Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • US District Court for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD (magna cum laude), 1998
  • Dartmouth College, BA, 1993

 

Lou is a partner in the Philadelphia office and an experienced lawyer representing insurance industry clients in insurance coverage, extra-contractual exposure and regulatory litigation and counselling engagements throughout the United States. 

Lou has over two decades of experience in the insurance sphere, including three years as Chief Litigation Counsel at a domestic P&C insurer. Since his return to private practice in 2012, Lou has represented US and international insurance companies in coverage matters involving a wide range of coverages and issues, including general liability, E&O and professional liability, D&O, pollution liability, commercial property and marine insurance and construction defect, toxic tort, catastrophic loss and policy rescission claims. Lou draws from this deep and diverse experience to deliver effective advocacy and pragmatic counselling to his clients.   

As an experienced trial court and appellate litigator, Lou also represents clients in commercial and environmental litigation matters in courts throughout the US.  

Lou is a frequent author and speaker industry conferences providing thought leadership on emerging and important insurance coverage issues, as well as at seminars for clients in the US and London Market to counsel them in all aspects of insurance law, such as emerging risks, recent developments in the law and avoiding bad faith exposure. Lou was also a key member of an insurance coverage practice recognized by Chambers USA.

Presentations and publications

Presentations

  • “US casualty & coverage overview,” In-House Client Training (June 2022)
  • “Coverage 101,” In-House Client Training (February 2021)
  • “Construction claims - Talking the talk - A glossary of terms and concepts,” In-House Client Training (November 2020)
  • “Claims Handling, Coverage, Bad Faith and an Insured’s Bankruptcy in High Exposure/Multiple Claimant Claims,” presented at ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference, Phoenix, AZ (February 2020)
  • “U.S. Risks Challenging the London Market: The Opioid Epidemic, #MeToo, and Our Expectations for 2019,” presented at the London Seminar, London, UK (October 2018)
  • “Emerging Trends & New Challenges in the D&O and Professional Liability Worlds,” presented at ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference, Phoenix, AZ (February 2018)
  • “Insurance Coverage & Extra-Contractual Disputes,” presented at the American Conference Institute (November 2016)
  • “The Insurer’s Duty to Settle, Bad Faith, and Verdicts in Excess of Policy Limits,” presented at Strafford CLE (January 2015)
  • Panelist, “The Ins and Outs of Interpreting and Applying D&O and E&O Policy Exclusions,” American Bar Association’s 22nd Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Program (February 2014)

Publications

  • Co-author, “Insurance takes back seat to State’s defense and indemnity obligations under the Tort Claims Act,” published for Kennedys (January 2022)
  • Co-Author, “Lessons Learned: D&O Coverage for Appraisal Litigation Claims,” published for Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, Winter 2019 Newsletter
  • Quoted in “Shooting Case Will Test Bounds of ‘Accident’ Coverage,” Law360 (July 2018)
  • Author, “Focus: Supreme Court Ruling will Transform Minimum Wage Liability Landscape,” published for Insurance Day (July 2018)
  • Quoted in “The Five Biggest Insurance Decisions of 2017,” Law360 (December 2017)
  • Quoted in “Ruling Won’t Lower Bar to Prove Bad Faith,” Law360, (September 2017)
  • Quoted in “The Biggest Insurance Rulings of 2017: Midyear Report,” Law360 (June 2017)
  • Quoted in “ ‘Trigger’ Ruling Eases Path To Toxic Cleanup Coverage,” Law360 (April 2017)
  • Quoted in “Justices Muddy Waters on Insurer Unfairness Suits,” Law360 (February 2016)
  • Co-Author, “No Excess Insurance Drop Down When Primary Goes Belly Up,” published for Law360 (January 2016)
  • Co-Author, “Heinz v. Starr Raises Nuanced Policy Rescission Questions,” published for Law360 (December 2015)
  • Co-Author, “Ridesharing Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Insurers,” published for PropertyCasualty360 (October 2014)
  • Co-Author, “DRI Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury Compendium,” (May 2014)