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Douglas J. Simmons

Doug practices in the areas of commercial and general litigation, with a focus on insurance coverage issues. He advises policyholder-clients regarding various types of insurance portfolios, including property/business interruption, general liability, errors and omissions, directors & officers, builder's risk, fidelity/crime, fiduciary liability, premises pollution liability, business auto, and aviation. He assists clients in designing and implementing strategies to maximize existing insurance coverages and to improve coverages during renewal negotiations. He works with clients in the pursuit of insurance claims from initial assessment through final resolution, whether that occurs by the insurance adjustment process or by formal legal proceedings.

In the area of property/business interruption insurance programs, Doug has significant experience evaluating insurer-marketed forms and manuscript forms used in a variety of industries including energy, primary metals, equipment manufacturing, real estate holdings, chemical manufacturing, entertainment/hospitality, construction, medical services, and food service.

In the areas of product liabilities and environmental liabilities, Doug's experience includes the successful negotiation of buy-out agreements and coverage-in-place agreements involving over a billion dollars in insurance limits.

Doug has participated in dispute resolution proceedings (mediation, litigation, and arbitration) across the United States on matters involving insurance disputes, breach of sales contracts, product defects, natural disasters, industrial accidents, construction defects, and environmental conditions.

Doug has lectured and published on various topics relating to commercial litigation and insurance issues.

  • Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. participant
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Massachusetts Recognizes Policyholder’s Golden Opportunity to Recover Attorney Fees in Declaratory Judgment Actions, Journal of Insurance Coverage, Autumn 2002
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