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Preventing, Mitigating and Resolving the Business Impacts of Coronavirus/COVID-19 with ADR

Speaker(s): Andrew S. Nadolna, Kristin V. Gallagher, Lorelie S. Masters, Peter H. Woodin
Recorded on: Apr. 13, 2020
PLI Program #: 298962

A nationally recognized insurance coverage litigator, Lorie handles all aspects of complex, commercial litigation and arbitration.

Lorie has advised clients on a wide range of liability coverages, including insurance for environmental, employment, directors and officers, fiduciary, property damage, cyber, and other liabilities. She also handles various types of first-party property insurance claims, including claims under boiler and machinery, business-interruption, contingent business-interruption, extra expense, disability and other related coverages.

Lorie has handled and tried cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country and in arbitrations in the United States and abroad. At issue in these cases typically have been millions of dollars of insurance coverage for products and environmental liability, silicone gel breast implant claims, and other types of liability. Most recently, she has obtained multi-million dollar settlements under D&O, Side-A Only D&O and E&O policies. She served as lead trial counsel for policyholder in an action enforcing CGL insurance coverage for the then-largest property damage class action settlement ever. The National Law Journal called that jury’s verdict one of the “most significant jury verdicts” of the year. She has also handled many other matters in litigation, arbitration, and settlement negotiations, recovering, collectively, billions of dollars for her clients. She has handled high-stakes insurance issues for individuals, enforcing disability, health and property insurance.

Lorie is co-author of Insurance Coverage Litigation, an in-depth legal treatise first published by Aspen Law & Business in 1997 and updated annually. She co-authored a second book, entitled Liability Insurance in International Arbitration: The Bermuda Form, which won the 2012 Book Prize from the British Insurance Law Association for “outstanding contributions to the literature on insurance,” and is recognized as the seminal work on the issue of Bermuda Form arbitration. She was invited in 2010 to serve as an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s (“ALI”) RESTATEMENT OF THE LAW, LIABILITY INSURANCE, and served in that capacity until the ALI’s final approval of the RESTATEMENT in May 2018.

A partner in the insurance coverage practice, Lorie’s clients say she “is very good at explaining complicated issues, and then distilling them for commercial use,” according to Chambers USA 2016, which ranks her in the upper echelons of her practice nationwide. She also was named a Top Ten Super Lawyer in DC for 2014 and 2015, among other recognitions.

Lorie writes and speaks extensively on insurance coverage, technology, and litigation. In addition to her legal practice, she is active in diversity and inclusion matters and has represented many individuals and groups pro bono, including policyholders denied health care coverage and victims of human trafficking. In 2007, she obtained one of the first money judgments in the country under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, after a trial in the federal court in the District of Columbia.

Lorie currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA) and, from 2016-2018, as Treasurer of the DC Bar Foundation, the largest funder of legal services in the DC area. She is very proud of her service in 2007-2008 as President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (“WBA”) and her role in helping to organize the WBA’s centennial celebrations in 2016-2017. She helped to found the American College of Coverage Counsel and served as its second President in 2013-2014. She served as national Policyholder Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, 2000-2003. From 2006-2009, she served on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Lorie is admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, US District Court for the District of Columbia, US District Court for the District of Maryland, US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She ran for attorney general in the District of Columbia’s first-ever election for that position in 2014.

Relevant Experience

  • Represents large and small companies, trade associations and individuals seeking to enforce their insurance coverage. Lead trial counsel for a major chemical company in a coverage case resulting in a jury verdict named by The National Law Journal as one of the most significant of 1997.
  • Served as lead counsel in numerous matters obtaining millions of dollars in recoveries in environmental coverage cases and has succeeded in helping clients find millions of dollars in “lost insurance” policy assets.
  • Served as lead counsel in a case awarding full policy limits, plus attorney fees and interest, to the policyholder under a contract requiring arbitration in London, obtaining what at that time (2003) was the largest award ever in a Bermuda Form arbitration.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in court litigations and arbitrations both in the US and internationally enforcing insurance coverage for asbestos bodily injury and property liability; CERCLA; groundwater and other alleged environmental contamination; silicone gel breast implant claims; polybutylene plumbing and other products liability claims; employment liability; and property and business-interruption losses.
  • Advises directors, officers, executives and companies on Directors and Officers and Fiduciary Liability insurance programs, claims and governance issues, including issues related to Side A-Only and DIC policies.
  • Enforces coverage for high-value personal lines insurance claims, including disability, property, umbrella and health insurance claims

