The Subrogation Team at Robinson+Cole is composed of experienced lawyers who are leaders in the subrogation field. We have broad experience prosecuting large loss subrogation claims, including claims arising from fires and explosions, water losses, construction defects, boiler and machinery failures, and marine and inland marine losses.
Our Subrogation Team routinely handles the most complex and highest-value subrogation claims for many of the world's largest insurers and reinsurers; however, we also have substantial experience handling midsize subrogation matters, and we are always willing to evaluate matters of any size for our subrogation clients. Moreover, while some of our clients prefer to handle their smaller subrogation claims in-house, we are frequently asked to consult with clients on such cases and participate in negotiating, mediating, and arbitrating any claim for which our services can add value.
Effective Case Management
Our experienced team of subrogation lawyers and nonlawyer professionals has a proven combination of skill and judgment critical to achieving the maximum subrogation recovery. We have developed a streamlined approach for our clients to report new claims right after a loss occurs, permitting us to immediately preserve evidence, gather essential information, and aggressively pursue our clients' subrogation rights.
A recognized attribute of our practice is our full-time subrogation coordinator, who facilitates the intake and management of subrogation claims, tracks deadlines and case progress, and serves as a key point of contact with our clients. Our coordinator's awareness of our clients' business priorities and broad-based knowledge of insurance coverage, claims procedures, and subrogation issues is an invaluable asset. When clients call our coordinator with a new loss, they know they can trust their subrogation needs to be handled. Our coordinator reports to clients, on a monthly and quarterly basis, on the status of each case.
Coordination with Experts, Consultants, and Independent Adjusters
Our Subrogation Team has hands-on experience coordinating the investigation of large property losses throughout the United States. We have assembled teams of forensic experts, origin and cause investigators, engineers, metallurgists, combustion scientists, and fire protection specialists to analyze and determine the root causes of large losses, often under extreme time pressure.
We pride ourselves on our early and regular communication with clients regarding the status of the ongoing investigation, our theories of liability, our review of key documents, and our analysis of the relevant legal issues. We typically propose mediation at an early stage in the subrogation process to eliminate the time and expense of protracted litigation. When litigation becomes necessary, however, we aggressively pursue the case through trial and appeal if necessary. In matters brought to trial, our Subrogation Team has an impressive track record of success. We also have considerable success in mediating and arbitrating subrogation claims.
Our Subrogation Team members are leaders in a number of specialized professional organizations. For example, we are actively involved in the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, the National Fire Protection Association, the Property Insurance Committee of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, the Loss Executives Association, the Property Loss Research Bureau, and the Maritime and Transport Law Committee of the International Bar Association. In addition, we literally helped "write the book" that sets the standards for fire and explosion investigations and analysis: NFPA 921 Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations. John Kane and Joseph Carey currently serve on the NFPA 921 Technical Committee.
Our Subrogation Team litigates the following types of issues while pursuing recovery on behalf of our clients:
Successfully represented a Fortune 10 company that had a chemical explosion at one of its facilities in California, resulting in a fatality as well as property damage in excess of $100 million.
Representation of HVAC contractor in defense of various matters involving building and fire code violations, including an alleged defective sprinkler system, which caused $3 million in property damage.
Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for a real estate owner against a contractor who caused a fire resulting in damages in excess of $50 million.
Representing various insurers in the ConEd steam explosion cases that caused tens of millions of dollars in property damages.