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John M. Hagan

Partner
+1.412.355.6770
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Hagan practices in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on representing policyholders with respect to insurance coverage disputes. He regularly advises clients on insurance coverage for, among other things, environmental property damage, asbestos liability, first party property damage losses, and business interruption. Mr. Hagan has helped clients achieve significant insurance recoveries in coverage disputes through both litigation and negotiation. He has represented policyholders in coverage disputes in several jurisdictions across the country. In addition, Mr. Hagan counsels clients regarding the recovery of insurance proceeds from insurers in schemes of liquidation or rehabilitation.

Professional Background

Mr. Hagan joined K&L Gates in 2005.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Mr. Hagan sits on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. He also has served as a “Big Brother” with that organization.
  • Mr. Hagan also serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
  • Mr. Hagan participated in Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative XXII.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Bad Faith Claims,” Insurance Coverage Training Series. September 2, 2009
  • “Location, Location, Location: Strategic Considerations for Selection of Forum,” Insurance Coverage Training Series. March 13, 2009

Environmental Coverage

  • Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Co. v. Johnson Matthey Inc., et al. (Pa. Commw. Ct.). Represent policyholder in coverage litigation with respect to alleged environmental liabilities relating to former industrial operations. Successfully argued to Commonwealth Court to apply a “continuous trigger” for latent environmental damage under Pennsylvania law, and to reject an insurer’s attempt to impose a “manifestation trigger.”
  • NW Natural d/b/a Northwest Natural Gas Co. v. Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Ltd., et al (Or. Cir. Ct. Multnomah County). Successfully represented policyholder in coverage litigation with respect to alleged environmental liabilities relating to former manufactured gas plant operations. Proved the existence of dozens of disputed insurance policies at two-week trial. In addition, won motions for summary judgment relating to, among other things, the insurers’ “expected or intended” defense, various pollution exclusions, and a petroleum operations exclusion.
  • Advised other corporate clients regarding their insurance coverage claims relating to alleged environmental property damage at sites across the country, including in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington.

Asbestos Coverage

  • Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. v. Honeywell International Inc., et al. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. N.Y. County). Represented policyholder in litigation regarding alleged asbestos liabilities. Following discovery and summary judgment rulings, case settled favorably.
  • Continental Insurance Co. v. Honeywell International Inc., et al. (N.J. Super. Ct. Morris County). Successfully represented policyholder in litigation regarding alleged asbestos liabilities. After reaching favorable settlements with most insurers, trial court entered judgment against last remaining insurer.
  • Confidential arbitrations between multinational corporation policyholder and its insurers and their claims-handling entity. Successfully established the reasonableness of underlying settlements of asbestos-related claims, the insurers’ bad faith conduct, and the policyholder’s right to recover punitive damages.
  • Represented corporate conglomerate policyholder in the negotiation of multiple confidential coverage-in-place agreements relating to lines of alleged asbestos liabilities. These “CIP” agreements were entered into with nearly all of the policyholder’s solvent historical insurers, and the agreements secured ongoing payment of defense and indemnity costs without the need for litigation.
  • Successfully represented a policyholder seeking coverage for an asbestos-related claim brought by a former employee.
  • Represented several corporate policyholders with respect to their claims against the estates of Highlands Insurance Company in Texas and Midland Insurance Company in New York.

First-Party Coverage

  • Advised multinational corporate client regarding insurance coverage for a business interruption claim stemming from damage to a utility provider’s gas pipeline off the western coast of Australia.
  • Successfully represented a charity with respect to a claim for property damage caused by a water back-up into the charity’s headquarters. After the insurer initially denied coverage outright, it ultimately paid the charity’s claim in full.
  • Represented a church with respect to a claim for property damage resulting from a break-in. Although the insurer and its chosen expert attempted to limit the amount of the insured claim severely, after negotiation the insurer paid the church’s claim in full.