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Scott M. Seaman

Scott M. Seaman

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Scott Seaman is a civil litigator, trial lawyer and Chairman of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP's National Insurance Coverage Litigation & Counseling Practice Group. For more than 27 years, Scott has been representing companies in complex insurance, reinsurance, and commercial matters. He has successfully represented companies in trial courts, appellate courts, and arbitrations across the country in a variety of high stakes matters, including cases and cessions involving general liability coverage (primary, umbrella, and excess), professional liability coverage, first-party property coverage, bad faith and extra-contractual matters, fee disputes, and facultative and treaty reinsurance contracts. Scott has served as national coverage counsel as well as trial and appellate counsel. His advice has been sought on emerging issues and a wide-range of case specific and portfolio issues. He has drafted contract language, trained insurance and reinsurance professionals, and assisted companies in evaluating and resolving issues in the claims stage. Scott also has handled a variety of international, professional liability, tort and product liability, and business and commercial cases.


 


Scott is a frequent speaker on insurance, reinsurance, business law, and litigation issues. He has presented before and on behalf of various organizations, including: the American Bar Association; the Defense Research Institute; the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; ARIAS US; the Illinois State Bar Association; the Chicago Bar Association; PLRB/LIRB; Lorman Education Services; Strafford; Perrin; and West Legalworks.


 


Known as a preeminent commercial, insurance, and reinsurance lawyer, he writes extensively on substantive legal issues, insurance and reinsurance topics, and litigation practice matters. His treatise "Allocation of Losses in Complex Insurance Coverage Claims" (3d Thomson. Reuters 2014) addresses many of the important issues driving contemporary insurance and reinsurance disputes.


 


Scott graduated first in his law school class and served as a law journal editor.


Chambers USA (2014) says: “Scott Seaman is well respected for his longtime experience as a litigator, and he has notable expertise in complex insurance and reinsurance coverage cases. He is also an expert in bad faith insurance matters. Sources describe him as a ‘terrific lawyer’ and as someone who has the respect of the market.”


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Insurance: 80%
    28 years
  2. Commercial: 20%
    28 years

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Contact Info

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP

123 North Wacker Drive Suite 1800
Chicago, IL, 60606

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198705/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV rated (highest rating for legal ability and ethics)Martindale-Hubbell2014
Chambers USAChambers Rated2014
America's Most Honored ProfessionalsAmerica's Most Honored Professionals2014
Leading LawyersInsurance, Reinsurance, Commercial Litigation2014
Best Lawyers In AmericanInsurance2014
Insurance Attorney of the Year In IllinoisCorporate Int'l Magazine2014
Selected by PeersIllinois Super Lawyers (Law & Politics)2014
The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance LawyersLaw Business Research, Ltd.2014
Insurance & Reinsurance Litigator of 2013 - North AmericaInterContinental Finance Magazine2013
Illinois Lawyer of the Year 2013 - LitigationCorporate LiveWire2013
ICFM Leading Lawyers 500 (top 500 lawyers in the world)International Corporate Finance Magazine2013
Leading Lawyers Award (Insurance and Reinsurance North America)Lawyers World2013
Insurance Law - Lawyer of the Year (Illinois)Corporate INTL2013
Inaugural Tribute AwardLymphoma Research Foundation2007
Chief Justice Roger B. Taney AwardLoyola University of Chicago School of Law1987
Judge John C. Hayes AwardLoyola University of Chicago School of LawN/A
Thomas L. Owens AwardLoyola University of Chicago School of LawN/A
Illinois Lawyers Auxiliary ScholarshipIllinois Lawyers AuxiliaryN/A
Loyola Leadership and Service AwardLoyola University of Chicago School of LawN/A
Judge John V. McCormack AwardLoyola University of Chicago School of LawN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMeckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP1994 - Present
N/ASkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP1987 - 1994

