Alexander Hardiman, a Pillsbury partner, has successfully litigated, arbitrated and settled hundreds of complex insurance coverage claims.

Alex represents and advises corporate and individual policyholders in insurance coverage matters, including commercial general liability claims, direct and officers’ insurance, fiduciary liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance, and property insurance issues. He has extensive experience helping clients secure policy coverage for defense of class actions and product contamination and environmental hazard cases, as well as for governmental actions including antitrust claims and SEC investigations.

Representative Experience

Successfully obtained insurance coverage for a Fortune 500 company’s defense in the U.S. and other global jurisdictions in class actions alleging product contamination.


Represented a manufacturer regarding insurance coverage for class actions alleging bodily injury from asbestos.


Secured policyholder coverage for environmental pollution liabilities.

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  • Representation of corporations to obtain insurance coverage for governmental claims, including anti-trust claims and SEC investigations
  • Obtained insurance coverage for large employment law related class action
  • Successfully defended policyholders against insurance company attempts to rescind insurance policies on the basis of alleged policyholder misrepresentations

Professional Highlights

Member of the Insurance Recovery & Advisory practice, named by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year in 2015 and 2016.


Quoted as an insurance authority by Law360, Business Insurance magazine, Bestwire, Chicago Tribune, New York Law Journal, Advisen, Reuters and other media.


Authored the Legal Issues In Risk Management - A Policyholder's Guide chapter on “Workers Compensation Insurance.”

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  • Speaking Engagements
    • Presented “Navigating D&O Fiduciary Duties in the Zone of Insolvency: Avoiding and Defending Fiduciary Duty Claims and Maximizing D&O Insurance Coverage” at a Strafford Publications’ webinar in August 2015.
    • "D&O Insurance Issues in the Context of Bankruptcy: Strategies and Pitfalls on the Road to Maximizing Coverage," Strafford Publications Teleconference, New York, NY (June 17, 2014)
    • "SEC's New Regulations and the Impact on D&O," Institutional Investor Forums' 30th Annual Risk Management Seminar, New York, NY (May 15, 2014)
    • "Translating Your D&O Policies into Language That Will Pay Claims," 17th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference, New York, NY (October 17, 2013) (with William G. Passannante)
    • "D&O Fiduciary Duties in the Zone of Insolvency: Avoiding and Defending Fiduciary Duty Claims and Maximizing D&O Insurance Coverage," Strafford Publications CLE Webinar, New York, NY (July 30, 2013)
    • "From Soup to Nuts: Anatomy of a D&O Insurance Claim," 16th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference, New York, NY (October 25, 2012) (with William G. Passannante)
    • "D&O Fiduciary Duties in the Zone of Insolvency: Avoiding and Defending Fiduciary Duty Claims and Maximizing D&O Insurance Coverage," Strafford Publications CLE Webinar, New York, NY (October 4, 2012)
    • "The JOBS Act - How Will It Affect the Public and Private D&O Insurance Market," The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) Eastern Chapter Event - The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, New York, NY (September 12, 2012)
    • "Merge With Caution and Mind the Traffic Cops: D&O Risks in 2012 and Beyond," Anderson Kill's 9th Annual D&O Conference, New York, NY (March 15, 2012) (with William G. Passannante)
    • "Understanding Key E&O, D&O and Fiduciary Liability Insurance Issues," Calgary RIMS Chapter D&O Meeting, Calgary, Canada (March 1, 2012)
    • "Emerging Legal Issues in Insurance Risk Management," PERK RIMS Atlanta Chapter, Atlanta, GA (October 21, 2010)
    • "Emerging Legal Issues in Insurance Risk Management," PERK RIMS Great Quad Cities Chapter of Iowa, Muscatine, IA (October 13, 2010)
    • "State of the Market, The Brokers' Perspective," 14th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference, New York, NY (September 23, 2010)
    • "D&O Insurance in the Wake of the Great Recession," 14th Annual Policyholder Advisor Conference, New York, NY (September 23, 2010) (with William G. Passannante)
    • "Managing the Independent Contractor Status - Employee v. Independent Contractor on Insurance & Fiduciary Issues," Risk and Insurance Management Society Annual Conference, Boston, MA (April 26, 2010)
    • "Emerging Legal Issues in Insurance Risk Management," Greater Quad Cities RIMS Chapter, Muscatine, IA (January 13, 2010)
    • "How to Avoid Collateral Damage to Your Workers Compensation Program," Palmetto, South Carolina RIMS Chapter, Palmetto, SC (October 14, 2009)
    • "Emerging Legal Issues in Insurance Risk Management," New York Association of Corporate Counsel, New York, NY (September 24, 2009) (with Finley Harckham)
    • "The Forgotten Promise - Strategies and Tactics to Maximize the Value of D&O Insurance," 4th Annual D&O Conference, Harvard Club, New York, NY (June 22, 2006)
  • External Publications
    • Book Chapter: "Workers Compensation Insurance," Legal Issues In Risk Management - A Policyholder's Guide (Aspen Publishers, 2009)
  • Press
    Alex is regularly quoted or cited in the press. The following is a representative sampling:
    • "College and Pro Athletes Alike Need Specialized Insurance Coverage," Law360 (January 29, 2016)
    • "Insurance Lawyers" Coverage Needs for Product Manufacturers Run the Gamut, Law360 (January 26, 2016)
    • "5 Tips For Clinching Coverage Under Excess Policies," Law360 (July 25, 2013)
    • "Judge: Chartis Can't Force California Company to Arbitration in New York," Bestwire (August 2, 2012)
    • "AIG Unit's Workers Compensation Arbitration Request Denied," Business Insurance (August 2, 2012)
    • "Chartis Can't Arbitrate Claims That Client Didn't Pay Dues," Law360 (August 1, 2012)
    • "Libor scandal makes it more costly for bankers to get insured," Chicago Tribune and Reuters (July 24, 2012)
    • "Insurers May Give Banks Cold Shoulder After Libor Scandal," Law360 (July 18, 2012)
    • "Libor scandal may bring more D&O, E&O lawsuits," Business Insurance magazine (July 15, 2012)
    • "Insurer's Claim That Arbitration Act Trumps Insurance Law Rejected," New York Law Journal (August 10, 2011)
    • "Judge: State Insurance Law Trumps Federal Arbitration Act," A.M. Best Company, Inc. (August 3, 2011)
    • "New York Court Questions Validity of Chartis Arbitration Clause in Workers Comp Policy," Advisen (August 3, 2011)
    • "AIG Unit Loses Bid to Force Arbitration in N.Y.," Business Insurance (August 7, 2011)
    • "Climate change suits await U.S. Supreme Court action," Business Insurance (November 14, 2010)

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1998

    B.A., Oxford University

Admissions

  • California

    New York