Ms. Anderson is a partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office with over fifteen years of experience in complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. A member of the firm’s global Insurance Coverage practice group, and a co-founder of the firm’s global Cyber Law and Cybersecurity practice group, Ms. Anderson concentrates her practice in the areas of insurance coverage litigation and counseling and emerging cybersecurity and data privacy-related issues, including incident planning and breach response. She has represented clients in connection with a broad spectrum of insurance issues and disputes arising under almost every kind of business insurance, including “cyber” and data privacy liability, directors and officers (D&O) liability, general liability, commercial property and business interruption, errors and omissions (E&O), technology E&O, professional liability, employment practices liability (EPL), political risk, environmental, fidelity, fiduciary, crime, terrorism, residual value, and nuclear. Ms. Anderson provides strategic advice on ways to maximize the value of clients’ current and historic insurance assets.
Ms. Anderson also counsels clients on complex underwriting and risk management issues. She has unique and substantial experience in the drafting and negotiation of D&O, technology E&O, data privacy and “cyber”-liability, and other insurance coverages. She provides strategic insurance coverage advice to clients in assessing their potential risks, analyzing new insurance products, considering the adequacy of existing insurance programs, and negotiating new placements tailored to the clients’ specific risk profile. Ms. Anderson has performed insurance due diligence for clients contemplating mergers and acquisitions concerning the adequacy of the target companies’ insurance programs. She also counsels clients on risk transfer and representation and warranty insurance in connection with corporate transactions.
Ms. Anderson has served as counsel in a variety of forums, including United States federal and state courts, ad hoc arbitration and private mediations. She has acted as special counsel in reorganization proceedings in the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Anderson also has participated in arbitrations in leading national and international situses, including London, Bermuda and New York. Ms. Anderson has significant knowledge and experience relating to the London and international insurance markets.
A recognized national authority in insurance coverage, cybersecurity and data privacy related issues, Ms. Anderson frequently lectures on these subjects, including for the American Bar Association (ABA), the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, Strafford Continuing Legal Education, and Law Seminars International. In addition, she regularly provides interviews and comments on these subjects to leading industry publications, such as Law360 and Advisen and national mainstream publications, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Ms. Anderson also publishes extensively, and currently serves on a number of editorial boards for leading industry publications, including the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (American Bar Association) and The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin (American Lawyer Media). She served on the editorial board of the CGL Reporter (International Risk Management Institute) from 2007 to 2010.
Ms. Anderson currently serves as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s Cyber Risk & Data Privacy Subcommittee, and formerly served as Co-Chair of the International/London Subcommittee. She is a member of ABA’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section’s Cybersecurity Task Force, and a Vice-Chair of their Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. She also served as Chair of the Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Committee (2008-2010) and as a member of the ABA Public Relations Special Standing Committee (2010- 2012).
Ms. Anderson is delighted to have co-authored the new cybersecurity guide for executives, Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide For Directors and Officers, Chapter 18 (2015) (Chapter 18, “Legal Considerations For Cybersecurity Insurance”). She also is honored to have been nominated by clients for Advisen's 2015 Cyber Risk Awards in the Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year award category.