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionMember and past Vice ChairN/A
Defense Research Institute, Business Torts Substantive Law GroupMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Climate Change Litigation Task ForceMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, International Law CommitteeMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Commercial Litigation CommitteeMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Insurance Law CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Commercial and Business Litigation CommitteeMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Alternative Dispute ResolutionMemberN/A
ARIAS USMemberN/A
Claims Litigation Management AllianceCo-Chair Reinsurance/Run-Off Advisory BoardN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
General ElectricN/A
Union CarbideN/A
Owens CorningN/A

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Reinsurance Encounters“A Journey Through the Fundamental Requirement of Exhaustion”2014
Portfolio Media (Law360)NJ Courts Continue To Grapple With Allocation Issue2014
Portfolio Media (Law360)Why Pro Rata Allocation Is The Majority Rule2014
DRISharing the Fun Associated With Defective Construction Losses: Indemnity, Subrogation, and Contribution2012
Reinsurance EncountersNumber of Occurrences, Policy Periods, Exhaustion And Other Considerations Affecting Allocation Of Losses”2012
ABA“Chapter 17 Excess Insurance Coverage” Environmental Liability & Insurance Recovery2012
Reinsurance EncountersInsurers Saddled With Disproportionate Share Of Loss Seek Reallocation Through Contribution Claims And ‘Other Insurance’ Clauses”2011
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWrongful Death and Survival Actions2011
Defense Counsel JournalEmerging Issues: Global Warming Claims And Coverage Issues2009
Thomson ReutersAllocation Of Losses In Complex Insurance Claims (3d Ed. 2014)2008
Mealey's Litigation ReportsThe Illinois Supreme Court’s Decision In Kajima Limits Illinois’ ‘Targeted Tender’ Rule And Establishes Illinois As A Pro Rata Allocation Jurisdiction2008
Mealey's Litigation ReportsThe Year 2000 Problem: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly1999
Glasser Reinsurance LawReinsurance Law & Practice: A Primer On Basic Principles & Contemporary Issues1999
Tort & Insurance Law JournalExcess Liability Insurance: Law And Litigation1997
Illinois State Bar AssociationSubstantive Coverage Issues In ‘Long Tail’ Claims: Trigger, Pollution Exclusion, And Duty To Defend1997
Liability InsuranceEnvironmental Coverage: Law And Litigation1996
Defense Practice NotebookEmploying Discovery Investigation and Surprise to Capture the Plaintiff's Expert1996
The BriefWhen The Other Side Sends You A Subpoena1990

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Barat CollegeBusiness Managment/EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
WebinarEnvironmental Insurance Coverage: Latest Developments Identifying Coverage In Existing Policies, Navigating Pollution And Owned Property Exclusions, And Determining Scope Of Damages2014
Spring ConferenceFollow The Fortunes & Utmost Good Faith: The 'Yin' And 'Yang' Of The Reinsurance Relationship In The Context Of Captive Insurance2013
Claims ConferenceGlobal Warming/Insurance/Reinsurance2009
Insurance And Reinsurance Allocation 2008 A Comprehensive WorkshopConference Chair2008
Conference Chair and PresenterContemporary Reinsurance Arbitrations Reinsurance Arbitrations - Issues & Insights2008
Insurance And Reinsurance Allocation SuperbowlA Basic Overview Of Issues Potentially Impacting Insurance Coverage Resulting From A Policyholder Chapter 11 Bankruptcy2007
West WebseminarGlobal Warming Litigation And Insurance Coverage IssuesN/A
webinarInsurer’s Duty To Defend: Resolving Defense Cost Issues Strategies For Cost Reimbursement And AllocationN/A
Insurance Coverage"Don't Get Thrown Under the Buss: Insurers' Duties and Rights In Mixed Claims"N/A
Insurance And Reinsurance Allocation 2008 A Comprehensive WorkshopInsurance, Reinsurance, Emerging claimsN/A
Claims Conference“Duty to Defend: Analyzing Complex Issues”N/A
Bermuda Bar Association MeetingImpact Of Unavailability Of Insurance On Allocation, Insurance Bad Faith And Extra Contractual Exposure, And Hot Topics”N/A