Overview

Friday, Eldredge & Clark’s insurance lawyers have represented insurers (including many large national and regional carriers), self-insured companies, and private insureds. Whether the issue involves toxic tort liability, professional negligence, product liability, premises liability, or environmental liability, we have effectively defended clients in the energy, transportation, chemical, retailing, and financial sectors, among many others.

Client Focus

  • Insurance Carriers
  • Insured Organizations
  • Individual Insureds

Services to Insurance Carriers

Regulation

Our firm has represented regional and national insurers in regulatory matters before the Arkansas Insurance Department. We assist our clients with the full range of concerns that come within the insurance commissioner’s authority to review and regulate, company formation, change of ownership, product approval, and filing of financial reports.

Defense Litigation

Our insurance practice defends insurers in lawsuits alleging bad faith, breach of contract, and violations of the insurance and consumer protection statutes. We also represent insurers in civil lawsuits brought by individual insureds, corporate policyholders, and class action claimants.

Coverage Claims

Our coverage lawyers defend insurers in claims involving individual and class action lawsuits, alleging injury or damage from product liability, environmental contamination, and toxic torts (including asbestos liability). We also defend insurers in premises liability, vehicle accident, construction, and real estate claims.

Services to Insured Organizations

Coverage Disputes

We represent business policyholders in disputes over denial of insurance coverage in environmental liability, asbestos exposure, errors and omissions claims, and similar catastrophic liability issues. Since these disputes often involve class action or mass tort litigation, we understand how to address coverage needs in the context of the settlement strategies carriers prefer, and we are adept at reconciling settlement strategies when multiple carriers are involved.

Self-insurance

Employers that self-insure their group health care and workers’ compensation liabilities seek our advice on the most effective options and strategies to use. If that includes setting up a captive insurance company to secure excess coverage for product liability and other claims, our lawyers will help create the claims administration structure, secure regulatory approval, and allocate financial resources.

Services to Individual Insureds

Even though much of our professional liability work comes to us on referral from malpractice insurance carriers, we develop effective defense strategies for health care providers, lawyers, realtors, insurance brokers, and registered representatives who are our clients. Liability litigation often involves related actions before professional regulatory bodies, and our lawyers are experienced at defense proceedings involving such organizations.