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Scott M. Seaman
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   Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP
Chicago Office
123 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1800
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Tel: 312 474 7139
Fax: 312 474 7898
scott.seaman@mbtlaw.com
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Scott is a civil litigator, trial lawyer and Chairman of the firm's National Insurance Coverage Litigation & Counseling Practice Group. For more than 27 years, Scott has been representing companies in complex insurance, reinsurance, and commercial matters. He has successfully represented companies in trial courts, appellate courts, and arbitrations across the country in a variety of high stakes matters, including cases and cessions involving general liability coverage (primary, umbrella, and excess), professional liability coverage, first-party property coverage, bad faith and extra-contractual matters, fee disputes, and facultative and treaty reinsurance contracts. Scott has served as national coverage counsel as well as trial and appellate counsel. His advice has been sought on emerging issues and a wide-range of case specific and portfolio issues. He has drafted contract language, trained insurance and reinsurance professionals, and assisted companies in evaluating and resolving issues in the claims stage. Scott also has handled a variety of international, professional liability, tort and product liability, and business and commercial cases.

Scott is a frequent speaker on insurance, reinsurance, business law, and litigation issues. He has presented before and on behalf of various organizations, including: the American Bar Association; the Defense Research Institute; the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; ARIAS US; the Illinois State Bar Association; the Chicago Bar Association; PLRB/LIRB; Lorman Education Services; Strafford; Perrin; and West Legalworks. He writes extensively on substantive legal issues, insurance and reinsurance topics, and litigation practice matters. His treatise "Allocation of Losses in Complex Insurance Coverage Claims" (2d Thomson. Reuters 2013) addresses many of the important issues driving contemporary insurance and reinsurance disputes. Scott graduated first in his law school class and served as a law journal editor.

Chambers USA (2014) says: “Scott Seaman is well respected for his longtime experience as a litigator, and he has notable expertise in complex insurance and reinsurance coverage cases. He is also an expert in bad faith insurance matters. Sources describe him as a ‘terrific lawyer’ and as someone who has the respect of the market.”

Scott has been involved in many high profile insurance coverage cases, including: Owens-Illinois (asbestos reinsurance case resulting in a landmark allocation ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court); General Electric (asbestos and environmental coverage action resulting in a key number of occurrences ruling by New York's highest court); Liggett (Delaware Supreme Court decision enforcing tobacco exclusions); Owens-Corning (non-products coverage and asbestos bankruptcy); Dresser/Halliburton (asbestos); CBS Viacom (environmental); Griffin Dewatering (reversal of an $11 million bad faith/punitive damages verdict); and Rushing (construction defect coverage action). He also has been counsel in significant confidential reinsurance arbitrations.

Publications:

Scott's most recent publications include:

Allocation of Losses In Complex Insurance Coverage Claims (2d Ed. West.Thomson.Reuters 2013)
“Sharing the Fun Associated With Defective Construction Losses: Indemnity, Subrogation, and Contribution Defense Research Institute” (DRI 2012)
“A Journey Through the Fundamental Requirement of Exhaustion” is Published in Reinsurance Encounters Vol.32, No.1 (Jan 2014)
“Number of Occurrences, Policy Periods, Exhaustion And Other Considerations Affecting Allocation Of Losses” CPCU Reinsurance Encounters, Vol. 30, No. 1 (April 2012)
“Insurers Saddled With Disproportionate Share Of Loss Seek Reallocation Through Contribution Claims And ‘Other Insurance’ Clauses” CPCU Reinsurance Encounters, Vol. 29, No. 3 (December 2011)
“Chapter 17 Excess Insurance Coverage” Environmental Liability & Insurance Recovery (ABA 2012)
“A Primer On Allocation Methodologies – The ‘All Sums’ And Various ‘Pro Rata’ Approaches” CPCU Reinsurance Encounters, Vol. 29, No. 1 (March 2011)
Wrongful Death and Survival Actions (4th Ed. IICLE 2011) (prior editions 2007, 2003, and 1993) (General Editor and Contributing Author Chapters 1, 2, and 7)

Presentations:

Scott's most recent presentations include:

"Don't Get Thrown Under the Buss: Insurers' Duties and Rights In Mixed Claims" (DRI 2013)
"Follow The Fortunes & Utmost Good Faith: The 'Yin' And 'Yang' Of The Reinsurance Relationship In The Context Of Captive Insurance" (ARIAS US 2013)
“Sharing the Fun Associated With Defective Construction Losses: Indemnity, Subrogation, and Contribution Defense Research Institute” (DRI 2012)
“Insurer’s Duty To Defend: Resolving Defense Cost Issues Strategies For Cost Reimbursement And Allocation (Strafford Webinars 2010 - 2013)
“Duty to Defend: Analyzing Complex Issues” at the PLRB/LIRB 2014 Claims Conference on March 18, 2014
“Environmental Insurance Coverage: Latest Developments Identifying Coverage In Existing Policies, Navigating Pollution And Owned Property Exclusions, And Determining Scope Of Damages” (Strafford Webinar 2011)
“Impact Of Unavailability Of Insurance On Allocation, Insurance Bad Faith And Extra Contractual Exposure, And Hot Topics” (Bermuda Bar Association) (Bermuda 2011)
“Effective Claims Handling And Efficient Management Of Coverage Litigation” (Chicago Bar Association Insurance Law Committee) (Chicago 2011)

 

Education:

Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1987)
Barat College (B.A. 1984)

Admitted to Practice:

Illinois
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals (Seventh, Tenth Circuits)
United States District Courts (Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Florida)
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in numerous matters

Professional Activities:

American Bar Association: Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (past Vice Chair); Litigation Section (Co-Chair Business Interruption Insurance Subcommittee)
Defense Research Institute: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Commercial Litigation, and International Law Committees; Climate Change Litigation Task Force; Business Torts SLG
ARIAS US
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (Co-Chair Reinsurance Runoff Advisory Board)

Peer Recognitions/Awards:

Martindale & Hubbell – AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0 (highest rating for legal ability and ethics)
Best Lawyers in America (insurance law)
Illinois Super Lawyers (insurance coverage, general litigation, business litigation)
Leading Lawyers
American College of Coverage and Extra-contractual Counsel - Fellow
The International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers
America's Most Honored Professionals
Chambers USA
InterContinental Finance Magazine Continent Awards Insurance & Reinsurance Litigator of 2013 - North America
2013 Corporate INTL Legal Awards Insurance Law - Lawyer of the Year (Illinois)
Lawyers World Leading Lawyers Award 2012 and 2013 (Insurance and Reinsurance North America)
ICFM Leading Lawyers 500 (recognizing top 500 lawyers in the world)
Corporate LiveWire's Illinois Lawyer of the Year 2013 - Litigation
2014 Insurance Attorney of the Year In Illinois (Corporate Int'l Magazine)
Illinois Lawyers Auxiliary Scholarship
Loyola Leadership and Service Award
Chief Justice Roger B. Taney Award
Judge John C Hayes Award
Thomas L. Owens Award
Judge John V. McCormack Award

Community Activities:

Member, National Board of Selectors Jefferson Awards For Public Service
Co-Chair Jefferson Awards Chicago
Co-Founder Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation
Lymphoma Research Foundation: Inaugural Tribute Award Recipient
Keynote Address: 2006 North American Forum on Lymphoma in Los Angeles

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