Andrew S. Nadolna, Esq. is an insurance-focused mediator and arbitrator who excels in cases where an insurance company is either a party or insures one or more of the parties to a dispute. He utilizes his deep in-house insurance experience obtained in 17 years in claims leadership positions at AIG including tenure as Global Head of Casualty Claims, a position that was responsible for 2,000 employees and around $10B in claims payments annually. During his years at AIG, Mr. Nadolna worked extensively and directly with lawyers, risk managers, general counsel and brokers. He also was involved as a company representative at mediation in cases of all kinds, including many cases involving severely injured plaintiffs, where he was able to have successful settlement discussions in many emotionally charged cases. 

Mr. Nadolna has in depth and practical knowledge of nearly every form of first party and third party insurance policy including cyber, reps and warranties, primary and excess policies (all layers), CGL, professional liability, D&O, EPL, E&O, Bermuda form, London form, occurrence, claims made, integrated occurrence, fronted and captive insurance, and transactional insurance (reps and warranties). He has experience with claims and coverage disputes involving advertising and personal injury, invasion of privacy, publication, cyber, technology, environmental, asbestos, mass tort, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, energy and construction industry risk transfer issues as well as every variety of bad faith allegation, unfair claims practices, and rescission and reformation.

Since joining JAMS, he has presided over numerous complex mediations including personal injury, professional liability, construction defect, commercial, environmental, mass tort, insurance coverage and bad faith, reinsurance, and business/commercial.  He is comfortable handling any matter that may involve an insurer in any capacity.

A popular speaker on insurance and dispute resolution topics, Mr. Nadolna has presented to organizations including American Bar Association Litigation Committee, New York State Bar Association Federal and Commercial Section, RIMS, Advisen, ARIAS-U.S., DRI, IADC.  He has written extensively on Dispute Resolution involving cyber claims including an article published in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution entitled “Why Arbitration of Cyber Coverage Disputes Makes Sense.”

Peter H. Woodin is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS.  He specializes in the resolution of complex, multi-party litigation. He has successfully mediated settlements in a wide range of disputes, including insurance coverage, products liability and personal injury, environmental contamination and Superfund, consumer class actions, intellectual property, employment discrimination, trusts and estates, and numerous other business and commercial matters.  He has served as settlement administrator, court-appointed mediator and special master in various multi-district and other complex litigations involving pharmaceuticals and other products (Zyprexa, Baycol, Oxycontin, DES, Agent Orange), oil and gas, government mortgage and realty investment partnerships (Shea v. New York Life Ins. Co.), employment discrimination (Latino Officers Association v. City of New York), and governmental audits (United States v. Legal Services for New York City).  He also served as Deputy Special Master for the federal September 11 Victims Compensation Fund, and recently served as party-appointed mediator of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing Litigation. 

Mr. Woodin is a graduate of Columbia Law School, and was law clerk to Judge Jack B. Weinstein (EDNY). He teaches negotiation as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, and has appeared as a speaker and panelist on numerous bar association and other educational programs around the country. He is currently serving as Chair of the ADR Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

A detailed professional bio for Mr. Woodin may be found on the JAMS website at

Kristin is a partner in the New Jersey office and has spent over two decades litigating, mediating, and arbitrating insurance coverage matters in federal and state courts around the country. She represents clients in the areas of commercial property and casualty, product contamination and product recall, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, advertising liability, cyber risk, and environmental and mass tort claims. She also has significant experience in all aspects of bad faith litigation, including claims between primary and excess insurers.

Kristin's practice includes counselling insurers on large claim losses, risk analysis, policy drafting, bad faith exposures and general business matters. She is also a frequent lecturer on a myriad of insurance and litigation topics.

Earlier in her career, Kristin served as Law Clerk to The Honorable Peter E. Doyne, P.J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.  Kristin is currently a member of the Defense Research Institute, Council on Litigation Management, National Association of Professional Women and National Association of Insurance Women, and is a founding member of the firm’s Women's Initiative. She also serves as an elected member of the Board of Education in Washington Township, New Jersey.