Representative Experience

Pillsbury has represented policyholders in numerous significant and often headline-grabbing coverage disputes, including:

Secured a $72 million recovery for Lion Oil in Arkansas pipeline rupture lawsuit.


Delivered $55 million victory for Victaulic Company in insurance coverage battle against three AIG companies that involved breach of contract, bad faith and punitive damages.


Recovered $835 million in insurance proceeds for our client, Duke Energy, covering repair and power replacement costs stemming from the dormant Crystal River nuclear energy plant in Florida.


Representing New York University and NYU Langone Medical Center regarding their more than $1.4 billion property damage and business interruption insurance claims against FM Global arising from Superstorm Sandy.

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  • Representing a national bank under its D&O policies following denial of coverage for securities claims exceeding $120 million.
  • Represented general contractor regarding construction defect claims and insurance coverage issues arising from alleged faulty construction of South Florida high-rise condominiums. Achieved tens of millions of dollars in multiple recoveries.
  • Pursued insurance recovery for liabilities of more than $2 billion for one of the three well owners involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well blowout and oil spill.
  • Asserted claims for client CITGO Petroleum in litigation seeking coverage for $40 million+ in environmental liabilities arising out of one of the largest petrochemical refineries in the U.S.
  • Representing New York University and NYU Langone Medical Center regarding their more than $1.4 billion property damage and business interruption insurance claims against FM Global arising from Superstorm Sandy.
  • Represented a global engineering firm with insurance claims valued over $100 million in connection with design and construction issues related to a number of coal-fired power plants.
  • Representing Sony Pictures on insurance issues related to the November 2014 cyberattack on its network and IT infrastructure.
  • Representing Sony Computer Entertainment of America on insurance claims arising out of the November 2011 cyberattacks on its PlayStation online gaming networks.
  • Pursued cyber insurance coverage claims for a top national university for loss due to accidental release of confidential medical information.

Practice Area Highlights

The National Law Journal counts Pillsbury’s insurance recovery wins for Lion Oil and Victaulic among 2015’s top biggest wins.


Named “Insurance Group of the Year” 2015 and 2016 by Law360.


Team lawyers are lauded by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S. and 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.