Representative Experience

Pillsbury is engaged in numerous significant and often headline-grabbing coverage disputes for our clients, including:

Represented an oil refiner in an insurance coverage jury trial against AIG and 13 other insurance companies arising from the rupture of a crude supply pipeline. Jury awarded our client’s full demand of $72 million for contingent business interruption losses, the largest insurance verdict of the year.


Represented a mechanical pipe joining manufacturer and secured a jury verdict for breach of contract, bad faith and punitive damages, including attorney’s fees and punitive damages, after denial of coverage for defense of product liability claims by AIG. This was one of the largest insurance jury verdicts in California in 2015.


Representing a university and medical center in major litigation against insurers for over $2 billion in losses suffered due to Superstorm Sandy. Recoveries to date of over $1 billion from FEMA and $100 million from insurers.

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  • Natural Disasters
    • Representing a university and medical center in major litigation against insurers for over $2 billion in losses suffered due to Superstorm Sandy. Recoveries to date of over $1 billion from FEMA and $100 million from insurers.
    • Representing three prominent Big Sur businesses seeking in excess of $22 million in damages from their property and business interruption insurers following severe mudslides.
    • Represented the owners of a New York office building in lower Manhattan in litigation seeking $150 million for property damage and rental income losses caused by Superstorm Sandy. The case settled shortly before trial.
    • Representing numerous businesses impacted by Hurricanes Harvey Irma and Maria, including Puerto Rican locations of pharmaceutical manufacturers, Caribbean resort properties, healthcare providers and transportation companies, among others.
  • D&O
    • Represent dozens of public and private companies and their boards in resolving securities class actions, derivative actions, merger objection, event driven litigation, and Delaware appraisal proceedings, serving as coverage and settlement counsel. Clients include the largest public utilities and energy companies, and leading financial institutions, IT, software, entertainment, healthcare and transportation companies.
    • Represented major public REIT in litigation with carriers over priority of coverage rights claimed by external manager.
    • Representing a national bank seeking coverage from a $120 million tower for Ponzi scheme claims in class action litigation.
  • Cyber
    • Representing client that manages loyalty programs to recover insurance proceeds for losses and liabilities due to fraudulent exfiltration of gift card redemption codes, via a spear phishing attack, followed by installation of suspected malware.
    • Represented Japanese electronics manufacturer and gaming company on insurance issues related to the November 2014 cyberattack on its network and IT infrastructure and on insurance claims arising out of attacks on its online gaming networks in 2011.
  • Product Liability and Recalls
    • Representing Japanese manufacturer regarding coverage for alleged bodily injury claims arising out of largest product recall (airbags) in U.S. history.
    • Representing product manufacturer against seven insurers seeking CGL coverage for products liability for class action claims. Successful duty to defend motions were followed by defense and indemnity recoveries with trial pending against Fireman’s Fund.
    • Represented a meat processing company with respect to the recall of more than 8 million pounds of contaminated beef.
    • Represented a mechanical pipe joining manufacturer and secured a jury verdict for breach of contract, bad faith and punitive damages, including attorney’s fees and punitive damages, after denial of coverage for defense of product liability claims by AIG. This was one of the largest insurance jury verdicts in California in 2015.
    • Represented multiple construction and real estate clients in pursuit of insurance recoveries for Chinese drywall claims from insurance carriers.
  • Pollution
    • On behalf of several of the largest utilities, seeking coverage for the billions in projected costs to remediate coal ash disposal sites. Assignments include representing a utility in litigation over coal ash claims in multiple states with a value in excess of $1 billion.
    • Represented one of the three well owners on insurance claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Macondo well blowout and oil spill for liabilities of more than $2 billion.
    • Representing an energy company against 14 property insurers for claims in excess of $200 million.
    • Represented an oil refiner in litigation seeking coverage for environmental liabilities arising out of one of the largest petrochemical disasters in the U.S.
    • Represented a global engineering firm with insurance claims exceeding $100 million in value in connection with design and construction issues related to a number of coal-fired power plants.
    • Representing a petrochemical company regarding damages for oil spill under Bermuda form.
  • Business Interruption
    • Represented an oil refiner in an insurance coverage jury trial against AIG and 13 other insurance companies arising from the rupture of a crude supply pipeline. Jury awarded our client’s full demand of $72 million for contingent business interruption losses, the largest insurance verdict of the year.
    • Representing oil refiner and waste-to-energy company in separate litigations over measure of damage for shutdowns due to facility fires.
    • Represented leading airline in recovery of business lost due to Japan earthquake and Fukushima nuclear accident.
    • Represented a Fortune 500 utility and recovered hundreds of millions for repairs and power replacement costs stemming from a nuclear energy plant containment failure in Florida.
  • Construction
    • Representing a joint venture on construction and insurance issues arising from the sinking and leaning Millennium Tower in San Francisco.
    • Representing an EPC contractor in pursing recovery of more than $200 million of insurance claims arising out of the construction of enhancements to four coal-fired power plants. Tenth Circuit sided with our client, who can now pursue coverage for construction defects at the plants in question.
    • Represented a national developer of commercial and residential property against National Surety Corporation and more than 20 different contractors and subcontractors in connection with its significant property and business interruption losses. We secured a substantial appraisal award for our client. The matter settled confidentially mid-trial.
  • Other Industries
    • Representing a former FIFA representative on an insurance coverage dispute in connection with defense costs arising from racketeering charges in a high-profile bribery case.
    • Represented healthcare provider in an insurance litigation seeking liability insurance coverage for an underlying lawsuit alleging Sherman Act violations and other commercial torts.

Practice Area Highlights

Nationally ranked by Chambers USA, and finalist for Chambers USA’s Award for Excellence in Insurance (2018)


Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. (2017 – 2018)


Team lawyers are lauded by Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Legal in the field of insurance

VIDEO: Our Clients Say it Best

In 2012, without any warning, insurance giant AIG sued Victaulic Company, the world's leading producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, seeking to take back more than $340 million of product liability insurance policies dating back more than a decade.

Victaulic hired Pillsbury to fight back. On August 5, 2015, a jury awarded Victaulic more than $55 million, including $46 million in punitive damages.