James P. McElheny is Managing Partner of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, where he is also a member of the firm's Litigation Department. He concentrates his practice in personal injury and... more
James P. McElheny is Managing Partner of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, where he is also a member of the firm's Litigation Department. He concentrates his practice in personal injury and product liability defense, insurance coverage and risk management issues and condemnation. Mr. McElheny received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University and his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from ... view profile
Insurance law covers the policies insurance companies offer and the rates they charge. Personal insurance standards include auto insurance, health insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance. Business insurance standards usually include commercial liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance, malpractice insurance, and business interruption insurance. Each of these policies covers losses from different types of risk, and both the losses and the risks are carefully defined. It can take an insurance lawyer just to determine if your loss resulted from a risk you were insured for. Sometimes insurance companies deny claims, acting in what is legally called “bad faith.” Insurance lawyers can determine if your insurer is treating you fairly and sue for you if the company is acting in bad faith.