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Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Opioid Litigation and Investigations


Speaker(s): Bernard P. Bell, Mark E. Miller
Recorded on: Oct. 21, 2019
PLI Program #: 286777

Bernie Bell represents insureds in disputes with their insurers and is a nationally recognized leader in his field. He serves as lead counsel pursuing insurance recovery across a full range of disputed claims, from property damage and business interruption losses to claims arising from directors and officers (D&O) liabilities, as well as employment, environmental, fiduciary (ERISA), intellectual property, management, product, professional, representations and warranties (R&W), tax position, and toxic tort liabilities.

His recent representations include engagements to recover property damage and business interruption losses caused by catastrophic events at refineries, petrochemical plants, oil and gas pipelines, golf courses, and hospitality venues. He regularly pursues recovery under liability policies for the costs of defending and resolving government subpoenas and investigations, and various breach-of-duty claims. Other recent representations include claims under pollution legal liability coverage for environmental clean-up costs. Bernie regularly appears in courts, arbitration tribunals, and mediations throughout the United States and in London arbitration under the Bermuda Form.

Bernie is a Fellow of the American College of Contractual and Extracontractual Counsel, and is the co-chair (policyholder side) of the College’s First-Party Insurance Committee. He wrote or co-wrote chapters in the Appleman insurance law treatise on Commercial Property Insurance and Time Element (Business Interruption) Insurance, and is a frequent writer and speaker on insurance coverage issues.

Mr. Bell is a graduate of Colgate University cum laude and a graduate of Fordham University, where he was an Editor of the Fordham Law Review.


With over 20 years of litigating and settling insurance claims, and prior Fortune 500 executive experience before that, Mr. Miller bring clients seasoned business-oriented solutions to virtually any kind of insurance issue.

His experience ranges from settling some of the largest property damage and business interruption claims in the world, to litigating coverage for some of the biggest crime insurance losses ever suffered.

Prior to co-founding Miller Friel, PLLC, Mr. Miller was a principal shareholder at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he, along with Brian Friel, managed the firm's Insurance Recovery and Advisory Practice Group.

His views on insurance have been published in many prominent publications, including Forbes, Business Insurance, Legal Times, Treasury and Risk Management, Risk, and The National Law Journal. Mr. Miller received his B.S. from Allegheny College, his M.S. from the University of Cincinnati, his M.B.A. from Houston Baptist University, and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law, where he was an Editor of the South Texas Law Review.