James M. Westerlind

James Westerlind NYC Insurance Lawyer ArentFox Schiff LLP
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James M. Westerlind is a New York attorney focusing on insurance coverage issues. During the COVID-19 pandemic, James has heavily focused on the vast and various insurance issues, including coverage, legislative, and policy considerations, arising from the coronavirus and the effects that it has had on clients.

James’ practice also focuses on resolving insurance and reinsurance disputes, including insurance and reinsurance coverage issues on behalf of policyholders and carriers. James has also represented brokers, agents, and MGAs in disputes with insurance and reinsurance carriers.

James has substantial litigation experience in both state and federal trial courts within and outside of New York, representing plaintiffs and defendants in insurance and noninsurance disputes. In addition to insurance litigation, he has defended a number of prominent US companies in product liability actions. He has also defended toxic tort cases. He has first-chaired and second-chaired numerous evidentiary hearings and trials. He tried a major jury trial in the Southern District of Florida, obtaining a jury verdict finding that a life insurance policy was valid and enforceable, despite the jury finding that the trust that owned the policy made material misrepresentations in the policy’s application and engaged in a civil conspiracy to defraud the insurance company and engage in a stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) scheme. He has also defended a number of well-known tire manufacturers and large domestic retailers in product liability actions commenced in New York state and federal courts by alleged injured product users.

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