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Laura Foggan

Partner


When the nation’s leading insurers and insurance trade groups face their most challenging issues, they turn to Crowell & Moring’s Laura Foggan, chair of the firm’s Insurance/Reinsurance Group, to champion their interests. Laura litigates complex, high-value claims in trial and appellate courts, and counsels clients on pivotal emerging issues. Repeatedly named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women Litigators” list, she is lead trial counsel in several of the most significant insurance coverage matters pending in trial courts today. At the same time, Laura is nationally known for handling high-profile appellate work and strategic counseling on litigation trends and emerging issues. Addressing challenges such as how existing legal schemes adapt to address new technologies, she advises clients on issues relating to the rapid development of technology, including risks and opportunities related to artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and the commercial use of drones, as well as privacy and cyber liability, blockchain, and the Internet of Things.

Laura has the rare distinction of being recognized as both a leading trial lawyer in high-stakes coverage matters and a preeminent appellate practitioner. She is involved in significant trial court litigation, such as Air Lease Corp.’s insurance claim for more than $1 billion allegedly denied because leased aircraft remain in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, and whether coverage exists for suits by state counties and municipalities seeking to transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in lead paint remediation costs to lead paint manufacturers and distributors. Laura has decades of experience handling insurance disputes of all types, including claims handling and bad faith issues. 

Laura has participated in over 300 significant appeals across the country, including numerous seminal cases establishing key insurance law precedents. She is the go-to attorney nationwide for insurer amicus support in important appeals. Her clients include the Complex Insurance Claims Litigation Association, American Property Casualty Insurance Association, and National Association of Mutual Insurance Cos., as well as leading domestic and global insurance companies.

A thought leader at the helm of Crowell’s Insurance/Reinsurance Group, Laura has increasingly focused the group on how evolving risks bring about new exposures and opportunities for insurers. With her keen sense of the latest industry developments, Laura helps insurance companies address emerging issues and maximize opportunities. She also advocates in legislative and regulatory matters for both individual insurers and industry trade groups. 

Laura was tapped to serve as the designated liaison for the American Law Institute’s “Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance,” further cementing her stature as a key leader of the insurance bar. She is serving as the American Property Casualty Insurance Association’s liaison to the ALI’s “Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Miscellaneous Provisions” project. A Chambers-ranked Band 1 practitioner consistently recognized as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in insurance, Laura also is increasingly looked to as an extremely knowledgeable arbitrator in insurance disputes.

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S. Ed
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif

Affiliations

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 Insurance, 2013 – 2015, 2019, 2021
  • Board of Regents and Founding Member, American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law, Insurance Law Center, 2017 – Present
  • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, 2012 – 2013, Section of Litigation, Sound Advice Committee
    • Past Chair, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC)
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Appellate Advocacy Committee
  • Center for Public Resources, Distinguished Panel of Neutrals for the Inter-Insurer Program
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Appellate Advocacy and Insurance Coverage Committees
  • District of Columbia Bar
    • Co-Chair, 2002 – 2004 and Steering Committee Member, 2002 – 2007, Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section
  • Editorial Advisory Board, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA)
    • Founding Co-Chair, Insurance Law Forum, 2008 – 2012

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Practices

Insurance/Reinsurance

Litigation & Trial

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team

Arbitration

Appellate Work and Law Creation

Insurance Disputes

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Cyber Coverage

Insurtech

Economic Sanctions and Insurance

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  • Counseling insurers and reinsurers on strategic opportunities, litigation trends, and emerging risks such as COVID-19, autonomous vehicles and drones, privacy and cyberliability, global warming (climate change), internet-of-things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and utilization of blockchain or distributed-ledger technology.
  • Serving as national coordinating counsel and lead litigation counsel in a wide range of complex insurance matters, such as coverage disputes involving rescission, additional insureds, allocation, exhaustion, the duty to defend, settlement obligations, policy conditions and exclusions. She represents insurers in significant first and third-party coverage matters, including bad faith and extra-contractual claims.
  • Representing clients in both federal and state appellate courts. She has participated in more than 250 appellate cases including key national precedents on insurance issues. Laura argued before numerous federal circuits and state appellate courts.
  • Representing insurance trade associations in a wide variety of matters affecting the business of insurance, including an extensive amicus curiae practice. She provides technical analysis of insurance issues and analyzes and formulates regulatory and legislative proposals for trade associations and individual clients.
  • Assisting in drafting insurance policy forms and endorsements, offering strategic suggestions and form language to meet product goals and regulatory requirements. Particular focus on cyber privacy and data security exposures, including stand-alone cyber, professional liability, and general liability policies. Drawing on the experience of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, monitor and analyze cyber-related claims and coverage issues.
  • Contributing to pro bono and community service activities.
"MODL Quarterly Report," PDF (March 22, 2023). Contributors: Lauran Foggan and Rachel Jankowski.
Publication
Louisiana High Court Rules Against Policyholders On COVID Business Insurance (March 17, 2023)
Press Coverage
"Illinois High Court Rules Every Collection Or Disclosure Is A Separate BIPA Violation," Westlaw Today (March 13, 2023). Authors: Laura Foggan, Jason Stiehl, Laura Schwartz, and Alexis Ward.
Publication
"District of Columbia Court of Appeals Joins Other Courts in Finding No Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruption Claim," (March 3, 2023). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Adam J. Singer
Client Alert / Newsletter
“Fifty Years of Insurance Coverage Litigation," American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Tuscon, AZ. (March 1, 2023). Speaker: Laura Foggan.
Speech/Presentation
"Illinois High Court Rules Every Collection or Disclosure is a Separate BIPA Violation," Privacy Law Alert (February 23, 2023). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Jason Stiehl, Laura Schwartz, Jacob Canter, Alexis Ward
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Combined With Florida Insurance Reform, Recent Florida Appellate Court Ruling Affords Insurers Significant Shield Against Costly Discovery and Bad Faith Claims," Insurance/Reinsurance Alert (February 13, 2023). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Adam J. Singer
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Who’s On The Hook for Pandemic-Related Business Disruptions? Courts Agree, It’s Not Property Insurers.," Corporate Compliance Insights (February 8, 2023). Authors: Laura Foggan, Rachel A. Jankowski.
Publication
NotPetya Triggers War Exclusion, Insurers Tell NJ Panel Law360 (February 8, 2023)
Press Coverage
"BIPA Claims Uniformly Have a 5-Year Statute of Limitations," Privacy Law Alert (February 6, 2023). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Poston, Jason Stiehl, Laura Foggan, Christiana State, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, Garylene (Gage) Javier, CIPP/US, Alexis Ward
Client Alert / Newsletter

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