Patrick is a litigation attorney and member of the Risk Management and Insurance Team at Cox, Castle & Nicholson.
Highly Experienced In Insurance Coverage Disputes And Litigation
Patrick has extensive experience in complex insurance coverage disputes and litigation. He has successfully litigated coverage cases on behalf of Fortune 500 oil companies involving thousands of contaminated properties and dozens of insurance companies, and on behalf of real estate developers with Chinese drywall problems at hundreds of homes and construction defect claims at condominium projects.
In addition to representing third party claimants under CGL and D&O policies, he regularly represents building owners and homeowner associations with first party property losses resulting from water intrusion, fire damage, and ground settlement. He has also handled a number of delay claims under Builder's Risk policies at facilities including a cogeneration power plant and an iron ore concentrate plant.
Patrick has persuaded dozens of insurance companies to reverse their decisions to deny coverage. He often achieves this without having to resort to litigation. He is especially adept at forcing insurance carriers to agree to defend third party liability claims when they have initially refused to do so.
His practice frequently sees him handling complex choice of law and forum disputes.
Prior to joining Cox, Castle & Nicholson, Patrick was a partner in a national law firm representing policyholders in coverage disputes with their insurance carriers. His reported cases include Texaco A/S v. Commercial Ins. of Newark, NJ, 160 F.3d 124 (2d Cir. 1998).
Practical And Innovative Solutions To Insurance Needs
Patrick also counsels his clients on their insurance needs in the context of real estate financing and development, advises developers, lenders, and investors on the insurance needs of existing and proposed real estate projects and transactions, and helps to design insurance programs that minimize their exposure and protect their investments.