Kevin J. O’Connor is a shareholder and founding member of Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, P.C. Kevin is a trial lawyer with broad and deep experience in the trial, arbitration and appeal of insurance and reinsurance coverage, construction, surety, insurance defense, environmental and other commercial cases.
Kevin represents and provides advice to major national and international property and casualty insurers, reinsurers, insurance claim administrators, risk managers, insurance brokers and other stakeholders in the insurance industry in complex insurance coverage matters involving environmental, toxic tort, asbestos, sexual abuse, professional liability, products liability, general liability, fidelity, directors and officers, bad faith and other claims. His wide-ranging experience extends to the surety and construction industries, in which he has represented surety companies and contractors in a wide variety of commercial surety and construction related litigation.
Since early in his career, Kevin has been involved in cases at the cutting edge of developing insurance coverage issues, appearing as counsel for litigants or other interested parties in cases such as Home Ins. Co. v. Camp Dresser & McKee (1991, duty to defend), Trustees of Tufts University v. Commercial Union Ins. Co. (1993, trigger of coverage), SCA Services v. Transportation Ins. Co. (1995, known loss), Hakim v. Mass. Insurers Insolvency Fund (1997, owned property exclusion), Feinberg v. Commercial Union Ins. Co. (2002, pollution exclusion), Emhart Industries, Inc. v. Home Ins. Co., (2007, excess insurer's duty to defend), Emhart Industries, Inc. v. Century Indem. Co. (2009, termination of duty to defend), Boston Gas Co. v. Century Indem. Co. (2009, allocation of long term losses).
Kevin is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and regularly appears as counsel in state and federal courts throughout the Northeast.