Scott M. Seaman
Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP
123 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Scott is a civil litigator, trial lawyer and Chairman of the firm’s National Insurance Coverage Litigation & Counseling Practice Group. Scott has had the privilege of working with some of the most dedicated and talented senior management, legal counsel, and insurance and reinsurance claims and litigation professionals in the world and of working on some of the most challenging contemporary coverage and reinsurance matters and issues confronting the industry.
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; the Bermuda Bar Association; Strafford; Perrin; and West Legalworks.
Scott writes extensively on substantive legal issues, insurance and reinsurance topics, and litigation practice matters. His writings have been recognized by courts, parties, and commentators as authoritative works and have been cited by the highest courts of the States of Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, South Carolina, and West Virginia and by numerous other state and federal appellate and trial courts across the country. His treatise, Allocation of Losses in Complex Insurance Coverage Claims (3d Thomson Reuters 2014) addresses many of the important issues driving contemporary insurance and reinsurance disputes.
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.
Scott graduated first in his law school class and served as a law journal editor.
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