Representative Experience

On behalf of Duke Energy, secured settlement with insurer totaling $835 million for business interruption loss following damage to the Crystal River Nuclear Plant.


Represented general contractor on construction defect claims and insurance coverage issues arising from alleged faulty construction of high-rise condominiums in South Florida, with multiple recoveries in the tens of millions of dollars.


Represented the joint venture serving as construction manager in connection with the “Big Blue” collapse at Miller Park. Total insurance recoveries exceeded $200 million.

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  • Represented general contractor regarding insurance claims in connection with alleged defects in the construction of a Florida hotel, including alleged defects in outdoor pool, patio, planters, glass-frittered balconies.
  • Represented general contractor regarding insurance claims arising from construction of a hotel in Texas. Owner alleged defects in sheeting and shoring system, resulting in damages to excavation and shoring piles.
  • Represented general contractor regarding insurance claims arising from construction of a hotel in Arizona. Owner alleged defects in the installation of showers resulted in water intrusion behind tiles and mold damage.
  • Represented an EPC contractor in pursing recovery on more than $200 million of insurance claims arising out of the construction of enhancements to five coal-fired power plants.
  • Assisted major homebuilders in their insurance recovery efforts involving thousands of homes with alleged construction defects in New Jersey, California and Florida.
  • Represented a number of construction and real estate clients in pursuit of insurance recoveries from insurance carriers for Chinese drywall claims.
  • Pursuing claims against two dozen insurers in connection with construction of more than 2,000 homes in various housing developments in California’s Central Valley.
  • Represented a construction company regarding insurance and other issues related to a hanger roof collapse at Dulles Airport during a snowstorm, which damaged or destroyed more than a dozen aircraft.
  • Handled a global engineering firm’s insurance claims over design and construction issues related to a number of coal-fired power plants.
  • Obtained an eight-figure recovery for a general contractor on claim arising out of the default of multiple subcontractors in a billion-dollar hotel construction project.
  • Obtained defense and substantial indemnity payments from multiple primary and umbrella carriers for developer and general contractor of a large town home project on underlying construction-defect claims.
  • Secured $55.3 million breach of contract, bad faith and punitive damages jury verdict, including attorney’s fees and $46 million in punitive damages, for mechanical pipe-joining manufacturer. Among California’s 2015 largest insurance jury verdicts.
  • Obtained an arbitration award of full coverage for a contractor based on damage to property, not improvements, following settlement of an underlying lawsuit based on defective-construction claims.

Practice Area Highlights

Named “Insurance Group of the Year” 2015 by Law360, our practice is one of only five recognized that represent policyholders.


Pillsbury was named “2016 Law Firm of the Year” for Construction Law by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers, recognizing the firm’s preeminence in the field.


Team lawyers are lauded by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S. and Best Lawyers in America in the field of insurance and construction.