Seth D. Lamden concentrates his legal practice on assisting policyholders in enforcing their rights to insurance coverage. Seth has been instrumental in recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance proceeds for policyholders from a broad array of industries – including electric utilities, construction, consumer and industrial manufacturing, natural gas distribution, real estate, health care, insurance (representation of managed care companies and life insurers against their E&O insurers), professional services, and financial services – in disputed coverage matters arising out of a wide variety of claims and losses, such as professional liability claims, consumer class actions, environmental claims, major course-of-construction and post-completion “construction defect” claims, asbestos and benzene exposure claims, product liability claims, directors and officers liability claims, property damage, and business interruption losses.
Seth has written seven book chapters and more than 40 articles on topics relating to insurance coverage, including: Duty to Defend, 3 New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition § 17; Product Liability Insurance, 3 New Appleman Law of Liability Insurance § 16; Discovery, 12 New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition § 152 (Forthcoming 2015); Duty to Defend, Commercial & Professional Liability Insurance, Ch. 6 (IICLE®, 2012) (Co-author); Occurrences, The Reference Handbook on the Comprehensive General Liability Policy (ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2nd ed. 2014); and Insurance, The Construction Contracts Book: How to Find Common Ground in Negotiating Design and Construction Contract Clauses Ch. 15 (ABA Forum on Construction, 2nd ed. 2008). Seth also has been a featured speaker at insurance law seminars sponsored by, among others, the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, Lorman Education Services, the University of Chicago law School, the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc., The Building Owners and Managers Association, WPL Publishing, the Southern Illinois Builders Association, and various law firms and private companies. Seth also has been quoted in Business Insurance and Insurance Law360 regarding matters relating to insurance coverage.
Court Admissions — U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Experience — Representation of law firm and individual attorneys in coverage litigation arising out of $20 million claim alleging legal malpractice, conspiracy and fraud.
Representation of insurance broker in coverage litigation arising out of $10M claim alleging fraud and negligence in connection with the creation and sale of a captive insurance program.
Representation of managed care company in coverage litigation against its E&O insurers arising out of underlying class actions involving alleged improper administration of PPO networks.
Representation of architect in coverage litigation arising out of underlying lawsuit alleging occupational exposure bodily injury caused by the design of a building at a Chicago-based university. American Econ. Ins. Co. v. Holabird & Root, 382 Ill. App. 3d 1017 (1st Dist. 2008).
Representation of life insurer in coverage litigation against its E&O insurers arising out of underlying “disappearing premium” class actions alleging fraudulent conduct and deceptive sales schemes. Country Life Ins. Co. v. St. Paul Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 422 F. Supp. 2d 977 (C.D. Ill. 2006); 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39656 (C.D. Ill. April 14, 2005); 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39691 (C.D. Ill. Jan. 31, 2005).
Representation of insurance broker in coverage litigation arising out of underlying lawsuit alleging defamation and violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act. Utica Mutual Ins. Co. v. David Agency Ins., Inc., 327 F. Supp. 2d 922 (N.D. Ill. 2004).