Bert Wells is a partner in the insurance coverage and
litigation practices of Covington & Burling LLP. He began representing commercial policyholders
in connection with complex insurance recovery matters in 1995, and regularly
represents policyholders, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, in a wide
range of insurance coverage matters. He
has assisted policyholders in recovering more than $500 million in insurance
coverage. He advises policyholders on assessing
and maximizing the value of claims, developing and executing insurance recovery
strategies, negotiating settlements, and resolving large claims through
litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Mr. Wells’s experience encompasses first-party coverage claims,
such as for property damage and business interruption losses (including, most
recently, such claims arising from Superstorm Sandy) and for losses arising
from credit risks, as well as third-party coverage claims arising from alleged liability
for underlying matters such as environmental, toxic tort, securities,
fiduciary, fidelity, cyber-risk, directors and officers, and errors and
Mr. Wells regularly advises policyholders in connection with
policy renewal negotiations, including negotiating modifications to standard
policy wording to conform the coverage to policyholders' specific risk profiles. He also advises on the assessment and
structuring of insurance assets and underlying liabilities in connection with
Wells holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School, a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in mathematics
from Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar), and B.S. and M.S.
degrees from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).