First-Party Claims Defense

Chartwell Law handles first-party insurance claims on behalf of both domestic and international insurance carriers as both advisory and litigation counsel. Our experienced team of attorneys have handled thousands of claims and understand the urgency and intricacies of defense litigation. This coupled with our capabilities in insurance coverage analysis allows us to cost-efficiently and effectively represent our clients from inception during pre-suit to settlement negotiations, and, if needed, all the way through to verdict and appeal.

Chartwell Law regularly evaluates primary, umbrella, excess, captive insurance policies for coverage issues in wide-ranging topics, including general, casualty, products, homeowners and automobile liability, property damage and business interruption, professional indemnity and errors and omissions, employment-related liabilities, directors and officers, business torts, maritime claims, construction, and labor disputes. We regularly represent our insurance carriers in litigation, mediation and arbitration forums in cases with other insurers involving varied matters including priority of coverage, bad faith, improper claims handling, excessive reserving practices, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud, and unfair business practices.

We believe that a thorough investigation of a claim is the hallmark of first-party claim’s defense. Our attorneys are skilled in analyzing, investigating, and resolving coverage disputes, assisting clients in reserving rights, investigating the cause and origin of claims, conducting examinations under oath, and when necessary, positioning claims for litigation. We are vested in implementing proactive and efficient claim resolutions strategies that lead to successful outcomes in the best interests of our clients. Our attorneys who practice throughout the country have achieved successful results in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country, at both the trial and appellate levels.

In the area of property damage, our team of attorneys handle claims resulting from all kinds of natural disasters, accidents, and unfortunate occurrences such as:

• Arson

• Aviation accidents

• Earthquakes

• Fire and arson

• Flooding, storm surge, water main and pipe breaks

• Hailstorms

• Hurricanes

• Mold, contamination, and other property pollutants

• Theft and burglary

• Tropical storms

• Windstorms

In the wake of catastrophic events, the attorneys at Chartwell Law realize our clients will confront a myriad of complex legal issues and that time is of the essence. To assist our clients in these often frantic and disastrous situations, Chartwell Law’s Rapid Response Team is available 24-hours, seven days a week to help clients identify and prepare for those legal issues, preserve their interests, and minimize exposure to future liability.




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