Over 75 years of honing the abilities of generations of talented litigators to their maximal potential and expanding into key jurisdictions have earned national law firm Blank Rome the well due distinction of being among the United States’ highest grossing firms. With 13 offices in the US and Shanghai, including locations in D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago, and L.A, the crowning achievement of the firm’s litigation team is the prolificacy of its insurance recovery practice group. A notably rare trait among US based firms, the group does not represent insurers, but rather fully directs the trial-tested expertise of its 35 insurance litigators to representing insurance policyholders in disputes of all varieties involving insurers. The litigators of the insurance recovery group have been described by esteemed clients as having, “[A] very good understanding of the industry and good relationships with other lawyers and insurance professionals.”
Serving as chair of the insurance recovery practice, James “Jim” Murray is, in addition to playing the role of being one of the firm’s most vital leaders, among the nation’s most skilled insurance litigators with extensive experience representing policyholders in widely spectated sexual abuse liability disputes. In fact, it is in no small part due to Murray’s leadership and high-level familiarity with the insurance industry that the firm has cemented its preeminence in the sexual abuse liability space, having recovered over $1 billion for policyholders in related disputes. Among Murray’s current matters, he co-leads the firm as it serves as lead insurance coverage counsel to six of the eight Catholic Dioceses of New York State, including the Archdiocese, in liability proceedings arising from allegations of long-standing sexual abuse of minors on the part of multiple individuals among the dioceses’ priests and negligent hiring and supervision of the alleged perpetrators.
Linda Kornfeld of Blank Rome’s Los Angeles office is also a key member of the firm’s leadership and contributes her erudite mastery of cutting-edge corporate crisis and coverage law in her role as vice chair of the firm’s insurance recovery practice. In addition to her regular representation of global powerhouses of numerous industry sectors in highly sensitive insurance disputes, Kornfeld is among those spearheading the firm’s representation of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in a business interruption dispute arising from allegations on the part of the client that its property insurer, Factory Mutual Insurance, wrongfully denied it coverage following the team’s massive, COVID-19-related, financial losses. Kornfeld, along with fellow litigation star John Heintz, is also a founding member of the firm’s recently formed severe weather emergency recovery team which works with policy holders in navigating the ramifications of historically intense wildfire and hurricane seasons.
Further fortifying the remarkably capable team of the firm’s litigators are Grant Palmer, Mary Craig Calkins, John Gibbons and Barry Levine.