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Barry Buchman, a partner in the Insurance Recovery practice group, represents policyholders in a wide variety of complex insurance coverage matters. He has handled disputes over general liability coverage for various toxic tort and environmental claims, including “medical monitoring” claims and claims by governmental entities related to public health; disputes over directors and officers (D&O) coverage for shareholder class actions and government investigations; disputes over errors and omissions (E&O) coverage for consumer class actions; disputes over coverage for sexual misconduct claims; and disputes over coverage for “first-party” losses such as business interruption and losses on leased and financed assets. Barry regularly publishes and speaks on insurance coverage issues, and he has been quoted in leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the National Law Journal, and Business Insurance. 

Barry also handles matters involving highly-specialized insurance products. These products include corporate-owned life insurance (COLI), residual value insurance, bankers’ professional liability (BPL) insurance, and insurance products that are unique to automotive dealers. 

Over the course of his nearly 25-year career, Barry has successfully litigated significant and cutting-edge insurance coverage cases, both in federal and state trial and appellate courts and in the context of private arbitration. These successes include the first pro-policyholder appellate decision on the issue of whether a policyholder can sue a reinsurer in tort for interfering with the policyholder-insurance company relationship. They also include favorable decisions on issues of first-impression regarding coverage under D&O insurance policies for merger-and-acquisition claims; these decisions have related to both the scope of the so-called “bump-up” exclusion and the scope of so-called “control person capacity” endorsements. He also has negotiated and mediated numerous favorable settlements for his clients, sometimes without ever needing to file litigation. In total, Barry has helped to secure over $1 billion in insurance assets for his clients. 


Updated Sep 2021