Kennedys promotes seven to partnership across the US

We are pleased to announce that seven attorneys have been elevated to partner across Kennedys US offices effective May 1, 2022.

In Basking Ridge, New Jersey those who have been promoted are:

Danielle Valliere.  Danielle joined the firm in 2018. Her practice is primarily focused on complex insurance coverage matters where she represents domestic and international insurers providing primary, excess and reinsurance coverage to a variety of public and private entities. She regularly provides pre-suit coverage advice and has experience litigating in federal and state courts and pursuing alternative dispute resolution.

Joshua Wirtshafter.  Josh focuses on representing insurance carriers in litigated disputes in the areas of commercial general liability, professional liability and construction claims under standard domestic, Bermuda Form, and manuscript policies, including those issued out of the London Market. Josh summered with the firm in 2013 before joining full time after passing the bar in 2014. In recent years, he has developed experience in litigating a myriad of sports-related head trauma/concussion insurance claims, as well as claims arising out of the nationwide opioid epidemic.

In Chicago, Illinois:

Bevin Carroll.  Bevin joined the Chicago office in 2013 and focuses on complex insurance coverage matters, including those involving construction, environmental, toxic tort, products liability, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability and property damage issues. She has experience litigating cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

In the Austin, Texas office:

Daniel Lockwood.  Daniel specializes in the structure and nuances of CGL policies, E&O policies, D&O policies, excess and umbrella coverage, and first-party property insurance, In addition, Daniel represents commercial clients with respect to complex business transactions, contract disputes, products liability suits, professional liability claims and other commercial litigation. Daniel has been with the firm since 2019.

In the New York, New York office:

Nitin Sain.  Nitin handles matters dealing with New York Labor Law, premises liability, property damage, motor vehicle law, product liability, intentional assault and general negligence matters. Nitin joined the firm’s defense team in 2015. Nitin possess a proven track record for obtaining favorable outcomes through motion practice, negotiations, alternate dispute resolution and trial practice.

And in the Miami, Florida office:

Jedidiah Vander Klok.  Jed focuses his practice on complex insurance coverage matters. He counsels domestic and international insurers on all phases of claim and dispute resolution for a variety of first and third party coverage and claims. Jed represents clients in the areas of commercial property and casualty insurance, Bermuda Form and manuscript policies, employer’s liability, and cyber risk, and is a member of the global cyber team at Kennedys. Jed joined the firm in 2019.

Diana Weller.  Diana has significant experience representing insurers domestically and in the London markets. Having joined the firm in 2020, she predominantly focuses on litigating insurance coverage issues related to property and casualty, general liability, marine, professional liability, bad faith and breach of contract claims in state and federal courts. Diana also has a thriving defense practice, defending businesses and individuals in personal injury lawsuits, involving premises liability, manufacturing defects and automobile accidents.

“We are thrilled to elevate this amazing group of attorneys and look forward to all they will bring to the firm in the years ahead.” - Meg Catalano, US Managing Partner.

“Each of these attorneys has demonstrated commitment, energy and professionalism to the firm and our clients, and we are proud to celebrate their success and support what I have no doubt will be a fulfilling journey.” – Christopher Carroll, Partner.