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Kevin T. Merriman counsels corporate and institutional clients in a broad range of risk and insurance issues, providing detailed insurance coverage analyses, and working collaboratively with brokers and insurers to meet clients’ business and insurance objectives. As a problem-solver, he provides thoughtful strategic analyses and practical insights to optimize coverage and minimize disputes. When required, Kevin zealously represents his clients in complex insurance recovery litigation, involving asbestos, pollution, construction, product liability, cyber, and bad-faith claims, among others. He also assists with insurance recoveries from foreign and domestic insolvent insurers. Kevin’s recent litigation experience includes successfully representing a Fortune 500 company in insurance recovery litigation for asbestos-related liabilities and related bankruptcy proceedings. He currently serves as national coverage counsel for a Fortune 500 construction firm serving the utilities, communications, and government sectors. In addition to insurance disputes, Kevin has defended toxic tort claims throughout New York State, and has represented clients in mass tort, multi-district, and class action litigation. Kevin writes and speaks often on insurance law topics for national trade and professional associations, including the American Law Institute, Defense Research Institute, the Property & Liability Resource Bureau, and the New York State Bar Association.

Locations

  • 10151 Deerwood Park Blvd.
    Bldg. 300, Suite 300
    Jacksonville, FL 32256
  • 50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 1700
    Buffalo, NY 14202

Education

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., graduated 1992
  • Cornell University, BS, graduated 1989

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1993
  • Pennsylvania, 2007

Affiliations

  • American College of Coverage Counsel - Fellow; Membership Committee
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Senior Fellow
  • Defense Research Institute - Member, Insurance Law Committee
  • New York State Bar Association - Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section; Insurance Law Committee
  • Monroe County Bar Association - Member
  • Erie County Bar Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts of New York (Western, Northern)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Western District of Pennsylvania) – pro hac vice

Lippes Mathias LLP
Headquarters: Buffalo, New York

33 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

5 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Insurance Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Insurance Law, Buffalo (2022)
  • Insurance Law, Rochester, NY (2021)
  • Insurance Law, Rochester, NY (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Insurance Law

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent®, Rated 5.0/5.0
  • Selected to New York Super Lawyers®
  • Buffalo Law Journal’s/Business First, Who’s Who in Law, 2006
  • Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award presented by the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association for outstanding contributions to the practice of insurance law, January 23, 2002

Representative Experience

  • Mt. McKinley Insurance Company v. Corning Incorporated, Index No. 602454/02, New York State Supreme Court, County of New York: Represented corporate policyholder in litigation against multiple insurers to secure insurance coverage for long-tail asbestos claims. The litigation produced several reported decisions affecting the rights of policyholders for long-tail asbestos claims.
  • In Re Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, No. 00-22876-TPA, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania: Represented debtor’s corporate shareholder in Chapter 11 proceeding to secure a plan of reorganization and formation of a $3 billion asbestos personal injury trust under section 524(g) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
  • KeySpan Gas East Corp. v. Munich Reinsurance America Inc., 31 N.Y. 3d 51 (2018): Represented policyholder advocacy group in amicus curie brief to New York’s high court addressing a seminal issue affecting the allocation of insurance to multiple triggered policies for long-tail environmental claims.

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