Most Recent Victory
Prevailed on appeal before the Unites States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in declaratory judgment action involving alleged “operations coverage” for toxic tort claims (March 2018)
Served as lead counsel for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in a case argued in the U.S. Supreme Court entitled Travelers Indemnity v. Chubb Indemnity, 129 S.Ct. 2195 (2009). The case was remanded to the 2nd Circuit where Chubb prevailed on its due process/notice argument.
Bill leads a multidisciplinary team of attorneys which serves as national coordinating counsel for a top property and casualty insurer in connection with numerous multibilliondollar asbestos bankruptcies and associated insurance coverage actions around the country.
Recently obtained dismissal of interference with contractual relations claim following successful rounds of motions to dismiss.
Uniform Commercial Code claims under Articles 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9.
Defense of lender liability claims involving commercial mortgage financing.
General contract litigation under UCC Article 2 and other non-UCC claims, including:
Contract action arising out of sale of defective wheels for portable MRI equipment.
Contract action arising from medical texts sales.
UCC S 2-315 fitness for particular purpose claim involving rock crushing equipment.
Successful pursuit of contractual indemnity claims in connection with property damage claims arising from environmental site.
Won 3rd Circuit affirmance of the summary dismissal of a class action by medical providers challenging an automobile insurer's use of computerized fee review software to adjust claims for medical reimbursement in St. Louis Park Chiropractic v. Federal Insurance Co., No. 08-3808, 2009 WL 2171221 (3d Cir. July 22, 2009).
Won dismissal of New York state court class action involving medical reimbursement.
Defense of franchisors and dealers in termination litigation under various states Franchise Practices Acts.
Prevailed on appeal in Florida state court in a reformation claim involving GL policies issued to a medical device maker.
Summary judgment obtained for insurers in $20M advertising injury coverage claim in PA state court – upheld by PA Superior Court.
Bad Faith/Extra Contractual
Bill has served as national coordinating counsel for major property and casualty insurer. Claims included bad faith claim handling, spoliation, class action, excess verdict/time limit demand cases, including $55 million California burn case.
Pollution Liability Hazardous Waste
Bill has handled scores of large pollution/hazardous waste cases over the past 20 years, including defense of corporate defendants in CERCLA/RCRA cases in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Trial victory for insurer in New Jersey state court action based on expected or intended defense arising out of illegal waste dumping; upheld on appeal.
Defense of pollution liability coverage claims, including recent cadmium waste cases.
Nationwide representation of paints/coatings manufacturer on all environmental matters.
NJ Attorney General, Criminal Division, Appellate Section (Summer Intern 1978)
Department of Justice, Organized Crime Strike Force (Intern,1979)
Law Clerk, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division (1979-1980)
Associate, Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch (1980-1986)
Associate General Counsel, Sony Corporation of America (1986-1988)
Partner, Countess and Shelley (1988-1994)
Partner and Chairman, Global Insurance Group (1994-2013)
Office Managing Partner, Gordon & Rees (2013-Present)