A lawyer who understands business imperatives.
Chambers USA 2016

Peter Gillon has achieved national recognition for his representation of major corporate policyholders in their dealings with insurance companies, both in claims disputes and in transactions.

Peter co-leads Pillsbury’s Insurance Recovery and Advisory practice, which Law360 named as an Insurance Practice Group of the Year in 2015 and 2016. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the “Ten Most Admired Attorneys” in the area of insurance coverage.  With experience representing organizations impacted by such events as the 9/11 attacks, the Deepwater Horizon disaster and Superstorm Sandy, Peter represents companies in their most important matters. He regularly counsels public companies and their boards in connection with insurance coverage disputes arising in securities litigation, derivative lawsuits, M&A-related litigation and enforcement matters.

Representative Experience

Won a jury award of $72 million in damages from lost income and expenses for Delek/Lion Oil in a lawsuit against insurers arising from rupture of pipeline serving the Lion Oil refinery.

Representation of Duke Energy in coverage claims arising from the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill.

Obtained coverage for a co-owner of the Macondo leasehold on insurance claims arising from the well blowout and Deepwater Horizon incident.

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  • Areas of Concentration
    • Insurance coverage litigation involving all major lines, including executive liability (D&O, fiduciary, fidelity, EPLI), disaster-related property and business interruption losses, and pollution liability
    • Negotiation of insurance coverage, including environmental risk transfer
    • Advising companies on coverage needs, terms and conditions
    • Environmental risk management in real estate transactions, bankruptcy
  • Representative Matters
    • Representation of numerous public companies, including Duke Energy, Laureate Education, Houston American, Bazaarvoice, Strategic Realty, El Paso Corp. and Hanover Group in resolving D&O liability insurance claims to settle major securities class actions, derivative actions, ERISA actions, M&A-related litigation and securities enforcement.
    • Representation of Laureate Education in litigation over coverage for losses suffered at university properties due to 2010 Chile earthquake.
    • Representation of major property owners and various businesses, from phone companies to casinos, in first party insurance coverage disputes arising from Superstorm Sandy.
    • Representation of leading airline on business interruption claims arising from the 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami.
    • Representation of Gibson Guitars in coverage litigation in various courts arising from the 2010 Nashville floods.
    • Representation of CNL Hotels & Resorts in D&O coverage litigation regarding the critical issue of coverage for Section 11 damages.
    • Representation of an energy company in coverage claim for mass tort action for manufacture and sale of MTBE.
    • Representation of an energy company in a first-of-its-kind workout and restructuring of $2 billion of Directors and Officers and Fiduciary insurance.
    • Representation of a company in litigation against Hartford Insurance Company regarding fidelity bond claims for $500 million in loss suffered in the Student Finance Corp. fraud case.
    • Representation of major New Orleans hotel and property owner in property damage and business interruption claims arising from Hurricanes Katrina/Rita.
    • Representation of an airline on its business interruption claim relating to Hurricane Ike.
    • Representation of an insurance company in securing Directors and Officers and Fidelity coverage for over $200 million in loss suffered in the National Program Services illegal surety bond scandal.
    • Representation of developer in litigation of first bad faith coverage claim under an environmental cost-cap policy.
    • Representation of United Airlines for property damage and business interruption losses related to September 11, 2001.
    • Representation of United Airlines in complex global insurance recovery effort involving litigation and settlement of environmentally related liability at airport and non-airport sites across the country, and structuring policy buyback in Chapter 11 proceeding under §363 of the Bankruptcy Code.
    • Obtaining coverage for an aircraft maintenance company’s significant liabilities resulting from the 1996 crash of ValuJet Flight #592 into the Florida Everglades.
    • Obtaining significant settlements on behalf of two major airlines for environmental liabilities at over 100 airports and Superfund sites around the country.

Professional Highlights

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

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Insurance: Policyholder (2016-2017)
  • Who’s Who Legal, Insurance & Reinsurance (2017)

  • Legal 500 U.S., Insurance: Advice to Policyholders (2017)

  • 10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys, Insurance Law360 (2010)

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  • Associations
  • Speaking Engagements
    • “Food for Thought: Managing Risk in the Changing World of Agriculture,” RIMS 2017, Speaker and Moderator, April 23-26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1983
    Associate Editor, The Tax Lawyer

    B.A., Duke University, 1979
    magna cum laude


  • District of Columbia



  • Spanish