Top transnational insurers and corporations count on Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss to favorably resolve their most challenging, high-stakes reinsurance problems.
Our full-service international reinsurance practice gives you deeply experienced counsel and innovative solutions in a wide variety of substantive reinsurance matters. We are skilled in arbitration, litigation, audits, claims monitoring, and coverage evaluation, tackling issues of allocation, accumulation, follow-the-fortunes, role of the intermediary, reinsurance contract interpretation, and more.
We often work closely with British colleagues to find creative and sophisticated answers to complex reinsurance disputes that span both U.S. and U.K. jurisdictions. For example, we obtained a forum non conveniens dismissal of a suit brought in New Jersey by a domestic reinsurer against its British cedant. We also helped resolve a marine cargo contract dispute between a British facultative reinsurer and a domestic insurer, partnering with British counsel to bring suit in the U.K. In another matter, we assisted a U.S. insurer in obtaining substantial contribution from a foreign insurer on a complex latex-gloves loss, forging a deal with British reinsurers of the foreign insurer.
We also advise reinsurers on strategic planning to address the reinsurance implications in the U.S. asbestos litigation crisis.
In the News
- How I Made Office Managing Partner: 'You Must Give Respect to Get Respect,' Says Aisha Bembry of Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss
Aisha Bembry, managing partner of LBKM's Washington office, was featured in Law.com's "How I Made It" series.Law.com, November 8, 2022
Chambers and Partners has again ranked Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss as a leading law firm in the area of insurance.June 2022
Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC is pleased to announce that John Moscow has been named to the 2021 New York Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to receive this honor. In addition, A. Mackenna White has been named to the 2021 New York Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.September 30, 2021
Partner Mark Leimkuhler recently spoke with Insurance Business about the new administration's approach to climate change and the implications for the insurance industry.Insurance Business, January 20, 2021
Partner Mark Leimkuhler recently spoke with Law360 about the incoming Biden administration's potential effect on property and liability insurers, predicting that the new regime's expected focus on climate change, civil rights enforcement and other areas could lead to an uptick in claims across a wide range of policies.Law360, January 19, 2021
Jack Gordon and Mark Leimkuhler authored an article in Insurance Day discussing potential issues for reinsurers relating to the coronavirus crisis.Insurance Day, April 22, 2020
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
- US class action lawsuit alleges high-frequency traders, exchanges, brokers and dark pool operators have committed securities law violationsInsurance Day, August 21, 2014
- Shareholder lawsuit against Barclays could become template for other legal actionsInsurance Day, August 16, 2012
- Insurance Day, June 21, 2012
- Insurance Day, April 26, 2012
- Insurance Day, April 12, 2012
- Insurance Day, March 22, 2012
- Insurance Day, February 16, 2012
Publications, Presentations & Events
- Chambers recognizes Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss and Martin Baach in the area of insurance for 2021
Chambers and Partners has again recognized Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss in the area of insurance, including both the firm's insurance practice and Martin Baach in its District of Columbia rankings for 2021.
- March 2013
- March 2013
- "The Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Direct and Reinsurance Markets: CDO's, Derivatives, Madoff and Beyond"June 16, 2009