A nationally recognized insurance coverage litigator, Lorie handles all aspects of complex, commercial litigation and arbitration.  Lorie has advised clients on a wide range of liability coverages, including insurance for environmental, employment, directors and officers, fiduciary, property damage, cyber, and other liabilities.  She also handles various types of first-party property insurance claims, including claims under boiler and machinery, business-interruption, contingent business-interruption, extra expense and other related coverages.

Lorie has handled and tried cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country and in arbitrations in the United States and abroad.  At issue in these cases typically have been millions of dollars of insurance coverage for products and environmental liability, silicone gel breast implant claims, and other types of liability.  Most recently, she obtained a settlement worth millions of dollars under D&O and E&O policies bought by a national nonprofit facing RICO and other high-stakes claims.  She served as lead trial counsel for policyholder in an action enforcing CGL insurance coverage for the then-largest property damage class action settlement ever.  The National Law Journal called that jury’s verdict one of the “most significant jury verdicts” of the year.  She has also handled many other matters in litigation, arbitration, and settlement negotiations, recovering, collectively, billions of dollars for her clients.

Lorie is co-author of Insurance Coverage Litigation, an in-depth legal treatise first published by Aspen Law & Business in 1997 and updated annually.  She co-authored a second book, entitled Liability Insurance in International Arbitration:  The Bermuda Form, which won the 2012 Book Prize from the British Insurance Law Association for “outstanding contributions to the literature on insurance,” and is recognized as the seminal work on the issue of Bermuda Form arbitration.  She was invited to serve as an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance, a position she has held since 2010. 

A partner in the insurance coverage practice, Lorie’s clients say she “is very good at explaining complicated issues, and then distilling them for commercial use,” according to Chambers USA 2016, which ranks her in the upper echelons of her practice nationwide.   She also was named a Top Ten Super Lawyer in DC for 2014 and 2015, among other recognitions.

Lorie writes and speaks extensively on insurance coverage, technology, and litigation. In addition to her legal practice, she is active in diversity and inclusion matters and has represented many individuals and groups pro bono, including policyholders denied health care coverage and victims of human trafficking.  In 2007, she obtained one of the first money judgments in the country under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, after a trial in the federal court in the District of Columbia. 

Lorie currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA) and as Treasurer of the DC Bar Foundation, the largest funder of legal services in the DC area.  She is very proud of her service in 2008-2009 as President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (“WBA”) and her role in helping to organize the WBA’s centennial celebrations in 2016-2017.  She helped to found the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and served as its second President in 2013-2014.  She served as national Policyholder Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, 2000-2003. 

Lorie is admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, US District Court for the District of Columbia, US District Court for the District of Maryland, US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  She ran for attorney general in the District of Columbia’s first-ever election for that position in 2014.

Relevant Experience

  • Represents large and small companies, trade associations and individuals seeking to enforce their insurance coverage. Lead trial counsel for a major chemical company in a coverage case resulting in a jury verdict named by The National Law Journal as one of the most significant of  1997.
  • Served as lead counsel in numerous matters obtaining millions of dollars in recoveries in environmental coverage cases and has succeeded in helping clients find millions of dollars in “lost insurance” policy assets.
  • Lead counsel in a case awarding full policy limits, plus attorney fees and interest, to the policyholder under a contract requiring arbitration in London, obtaining what at that time (2003) was the largest award ever in a Bermuda Form arbitration.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in court litigations and arbitrations both in the US and internationally enforcing insurance coverage for asbestos bodily injury and property liability; CERCLA; groundwater and other alleged environmental contamination; silicone gel breast implant claims; polybutylene plumbing and other products liability claims; employment liability; and property and business-interruption losses.

Memberships

  • Member, Insurance Law360 Editorial Advisory Board, 2018
  • Board of Governors, American Bar Association, 2016–present
  • Member and Adviser, RESTATEMENT OF THE LAW, LIABILITY INSURANCE, American Law Institute
  • Member, Board of Directors, District of Columbia Bar Foundation, 2013–present; Treasurer, 2016–present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, 2014–present; Treasurer, 2016–present
  • Chief Publications Officer, ABA Section of Litigation, 2013-2015; Council, 2010-2013; Leadership, 2000-present
  • Member, ABA Gender Equity Task Force, 2012-2015
  • Commissioner, and Co-chair, Women of Color Research Initiative, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, 2009-2012
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Capital Area Veterans Service Foundation, 2015-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, 2013-2014
  • Member, Women's Bar Association Foundation of Washington, DC, 2008–2014; Secretary, 2012-2014
  • Past President, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2007–2008; Co-chair, Centennial Committee, 2014–2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Women's Campaign Fund, 2008–present
  • Member, Board of Directors, DC Appleseed, 2010–2014, 2015–present; Executive Committee, 2016-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, DC Vote, 2004-2010
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals’ Committee on Admissions, 2006-2009, which oversees the admissions to the DC Bar

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized as a Leader in Insurance: Dispute Resolution, Nationwide, Chambers USA, 2013-2018
  • Top Ten, DC Super Lawyers, 2014-2015, 2018; Top 100, DC Super Lawyers, 2012-present; Top 50, DC Women Super Lawyers, 2011-present; Super Lawyer for Insurance Law, DC Super Lawyers, 2007–present. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage
  • Named one of the “Most Admired” insurance coverage lawyers in the country by Law360 (2010)
  • Recognized as a Leader in Insurance: Policyholder, Washington DC, Chambers USA, 2005-present
  • Named among Top Lawyers for insurance law, Washingtonian Magazine, 2011–2016. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Washingtonian’s webpage.
  • Recognized as a leader in Insurance: Policyholder, Washington DC, 2005–present
  • Named a National Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2017
  • Named a Star, a Local Litigation Star (Washington DC) and among the Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, 2012, 2015–2017
  • DC Democracy Award, DC Appleseed, 2015, “Outstanding Contributions to Advancing DC Democracy”
  • Selected a Star of the Bar, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2013
  • Outstanding Contribution to Advancing DC Democracy Pro Bono Award, DC Appleseed, 2013
  • National Law Journal / Legal Times Champion Award, recognizing lawyers who have “upheld the legal industry’s professional mission of public duty”
  • Listed for Insurance: Advice to Policyholders, Legal 500 United States, 2010-2015, 2018
  • Listed for Insurance and Reinsurance, Euro money Experts Guide, 2007, 2013-2017
  • International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, 2010–2018
  • Recognized as a Leader for Insurance and Reinsurance Law, Who’s Who Legal, 2010–2015
  • Selected as a Best Lawyer for Insurance Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2008–present. Also named Lawyer of the Year for Insurance Law, Washington DC, 2015. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Best Lawyers’ webpage.
  • National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2005 Service Award for work on NAWL’s Amicus Committee
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Martindale-Hubbell’s webpage.

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