With the emergence of the “bad faith set up” claims environment and new levels of cooperation amongst policyholder counsel, insurers must retain counsel with particularized experience in addressing bad faith matters. At Strauss Massey Dinneen llc, we partner with our insurance clients at the institutional level to develop best practices intended to avoid bad faith claims and to employ aggressive but thoughtful defenses to bad faith litigation.
We serve on special extra-contractual panels for our clients, allowing us to know and understand the bad faith challenges facing our clients on a national level. We are aware of our client’s business goals and the import of their brand; so we work carefully with our clients to achieve the right result for each case, which often is a creative resolution. While disposal of bad faith claims in summary proceedings is the goal, sometimes trial is necessary – we have taken bad faith cases to verdict with success. We know from our experience that typical litigation strategies are not sufficient to win the day when your claims practices are under attack and when jurors often come to the courthouse with a bias that must be overcome.
Our lawyers also regularly provide coverage opinions and represent insurers in complex declaratory judgment actions.