragmatic in their approach and are results oriented. They try to resolve disputes when they can, but they can also get more aggressive when necessary."

– Calfee client, as reported by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings report

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"[Calfee's Insurance 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."

Client comments from the Chambers USA 2021 Guide

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