Principal & Vice-Chair, Insurance Law Department
Steven Schildt is a Principal and the Vice-Chair of the Firm's Insurance Law Department. He works out of the Firm's Pennsylvania and New Jersey offices and has devoted his entire legal career to representing insurers in coverage, ERISA, and bad faith matters. Steve has been honored by being selected for inclusion in the 2018 – 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers In America, Insurance Law category. His national and broad-based coverage litigation and coverage opinion practice encompasses personal and commercial insurance claims and disputes in almost all areas, including disability claims, ERISA claims, bad faith claims, life/accidental death claims, CGL claims (including additional insured and construction defect disputes), property insurance claims, health insurance claims, commercial auto claims, policy rescission/policyholder fraud, professional liability claims, D&O claims, long-term care claims, and all types of casualty claims. Steve has been lead counsel in thousands of such disputes in many different federal courts, state courts, and arbitration forums. He also handles complex coverage and bad faith matters involving excess verdicts, trigger issues, allocation, horizontal/vertical exhaustion, and the interaction among primary, excess, and umbrella policies.
Steve also has proven experience in defending and obtaining the dismissal of class action cases and RICO actions involving claims handling and policy interpretation issues. Further, Steve has extensive experience with the business side of insurance and routinely defends agents, brokers, and producers against business tort claims and errors/omissions claims (negligence, misrepresentation, etc.). Many of his victories have generated significant and often-cited published opinions. A partial list is below.
Steve is often consulted during claim investigations and routinely drafts reservation of rights and coverage position letters. He also regularly presents claims professional training seminars and has written numerous articles on insurance coverage issues. Every year since 2005, Steve has been honored by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the Insurance Coverage category as published by Philadelphia Magazine and American Lawyer Media. Finally, Steve periodically serves as both a privately-retained and court-appointed mediator/arbitrator in coverage, ERISA, and bad faith cases.
In 2008 Steve was elected a member of the by-invitation-only Federation Of Defense And Corporate Counsel.
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