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Insurance Coverage 2003: Claim Trends & Litigation

Author(s): Randy Paar, Laura A. Foggan
Practice Area: Insurance, Litigation, Professional Skills
Published: Feb 2003
PLI Item #: 533
CHB Spine #: H686

Laura A. Foggan recently was named one of Law360's "10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys." Practicing for more than 25 years, Ms. Foggan has made significant contributions to the development of key insurance law precedents across the country. She serves as lead counsel in trial and appellate matters involving complex insurance claims under general liability and other policy forms and counsels insurers on emerging exposures, including Section 111 medicare secondary payer compliance. She has participated in more than 200 insurance coverage appeals nationwide. A former co-chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Section, Ms. Foggan is the leader of the firm's Insurance Appellate Group.

In addition to her litigation work, Ms. Foggan represents insurers in arbitration and mediation settings. On behalf of both individual insurers and industry trade groups, she also advocates for insurers in legislative and regulatory matters. Ms. Foggan is regularly rated by Chambers USA as one of Washington, DC's "Leading Lawyers" for insurers in commercial insurance work, and is known for her involvement in "some of the group's most significant complex work." (2010)  She is included in the Best Lawyers in America directory for insurance law and has been named one of Washington, DC's "Top 50 Women Lawyers," among many other honors.

Practice Areas
 Insurance, Insurance Appellate Group, Chair

 J.D., with high honors, The George Washington University Law School; Order of the Coif
 M.S. Ed, University of Pennsylvania
 B.A., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania

Law Journals
   Member, The George Washington Law Review

Bar & Court Admissions
 District of Columbia Bar
 Supreme Court of the United States
 U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits
 U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

 Center for Public Resources, Distinguished Panel of Neutrals for the Inter-Insurer Program
 Defense Research Institute (DRI), Appellate Advocacy and Insurance Coverage Committees

Randy Paar joined Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office in 1998. Ms. Paar’s practice focuses on commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country and on counseling clients nationwide on insurance coverage and related matters. Since 1984, she has handled the representation of policyholders in multiparty insurance coverage cases, often in conjunction with the resolution of the underlying liability claims, involving asbestos, products liability, class actions, and environmental property damage. In addition, she has managed insurance coverage litigation involving directors and officers, errors and omissions, fidelity, and first-party property policies. Currently, she is handling several significant first-party claims arising out of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. She is the principal author of the firm’s Policyholders’ Insurance Primer and has written and lectured extensively in the field. Ms. Paar also has a diverse general litigation background, representing both private corporations and public entities in commercial disputes.