Aaron Coombs is a Special Counsel and represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and litigation.

Aaron has experience in every stage of litigation having represented clients with insurance disputes over product liability, environmental contamination and other claims. He also identifies gaps in coverage and assists clients in negotiating for improved terms and conditions. He has helped clients maximize their insurance assets under almost all types of insurance policies. 

Aaron has experience across a range of industries, including food and beverage, life sciences, manufacturing, retail, technology, and utilities.

Representative Experience

Represented the Tennessee Valley Authority in securing over $335 million in insurance coverage for the clean-up of the largest coal ash spill in U.S. history.


Represented a trust benefiting the U.S. and Canadian governments in seeking over $600 million in coverage for the historic asbestos and environmental liabilities of pre-bankruptcy General Motors.


Assisted client in recovery of $20 million in cyber-insurance coverage for a high-profile hacking attack.

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  • Assisted technology industry clients in negotiation and procurement of cyber risk insurance policies.
  • Represented IP-licensing firm in recovery of defense costs for breach of contract and antitrust cases.
  • Represented global pharmaceutical manufacturer in recovery of defense costs and settlements for antitrust and false claims act cases and investigations.
  • Represented grocery store chain in recovery of defense costs and settlement for class action customer discrimination case.
  • Represented banking industry client in recovery of defense costs for class-action overdraft fee litigation.
  • Conducted a comprehensive insurable risk review for nation’s largest supermarket cooperative, including selection of insurance brokers and negotiation of insurance terms and conditions.
  • Represented leading online real estate marketplace in seeking recovery of defense costs and settlement amounts for employment discrimination, copyright infringement and trade secret claims.
  • Assisted food manufacturer recover over $6 million insurance and indemnification proceeds for losses incurred in four separate product recall incidents.
  • On behalf of a food manufacturer, recovered over $7 million from supplier for losses arising out of product recall caused by allergen-containing ingredient.
  • Assisted mining industry client in recovery of over $12 million in insurance proceeds for property damage and environmental claims in U.S. and Chile.
  • Lead coverage counsel for telecommunications client in recovery of insurance proceeds for legacy toxic tort liabilities.
  • Represented several utility companies in litigation seeking coverage for environmental clean-up costs for historic manufactured gas plants.

Professional Highlights

Listed in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star”(2015 – 2017)

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  • Publications
    • “A Look at Insurance Notice Trends in Wyoming and Colorado,” Law360, October 14, 2016.
    • “Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity Risks,” LexisNexis – New Appleman Law of Liability Insurance, 2nd Edition, June 2010.
  • Speaking Engagements
    • Co-Chair and presenter, Lavender Law – Insurance Institute, LGBT Bar Association, Washington, DC, Aug. 6, 2016.
    • “Allocating Risk for Privacy and Data Security in Commercial Contracts and Related Insurance Implications,” National Capital Region Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington, DC, July 23, 2016. Co-presenter.
    • “Legal Brief: Settlements Can Be Exhausting – A Cautionary Tale,” Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) Legal Brief Series, Washington, DC, December 18, 2013.
    • “The Interaction of Insurance and Indemnification Clauses – Practical Advice and Pitfalls to Avoid,” 2013 WMACCA Non-Profits and Associations Forum, Washington, DC, July 11, 2013. Co-presenter.
  • Associations
    • Member, American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
    • National LGBT Bar Association, Member

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2008
    Executive Editor, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and Law

    B.Sc., Chemistry, McGill University, 2004
    with Great Distinction

Admissions

  • District of Columbia

    Virginia