Lorelie S. Masters - Perkins Coie LLP

Lorelie S. Masters

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 202-654-6289

Lorie, a partner at Perkins Coie, focuses her practice on Insurance Recovery.  A Top 10 Super Lawyer and prominent insurance coverage litigator, Lorie Masters handles all aspects of complex, commercial litigation and arbitration. She has recovered millions of dollars of insurance coverage for products, environmental, employment, directors and officers, fiduciary, property damage, cyber, and other liabilities. Lorie also regularly 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. She has 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.

Lorie is a partner in the Insurance Coverage practice and a "much-admired practitioner, with an impressive expertise in the London market and Bermuda Form arbitrations" according to comments in Chambers USA, which ranks her in the upper echelons of her practice nationwide.

She represents large and small companies, trade associations, and individuals seeking to enforce their insurance coverage. Highlights of her achievements include serving as lead counsel in a case awarding full policy limits, plus attorney fees and interest, to the policyholder under a contract requiring arbitration in London. In another case, Lorie acted as 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 the year.

She is the co-author of the treatise, Insurance Coverage Litigation (Aspen Law & Business) and of Liability Insurance in International Arbitration: The Bermuda Form (Hart Publishing), which the English Court of Appeal called "the standard work on the topic." Lorie writes and speaks extensively on insurance coverage, technology, and litigation, as well as on diversity and inclusion topics. She has represented many individuals and groups pro bono, including policyholders denied healthcare coverage and victims of human trafficking.

Additional Information

Professional Leadership
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC), Founding Member and Vice President, 2012 - 2014; President, 2014 - present
  • American Bar Association

*   Gender Equity Task Force, 2012 - present

*   Section of Litigation

*  Publications and Content Officer, 2012 - present

  • American Law Institute

*   Advisor, Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance, 2010 - present

*   Member, 2004 - present

  • District of Columbia Bar

*   Board of Governors, 2010 - 2013

  • District of Columbia Bar Foundation

*   Secretary, 2014 - present

*   Member, 2013 - present

  • Women's Bar Association Foundation of Washington, D.C.

*   Secretary, 2012 - present

*   Chair, Nominations Committee, 2010 - present

*   Board of Directors, Member, 2004 - 2006; 2008 - present

  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

*   President, 2007 - 2008

*   President-Elect, 2006 - 2007

Member, 1981 - present
Georgetown UniversityAB 1977University of Notre DameJ.D. 1981

Office Location

700 Thirteenth Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005-3960
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law of the Washington DC Metro Area
Lorelie S. Masters has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Insurance Law (Coverage)

Other Information

Gender: Female