Mr. Ruby practices in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, and commercial disputes. Over his twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Ruby has represented London and domestic insurers in coverage disputes involving environmental, toxic tort, medical devices, and advertising injury, as well as representing insurers of bankrupt, insolvent, and dissolved insureds. He has litigated insurance and reinsurance matters in state and federal courts, at trial, on appeal, and in arbitration, and has served as monitoring counsel where insurers have admitted coverage or are defending under a reservation of rights.
He has also worked more broadly in general litigation, most recently on behalf of defrauded investors.
Mr. Ruby lectures on insurance issues including bad faith claims and intellectual property coverage, and has conducted seminars and workshops in topics such as alternate dispute resolution and the handling of various types of claims.
Mr. Ruby has been recognized by Chambers USA (2013-2015) as one of the top attorneys in Washington, D.C. for insurance matters and has a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of AV Preeminent (5.0 out of 5.0). He was selected by Super Lawyers (2014-2015, 2017-2020) as a Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Washington, DC.
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Herbert J. Stern, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Representations of London Market Insurers and U.S. domestic companies on matters involving coverage for liability arising from asbestos, lead, other health hazard, pollution, medical devices, and advertising injury
- Representations in disputes among insurers on issues involving allocation, contribution, and subrogation claims
- Counseling insurers on coverage issues for defunct or dissolved clients
- Representation of an overseas financial institution in a dispute with a U.S. real estate company over an appraisal that induced the client to invest in a failed project
- Representation of a South American company in a dispute with a U.S. company over a technology transfer
Publications & Events
- March 2013
- "Parties to Non-U.S. Arbitrations may use Broad American Discovery Tools to Obtain Testimony and Documents"July 5, 2012
- "Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Asbestos Claimants' Attempt to Gain Access to Dissolved Corporation's Insurance"May 30, 2012
- "The Battle Over Equitas: A Reply"
Martin R. Baach and Joseph L. Ruby, Insurance Coverage Litigation Report, Vol. 11, Issue 28, Pages 653-656.September 15, 2001
In the News
Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC is pleased to announce that three of its lawyers have been named to the 2020 Washington, DC Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.April 17, 2020
The pundits will debate whether government delays enabled the coronavirus to spread so widely. Perhaps experts and politicians failed to implement earlier, less onerous measures that could have slowed its spread and lessened its impact because the eventual scope seemed unimaginable to them. It was only after the pandemic was well underway that decision makers acted with great urgency — too late to avoid crisis and hardship.
There is a similar lesson for insurers and reinsurers: the potential for an unprecedented avalanche of COVID-19 insurance claims is clear, and the industry can and should take steps now, without waiting for specific claims and losses, to blunt the impact of the wave of claims and lawsuits that has already begun and is rapidly expanding.Law360, April 10, 2020
Six LBKM professionals have been selected to the 2019 New York and Washington, DC Super Lawyers lists - an honor limited to 5 percent of the lawyers in each state. In addition, one LBKM professional has been selected to the 2019 New York Rising Stars list.October 2019
American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance incorporates a number of 'black letter' provisions that are more favourable to assuredsInsurance Day, August 2, 2018
- Policyholders without cyber cover are looking to general liability policies to make claims in the event of data breachesInsurance Day, July 16, 2015
- Law360, August 8, 2014
- Excess Coverage Denied in Latest US Court RulingInsurance Day, November 1, 2012
- Shareholder lawsuit against Barclays could become template for other legal actionsInsurance Day, August 16, 2012
- Insurance Day, July 12, 2012
- Insurance Day, June 7, 2012